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Cycle Speedway Teams Down the Ages

Suffolk: Needham Market Robins

About the team

Track was by the Railway Station on land known as the "Camping Land", adjacent to the Gas Works.

Raced in the Gipping Valley League(1940s/50s).

Club Manager: Les Smith.

Team sponsored by Bigmore's Cycle Shop in Needham Market High Street, where the lads used to congregate in the evenings.

"Wally" Bigmore maintained all the bikes, with many a bent and buckled wheel worked on well into the twilight hours.

Club raced for the Walter "Wally" Bigmore Trophy, which was always presented by Mrs Beatrice "Tiny" Bigmore.


1952: Claydon Stars 70 - Needham Market Robins 26.

1952: Needham Market Robins 52 - Claydon Stars 43.

1952: Claydon Stars 57 - Needham Market Robins 39.

1953: Claydon Greyhounds 69 - Needham Market Robins 26(Flood Relief Challenge Match).

1953 18th Oct: Clayden Greyhounds 49 - Needham Market Robins 45(Battle of Britain Trophy 1st leg).

1953 25th Oct: Needham Market Robins 49 - Claydon Greyhounds 47(B of B Trophy 2nd leg).

1954 7th May: Claydon Greyhounds 46 - Needham Market Robins 38.

1954 5th Aug: Needham Market Robins 32 - Claydon Greyhounds 52.


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