Norwich Stars

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Norwich Stars
Club information
Track address The Firs Stadium
Aylsham Road
Norwich
Country England
Founded 1930
Closed 1964
Team manager Max Grosskreutz
Dick Wise
Fred Evans
Gordon Parkins
Team captain Dick Wise
Bert Spencer
Phil Clarke
Aub Lawson
Reg Trott
Club facts
Colours Green with Yellow Star
Track size 425 yards (389 m)
Track record holder Peter Craven &
Ove Fundin
Major team honours
National League Divi 2 Champions 1950, 1951
National Trophy 1955, 1963
Provincial Trophy 1938
ACU Cup (Div 2) 1946
National Trophy (Div 2) 1951
Southern Shield 1951

Norwich Stars were a motorcycle speedway team based in Norwich, England which operated from 1930 until their closure in 1964.[1]

History[edit]

Speedway racing was staged in Norwich both before and after World War II at The Firs Stadium in Aylsham Road, Hellesdon. Pre-War Norwich were members of the National Provincial League in 1937, National League Division Two in 1938 & 1939. After the war, the Norwich Stars raced in the Northern League in 1946 and the National League Division Two from 1947 to 1951. They won the League Championship in both 1950 and 1951.

They were invited into the National League Division One in 1952 and finished runners up in the League in 1958 and 1963. Another honour was the winning of Speedway's premier Knockout Competition, the National Trophy. This was achieved in both 1955 and 1963.[2]

The Stars raced in the top flight until the stadium was closed at the end of the 1964 season when the track and stadium were sold for re-development.[1]

In July 2012, former rider Ove Fundin played a part in announcing a return of speedway in the city of Norwich. Plans, which did not come to fruition, were outlined for a new track to be built on the city's outskirts, with the hope of a return to the British league structure.

Notable riders[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bamford, R & Jarvis J.(2001). Homes of British Speedway. ISBN 0-7524-2210-3
  2. ^ Jacobs, Norman (2000). Speedway in East Anglia. ISBN 0-7524-1882-3