Cycle Speedway began at the end of World War 2 on the bomb sites of major cities including Kingston Upon Hull. In the Forties and Fifties they were known as "Skid Kids" but later became well organised into various leagues and became Cycle Speedway. It had its own national organising body, the National Amateur Cycle Speedway Association, later to become the Cycle Speedway Council. The sport continues under the umbrella of the British Cycling Federation.
The sport first appeared in Hull in the early to mid fifties with around half a dozen team racing on three tracks. Racing continued for a number of years before dying out in the late fifties.
The sport was revived in the Hull area in 1971 by Derek Hilton, a former Midlands rider who rode in the old Derby League, when motor speedway re-emerged in the city. Over several years the sport grew in the area to a total of nine teams, including two at Scunthorpe and one at Goole. At one time Hull had five tracks operating, one at Stonebridge Park in East Hull used by the Kingston Cyclones team, one on Orchard Park used by the Endike Stars, one on Sutton Fields used by the Hull Saints who later moved to a track on Bransholme, one on the old Barchard's railway sidings used by the Hull Bombers/Rebels and the current track at Hessle used by the Hessle Hornets/Anlaby Aces and Tranby Diamonds. The Hessle track is the only one that still exists today although the outline of the old track at Stonebridge Park can still be seen. In 1976 a track was built in Scunthorpe which was home to both the Scunthorpe Tigers and Scorpions at one stage. The only other track built in the area was one at Rawcliffe Bridge near Goole which operated for a number of years.
Since the early 1980's there has been only one club left in the area, the current Hull club, which recruits its members from the city and the East Riding area. The club has continued to operate with varying degrees of success over the years racing in the mainly Yorkshire and Northern based leagues but has in recent years also raced teams from the Midlands area on a more regular basis. Matches are mostly held on Sunday afternoon's with some occasional Saturday's and midweek racing during the summer months. Training sessions are on Tuesday evenings commencing at 6.30 and anyone who would like to try out the sport is welcome. The club can provide bikes, necessary equipment and coaching as required. If anyone is interested is assisting with the running of the club they would also be made welcome. (for the current fixtures see the separate page on the site and a list of club contacts).
For more details about the history of the sport in Hull and Humberside, visit the each of the dedicated websites below: