Who's Who of SHEFFIELD SPEEDWAY

Sheffield supporter Matt Jackson has provided me with this indexed list of every Sheffield rider. Statistics include matches up to the end of the 2001 season but do not include the 1946-50 period as these will take a lot of researching. Matt would like me to add that he has concentrated initially on the post war period, so Clem Beckett fans will have to be patient...


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René Aas, Photo © Ken Carpenter AAS, Rene - Born: Tallinn, Estonia 13 August 1969

Finished second to Chris Louis in the 1990 World Under-21 Final, with 1999 World Champion Tony Rickardsson in third. He was spotted by promoter Neil Machin racing in Australia and, when he signed for the Tigers in 1993, René became the first rider from the old Soviet Union to race for a British club. Failed to obtain a work permit for the following season but returned in 1995 when he married a British girl. Continued to ride for the Tigers until 1998, before joining Stoke in 1999. Now living in the city, René could beat the best on his day but often lost form when low on confidence. René was loaned to local rivals Hull for 2000, and joined Edinburgh (briefly) at the start of 2001.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
146 695 929 115 1044 6.01
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ADORJAN, Zoltan - Born: Debrecen, Hungary 15 November 1961Zoltan Adorjan, Photo © Ken Carpenter

'Zolly' joined the Tigers in their troubled season of 1995 when the two leagues amalgamated. After using guests in the early part of the season due to lack of quality riders, the promotion scoured the continent and signed the many times Hungarian champion as the new number one. 'Zolly' proved very popular with the fans despite failing to re-produce his World class continental form. Had another spell with the club in the second half of 1996. A World Finalist in 1985,89,90 and 98.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
33 172 266 29 295 6.87
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Jim Airey AIREY, Jim - Born: Earlswood, Australia 19 August 1941

One of Sheffield's all time great riders who joined the club from Wolverhampton in 1969. Had three wonderful years at Owlerton and became the first post war Sheffield rider to reach the World Final, in 1971. Was an out and out number one with an average of over 10.50 per match in both 1970 and 71. Shocked the club by quitting British speedway at the peak of his career in the winter of 1971 although he continued to ride occasionally in Australia.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
112 492 1272 17 1289 10.48
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Facundo Albin ALBIN, Facundo - Born: Daireaux, Argentina 27 October 1992

Facundo was a junior champion in the 200cc class and went on to become Argentinean champion in 2011. He competed in the World Under-21 Championship in 2012 when he made links with the Berwick Bandits. After finishing second in the 2013 Argentine Championship the Bandits didn't offer him a team place and he readily joined the Tigers.

 

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
31 151 138 18 156 4.13
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Adam Allott, Photo © Geoff Ridsdale ALLOTT, Adam - Born: Stockport, Cheshire 19 March 1983

Third generation of the Allott family to race for the Tigers. Adam is the son of Nicky Allott and the grandson of Guy. Began his career as a 15 year old with Buxton in 1998, combined with second half races at Owlerton. Broke into the Sheffield team in 1999 following the injury to Peter Boast and scored some important points to help the Tigers to their league title win. Adam rode as reserve for the Tigers throughout 2000 maintaining a steady improvement and also spearheaded the Prowlers on their way to becoming the Conference League champions. Adam progressed into the team in 2001 but found points hard to come by away from Owlerton and ended the season relegated back to the reserve berth.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
91 343 305 73 378 4.41
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Guy Allott ALLOTT, Guy - Born: Penistone, South Yorkshire 19 September 1922

Started his career at Sheffield in 1949 and had two season at Owlerton before the Tigers closed in 1950. Continued riding throughout the fifties, most notably with Cradley, Bradford and Leicester before rejoining the Tigers in 1961. Guy was a heat leader at Owlerton when he fell from the tractor on a victory parade in 1962 and suffered severe hand injuries which meant he had to retire. A renowned engine tuner, Guy owns a motorcycle shop in Buxton.

MatchesPoints
87 604
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Nicky Allott ALLOTT, Nicky - Born - Buxton, Derbyshire 15 December 1954

Nicky had a thirteen year career in speedway, most of which was spent either at Sheffield or on loan at various Second Division tracks. His best year with the Tigers was in 1978 when he averaged over 6.5 points per match but he found most of his success in the lower leagues, notably with Scunthorpe in the early 1980's where he was a heat leader and club captain. Can be seen in the Owlerton pits every Thursday, assisting son Adam.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
105 357 388 36 424 4.75
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Tommy Allott, photo from Stenners 1947 ALLOTT, Tommy - Born: Denby Dale, West Yorkshire 17 May 1909

Rode pre war with West Ham, Belle Vue and Norwich before joining the Tigers when racing resumed in 1946. Tommy was the first major star of the post war years and was a regular double figure scorer both home and away. He spent five years with Sheffield before the club pulled out of the league, before moving to Edinburgh then Liverpool, where he finished his racing career in 1953. Tommy passed away in May 1975.

MatchesPoints
135 1083
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Ricky Ashworth ASHWORTH, Ricky - Born: Salford, Greater Manchester 17 August 1982

Ricky was a grass tracker until the foot and mouth epidemic of 2001 put the sport on hold and persuaded him to try his hand at speedway. Less than 12 months later "Ricky who?" joined the Tigers. Fast starting Ricky had a good solid first season in 2002, albeit with the odd mechanical problem, and went on to become a dependable heat leader. He rode for Great Britain in the U21 test matches and has doubled up for the Peterborough Panthers, Poole Pirates and Belle Vue Aces in the Elite League. He won the Premier League Riders Championship in 2009 and became the fastest man in British speedway setting a new track record in the Play-off final, the last meeting of 2010 at Owlerton. Ricky joined the Berwick Bandits in 2012.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
447 2000 3641 313 3954 7.91
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Tony Atkin, Photo © Alan Chapman ATKIN, Tony - Born: Chester, Cheshire 8 April 1966

Wholehearted rider who proved popular during his short spell with the Tigers in 1996, joining the club from Bradford. Tony found most of his success on the shale with Stoke in the late 1990's but is more widely known as an accomplished grass track rider. His greatest success on the shale came when winning a cup winners medal with Bradford in 1995.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
17 68 48 14 62 3.65
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Josh Auty AUTY, Josh - Born: Dewsbury, West Yorkshire 8 September 1990

