Newport Wasps

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Newport Wasps
Newport Wasps
Club information
Track address Hayley Stadium
Queensway Meadows
Newport NP19 4SZ
Country United Kingdom
Founded 1964, 1997
Closed 1977, 2012[1]
League Premier League
Club facts
Colours Black and amber
Track size 285 metres (312 yd)
Track record time 57.37 seconds
Track record date 19 September 2010
Track record holder Kim Nilsson
Major team honours
Provincial League KO Cup 1964
Spring Gold Cup 1974, 1975
Premier Trophy 1999
Conference League 1999

Newport Wasps were a British motorcycle speedway team based in Newport, South Wales. They were the 1999 Conference League champions.[2]


Hayley Stadium

The Wasp logo incorporates the traditional black and amber colours of the City of Newport. The modern incarnation of the team was founded in 1997 but Newport Wasps competed in the top UK league between 1964 and 1976 based at the now-defunct Somerton Park stadium, Newport. The 'Wasps' nickname was dropped after 1972 with the team simply called Newport. Stars of the former team included Australian Phil Crump, father of world champion Jason Crump.[3] The promotion and riders moved to Bristol in 1977 as the Bristol Bulldogs but speedway continued at Somerton Park for one more season in the National League with a team named Newport Dragons.

The reformed team was based at the purpose built Hayley Stadium. The Wasps withdrew from the Premier League in the early part of the 2008 season when their promoter Tim Stone died.[4]

In March 2010 the Wasps engaged a minister to lift a supposed gypsy curse on the stadium.[5]

On 17 February 2012 promoter Steve Mallett confirmed the club would fold with immediate effect.[6]

2009 Team[edit]

2008 Team[edit]

2007 Team[edit]

2006 Team[edit]


  1. ^ Ceased operating in 2012 - last season competed was 2011
  2. ^ Oakes, P (2006). Speedway Star Almanac. Pinegen Ltd. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0. 
  3. ^ Bamford, R & Jarvis J.(2001). Homes of British Speedway. ISBN 0-7524-2210-3
  4. ^ "Rebels offer deal to Wasps fans". BBC Sport. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  5. ^ "Reverend banishes curse on Newport Wasps". South Wales Argus. 2010-03-10. 
  6. ^ Newport Wasps closure

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