Following some discussion below, this
turns out to be
Several people have referred below to Liberton,
even though we now know that this photo was taken at Harrison Park.
More memories of cycling at Liberton can be found
Edinburgh Cycling Recollections page.
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Thomas Lee, Edinburgh
Thomas Lee who sent me the photograph above tells me that he is
not sure about the location. He believes that it is probably
somewhere around Liberton . Liberton lies about 3
miles SSE of the centre of Edinburgh.
If you recognise the location,
please e-mail me.
Thank you. - Peter Stubbs.
About half an hour after I added this picture to the web site,
I received an email from Bob Henderson.
"I am almost certain this is the
Hallhead Road track, where the team started by Tony Main called
the Hallhead Pirates rode.
It is a much better track than it was
in my day."
Bob Henderson, Burdiehouse, Edinburgh:
January 29, 2008.
However, please see 4. below,
written the following day, January 30, 2008.
Thank you to Forbes Wilson who wrote:
"The location for this cycle track is
in that corner park formed by Kirk Brae and Mount Vernon Road.
The rear of the houses
on the left of the photograph face onto Mount Vernon Road.
The photographer is looking across the
traffic lights (now formed by Lasswade Road, Kirk Brae, Kirkgate
and Mount Vernon Road) towards Liberton Kirk and Kirkgate."
Forbes WIlson, nr Guildford, Surrey, England:
January 30, 2008
Bob Henderson sent further comments.
"I have had another look at this photo
and Forbes Wilson is right. The kirk in the background is
definitely Liberton Kirk.
I thought it was the kirk at
Newington, but the square tower gives the clue."
Bob Henderson, Burdiehouse, Edinburgh:
January 30, 2008.
However, Brian Clapp writes:
"As far as I know , there hasn't been
any correction posted for the 1960s photo of the cycling track,
allegedly at Liberton.
The squared tower church is situated
in Polwarth Terrace and the picture was taken at Harrison Park on
the same day as the Scottish Rangers v. Alan Forbes meet."
Brian Clapp, Edinburgh: February 2008
Donald Grant confirms this location. He writes:
"I can now say with
certainty that Brian Clapp is quite correct in that the photo he
identifies as Harrison Park is indeed that location.
I am able to
that after checking the location using an aerial map on which the
faint outline of what was the cycle track can be seen, just where
should be relative to the church in the photo.
Sadly the tracks at
The Jewel and Liberton (if there was a Liberton track) are both
obliterated so it was not possible to precisely locate them.
Donald Grant, Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland:
February 13, 2008
Thank you to Neil Lawrence for sending this photograph from a
similar position in 2008, with Polwarth Parish Church 'The
Candlish' shown in the background.
This provides further evidence (if such is needed) that the
race track was in Harrison Park.
"I remember cycling around this track
in Harrison Park as a young lad."
Neil Lawrence, Fountiainbridge, Edinburgh February
Thank you to Mike Gargrave, Mount Florida, Glasgow, Scotland, who wrote:
"The track is definitely Harrison
Park and the church in the background is Polwarth."
"The riders in white are from the
Scottish Rangers' team.
"The guy holding the clipboard in the
background is my father, Ross Gargrave who was manager of the
I can't believe he was allowed out of
the house dressed as he was - what a tramp!"
Mike Gargrave: June 26, 2012
We now have enough evidence to know that this track was at
Harrison Park, not Liberton as first thought.
The comments above have been helpful, and so has this
contribution below from George Syme who wrote:
Tracks at Liberton
"There was a track at Liberton and it
was on Craigour Grove. Liberton Lions rode there from 1960 to
They then built a new track at
Fernieside in the playing field opposite Fernieside school and
next to the bowling green. Liberton Lyons rode there from 1968 to
George Syme, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England: February 19, 2014
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Please click on this
page to read more of George Syme's memories of Cycle Speedway on
the tracks at
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Thank you to George
Syme who wrote:
"This photo was taken at Harrison Park
during a match between:
- Scottish Rangers (in white)
- Bridgend Bats
The two Bridgend Bats riders are Andy
Thomson and Rab Grant."
George Syme, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England: February
Thank you to Gavin
Love who wrote:
"The chap with the clip board is
Ross Gargrave who was a leading light of Cycle Speedway in
Edinburgh in the 1960s and was also Team Manager for the
Scottish Rangers and an 'all round good guy'.
Scottish Rangers are shown racing in
this photograph although I cannot recall the names of the riders
or indeed the other team.
"I also raced with the Belford Aces
at Pilrig Park in Edinburgh along with:
- Robert Love,
- Alistair Skinner,
- John Elvin,
- Peter Grant,
- The Milroy Brothers,
- wee Dudley McKean,
- John Edwardson
- and many others,
Where are they now?"
"I now live in the Scottish Borders
and regularly support Berwick Bandits where another regular
Scottish Rangers Rider is the Match Commentator."
Gavin Love, Scottish Borders, Scotland: 18