From the age of 12 Josh was a regular at the Sheffield training track and had unlimited second-half and interval rides. He was British Schoolboy Grass Track champion in 2001 (Junior), 2002 & 2003 (Intermediate) and on the speedway tracks he was the British Under 15 champion in both 2004 and 2005. His Conference League debut was for the Scunthorpe Scorpions in 2005 scoring paid 13 and went on to help them win all manner of silverware in 2006 and 2007. He signed for Elite League Coventry and joined Redcar in 2007 finishing the season with a 7.23 average. After a dip in confidence he joined Sheffield on loan in 2009 and he spent three seasons with the Tigers.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
114 522 934 99 1033 7.92
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Ron Bagley BAGLEY, Ron - Born: Ipswich, Suffolk 14 February 1937

Rode for the Tigers between 1962 and 1964 after joining the club from Plymouth. Scored over 500 points for the club in his first two seasons, despite the long weekly journey from his Ipswich home. Lost form in 1964 and moved on at the end of the season. Later rode for Coventry and his hometown club and was team manager of the Witches during their all-conquering spell of the mid 70's.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
72 278 394.5 64 458.8 6.60
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BAGSHAW, Karl - Born: Chesterfield, Derbyshire 6 May 1981

Began racing at the Sheffield training school in 1994. A regular junior at Owlerton, Karl has made one league appearance for the Tigers to date, scoring three paid four at Stoke in 1998. Would benefit from a run in a Conference League side.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
1 3 3 1 4 5.33
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Steve Baker, Photo © Geoff RidsdaleBAKER, Steve - Born: Adelaide, Australia 25 June 1963

Came to Britain in 1981 to join Halifax and won the European Junior Championship two years later. Joined Sheffield in March 1985 for a reported £11,000 which did not prove to be money well spent as Baker suffered a complete loss of form and was loaned to King's Lynn mid season. This proved to be his last season in Britain as he spent the next three years riding in the German Bundesliga.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
23 73 59 18 77 4.22
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Billy Bales, Photo © Wright Wood BALES, Billy - Born: Norwich, Norfolk 6 June 1929

Pint sized Billy came to Sheffield towards the end of a long and illustrious career which saw him represent his country and reach the 1955 World Final at Wembley. Spent 13 years with his home town team, the Norwich 'Stars', before moving to Owlerton in 1965 when Norwich closed. Rode five years with the Tigers before retiring at the end of the 1969 season.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
176 610 837 104 941 6.17
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Dave Bargh BARGH, David - Born: Martinborough, New Zealand 14 March 1962

When the Tigers made a disastrous start to the 1982 season, promoter Ray Glover turned to sign Bargh who had spent four years in the lower league with Newcastle and was looking for a berth in the top flight. Proved to be a popular member of the side and was second in the averages to Shawn Moran in both 1982 and 83. When the Tigers appeared to be moving down a league in 1984 David rejoined Newcastle and did not ride for Sheffield again despite continuing to live in the city for many years.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
73 308 491 44 535 6.95
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Ian Barney - Photo © Alan Chapman
BARNEY, Ian - Born: Stamford, Lincolnshire 15 February 1961

Ian spent most of his career at Peterborough where he won the National League Riders Championship in 1984. Came to Owlerton in 1991 when the Tigers joined the Second Division after two years in the wilderness and, despite his best years having passed, he achieved something of a cult hero status with some inspired performances. Unlucky to lose his place when Lars Gunnestad came to Owlerton, he returned to Peterborough and retired in 1994.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
13 57 97 10 107 7.51
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Greg Bartlett, Photo © Alan Chapman BARTLETT, Greg - Born: Perth, Australia 9 September 1969

A former moto cross rider who joined Sheffield in 1994 with little speedway experience, Greg made rapid strides to become the club's number one by mid 1995 when the two leagues had amalgamated. Produced some fine performances to beat some of the world's best riders, especially around Owlerton, and it was a major disappointment when he decided not to return for the 1996 season. Continues to race occasionally in Perth.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
80 408 607 74 681 6.68
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Tommy Bateman, photo from Stenners 1947 BATEMAN, Tommy - Born: Lincolnshire 30 December 1909

Rode pre-war for Hackney, Lea Bridge and Nottingham and was one of Sheffield's heat leaders when racing resumed in 1946. Always unlucky with injuries, Tommy spent four years at Owlerton before moving to Newcastle for the 1950 season. His career was ended that year when he broke a thigh in a crash at Edinburgh. Died in 1993 at the age of 83 years.

MatchesPoints
132 907
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Steve Battle, Photo © Geoff Ridsdale BATTLE, Steve - Born: Sheffield, South Yorkshire 11 May 1974

Locally based junior who made his only league appearance for the club in July 1993 against Swindon, when the Tigers were without Roman Matousek. Found more success in Conference League racing where he was a popular member of the 1994 Mildenhall side.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
1 2 1 0 1 2.00
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Dave Baugh, Photo © Wright WoodBAUGH, Dave - Born: Halifax, West Yorkshire 28 August 1949

Bespectacled Dave made 69 official appearances for the Tigers between 1968 and 1970 after having his first public rides at Owlerton. Filled a reserve berth for the majority of this time and was more successful later in his career, particularly in Second Division racing with Bradford in the early 70's. Retired in 1978 after a spell at Workington.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
69 194 125 25 150 3.09
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Chris Bevan, Photo © Geoff Ridsdale BEVAN, Chris - Born: Leeds, West Yorkshire 2 June 1958

Despite being under contract to the Tigers for the majority of his six year career, Chris appeared just once for Sheffield in a league match, scoring one point in a 38-40 defeat at Birmingham in 1977. Rode mainly in the second halves and on loan in the Second Division, notably at Workington and Barrow.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
5 10 2 0 2 0.80
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Will Beveridge, Photo © Geoff RidsdaleBEVERIDGE, Will - Born: Hexham, Northumberland 9 September 1975

Had two spells with the Tigers, in 1993 and 1995, riding mainly in the reserve berth. His career took off after leaving Owlerton and reached a six point average with Glasgow in 1999 and has signed for Newcastle for the 2000 season.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
31 95 45 14 59 2.48
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Jack Bibby, photo from Stenners 1947 BIBBY, Jack - Born: Australia

Australian international who first came to Britain in 1934, having been brought over by the great Vic Huxley. Rode for several clubs pre-war, including Hackney, Cardiff and Bristol. Spent the war years in London before joining the Tigers when racing resumed in 1946. Rode for four years at Owlerton when he played mainly a supporting role to heat leaders Tommy Allott, Tommy Bateman, and Stan Williams.

MatchesPoints
123 693.5
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James Birkinshaw, Photo © Ken Carpenter BIRKINSHAW, James - Born: Sheffield, South Yorkshire 6 March 1980

Looked like a potential international in demonstration races as a schoolboy and joined the Tigers as a 16 year old. His career never took off as expected and by 1998 he had moved to Newcastle. Spent 1999 with Workington and returned to Owlerton for the 2000 season when he doubled-up for the Prowlers in the Conference League. His season reached a premature conclusion in August when he sustained a broken leg in the home match against the Isle of Wight. With his average just a shade too high to fit into the Tigers squad James joined Newcastle for the 2001 season covering for the injured Paul Maklin. He top scored for the Diamonds with 16 points on their visit to Owlerton, but shortly after he too joined the injured list with a collarbone injury.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
61 249 165 36 201 3.23
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Ashley Birks BIRKS, Ashley - Born: Sheffield, South Yorkshire 19 October 1990

Ashley joined the Tigers for the 2011 season on-loan from parent club Scunthorpe. An ex moto cross rider he took up speedway following serious leg injuries. He is also an accomplished cycle speedway rider. Ashley made rapid progress finishing his debut season with an impressive 4.49 average.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
38 140 130 27 157 4.49
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BLACKBURN, David - Born: Coventry, Warwickshire 7 January 1962 David Blackburn, Photo © Alan Chapman

Joined the Tigers in 1993 and was expected to push for the number one slot. Despite a few decent appearances David did not show the form he had shown at Berwick in previous years and never really settled at Owlerton. Moved to Long Eaton in mid season and retired in 1997.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
30 153 204 20 224 5.86
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Peter Boast, Photo © Chris Spires BOAST, Peter - Born: Louth, Lincolnshire 11 April 1964

An all round motorcyclist who was a late starter to speedway, not making his league debut until the age of 30. A popular member of the Tigers side whenever he rode although he found most of his success in the Conference League with Mildenhall. Unlucky to be injured during the title winning season of 1999 and missed out on the celebrations despite playing an important part in the success.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
40 161 113 35 148 3.68
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BOGH, Ernst - Born: Fredericia, Denmark 13 January 1945

Brother of Danish international Kurt Bogh. Had two outings for the Tigers after losing his team place at Leicester in 1976. Scored five points in his two meetings for the club but was not retained.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
2 6 5 1 6 4.00
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Tony Boyle BOYLE, Tony - Born: Adelaide, Australia 6 September 1954

Tony was a full Australian international before coming to Britain in 1975 to ride for Bradford. Came to Owlerton the following year, averaging around 4 points a match in his three season with the Tigers. Reverted to Second Division racing with Boston and Stoke after leaving Sheffield. Tony was killed racing a speed car at Adelaide on January 22nd 1993.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
58 193 163 22 185 3.83
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Ross Brady
BRADY, Ross - Born: Winchburgh, West Lothian 17 February 1981

Ross began his speedway at the Linlithgow circuit before joining the Peterborough Conference League side. After a spell on loan to Mildenhall and occasional outings for Berwick in the Premier League, Ross then joined Edinburgh in 1998 becoming a full Monarch's asset the following year. Extra to their plans Ross was transferred to Hull but in 2002 he missed nearly half of the season with a broken elbow. Going back to his roots in 2003 he became Glasgow's most expensive signing, but a slow start and then a knee injury prompted Ross to jump before he was pushed. Back to fitness he joined the 'Pirtek' Tigers as replacement for Scott Smith.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
26 107 134 21 155 5.79
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BRIDGEFORD, Wayne - Born: Warburton, Australia 20 October 1965

Signed by promoter Cliff Carr for a fee of £500 from Peterborough in an effort to solve a weak reserve berth. Wayne did not prove to be the answer to the Tigers' problems and left the club after scoring one point from his two meetings.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
2 7 1 0 1 0.57
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Percy Brine, photo from Stenners 1947 BRINE, Percy - Born: Elstree, Hertfordshire 7 June 1908

Pre war rider at Crystal Palace and Hackney who was a stunt rider at the famous Elstree film studios. Tried to establish himself at various Second Division tracks after the war, including Sheffield in 1946. Found more success at Division Three level with Liverpool in 1950 and 1951 but was forced to retire after losing the sight of an eye in an operation.

MatchesPoints
2 2
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Eric Broadbelt, Photo © Geoff Ridsdale BROADBELT, Eric - Born: Blackpool, Lancashire 8 December 1947

Signed by the Tigers in 1979 from local rivals Halifax, in an attempt to help Eric regain the form he had shown with Belle Vue and Poole but lost on his move to The Shay. Despite being bought as a potential heat leader Eric was, at 31, slightly past his best and averaged just over 6 points a match in each of his three seasons at Owlerton. Moved to Edinburgh in 1982 and was involved in a serious accident which all but cost him his life and although he made a brave comeback he was never the same rider as he had been before the crash.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
97 400 567 70 637 6.37
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Wayne Brown BROWN, Wayne - Born: Wellington, New Zealand 2 December 1959

A former Second Division Riders Champion, Wayne joined the Tigers for a loan spell at the end of 1981 from Berwick and was signed on a permanent basis for the 1982 season. Averaged nearly six and a half points a match that season and had a fantastic run of form late in the year which led to him being tipped for a heat leader berth for 1983. However, Wayne was not to return to this country, despite leading the club to believe that he would, as soon as he had set up his haulage business. Wayne sadly died in an industrial accident in New Zealand on January 29th 1991.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
49 181 259 27 286 6.32
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Arlo Bugeja BUGEJA, Arlo - Born: Adelaide, Australia 18 March 1986


Arlo joined the Tigers for the 2010 season after spells with Berwick and Redcar, but his form was inconsistent and he was replaced by Simon Lambert in June.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
19 68 43 14 57 3.35
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Malcolm Bruce BRUCE, Malcolm - Born: Bradford, West Yorkshire 19 March 1932

Began riding at Bradford's Odsal Stadium in 1955 and moved to Belle Vue when the West Yorkshire club closed. Found first team outings with the Aces hard to come by and the advent of the Provincial League in 1960 was the ideal opportunity for his career to take off. Rode in 1960 and 61 for the Tigers and scored over 100 points in holding down either a second string or reserve berth. Returned to the club in 1964 after a spell at Bradford.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
34 125 95 25 120 3.84
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Mark Burrows, Photo © Alan Chapman BURROWS, Mark - Born: Sheffield, South Yorkshire 6 June 1964

Popular at all of the many tracks on which he has ridden, 'Buzz' is currently settled at Stoke where he has shown the best form of his career which now dates back over 15 years. His outings for his hometown club were limited to a handful of appearances in the 1994 season and despite being seen on the terraces at Owlerton most weeks his visits in a riding capacity have been mostly on the visitors side of the pits.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
4 16 12 3 15 3.75
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Billy Burton BURTON, Billy - Born: Felixtowe, Suffolk 3 September 1956

Joined the club in 1977 in a swap deal which saw Carl Glover move to King's Lynn. Struggled to make an impression at Owlerton and was remarkably allowed 37 appearances in 1978 despite averaging less than 3 points per match. Billy found more success at Second Division level, particularly with Stoke and Ellesmere Port before returning to Owlerton as a guest rider for Birmingham and scoring 14 points from five rides, almost helping the Brummies to a win.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
47 145 94 15 109 3.01
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Alf Busk BUSK, Alf - Born: Silkeborg, Denmark 16 April 1958

A former Danish international and European Junior Champion, Alf rode for Coventry for six years before joining Swindon in 1983. Moved to Sheffield mid way through the 1985 season and proved to be a popular addition to the side. Did not return to Britain to race after his spell at Owlerton.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
16 48 53 13 66 5.50
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Dick Campbell, photo from Stenners 1948 CAMPBELL, Dick - Born: Christchurch, New Zealand 5 June 1923

Came to Britain in 1947 as a Wall of Death rider and signed for Belle Vue after trials. Dick came to Sheffield on loan to gain experience and scored 20 points in his league appearances for the Tigers. Went on to gain fame with Edinburgh between 1948 and 54 and returned to ride for the Monarchs in 1961 and 62. Killed in an industrial accident in New Zealand in 1990.

MatchesPoints
8 20
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Louis Carr, Photo © Alan Chapman CARR, Louis - Born: Preston, Lancashire 28 January 1960

Began his career as a 16 year old with Ellesmere Port and moved up full time in Division One with Belle Vue in 1981. Came to Sheffield as captain ten years later when cousin Cliff Carr reopened Owlerton. Spent four years with the Tigers before a badly broken arm caused him to miss the latter part of the 1994 season. A brief return to Belle Vue followed before Louis joined the promotion team at Sheffield, a position he still holds.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
80 358 484 61 545 6.09
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CARR, Peter - Born: Preston, Lancashire 22 January 1963 Peter Carr, Photo © Geoff Ridsdale

One of the most popular riders ever to have ridden for the Tigers with his dives down the inside, earning him the nickname the 'B52'. Peter joined the club from Belle Vue in 1985 and stayed until the doors closed at the end of the 1988 season. Moved to Newcastle but was an obvious choice to lead the club when cousin, Cliff, moved in two years later. Although his later spell with the club ended acrimoniously he is still a popular visitor with most of the fans. Now rides for the Edinburgh Monarchs.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
241 1090 1841 222 2063 7.57
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CARTER, Rob - Born: Knutsford, Cheshire 19 April 1965

One of all too many riders Sheffield have had on their books who looked world beaters in the early stages of their careers only to produce relatively little, Rob burst onto the scene as a 16 year old in 1981. In June of that year he rode in the Bluey Wilkinson Memorial Trophy as a reserve and beat Kelly Moran, Kenny Carter and Doug Wyer. However he was never to reproduce this form again, making 14 official appearances and scoring only 9 points. Rode in the lower leagues in an unsuccessful attempt to claim a regular team place, eventually retiring after a spell at Long Eaton in 1987.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
14 25 9 2 11 1.26
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Simon Cartwright, Photo © Geoff Ridsdale CARTWRIGHT, Simon - Born: Northallerton, North Yorkshire 2 November 1978

Son of former Halifax rider and England international Ian Cartwright, Simon began his career at Sheffield in 1996, riding for the Owlerton Prowlers in the Conference League. Eventually signed a full contract to ride for Hull and returned to Owlerton for the 1999 season, where he played a vital role in the championship winning side with a vital increase in his average. Now an England Under 21 international Simon continued with the Tigers for the 2000 season, again on loan from Hull, but failed to maintain progress.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
85 366 407 62 469 5.13
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CHIGNELL, Jack - Born: Sydney, Australia 14 March 1914

First came to Britain in 1948 to ride for Belle Vue after being spotted riding at Sydney by Jack Parker. Made occasional first team appearances for the Aces before coming to Sheffield in 1949 as a replacement for Bruce Semmens who has travelled in the opposite direction over the Pennines. Had a spell as Tigers captain but his time at Owlerton was disrupted by injury, scoring 197 points in his two year spell.

