Wimbledon Dons

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Wimbledon Dons
Captains Handshake.jpg
Barry Briggs (Dons) and Gordon Kennett (Rebels) as captains
Club information
Track address Wimbledon Stadium
Plough Lane
Wimbledon
London
Country England
Founded 1928
Closed 2005
Website Official Website
Club facts
Colours Yellow Star on Red
Track size 355 yards (325 m)
Major team honours
National League Champions 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961
National Trophy Winners 1938, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1962
KO Cup Winners 1962, 1968, 1969, 1970
London Cup Winners 1938, 1939

The Wimbledon Dons were a professional motorcycle speedway team who operated from the Wimbledon Stadium, Plough Lane in London.[1][2]

The track opened in 1928 and the Dons operated there from 1929 until 1991. They were closed during the Second World War but upon their re-opening in 1946 there were 42,000 people in attendance with an estimated 10,000 more locked outside. The club were very successful at the highest level of British speedway during the 1950s and 1960s, and attracted numerous famous riders.

Having been defunct for eleven years, the team were reopened again in 2002 by Steve Ribbons & David Croucher in the Conference League[3] but were forced to close in 2005, with Ian Perkin, Dingle Brown & Perry Attwood being joint owners of the club, when the stadium owners insisted on dramatically increasing the rent paid by the team to the stadium.[4]

Honours[edit]

National League[edit]

Champions: 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961

National Trophy[edit]

Winners: 1938, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1962

London Cup[edit]

Winners: 1938, 1939, 1961, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985

RAC Cup[edit]

Winners: 1954

Britannia Shield[edit]

Winner: 1959

KO Cup[edit]

Winners: 1962, 1968, 1969, 1970

Spring Gold Cup[edit]

Winners: 1979

Conference Pairs Champions[edit]

Winners: 2004, 2005

Notable Wimbledon Riders[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bamford, R & Jarvis J.(2001). Homes of British Speedway. ISBN 0-7524-2210-3
  2. ^ Jacobs, N. Speedway in London, ISBN 0-7524-2221-9
  3. ^ Findon, Ben (2002-05-01). "Speedway: Rebirth of glory club". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  4. ^ . Oakes, P (2006). Speedway Star Almanac. Pinegen Ltd. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0. 

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