AFTER more than seven decades, the sound of speedway is gone from the Abbey Stadium.

The Robins, who last raced as top-tier league and cup champions in 2019, before the pandemic and the closure of the stadium for redevelopment, are now looking for a new home.

We asked fans and followers for some of their memories of race meets at Blunsdon...

Gary Mason: "Walking up from Moredon via Haydon Wick (as it used to be) past the piggery/farm yard, up past Goddards factory on up past Abbey grounds and then the smells, lights and sounds of the stadium around the corner. First meeting was way back in 1975. That's what I remember."

Liam Cockwell: "I have family who used to visit quite a lot until they moved. I’ve visited a few times and I loved it.

"I will always be a Poole fan but definitely can’t fault the Robins especially winning the league in 2019. Sad to see another club go."

Three times World Speedway Champion Jason Crump said on twitter: "Really sad news, I have so many childhood memories from the Abbey, I feel like I grew up there with my dad racing and actually racing as a Robin myself in 1993. What a race track it was, had some serious Aussie battles there over the years !!!!!"

Robin Tremblin, who used to manage the race team based at Swindon's former Honda plant, tweeted: "The Abbey has been part of my life from the age of 10.

"Briggo (Barry Briggs) was my hero and as soon as I was old enough I was a raker on the first bend. Worked as mechanic to many great riders and made so many friends.

"Although I now live in Cornwall the Abbey is still in my heart.Tragic news."

Swindon Harriers coach John Dill added: "I too was a first-bend raker with @hondarobin @HartleyAndy. It’s a sad day for our town and for the sport which is struggling to survive."

And former Adver sports editor Owen Houlihan wrote: "A real end of an era here. Had many a happy evening covering @SwindonSpeedway with @AdverSport. Really do hope speedway is not lost to #Swindon for good. An integral part of the town’s sporting landscape."