The Bristol Bulldogs were a British motorcycle speedway team based in the Knowle Stadium, Bristol, England.
The club was formed prior to World War II. Their first trophy was the Provincial League title in 1937. The track operated a season of challenge matches in 1946 with the team known as Ex-Bristol. They competed in the National League Division Two from 1947. The team was promoted to National League Division One in 1950 after back to back Championship titles. The Division One Bulldogs team featured most of the Division Two men and as a result they reverted to Division Two for the 1954 season.
Bristol's team of 1949 has a rare record in that it whitewashed the visiting Glasgow Tigers 70 -14 in a fourteen heat National League fixture.
The Bulldogs were founder members of the Provincial League but the track closed for the site to be re-developed and the team operated out of Plymouth for 1961 as Plymouth Bulldogs.
Speedway returned to Bristol and Eastville Stadium in 1977 in what was effectively the Newport Wasps becoming the Bristol Bulldogs for one season. The track operated in 1978 but was closed due to planning matters. Stars of the former team included Australian Phil Crump, father of world champion Jason Crump.
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