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The Itteringham Lions Cycle Speedway team was one of the most successful in the whole circuit.

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The Lions team competed from approximately 1948 - 1958. It was eventually disbanded as many of the riders were becoming "too old." The circuit was known as The Sandpit as the area contained a deep old sand pit that had subsequently been partially filled with rubbish. The pit was finally filled and landscaped after a rider from Norwich fell in, resulting in a particularly frosty telephone call from his club.

Brian Fairhead DA Doris Overton DC Joan Wells Doreen Overton Mary Overton Edwin Wright Brenda Overton Percy Wright Wilfred Harrison Neville Chamberlain Barbara Hoolhouse Pat Baxter Jean Leach Margaret Jickells Jessie Baxter Denny Broughton Freddy Broughton Hazel Harrison Kenny Harrison Tony Thrower Victor Hall Eric Thaxter Derek Broughton Aubrey Broughton Peter Hall Mick Baxter
Cup presentation by Brian Fairhead

The Lions
The Lions

Other competing teams came from local villages and included Aldborough, Corpusty, Erpingham, Hempstead, Hevingham, Marsham Thunderbolts, Reepham, Saxthorpe and Spixworth Spokes.
There were league tables but we have yet to find a copy....?

Practising a start in the 60s
A practice race in progress with the now demolished Church Row behind. Eric Thaxter on the bike bottom left.

The Broughton Brothers
The Broughton Brothers and a finger in front of the lens

Denny & Freddie Broughton
Derek Broughton

Bob Pleasants
George Dale

Some years after the Lions disbanded, Michael Baxter asked Kenny Harrison if he would set up another club and so the Itteringham Rockets team was born. It is probable that the name Lions had already been taken by another club in the interim.

Left-right - Denny Broughton, ?, ?, Eric Thaxter, ?
Pit stop outside Church Row

I do remember being keen on the speedway bikes.....and remember swapping my own creation for a 125cc Excelsior motorbike that I pushed all the way to Aylsham when we had moved there in about 1960..... and my first brush with the law when trying to get some petrol for it without any road tax etc....
(I was only 12!!)
John Wells

Denny Broughton was Norfolk Champion 1963 and 1964. Definitely the best rider in the County.
Mick Baxter

Jimmy Overton was the village pub landlord and I don't think he ever missed a meeting home or away.
Kevin Chamberlain

Jimmy and Mary were wonderful. The Norwich teams joined us after matches in the Walpole Arms.
Mick Baxter

The team used Kent's coaches for away fixtures. The bike frames were put in the aisle with the front wheels stored in the coach boot.

I once travelled to Thorpe to ride in a Norfolk qualifier on my motorbike with the track bike frame over my shoulder and the wheels strapped on the back of the bike. Think I would have got pulled over today
Mick Baxter

The cinder speedway track

The crowd
Back row left-right - Ruth Harrison, Ethel Newstead, Lili Hoolhouse, Alice Newstead
Front row left-right - Mrs Hall, Nora Curtis, Mrs Broughton, Lily Dale, Johnny Wells

I used to run the Mulbarton Cycle Speedway Club. We were in the Norwich League at the time Itteringham were in the North Norfolk. One of the riders with Itteringham team was Paul Overton and he used to work with me at Mann Egerton in Norwich. I havent heard from him for years but I know he was in the team with a Fred Broughton in those days. If he is still about I wouldn't mind hearing from him. My own e-mail address is - (supplied on request to this website). They were really good days and it was a pity the League didn't embrace all the County but I think there were inter-league matches on occasions. The top riders in the Norwich League were Barry Woodcock, Mike Parkins (a World Champion in 1962), Trevor Hedge and Gerry Abel. They were all Norfolk Champions at some time.
Bryan Tungate - 24th July 2005

The Rockets
Back row left-right - Kenny Harrison, Norman Barnes, Fred Broughton, Adrian Hall,
Paul Overton, Peter Hoolhouse, Donny Baxter, Jimmy Overton
Front row left-right - Rodney Hall, David Hall, Denny Broughton, Michael Baxter

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