The West Ham Hammers
were a speedway
team, first promoted by Jimmy Baxter in 1929.Bamford, R & Jarvis J. (2001). Homes of British Speedway
. ISBN 0-7524-2210-3. They operated from the West Ham Stadium
until the outbreak of World War II
under several different promotions, most successfully under the control of Johnnie Hoskins
The track opened in 1928 and staged a few meetings during the early war years.
Meetings were staged in 1945 but the Hammers re-opened in 1946 and ran until 1955Belton, Brian (2003). Hammerin' Round
. ISBN 0-7524-2438-6. However dwindling crowds saw the promotion close. It did not re-open until 1964 and ran a further eight seasons until 1971 when they were informed that the stadium was being sold by the Greyhound Racing Association
to make way for building development. The Romford Bombers
moved into the stadium for the 1972 season, racing under the name West Ham Bombers.Jacobs, N. Speedway in London
. ISBN 0-7524-2221-9
Top 20 West Ham Riders
The top twenty West Ham riders as voted in Speedway '72 magazine published in 1972.