MatchesPoints
43 229
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CHILD, Dean - Born: Morley, West Yorkshire 2 November 1969

A former Bradford junior who started the 1993 season in the Tigers line up. Made seven first team appearances before losing his place, obtaining a top score of 5 paid 6 away at Exeter.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
9 29 22 5 27 3.74
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Ron Clarke, photo from Stenners 1947 CLARKE, Ron - Born: Oxford, Oxfordshire 26 March 1914

Ron reached World Finals in 1949 and 1950 and was a regular England international during this time, which he spent with Bradford, or Odsal as they were then known. Retired from the sport in 1957 before making a one match comeback for the Tigers when the sport returned to Owlerton in 1960. Scored 1 paid 2 from that solitary match.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
1 2 1 2 2 4.00
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Les Collins, Photo © Geoff RidsdaleCOLLINS, Les - Born: Partington, Manchester 24 May 1958

Joined Sheffield from Leicester in 1984 when the 'Lions' had closed down during the winter. On joining the Tigers, Les' averaged dipped below 8 points per match for the first time in several years and his scoring declined further in 1985 which prompted a move to Edinburgh the following year. Having had his best spell in the early 1980's, finishing runner-up to Bruce Penhall in the 1982 World Final, his time at Sheffield proved to be a disappointment to the Owlerton faithful who had expected a slightly higher points return. Les continues to ride in the Premier League with Glasgow.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
100 413 701 60 761 7.37
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Neil Collins, Photo © Geoff Ridsdale COLLINS, Neil - Born: Partington, Manchester 15 October 1961

Neil has had three spells with the Tigers and is possibly one of the most popular riders to have worn the blue and yellow in recent times. First rode for the club as an 18 year old before being amazingly sold by then promoter Ray Glover, following Neil's refusal to move up full time into the First Division, and was bought back in a big money deal from Leicester in 1984. Stayed at Owlerton until the club closed in 1988 and returned for the 1995 season. Neil's merry-go-round of clubs continues including most recently Swindon in the Premier League, Belle Vue in the Elite, and then Workington in the Premier.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
283 1228 1991 187 2178 7.09
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Rod Colquhoun COLQUHOUN, Rod - Born: Mount Warrigal, Australia 28 February 1967

Joined the Tigers from Peterborough at the start of the 1994 season having previously had a good record at Owlerton. Was intended to be the third heat leader but a combination of poor form, injury and machinery trouble saw him drop to reserve at one stage of the season. Was in danger of losing his place but eventually recorded a 5.36 average. Did have several good meetings but his overall performance was disappointing. This was to be Rod's last season in Britain.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
36 176 204 32 236 5.36
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Shane Colvin COLVIN, Shane - Born: Hastings, East Sussex 4 February 1982

Shane joined the Tigers from Carmarthan in June 2004 after James Birkinshaw was dropped. Three points in his first meeting for us proved to be the highlight in his short stay at Sheffield as he struggled to come to terms with the Owlerton circuit and he was subsequently dropped to allow James Birkinshaw to regain his place.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
4 16 8 1 9 2.25
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Lee Complin, Photo © Geoff Ridsdale COMPLIN, Lee - Born: Steeton, West Yorkshire 18 November 1984

Lee made his debut for Prowlers at Peterborough in April 2001 and was called up for the Tigers when Lee Hodgson was injured. His grass track experience stood him in good stead and he made rapid progress claiming his maiden maximum against Glasgow in August, his fourteenth league appearance. Lee went on to top score against Swindon with paid 17 but wasn't quite as prolific on the away circuits with 6 points in the Tigers win at Armadale being his best return.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
22 91 112 20 132 5.81
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André Compton, Photo © Ken Carpenter COMPTON, André - Born: Dewsbury, West Yorkshire 15 May 1977

Signed for Bradford on his 16th birthday, making his debut he same day. Despite signs of promise his career was going nowhere until he signed for the Tigers for the 1998 season, on loan from Bradford who had closed down but continued to hold his contract. Made rapid strides in 1998 and began the 1999 season as a heat leader. Showed superb form throughout the season, culminating in the Tigers Championship win. It was inevitable that he would attract the attention of Elite League clubs and he joined Peterborough for the 2000 season, but he became the victim of the teams poor early season performance and he was quickly dropped. Joining Newcastle he became Sheffield's nemesis often producing his best form when riding against his old club.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
352 1691 3533 201 3734 8.83
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Paul Cooper COOPER, Paul - Born: York, North Yorkshire 7 June 1982

Paul was an accomplished Grass-tracker, 250cc British Champion in 2000 and 2007, and 350cc Champion in 2005. before making his debut for the Prowlers in 2003 and riding in their Trophy matches in 2004 when work and grass track commitments allowed. His apprenticeship as a joiner completed Paul signed on for the Tigers in 2005 but his season was cut short when he crashed with Adam Roynon at Glasgow and severely injured his left knee. In 2006 Paul won the Conference League Best-Pairs meeting riding with Sheffield team-mate Benji Compton as the Scunthorpe 'B' pairing. In 2007 he took an award for scoring the most bonus points in the Premier League, and again won the Conference Best-pairs, this time with Simon Lambert for Boston. 2008 was his most successful year with the Tigers finishing with a 6.38 average and being named 'Man of the Year' for the second year running. Paul finished the 2009 season on the sidelines with a badly broken foot sustained at Newcastle in August. He top scored with paid 16 against Berwick in 2010 and was made captain before fracturing his neck in a grass-track crash which virtually finished his speedway career, although he still represents his country on the Long-tracks.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
239 1108 1275 248 1523 5.50
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Steve Cope, Photo © Alan Chapman COPE, Steve - Born: Dewsbury, West Yorkshire 8 January 1969

Manchester based rider who made nine appearances for the Tigers towards the end of the 1993 season after displacing Will Beveridge from the second reserve berth. Averaged 2.80 from these fixtures but was not retained for the 1994 season. Steve rode occasionally for Buxton in 1994 but then disappeared from the scene.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
9 30 18 3 21 2.80
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Nigel Crabtree, Photo © Alan Chapman CRABTREE, Nigel - Born: Halifax, West Yorkshire 15 March 1960

Nigel spent most of his career racing in the lower league where he was a popular and class performer, particularly during his spells with Stoke and Glasgow. Has ridden many times at Owlerton, mainly in the visitors side of the pits, but made eight appearances for the Tigers in 1984 as cover for injuries.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
8 29 21 5 26 3.59
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CRANE, Cyril - Born: Norwich, Norfolk 23 September 1934

Will mainly be remembered as a promoter rather than a rider, being in charge of King's Lynn, Boston and Milton Keynes in the 1970's and 80's. Rode with limited success at Yarmouth, Norwich and King's Lynn and also had 2 two matches for the Tigers in 1965 which brought 7 points.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
2 8 7 0 7 3.50
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David Crane, photo from Speedway Star Digest 1963 CRANE, David - Born: Norwich, Norfolk 15 July 1946

Nephew of Cyril Crane who was a regular member of the 1965 Sheffield side, having joined the club from his home town team, Norwich, who had closed down during the winter. Recorded an average of just over 5 points per match for the Tigers and his small stature made him a spectacular rider to watch. Returned to Norfolk in 1966 when King's Lynn opened and finally retired in 1970 after a spell at Boston.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
26 104 110 21 131 5.04
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DALTON, Bill - Born: Liverpool, Merseyside 8 August 1920

Learned to ride on the Army tracks in Germany and joined Belle Vue on demob. Transferred to Tamworth without riding for the Aces in the league and came to Sheffield in 1950 when the Midlands side closed. Filled a second string role during the season, scoring 120 league points before moving on to Motherwell. Settled in South Africa after retirement.

