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Hampden Hawks Cycle Speedway Club History

Hampden Visitors
Life Begins at Forty !!
How the Hawks were "hatched"
Averages and Results
Neil Grant
Riders A - Z
Hawks first league meeting
1969 KO Cup Win
We 're in the news!
Better comebacks than Lazarus!
Battle with Shields
NACSA Forays
Gala Events at Hampden
Hall of Shame - these guys "maxed us" !!
Flying Machines?
Where are we now?
Spokesman Cuttings
The Tigers Connections
Short Stories and Recollections
Hampden Visitors
Photo Album
Happiness is ..........
Tracks and their locations
The Chequered Flag

While every team meeting obviously featured visitors, this page is dedicated to those who came from further away than Corkerhill and who raced in their own local leagues. At first look it would seem that the Hawks were perfect hosts who generally ensured that guests didn’t go away empty handed! This probably was due to the fact that only experienced teams usually sought to arrange distant challenge meetings.


This page is very much a work in progress and if your team visited Hampden and are not on the list please email details to me at


The Geordies were probably our first visitors. It is thought that the meeting was staged fairly early in the 1969 season as Norrie Allan was the steward – he was soon to depart the scene in a spectacular “huff”!

Newcastle had been racing longer than us and were expected to be too strong (how right!) and in the end a Hampden/Kingsway select team was chosen to race them. The inexperience of the Glasgow riders who hadn’t previously ridden in Edinburgh was all too evident, with five of us managing only eight points between us! Hawks Dick Barrie and Colin Caffrey both rode to double figures with Kingsway’s Brian Gilliland chipping in with eight and their efforts gave the final scoreline some respectability.

The Select side battled hard and managed to keep a two point lead until heat ten, thanks to Dick Barrie, Brian Gilliland and Colin Caffrey winning eight of the nine heats. However Newcastle then let rip with three 5-1s and a 5-0 and the meeting was well beyond us.

Nicky Nicolson remembers being paired with “Caff”, who won his first two starts from the inside gates. Nicky then persuaded “Caff” that it was his turn to have the choice of gates. “I was off two and was to take the Newcastle guy on three wide at the first bend and let “Caff” come through. It didn’t quite work out like that! There was no sign of “Caff” and the guy off three was getting round me coming out the second bend. I was moving him further out when “Caff” came charging under both of us and put both of us into the fence!


Hampden/ Kingsway

Colin Caffrey 12; Dick Barrie 10; Brian Gilliland 8; Sandy Robertson 3; Ronnie Young 2; David Norrie 2; Nicky Nicolson 1; Coilin McMillan 0

                                                                                                Total  38


K Kerr 8; G Aitkenson 8; M Dobson 8; N Carson 7; T Kirkup 7; K Dyer 7; G Taylor 6; J Smith 6:                                                        Total 57




This meeting was held on the afternoon of October 11th 1969, prior to the Coatbridge Monarchs v Cradley Heath speedway meeting in the evening. Oldbury were Cradley supporters. This was to prove to be quite historic as it was the last time the Monarchs rode at Coatbridge. The licence was sold to Wembley during the winter.

Oldbury rode in two meetings in Glasgow, against separate Hampden and Kingsway sides, on the Saturday and against Liberton in Edinburgh on the Sunday morning before going home.

Brian Buck, the Oldbury team manager, sent a report on the meetings to the “Spokesman” magazine. His report contained various mistakes, referring to Kingsway as the “Glasgow Cup  winners” – the KO Cup final was the following day and Hampden won it!!- and Hampden as “league champions” – Kingsway won the league!!  Hopefully the rest of his report was correct!! With the KO Cup final the next day, Hampden were not taking any chances and lost 55-41

Hampden: Colin Caffrey 12; Dick Barrie 9; Mike Blair 7; Pete Gentles 4; Moosh Nicolson 4; Nicky Nicolson 2; Neil Grant 2; Gordon Aitken1                                                                                    Total 41

Oldbury ; K Baker 12; D Perks 10; P Cockburn 7; D Davies 7;

J Rudland 7; S Bastable 6;

M Slater4;LBate2:                                                             Total 55


Kingsway on seeing the first meeting recruited Billy Russell (Ralston) and Frank McKinnon (Hampden) for their meeting in which they lost 45-51.


Hungerford (1970)

Super enthusiasts, Mr and Mrs Mansebridge, were reviving the Hungerford Panthers and brought their charges to Scotland for the Easter weekend in 1970. They were really just a junior team and only Cox and the eldest of the three Talmage brothers offered any real resistance. Indeed despite Hawks withdrawing Nicky Nicolson and Dick Barrie from their final races in favour of their reserves, we still ran up 60 against our plucky younger visitors.

Sadly it was one of the wettest Easters for some time but fortunately the Hampden track stood up to rain surprisingly well, given how early in the season it was. While the Hawks were pleased to get off home to watch speedway on “World of Sport”, The Hungerford lads barely had time to wring out their gear before heading over to Kingsway.


Three at once - Seafield, Sighthill and South London
The "Edinburgh" Festival was staged in Glasgow in August 1970 and for the Hampden round, Seafield Saints and Sighthill Hammers travelled through from Edinburgh while the South London Rangers made the considerably longer trek north. No precise details of this meeting have yet been found but it is believed that the only points the Hawks took from any opponent was when Colin Caffrey and Moosh Nicolson managed to outpace a young rider who was making up the Sighthill four. With some easy pickings for our opposition it is not surprising that this round provided two finalists, with the round winner and the highest scoring second placed team going though to the final - in this case Seafield and South London Rangers

In the final Seafield tied with Bridgend but narrowly lost 7-5 in the two heat run off. Scorers that day were

Bridgend 21 (Baxter 8, Low 5, Tait 5, Potter 3)

Seafield 21 (Watson 7, Murphy 7, Archibald 5, McKay 2)

Leicester 20 (Neale 8, Glover 5, Heath 4, Parsons 3)

South London 10 (Ellis 4, Barnard 4, Dare 1, Wilson 1)

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