SP Kilmister.JPG (22032 bytes) PLYMOUTH GLADIATORS (Formerly the DEVILS)

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 at a couple of venues in the Plymouth area since 1931. Initially the team raced at Pennycross Stadium, just outside of Plymouth. The first meeting was held on 13th June 1931on the dirt track and saw a victory for Plymouth against near neighbours Exeter by 32 points to 21. The team enjoyed Open race successes  in 1931 before entering the National League between 1932 to 1934. The team managed to reach the second tier of the British League in the 1968 to 69 season, but these lofty heights proved a false dawn and the final match was staged on 17th July 1970.

View an early programme

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The team enjoyed few honours, but did win the Southern League Trophy in 1952.

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SP Key.JPG (26705 bytes) Greyhound racing first took place at Pennycross Stadium on the 28th May 1928 and the venue was shared with speedway 3 years later. Once speedway disappeared in 1970 the greyhound track continued to operate for just two more years. SP Milne.JPG (23608 bytes)
PL3.JPG (12701 bytes) The team were known as the Tiger, Panthers, Devils, Drakes and Bulldogs at times throughout their history. PL4.JPG (18224 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


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

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

Plymouth Speedway (Images of Sport) (Paperback)

by  Paul Eustace  ISBN-10: 0752440233

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PL5.JPG (16344 bytes) To view a complete collection of badges choose the relevant link below:

1932 - 70

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The Plymouth Gladiators currently (2019) contest the National League. Recent successes include the National League Trophy in 2009.

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.

For all Speedway enthusiasts, John Somerville's website should always be your first port of call:-https://www.skidmarks1928.com/v/photos/john-somerville-collection
or email johnwslusar@gmail.com for inclusion of your comments and photos of speedway on this website.

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1934 1935 1936
1937 1947 1959
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