MatchesPoints
31 137
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DAVIDSON, Richard - Born: Paraparaumu, New Zealand 30 April 1964

After spending the 1989 and 1990 seasons at Stoke, Richard came to Sheffield late into the 1991 season. Riding in the reserve berth he looked impressive, averaging just over four points per match and hitting top scores of nine at home to Edinburgh and his old home circuit at Loomer Road. Despite these showings Richard did not make a racing return to our shores.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
10 48 43 6 49 4.08
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John Davis DAVIS, John - Born: Oxford, Oxfordshire 10 November 1954

One of England's best riders of the 1980's and certainly the most charismatic, John figured in a surprise late season loan move to Owlerton from Poole in 1983. Proved to be a popular member of the side with the supporters, averaging nearly 9 points per match from his six league outings. Promoter Ray Glover tried to tempt John into a full time return to Owlerton in 1984 but, put off by the travelling, he moved to Wimbledon.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
6 25 52 4 56 8.96
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John Dews, Photo © Wright Wood DEWS, John - Born: Wakefield, West Yorkshire 26 March 1945

One of the all time greats at Owlerton riding for the club between 1962 and 1970, scoring over 1300 points for the club. Initially started as a trainee at Belle Vue but made his mark at Sheffield, having his best season in 1966 when he topped the averages with a figure of 8 points plus. Rider control moved him away to Wimbledon then Oxford but John was to return to Sheffield in 1977 as team manager, a position to be relinquished only upon the arrival of Ray Glover in 1980. Later promoted at Stoke, John was to pass away following a short illness in August 1995 at the age of 50.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
270 1033 1444.5 179 1623.5 6.29
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Lee Dicken, Photo © Alan Chapman DICKEN, Lee - Born: Hull, Humberside 25 August 1978

Rode one match for Sheffield, failing to score from three rides at home to the Scottish Monarchs during a short loan spell in 1996 when acting as cover during one of Roman Matousek's many absences. Continues to ride for his hometown team, the Hull Vikings.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
1 3 0 0 0 0.00
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DRYML, Ales - Born: Kolina, Czech Republic 10 June 1953

Signed by Ray Glover from Exeter for a reported £5000 in 1980, Ales rode just six matches for the Tigers before being sacked due to his extensive overseas commitments which prevented him from fulfilling several Sheffield fixtures. Had looked impressive during his short spell, top scoring at Wimbledon, and reached the World Final both that year and in 1981.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
6 23 28 4 32 5.57
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Reidar Eide, Photo © Wright WoodEIDE, Reidar - Born: Hoyland, Norway 6 November 1940

Reidar was a man of many tracks, joining Sheffield from Poole in 1972 and having already also ridden for Edinburgh, Coatbridge and Wembley. The first Norweigian to ride for the Tigers, he was five times a national champion and reached the World Final in 1968. Never really settled at Owlerton despite topping the averages with a figure of 8.86 and was on the move again the following season, to Newport. Spent his last years working in the Philippines but sadly died in February 1999.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
33 145 295 26 321 8.86
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Alf Elliott, photo from Stenners 1947 ELLIOTT, Alf - Born: England 27 January 1915

Discovered at the Rye House training school after the war and joined the Tigers in 1946, the first season after hostilities had ended. Scored 51 points in his two years at Owlerton but did not hold down a regular place in the team, moving to Wombwell in Division Three during 1947. Later went on to ride for Poole and Oxford before retiring in 1949.

MatchesPoints
29 67
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ELLIOTT, Wayne - Born: Kingswinford, West Midlands 18 August 1966

Joined Sheffield at the start of the 1987 season from Birmingham, primarily to ride for the 'Cubs' in the junior league. Managed two appearances for the first team during the season but failed to score in either match. Moved to Long Eaton the following season where he found slightly more success.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
2 2 0 0 0 0.00
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Sam Ermolenko, photo from Speedway StarERMOLENKO, Sam - Born: Maywood, U.S.A. 23 November 1960

After a torrid 1995 season in the newly formed Premier League, Sheffield turned to Sam to ride for the team on a short term basis when Zoltan Adorjan revealed he would not arrive until mid season. Sam had not originally intended to race in the British League but put in some stirring performances which only enhanced his already popular reputation with the Owlerton crowd. After completing his first spell mid season Sam delighted the club by returning when his chances of taking the World title had gone. The 1993 World Champion made 19 appearances for the club, attaining an average of 9.73.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
19 104 244 9 253 9.73
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Keith EvansEVANS, Keith - Born: Manchester 23 August 1953

Began his career at Barrow in 1972 before moving to Scunthorpe where he became the club's number one. Signed for the Tigers during the 1976 season and moved up full time the following year. His first season saw him promisingly reach an average in excess of 5 points per match but a serious knee injury, followed by an injury to his back, restricted him to just 13 league appearances over the next two years before he retired in 1979. Attempted a comeback with Stoke in 1981 but quit after only one ride stating that he had lost his nerve.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
66 220 231 46 277 5.04
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Neil Evitts EVITTS, Neil - Born: Birmingham, West Midlands 25 September 1964

When Sheffield reopened their doors after a two year absence in 1991, Neil was signed from Bradford to form a twin spearhead with Peter Carr. The former British Champion had a great season with the Tigers, finishing fourth in the Second Division averages with a figure of nearly ten points per match. The following season saw Neil continue in a similar scoring vein but behind the scenes the situation was not so rosy and a contractual dispute saw Neil leave the club under a cloud. He was then involved in a protracted legal dispute with the promotion which at one stage reportedly threatened the future of the club. Neil retired after suffering a knee injury and is now involved in the engine tuning business.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
36 171 406 11 417 9.75
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Clive Featherby FEATHERBY, Clive - Born: King's Lynn, Norfolk, 6 April 1933

