Exeter Falcons

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Exeter Falcons
Club information
Track address County Ground Stadium
Church Road
Exeter
Devon
Country England
Founded 1929
Closed 2005
Club facts
Colours Green and white
Track size 396 metres
Track record time 64.3 seconds
Track record date 29 April 1996
Track record holder Mark Loram
Major team honours
National League Div 3 1948
Southern League 1953
Provincial League KO Cup 1962
British League 1974
National League KO Cup 1983
Young Shield 1997
Premier League 2000
Premier Trophy 2004

The Exeter Falcons were a speedway team which operated from 1947 until their closure in 2005 at the County Ground Stadium in Exeter.[1] The track first operated in 1929.

Track[edit]

A meeting at the County Ground featuring Exeter and Swindon

The County Ground track was unique in as much that it had a solid sheet metal safety fence. The fence combined with the high speeds down the narrow track made the track unpopular with many riders, but riders who liked it thrived on it. The club were forced to close at the end of 2005 after the stadium owners, Exeter Rugby Union club, sold the stadium to developers.[2]

Speedway promoter Allen Trump received permission from Teignbridge council officials in 2008 to construct a new track at the Exeter Racecourse, Haldon. The new track was expected to open for the start of the 2009 speedway season, and Trump had applied to the British Speedway Promoters' Association for permission to enter a team for the 2009 Premier League.[3] However, the plans fell through.

Notable Exeter riders[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bamford, R & Jarvis J.(2001). Homes of British Speedway. ISBN 0-7524-2210-3
  2. ^ "Falcons farewell to County Ground". BBC News. 2005-10-10. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Exeter Falcons to fly in 2009". Express & Echo. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 

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