SP Kilmister.JPG (22032 bytes) NEWCASTLE DIAMONDS

This site is not an official website for the track shown here and is neither approved or endorsed by the speedway team.

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Speedway has taken place in Newcastle at both Brough Park Greyhound Stadium and Gosforth Park, on the Great North Road. The first meeting, held at the former dirt track venue, was on 17th May 1929, but this was closely followed by a meeting just down the road at Gosforth on 1st June of the same year. After the initial meetings of 1929 and 1930 the track did not not see further action until National League Division 2 action in 1938. The team entered the British League in 1965 and worked its way up through the league structure, reaching the Premier League in 1997.

View an early programme

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NW1939.JPG (19519 bytes) The team won the Knockout Cup in 1976 and 1982 and were League Champions on 5 occasions in 1964, 1976, 1982, 1983 and 2001 NW1947.JPG (21631 bytes)
SP Key.JPG (26705 bytes) Greyhound racing first came to Newcastle in 1928 when, on the 23rd June, Brough Park hosted its first meeting. Greyhound racing is still popular in the North East today and Gosforth Park also holds a regular meeting. The sanded track has a circumference of just under 400 metres, although prior to 1980 the greyhounds ran on a grass surface. The most prestigious race to be held annually at the circuit is the All England Cup which was first contested at the track in 1946 when the English Geyhound Derby winner Monday's News was successful. SP Milne.JPG (23608 bytes)
NW1964.JPG (19174 bytes) Throughout their time the team has been known as the Diamonds, the Gems, the Brough and, less surprisingly, the Magpies. NW1968.JPG (18188 bytes)
SP Chitty.JPG (21859 bytes) This section gives a comprehensive picture of the badges produced for the team throughout the ages, but only provides the briefest of glimpses of its history. For those wishing to undertake further research we can recommend a visit to www.newcastlespeedway.net

and for those wishing to read more widely we recommend a visit to

http://astore.amazon.co.uk/wwwgreyhoundd-21   especially

Complete History of the British League: Speedway

by Peter Oakes  ISBN-10: 0948882077

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NW1980.JPG (20093 bytes) To view a complete collection of badges choose the relevant link below:

1939-82    1989-2000

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More detailed information is available from "Homes of British Speedway' by Robert Bamford & John Jarvis

A further great source of information is provided on John Skinner's excellent website on Defunct Speedway tracks, with a link given below.
http://www.defunctspeedway.co.uk/

If you have rare Newcastle Diamonds badges or artefacts for sale then email johnslusar@fsmail.net orjocksomerville@gmail.com

1929 Brough Park 1930 Brough Park 1938 Brough Park
1939 Brough Park 1945 Brough Park 1945 Brough Park
1946 Brough Park 1929 Gosforth Park 1930 Gosforth Park