Rode for the Tigers between 1961 and 1965 and during that time was probably the most popular rider at Owlerton. His aggressive style of riding made him something of a cult hero with the fans although by his own admission he was an individualist and not a team man. He was equally as unpopular with opposing riders and fans alike but over 1,000 points in his five years at Owlerton make him one of the all time great Sheffield riders. Clive finally retired after suffering a badly broken leg whilst riding for King's Lynn in 1972 and settled in Australia after retirement.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
122 492 1070 44 1114 9.06
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FINCH, Steve - Born: Middlestown, West Yorkshire 8 January 1958

When the Tigers hit various injury crises in 1979 and 1980 Steve helped to keep the club reasonably competitive. At the time he was one of the top riders in the Second Division, riding for Ellesmere Port, and often turned in useful performances - achieving and average of around 4.5 points per match. Appeared in 24 official fixtures for the Tigers.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
24 92 96 9 105 4.57
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Mark Fiora FIORA, Mark - Born: Mount Barker, Australia 16 May 1962

Spotted by promoter Ray Glover on a trip to Australia, Mark joined Sheffield in 1981 as an inexperienced 18 year old. Initially went out on loan to Scunthorpe but even though he struggled in Division Two he was quickly called up to ride full time for the Tigers. It was a remarkable move which quickly paid off and he became one of the success stories of the season. Began the 1982 season in the team but lost his place to Zenon Plech in mid season. Spent the rest of his British career in Division Two, achieving heat leader status and eventually retiring in 1988.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
54 170 151 30 181 4.26
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FOG, Allan - Born: Middlefart, Denmark 4 August 1972

Signed by Eastbourne in 1993 after some impressive trials at Arlington but could not be fitted into the Eagles' line up. Joined Sheffield later in the year but looked a complete novice around Owlerton. His time at Sheffield was a nightmare with a run of poor form and injuries and he was quickly released.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
6 20 6 0 6 1.20
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FOY, Robbie - Born: Perth, Australia 28 February 1963

Hailed as a potential world beater when he joined the Tigers as a raw 18 year old in 1982. Found the pace of British speedway far too hot and despite winning his first league ride he did little else, scoring only 8 points in 8 meetings for Sheffield. Lost his place in the team to David Bargh and went out on loan to Newcastle where he managed to pick up a Division Two championship medal. Retired completely on returning to Perth that winter,

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
8 21 8 1 9 1.71
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Rick France FRANCE, Rick - Born: Birmingham, West Midlands 12 July 1938

Rick had been a fixture in the Coventry side for over a decade before joining Sheffield in 1973. Spent just one season at Owlerton in the side that finished second in the league and despite finishing seventh in the averages he recorded a figure of almost 7 points per match. Moved to Halifax the following year and spent two season at The Shay before retiring. Rick was a World Finalist in 1967.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
32 118 167 35 202 6.85
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FRANKLAND, John - Born: Manchester 1 January 1963

A second halfer at Owlerton in the early 1980's, John rode just one league match for the Tigers, scoring 2 paid 3 at home to Swindon on May 28 1981. Found more success in the lower leagues, notably with Long Eaton with whom he won a championship medal in 1984. Retired the following season on medical advice with a long standing hip injury.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
1 2 2 1 3 6.00
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Valentino Furlanetto, Photo © Alan Chapman FURLANETTO, Valentino - Born: Lonigo, Italy 11 May 1965

A class performer on the continental circuits who looked to be a scoop signing, both in terms of points and publicity, in 1988 and articles were run in Sheffield newspapers asking for girlfriends for Valentino. However, the Italian never settled in British speedway and despite flashes of form he returned home after only 11 official matches which produced less than a point a ride. Continued to ride on the continent with some success, twice winning the Italian Championship but did not return to British speedway.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
11 40 28 8 36 3.60
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Glen Furniss, Photo © Alan Chapman FURNISS, Glen - Born: Sheffield, South Yorkshire 5 June 1973

Locally born second halfer, who made his debut in the Conference League for the Owlerton 'Prowlers' in 1996. Had a short run in the team at reserve in 1998 but found most of his success with the Belle Vue 'Colts' in the Conference League. Suffered a major set back in his career when his bikes were stolen from his van after a meeting at Belle Vue.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
2 6 1 1 2 1.33
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Dick Geary, photo from Stenners 1947 GEARY, Dick - Born: St. Albans, Hertfordshire 19 March 1917

First rode for West Ham in 1938 before the war interrupted his progress. Resumed with the Hammers after the war but found the going tough and dropped down a league to join the Tigers in June 1946. Scored 97 league points before moving to Wigan during 1947. Had further spells with Fleetwood and Walthamstow before retiring.

MatchesPoints
23 102
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GERRARD, Dave - Born: Liverpool, Merseyside 13 August 1940

Joined his home town team when Second Division racing returned in 1960 but retired during the year after starting well. After a spell out of the saddle he came to Sheffield for a short period in 1962 but only scored 7 points for the club.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
3 11 7 4 11 4.00
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Carl Glover GLOVER, Carl - Born: Sheffield, South Yorkshire 11 October 1952

Despite being born in the city Carl initially joined Boston in Division Two, making his debut in 1971. Became one of the top riders in the section, winning the Division Two Riders Championship at Wimbledon in 1974. Joined Sheffield the same season and doubled up between the two leagues, helping the Tigers win the Knock Out Cup. After recording an average in excess of 6 points per match in 1975 whilst riding for the Tigers his career went into decline and mid way through 1977 figured in a swap deal with King's Lynn for Billy Burton. Carl retired in 1978 but his involvement with the sport was not over, taking over as manager of the Tigers during his father's reign as promoter. Also team managed the national side.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
106 436 512 81 593 5.44
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GLOVER, Les - Born: Sheffield, South Yorkshire 26 September 1955

Brother of Carl Glover who also joined the Tigers via a spell in the Second Division with Boston. Les did not prove to be as successful as Carl and rode just 26 times in official fixtures in 1975 and 1976. After leaving the Tigers Les spent some years racing in the German league.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
26 72 50 12 62 3.44
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Jack Gordon, photo from Stenners 1948 GORDON, Jack - Born: Bolton, Lancashire 21 January 1912

A pre war Belle Vue rider, Jack was a member of Middlesbrough's Division Two championship winning side of 1946. After leaving the Bears during 1947 Jack's career took on something of a nomadic existence before joining Sheffield in 1950. Scored just two points for the Tigers in what proved to be his last season. Jack sadly died in February 2000.

