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Ashfield Speedway
Stadium  1949 to 1953

Promoters Norrie Isbister and Johnnie Hoskins opened the venue to speedway on the 19 April 1949 the team called the Ashfield Giants competing in the National League Division Two.

It is often said that the heart went out of the Promotion and the Giants team following the death of their leading light Ken Le Breton in an accident on his home track, Sydney Showground in Australia in January 1951. Things seemed to unravel although the team remained in the league for a while they retired from the league at the end of 1952 the venue running on an open licence in 1953 before they closed  on the 29 September 1953 with an individual contest for the Ken Le Breton Trophy which was won by Tommy Miller.

Information courtesy John Jarvis and the two lower
images Richard Austin - thank you.

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Above programme is from the first meeting at Ashfield Stadium - image courtesy John Somerville

The photo on the left shows the workshop at Ashfield with the suited promoters Jonnie Hoskins at the front left and Norrie Isbister on the right at the back. It was not unusual in those days for tracks to have their own workshops and indeed to service and supply the team machines. Photo shown with the kind permission of Tony Webb.