Cycle Speedway

Tilbury Hammers

Cycle Speedway first came to Thurrock in the late 1940’s started by my husband Jack Richards. Bluey Waterman and the Byford brothers Steve and Bill were stalwarts of the Club as well. Does anyone remember who else rode for the Hammers? I believe their track was over by “the engine sheds”. Sadly Jack died in 1997 but often spoke about the club with great affection

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  • Bill Gill, you were an inspiration at the Blackshots track, I loved racing for you. So many kids got a great chance to shine & to just do something different. Good times & thank you.

    By jamie tindale (21/04/2018)
  • Just read the comments from Chris Bushell and glad to know he fondly remembers both Bluey Waterson and the Cycle Speedway club. The club went to great heights at Blackshots becoming British Champions in 1985 and 86 and having the best facilities in the sport. Unfortunately I decided to retire to the coast
    and the club was confined to history. They were happy times and I well remember you and all the youngsters from Tilbury. We have a get together once a year in a local pub so look on Facebook for Thurrock Reunion. I am still involved but only as Secretary to the Veteran Cycle Speedway Riders Association – a bunch of old lads from all over the world. Great to know you are still around and have fond memories of those early times.

    By Billy Gill (25/01/2018)
  • Hi
    I worked with bluey waterson in Tilbury Docks Ship repairers, also rode for Thurrock cycle speedway club along With Dennis Mann. Bill Gill was the manager of the club. The track was along side St Chads School where the new housing Estate is now, great memories.

    By Chris Bushell (25/01/2018)
  • Due to family commitments and a big move to Lincolnshire I have not been able to send photos,,, I check what photos I have kept and try and get them sent,, my other sisters Jean and Dawn my have most of them and perhaos Larry Marshall may have some

    By Christine Iveson nee Waterson (30/08/2015)
  • hi ,im the youngest of Robert watersons 4 children,my dads half brother larry marshall of chadwell st mary has many of the old speedway photos,i have a 10 min cinny film and one copy of it on vhs,i will did them out and see if I can get it put on dvd sadly our dad Robert waterson died in 2002 at 67 yrs and our mum rose waterson in 1984 at 49 yrs,roberts mum was Gladys waterson then remarried marshall her maiden name was Lawson,she had sister dorathy Lawson,a spinster known by everyone in tilbury back then,gladys died in 1989 and dorathy couple of years before,they lived in brennan road during the war and in the 80s new houses behind the fire station,they moved to chadwell st mary early 1980s

    By jean cannon nee waterson (07/09/2013)
  • i think the track was at the back of where the fair ground is now it had a little tea hut a guy named ian beal was captin or manager not sure which.and i remember busby the coal man rode cant remeber is first name .his brother les rode for england and my old school friend dave beatle was captain of scotland both when rideing for tilbury the trck moved up to blackshot in the early 70s remember my dad winning a big bowl of fruit in one of the raffles happy days

    By micki earey (13/02/2013)
  • my dad took me to cycle speed way in the late sixtys

    By micki earey (12/02/2013)
  • I’m sorry Christine I got Dad’s name wrong I remembered after I posted. Would it be possible somehow for you to email the photos ours were all lost in the flood

    By Audrey Richards (20/01/2013)
  • my father Robert Waterson was the gentleman you are reffering to as Bluey Waterman, Bluey was his nickname, but Waterman was another tilbury family,, my great grandfather was mayor of tilbury about the 1930-40 and had the road in chadwell st mary named after him, Waterson Rd, i have all my fathers photos of when the spedway was first set up in a field possiable where tilbury football club now stands

    By christine iveson,,, nee waterson (19/01/2013)
  • My late Brother-in-law Alan Wood from Cowper Avenue was a keen cycle speedway rider who I believe rode for Thurrock Cycle Speedway Club and then later maybe for Tilbury Hammers. I used to go with my Sister Shirley many times to spectate. Happy days.

    By Barry Banks (22/12/2012)
  • Jack was my brother-in-Law when I lost my dad he was my mentor he meant so much to me, he became my dad and I thank him for it. he persuaded me to try it which I did. First time I did, crashed when getting up to straighten the handle bars, a block by the name of Gearge Siddens smashed into me both fork of the bike smashed into my shins Jack took me to tilbury hospital where I had 5 stitches in each leg Happy Days.

    By Sammy Carter (22/12/2012)

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