Cycle Speedway Teams Down the Ages
Tyne & Wear: Trow Lea Mariners
About the team
Club formed in 1965.
Track was at Trow Lea, or the Leas as the area was called. This was a green piece of land between the sea and the cliffs, and the track was known as the 'Nest'. This is now the area where the Great North Run has it's finishing line.
Due to the picturesque vicinity of the track, they were removed by the local council in 1966, and raced all their matches on the Monkchester Rec at Newcastle until August 1967.
New track was at Temple Park, which eventually became the towns Swimming & Leisure Centre.
Club Secretary: Les Gustafsen, 8 Bisley Drive, South Shields, Co Durham(1966).
1965 Area Individual Champion Mike Dobson.
Frank Auffret rode for Middlesborough and Hull.
- Doug Atkinson
- Frank Auffret
- Jim Braney
- Mike Dobson
- Murray Gibson
- Jimmy Graham
- Les Gustafson
- C. Hughes
- Terry Kirkup
- John McConnell
- Eddie Murray
- Mick Noutch
- Pete Phillipson
- John Quinn
- Barry Smith
- Jim Smith
- Dave Taylor
- Keith Thompson
- Ray Turner
- S. Woods
Temple Park Track, with development all ...
Opening of Temple Park. On left Frank Au...
In the Pits - on the right Norman Carson...
South Shields at Woodside 1967. L/R: Mic...
Micky Dobson & Frank Auffret take a 5-1.
Test Match South Shields v Newcastle: Ra...
Test Match South Shields v Newcastle: L/...
Test Match South Shields v Newcastle: Le...
Test Match South Shields v Newcastle: Ji...
Test Match South Shields v Newcastle: Ge...
Test Match South Shields v Newcastle: At...