There has been cycle speedway in Sheffield since 1946 when the Sheffield “Flying Tigers” competed in the fledgling sport.
During the 1950’s and 1960’s, the city has seen dozens of clubs come and go with districts such as High Hazels, Kimberworth, Hillsborough, ******
By the 1970’s, Sheffield had three strong clubs in Stradbroke (who won the National Consolation Trophy in 1971), Parkwood and Sheffield Stars (winner of the British Junior Team Championship in 1972). Indeed, in 1972, the city provided no fewer than six of the sixteen finalists in the British Junior (under-18) Individual Championship.
The present club was formed in 1985 as an amalgamation of the three remaining Sheffield-based clubs – Parkwood, Stradbroke and Rowlinson – to compete in the English League.
Sheffield Cycle Speedway history since 1985
1985 – Sheffield enters the English League, racing home matches at Parkwood Springs, the site of the present Ski Village. Sheffield sign up with international engineering company, Padley & Venables, on what was to be one of the longest running sports sponsorship agreements in the city.
1986 – Sheffield moves home fixtures to Rowlinson
1987-1990 – Sheffield embarks on a purple patch winning the Yorkshire League, the Yorkshire KO Cup and the North of England Trophy. In 1987, Peter Shale finishes second in the British Under-16 Championship. Three Sheffield riders compete in the 1990 British Under-18 Final at Norwich – Peter Shale, Paul Ashton and the late Marc Ashton. Indoors, the club has big success with Jason Burke finishing runner-up in the 1988 British Indoor Championship at Lowestoft, Peter Shale (2nd) and Chris Turner (3rd), also on the rostrum in the British Under-21 Indoor Championship with Shale adding third in the British Under-18 Indoor Championships all in the same year. Sheffield has two representatives in a British Senior Final (British Indoor Final) with Martin Gamble and the late Marc Ashton, the last time Sheffield has had such representation. 1990 also saw the first foreign rider, Peter Maier of Austria, turn out for the club in National League fixtures. Sheffield also hosts the second test match between Great Briatin and Australia at Under-16 level at Rowlinson in 1989.
1991 – The squad disintegrates and, after three seasons of challenging for major honours, Sheffield plunges back towards the bottom reaches of the newly-formed National League.
1994 – After two seasons of struggling to raise a competitive team, Sheffield takes the tough decision to withdraw from the National League and then from the Manchester League. The team practically disbands and concerntrates on local League racing. The Club adopts a “bottom up” re-building policy as part of a five-year development plan.
1995 – The Sheffield League is re-started with teams of new, young riders from Batemoor, Jordanthorpe, Norton and Low Edges competing. The first American to race cycle speedway in the UK, 13-year-old, Blake Anderson, makes the most of an extended summer holiday to race unbeaten in four matches before returning to California.
1996 – Sheffield re-enter regional racing entering the British League North Fours and Junior/Combination Grand Prix.
1997 – Four Sheffield riders – Robert Hudson, William Gamble, Simon Gamble and Stuart Riches – compete in the British Under-13 Individual Championship Final at Eaton. Twenty-five years after the city’s only team success at National level (British Under-18 Team Championship), the Sheffield club adopts the “Stars” moniker and orange and white livery as a tribute.
2000 – Sheffield hosts the Future Mortgages British Under-13 Individual Semi-finals and Final.
2001 – Sheffield becomes one of the first cycle speedway clubs to win British Cycling’s “Impruve” branding. Sheffield also branches out into another cycling discpline by promoting the now annual “Winter Challenge” cyclo-cross event the the Graves Tennis & Leisure Centre, in conjunction with the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Association and British Cycling.
2003 – The Stars add track to their portfolio of disciplines with members regualrly attending Thursday night sessions at Manchester Velodrome.
2004 – Sheffield becomes one of the sport’s first clubs to win British Cycling’s “Go Ride!” branding. Stars members also join up with Sheffield Phoenix to compete in evening time-trials, adding a fourth discipline to the club’s portfolio.
2005 – The Club’s commitment to “total coverage” continues with the resurrection of the Sheffield League, the adoption of the Sheffield Grand Prix and commitment to regional and National racing for the 2005 season. The Club aims to stage racing at no fewer than three venues, including riders from Bolsover BMX and Sheffield University Cycling Club – at the current track at Graves Tennis & Leisure Centre, the new proposed track at Cookson Park and at Castle Leisure Park in Bolsover.