THE EMMERDALES APPRECIATION SOCIETY

Edinburgh Monarchs Speedway came to life in 1948 and soon became a huge part of the City's culture for weekend entertainment.  Like everything else, times have now changed and we are no longer regarded significant in the City where we thrived.  Needless to say this has never stopped the fans who will travel anywhere following the Monarchs.  This is our tribute to the team we love, the riders we idolise, the lengths we travel, the cups we've held, the celebrations we've had and the happy days we enjoy .... and still the good time just keep rolling .....

 

 

Jack Young - Australia & Edinburgh

1953: Dick Campbell - Champion Rider 

1961: Dougie, Wayne, Jimmy, Dick & Willie in a 4-Team Tournament

 

Young Monarchs then, legends now - George Hunter & Jimmy Tannock

 1963: Who would be crowd Scottish Open Champion receiving a £50 cheque from Evening Dispatch

L to R: G. Hunter, W. Briggs, W. Templeton, A. Wells, J. Tannock, I. Hoskins, K. Cameron & D. Templeton.  Pictured infront of the packed stadium crowd.

  

1964: A busy season - Monarchs and Scotland were victorious against New Zealand

George Hunter becomes Scottish Open Champion

 

Wayne Briggs meets the ladies / We never were afraid of the Tigers ...

     

Wayne Briggs & Alf Wells: Scottish Best Pairs Champs / Cpt Doug with new Danish recruit,  Preven Andreasen / Who did these fans grow up to be?     

    

1965:  Dougie in a glamour standwich / Sibling rivalry at the Scottish Derby /  Miss Edinburgh Speedway Finalist's

Scottish Champ '65 Arne Pander, 2nd - George Hunter, 3rd - Ivan Mauger

 

1966: Bertola takes Kevin Thorpie under his wing / The Squads - Scotland v England

  

Mr H & Cpt Doug introduce Bengt 'The Jet' Jansson / Dirty riding?? / Georgie receives cheque from Sunday Mirror

MSSC present the team with new frames

A beauty of a queue

George Hunter & Peter Craven compair notes in the pits

'The Ladybank Express' back to front on the bike 

 

And with every team; come crashes and motor trouble

The 'Jet' Jansson hit the deck / Bernie Persson has overhall in the pits

  

George didn't need to blow his own trumpet / George wins the Superbike prize sponsored by Scottish Gas Board

 

1967: Old pals - Colin McKee, Dougie and Bengt Jansson

  

Scottish Champions:  '66 Bill Landels, 2nd Charlie Monk, 3rd Ivan Mauger / '67 Barry Briggs, 2nd Ray Wilson, 3rd Bernie Persson

Class of '67: Bert Harkins, Oyvind S. Berg, Reidar Eide, Ian 'Mac', Jimmy Tannock, Tommy Hughson, Dougie Templeton, Bernie Persson, George Hunter, Billy Landels. missing faces are Brian Colins, Brian Black and Alex Hughson.

  

1968: George on 2 minutes / Rolling starts .... Never!! / Alistair Brady awarded Scottish Junior Champion

Still The Magnificent 7: L to R. Reidar Eide. George Hunter. Dougie Templeton (on bike).  Alex Hughson. Bernie Persson. Bert Harkins. Brian Collins

 

1969: Rule No 1 - Team Ride. Reidar & Dougie take 5-1 against the Tigers / Haggis ready at the tapes

 

Pits protest at World Champ Meeting / 1st bend bunching

 ..... and we got waterlogged in the sixties too!

 

Footage from Old Meadowbank,thanks toNational Library of Scotland -  http://ssa.nls.uk/film.cfm?fid=5853&search_term=speedway&search_join_type=AND&search_fuzzy=yes