Middlesbrough Bears

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Middlesbrough Bears
Club information
Track address Cleveland Park Greyhound Stadium
Stockton Road
Middlesbrough
Teesside
Country England
Founded 1929
Closed 1996
Team captain Charlie Barrett
Club facts
Colours Red and White Quarters
Track size 335 yards (306 m)
Major team honours
Northern League Champions 1946
National League Division 2 Champions 1947
National Trophy Division 2 Winners 1947
National League Champions 1981
National League Fours Champions 1985, 1986

The Middlesbrough Bears were a British speedway team which operated under various names from 1939 until their closure in 1996.[1]

Brief history[edit]

The team was initially nicknamed the Bears in 1939 by the club's general manager Vic Wieland. The track at Cleveland Park, which operated in the pioneer days of the late 1920s, was promoted by Albion Auto Racers of Stockport, Cheshire, ran sporadically throughout the 1930s and for a short spell in 1939, staged a couple of open meetings in 1945, then saw competitive league speedway from 1946 until 1948. The Bears won the Northern League in 1946 and Division Two in 1947 before the promotion moved to Newcastle in 1949. The Bears nickname was again used when the track re-opened in 1961. At the end of the 1964 season the Bears team moved to Halifax and the track staged challenge matches 1965 and 1966 before folding. The track was used in the 1950s for amateur / club events.

The track opened again from 1968 to 1972 but were nicknamed the Middlesbrough and then Teesside Teessiders. During 1973 they were again renamed, this time as the Teesside Tigers and then Middlesbrough Tigers in 1979 which they used used until the end of the 1988 season. During this period they became National League Champions in 1981 and twice won the National League Fours Championship in 1985/6. In 1989, the club reverted once again to the Bears until their permanent closure in 1996 when Cleveland Park was sold for re-development.

In 2006 a new track opened at South Tees Motorsport Park South Bank, Middlesbrough and entered the Premier League under the name Redcar Bears.

Famous Riders[edit]

Individual honours[edit]

  • Graham Plant - British League Second Division Riders Champion 1968 at Hackney, London.
  • Paul Bentley - British League Division Two Riders Champion 1994 at Coventry, UK.
  • Andy Howe (ClevelandBays) - Academy League Riders Champion 1994 at Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bamford, R & Jarvis J.(2001). Homes of British Speedway. ISBN 0-7524-2210-3