Wimbledon Dons

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Wimbledon Dons
Captains Handshake.jpg
Wimbledon Dons captain Barry Briggs (centre) shaking hands with Oxford Rebels captain Gordon Kennett in 1975
Club information
Track address Wimbledon Stadium
Plough Lane
Wimbledon
London
Country England
Founded1928
Closed2005
Website www.wimbledon-speedway.com
Club facts
ColoursYellow Star on Red
Track size355 yards (325 m)
Major team honours
National League Champions1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961
National Trophy Winners 1938, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1962
KO Cup Winners 1968, 1969, 1970
London Cup Winners1938, 1939, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985
RAC Cup1954
Britannia Shield1959
Gauntlet Spring Gold Cup Winners1979

The Wimbledon Dons were a professional motorcycle speedway team who operated from the Wimbledon Stadium, Plough Lane in London. [1] [2]

Contents

The track opened in 1928 and the Dons operated there from 1929 until 1991. They were closed during the Second World War but upon their reopening in 1946 there were 42,000 people in attendance with an estimated 10,000 more locked outside. The club were very successful at the highest level of British speedway during the 1950s and 1960s, and attracted numerous famous riders.

Having been defunct for eleven years, the team was reopened again in 2002 by Steve Ribbons & David Croucher in the Conference League [3] but were forced to close in 2005, with Ian Perkin, Dingle Brown & Perry Attwood being joint owners of the club, when the stadium owners insisted on dramatically increasing the rent paid by the team to the stadium. [4]

Honours

National League

Champions: 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961

National Trophy

Winners: 1938, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1962

KO Cup (formerly National League Trophy)

Winners: 1968, 1969, 1970

London Cup

Winners: 1938, 1939, 1961, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985

RAC Cup

Winners: 1954

Britannia Shield

Winner: 1959

Gauntlet Spring Gold Cup

Winners: 1979

Conference Pairs Champions

Winners: 2004, 2005

Notable riders

Season summary

Extended content
Year and leaguePositionNotes
1929 Speedway Southern League 11th
1930 Speedway Southern League 4th
1931 Speedway Southern League 5th
1932 Speedway National League 5th
1933 Speedway National League 2nd
1934 Speedway National League 5th
1935 Speedway National League 7th
1936 Speedway National League 4th
1937 Speedway National League 7th
1938 Speedway National League 4th National Trophy winner
1939 Speedway National League 2nd+
1946 Speedway National League 4th
1947 Speedway National League 3rd
1948 Speedway National League 6th
1949 Speedway National League 8th
1950 Speedway National League 3rd National Trophy winner
1951 Speedway National League 3rd National Trophy winner
1952 Speedway National League 5th
1953 Speedway National League 5th National Trophy winner
1954 Speedway National League 1stchampions
1955 Speedway National League 1stchampions
1956 Speedway National League 1stchampions & National Trophy winner
1957 Speedway National League 3rd
1958 Speedway National League 1stchampions
1959 Speedway National League 1stchampions & National Trophy winner
1960 Speedway National League 1stchampions & National Trophy winner
1961 Speedway National League 1stchampions
1962 Speedway National League 2nd National Trophy winner
1963 Speedway National League 3rd
1964 Speedway National League 6th
1965 British League season 2nd
1966 British League season 4th
1967 British League season 11th
1968 British League season 9th Knockout Cup winners
1969 British League season 3rd Knockout Cup winners
1970 British League season 2nd Knockout Cup winners
1971 British League season 10th
1972 British League season 13th
1973 British League season 12th
1974 British League season 8th
1975 British League season 9th
1976 British League season 16th
1977 British League season 9th
1978 British League season 4th
1979 British League season 9th
1980 British League season 13th
1981 British League season 16th
1982 British League season 11th
1983 British League season 6th
1984 British League season 7th
1985 National League season 4th
1986 National League season 6th
1987 National League season 7th
1988 National League season 4th
1989 National League season 2nd
1990 National League season 7th
1991 British League season N/Afixtures taken over by Eastbourne Eagles
2002 Speedway Conference League 11th
2003 Speedway Conference League 9th
2004 Speedway Conference League 7th
2005 Speedway Conference League 2nd

+2nd when league was suspended

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