If you are a collector of speedway programmes why not have a look on our programme lists.
There are hundreds of Cradley programmes both home and away. Cradley Programme sales

Also many programmes from other tracks and books and other memorabilia here Other Tracks programmes


  It is with great sadness that Cradley's former hero from the 70s has passed away.

Bernt Persson was born on 24th June 1946. The pinnacle of his career was 1972 at Wembley, cheered on by hundreds of Heathens fans. He lost a run-off with Ivan Mauger for the World Final.
Bernie will be remembered by all Heathens fans from that era. he was such a great rider and also a great guy, always ready for a chat, and a pint in the bar!
Steve Johnson has put together a story about Bernie on his profile page here

RIP Bernie, thanks for all those memories, your name will live on forever


Sad to hear that former Cradley Heathen Jan Jakobsen has passed away from cancer in his native Denmark.
Jan had one season, 1987 with the Heathens , shown here with Danish super stars Jan O Pedersen and Erik Gundersen.
R.I.P Jan, still remembered by Cradley fans.



CRADLEY Heathens can confirm they will not be in league racing next season.
Discussions over the structure of the 2020 National League will continue into December but the club have confirmed they will not be at the tapes following the AGM.
The aim is to ultimately return the third tier to a junior development league.
Club director Chris Van Straaten represented the club and withdrew Heathens from participation in 2020. [Read more]

We are very proud and honoured to have a display of Heathens History in Cradley Heath Library

If you are passing by please pop in and show your support
(Opposite Cradley Heath Sports and Social Club in Upper High Street)

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Longtime Heathens fan Colin Jewes has sent us a link to a slideshow that he has created.
It has some photo's that have previously been unpublished and John Summerfield has given permission for these to be used.
The slideshow follows the story of the Heathens all through the 60's with the story of the Heathens with a musical background.
It's AD free and you can 'click' to make it full size. Enjoy!
                  Heathens 1960


After one season in the National Trophy. The Heathens were able to resume their place back in the National League thanks to Chris Van Straaten and Ladbrokes for making the dates available. It was to be their swansong however. Following the Golden Hammer it was announced that this would be the last year that the team would run.

The petition urging Dudley Council to Bring Back Cradley Speedway is still valid. Thousands of signatures have now been recorded urging the council to support the return of the club. Paper and online versions remain active and anyone wishing to sign or collect further signatures is still encouraged to do so. Click here to sign the online petition or download the paper version















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