FIONNBAR CALLANAN

PHOTOJOURNALIST SINCE 1950
ARCHIVE SAMPLE - Speedway


Freddie Williams(1950 World Champion)
coaches unidentified rider at Chapelizod, 1951.


Split Waterman and Aub Lawson, Shelbourne Park 1950

Shelbourne Tigers  Mike Erskine, Cyril Brine, Ernie Roccio
&
Jack Wright, Shelbourne Park 1950


Freddie Williams, Split Waterman and Howdy Byford
at work, Chapelizod 1951


Shelbourne Park, 1950

Shelbourne Park, 1950

Tommy Price(Wembley Lion & 1949 World Speedway
Champion) Chapelizod, 1951

Unidentified

Split Waterman is presented to Dublin's 1950-51 Lord
Mayor, John Belton by Ronnie Green at Shelbourne Park 

SPEEDWAY RACING IN IRELAND

In the summer of 1950, Speedway Racing came to Dublin. The showman
and promoter Ronnie Green brought members of his Wimbledon Dons team
to Shelbourne Park each Sunday where they raced as the The Shelbourne
Tigers against other English teams.
In 1951, a group of the non-Wimbledon riders set up a midweek rival attraction 
on a new track at Chapelizod where they raced as the Dublin Eagles. The
popularity of the sport was short lived and Speedway racing in Ireland was
finished by the middle of the decade.
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