Cycle Speedway Teams Down the Ages
Kent: Horsmonden Hawks
About the team
Team formed in 1951 as an offshoot of the Village's Sports Club.
Track was on the Green in Maidstone Road, location known as "The Sandhole". During the war this site was used by the Home Guard for rifle practise. The track site in the pit is now used for tennis courts.
The track was in a pit, and considered by many to be the best in the league with it's floodlights, cinder surface(many tracks were just earth), concrete edges, plus a public address system. Built by Mr Lambert with the use of his traction engines, and with a starting gate made by Mr Oliver who owned a foundry. The track itself was opened by Richard Hearne("Mr Pastry"), who came down in his Rolls Royce. He had a ride round the track, and nearly fell down the drainage hole!! The Hawks became financially the most successful part of the Sports Club.
Team Colours: Black and Yellow with a Hawk Design.
Rode in the Sedlescombe League 1952-1954.
In 1955 rode friendly matches only.
In 1953 the club held the "Coronation Shield", this being a knock-out cup competition.
1954 were joint runners-up in the Sedlescombe League with Cobbs Wood.
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