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The idea of speedway coming to Paisley was first mentioned around 1972/73 when the Glasgow Tigers team was forced to leave the city and recamp at Coatbridge, becoming the Coatbridge Tigers.
It was felt that a new venue should be sought to maintain speedway in or around the city.
Neil McFarlane, who had been involved with Glasgow Tigers for many years as Manager and promoter, was the leading figure in the search for a new venue.
He identified St Mirren Park in Paisley and began the process of building a team and seeking neccessary permissions to race.


Neil McFarlane

With permission in place, McFarlane and co promoter Joe Thurley began building up interest around the town and getting a team together. They were assisted by PR man Dick Barrie.
Thurley was also promoter of the Birmingham Brummies team and it was they who travelled north to provide the opposition for the opening meeting of the new Paisley Lions Speedway team.

The meeting took place on the 5th April 1975 in front of over 6000 spectators, and they were rewarded with an entertaining meeting and a Paisley victory by 41 points to 37.

For more details of this meeting click here.

Joe Thurley

Lions Programme
Season 1975
The Lions competed in the New National League and finished that first season in 15th place out of 20 teams.
Crowds remained steady during the season and
The following season they were again in the NNL, but could not match the previous seasons finish and ended the season 16th from 18 teams.
Crowds had started to dwindle and finances were very tight and despite a tremendous effort from the promoters, management and supporters, funding could not be secured and this was to be their final season.
Lions Programme
Season 1976

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