Custom House Years

Home of the 'Appy Ammers'


 

I first started watching speedway at Custom House aged 9 in 1965 and followed 'The Ammers' until their demise in 1971.

This website is dedicated to everyone concerned with West Ham speedway !

My boyhood Hero Sverre Harrfeldt

West Ham

National League Champions 1937

British League Champions 1965

A.C.U. Cup Winners 1938

Knock-out Cup Winners 1965

London Cup Winners 1965/66/67

Essex County Champions 1930/31

 

  

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More sad news, the passing of another West Ham legend Malcolm Simmons.

 

 

Malcolm was a another member of the hammers treble winning side of 1965 and was one of the main reasons the hammers were so successful that year. Malcolm left the Hammers for a heat leader position at Kings lynn and had reached his peak riding for Poole Pirates in the 70's . He would be considered one of England's greatest riders and was an automatic choice for the England team during it's most successful period in the sport. He has suffered Ill health for a number of years.  My thoughts are with Malcolm's family and friends at this time. 

 

 

 

RIP Malcolm thanks for the memories

 

THE funeral of former World No.2 and England captain Malcom Simmons will be held in Kent from 2.45pm on Friday (June 6).

Hundreds of Simmo’s former team-mates, speedway colleagues and supporters are expected to attend the Celebration of Life service at the Blue Bell Hill Crematorium, Robin Hood Lane, Blue Bell Hill, Chatham, ME5 9QU.

Simmo’s wife June said: “Simmo meant a lot to so many people throughout the world of grasstrack and speedway and we want to do his memory proud by giving him the send-off he deserves. I’d like to see as many there as possible.

“This is obviously a sad time for me and the rest of his family but we have been greatly moved and our spirits lifted by all the countless letters and messages received via social network sites from people all around the world. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support.”


 

Sad to announce on the 2nd May 2014 hammers favourite Tony Clarke passed away following a battle with cancer.

 

 

Tony was a member of the hammers treble winning side of 1965 and had his best year with the club in 1969 with a spell as heat leader and topped the hammers averages with 8.495 points. Tony made 17 international appearance's for England and Great Britain having an impressive tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1969/71 . Our thoughts go out to Tony's friends and family at this sad time. If you wish to pass on any messages of sympathy or you have any reminiscences about Tony, I have started a thread in the forum section. Tony's Wife is a site member and I am sure she would be happy if you shared your recollections of Tony.  

 

Forum threads  


Happy 80th birthday today (26th April) to hammers favourite Stan Stevens. Hope you have a great day and enjoy your celebrations with the family.

 

If you wish to leave a message for Stan  I will pass it on!


Updates

 

New Photos added to the Gallery and 1965 Score page being constructed. (March/April)


People looking for old chums or Information

Contact me if you have any detail or wish to get in touch!

Matt Maciejewsky contacted me:- He is Vice President of Sparta Wroclaw Supporters Association - SPARTANS and is trying to find the exact location of Tadeusz 'Teo' Teodorowicz's Grave. Teo died following a crash at West Ham in 1964.  Matt says " We would like to light up his grave with some ever-burning fires." If you could help Matt it would be appreciated

 

See Also 


Heat Details

 

Can anyone help Jim Henry out, he is looking for heat details at West Ham if you do have any information, you can contact him his home address which is given on the website below!



 

Acknowledgment's

 

Information and invaluable input from:-

Norman Jacobs (Author)

Brian Collins (International Speedway website)

Brian Derby (Just Solos website)

Jim Henry (The Speedway Researcher)

Reg Fearman (Rider/Promoter/ EnglandTeam Manager & PP VSRA), 

Robert Rogers, Harry Ward, Kevin Hammond


Team Statistics

Supplied by Jim Henry, The Speedway Researcher.

Pre war thanks to:- Bob Ozanne, Peter Jackson & Allen Trump.

Post War thanks to :- Jim Henry, Hugh Vass 

Thanks to  Kevin Hammond (Rider Averages).


Pictures supplied by & from:-

Norman Jacobs, Jim Blanchard, Nick Wells,   Raymond Chitty Reg Fearman

Brian Darby (Just Solos website)

Bob Knightley (Romford Bombers website)

John Somerville (Wright Wood Collection)

John Chaplin (John Chaplin Collection)


Programmes supplied by & from:-

Speedway Swap Shop, Roger Stevens, Harry Ward, Robert Hull.


Grateful thank's for use of infomation:- 

Speedway Plus

International SPEEDWAY

Just Solos

The Speedway Researcher


Books used for Reference:-

Speedway in London by Norman Jacobs

Speedway The Pre-War Years by Robert Bamford

The Complete History of the British League - Edited by Peter Oaks

 

Wright Wood Photo Collection

 

Copies of pictures from the Wright Wood Photo Collection are obtainable from John Somerville 35 St Ninians Road, Linlithgow, West Lothian , EH49 7BN.

 

Copies of the John Somerville private collection are also available.

Prices £2.50 for 6by4 , £2.75 for 7by5 , £3.00 for 8by6 , larger if required , plus £1.00 per Order postage.

 

Contact John on 

mail to: john.somerville@blueyonder.co.uk

 phone 01506-844315 

 

John Chaplin Collection

 

Copies of pictures from the John Chaplin Collection are obtainable for £5 per print (plus £?? P&P). Please  send a cheque/postal order payable to John Chaplin 2 Steele's Yard, North Street, Stamford PE9 2ZS.

 E-mail:  johnchaplin73@hotmail.com

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About This Site

Thank you for visiting this site.

The site has been created for people who remember the good old days down at Custom House, to provide a historical database with the aid of your recollections and help.

Photos are from various sources and I have tried to acknowledge whenever possible, however, if there are copyright issues or use of the material is unacceptable please contact me and I will issue an acknowledgement if required or will remove the material if requested.