MatchesPoints
6 12
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GORMAN, Brian - Born: Sheffield, South Yorkshire 1 June 1924

A local man who was discovered at the Stoke training school in the winter of 1946/7. After a spell with the Potters and with Hull, Brian came to Owlerton in 1948 but was unable to win a regular team place with the Tigers. Scored just 15 points for the club before leaving for Newcastle during the 1949 season. He returned to Owlerton in 1950 but again failed to establish himself in the team.

MatchesPoints
14 17
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Johnny Green, photo from Stenners 1952 GREEN, Johnny - Born: Burnley, Lancashire 25 May 1927

Had a career spanning from 1949 to 1961 and rode for many clubs. Stopped off at Owlerton for a short spell in 1950 scoring 9 points before joining Newcastle but had most success with Edinburgh and Motherwell in the early 1950's. Hit the headlines again in 1983, for the wrong reasons, as he reportedly received a lengthy jail sentence for his part in a drugs ring.

MatchesPoints
8 11
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GREEN, Randy - Born: Great Falls, U.S.A. 25 July 1964

Signed by Hackney as an unknown in 1987 and after losing his place in the London side, moved north to Bradford. Found himself surplus to requirements at Odsal during 1988 and figured in a mid season move to Sheffield. Rode in six official fixtures for the Tigers and although his spell was interrupted by injury he proved to be a popular member of the team. Failed to win another team place in Britain after the Tigers closed at the end of the season.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
6 19 16 3 19 4.00
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Simon Green GREEN, Simon - Born: Skipton, North Yorkshire 8 November 1969

Although Simon was not a big scorer, usually filling a second string or reserve berth for the club, he will always have a special place in the hearts of the Tigers supporters who will remember his near fatal crash whilst riding against Long Eaton at Owlerton in 1991. Only Simon's physical fitness saved him from death and he made an amazing recovery to return to the side for the following season. Later had spells with Newcastle and Bradford before finally retiring in 1995.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
24 96 94 15 109 4.54
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Lars Gunnestad, Photo © Lukasz Grochala GUNNESTAD, Lars - Born: Drammen, Norway 18 February 1971

Lars was one of the most sought after riders in World speedway with several leading club's chasing his signature, when he amazingly joined Sheffield near the end of the 1991 season. His form was sensational and he fully lived up to his reputation as one of the top riders in Scandinavia. With hindsight, Lars was never going to stay with the Tigers as he sought top flight racing to further his international career but his signing was a master stroke as his transfer to Poole brought in much needed money to the club. Although Lars has never fulfilled his potential he has proved to be a class heat leader in Division One.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
6 32 68 0 68 8.50
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Martin Hagon, Photo © Geoff RidsdaleHAGON, Martin - Born: Hackney, London 25 December 1961

Son of former rider Alf Hagon who was Ray Glover's last signing before he sold out to Maurice Ducker on the eve of the 1984 season. At one time it appeared that Martin would lead the Tigers in Division Two, under Glover, but the new promotion preserved his First Division status. Martin spent his best years in the sport at Owlerton and was a regular in the side for three years. Hit some terrific purple patches of form although his average remained at between 5 and 6 points per match each season. A pioneer of the lay down machine who rode them in the mid eighties before they became commonplace.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
116 418 503 70 573 5.48
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Arnold Haley having taken the Silver Sash from Ivan Mauger at Belle Vue in 1969 HALEY, Arnold - Born: Leeds, West Yorkshire 15 September 1942

One of the most popular riders to have ridden for Sheffield in a Tigers career which spanned from 1965 to 1978. In that time he scored nearly 3000 league points and held a heat leader berth from 1967 to 1973 and qualified for the World Final as reserve in 1968. He will be remembered for some inspirational performances, particularly against Ipswich in the 1974 Knock Out Cup Final victory. Injuries restricted his appearances and scoring potential in the late 1970's and he moved to Belle Vue in 1979. A short spell at Cradley, and then National League Oxford followed before he finally retired in 1981. Arnie sadly passed away after a fall at home in March 2003.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
389 1580 2628.5 308 2936.5 7.43
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Mike Hampson, Photo © Alan Chapman HAMPSON, Mike - Born: Ashton-Under-Lyne, Greater Manchester 26 July 1973

Mike had two spells at Sheffield in 1995 and 1997, riding usually at reserve. Turned in some useful performances, particularly in his second spell when he held his place throughout the second half of the season. Excelled at Conference League level with Buxton but had to retire following a complicated wrist injury.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
27 121 72 17 89 2.94
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HANDSCOMBE, Ken - Born: England 1941

Made his first league appearance for Sheffield in 1962 after having previously ridden for Bradford. Spent three seasons on the fringes of the team, scoring a total of 45 points before moving briefly to Middlesbrough in 1964 when domestic reasons forced him out of the sport.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
25 73 47 8 55 3.01
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Bert Harkins, Photo © Wright Wood HARKINS, Bert - Born: Glasgow, Scotland 15 April 1940

One of the few Scotsmen to have appeared for the Tigers, Bert spent just one season at Owlerton in 1972. Averaged over 7 points per match despite being based in the south of England. Having joined Sheffield from Wembley, Bert returned to London in 1973 to ride for Wimbledon. He ranks as one of Scotland's all time top ten riders.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
35 142 221 33 254 7.15
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John Hart, Photo © Wright WoodHART, John - Born: Birmingham, West Midlands 22 January 1941

John joined the Tigers early in the 1966 season from Cradley with whom he had spent the previous five years. He was an ever present that season and again in 1967, when he finished third in the averages with a figure a fraction under 7 points per match. Moved to Leicester in 1968 and retired in 1975 after further spells at Cradley and his home town team, Birmingham.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
74 302 435 52 487 6.45
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HATTERSLEY, Phil - Born: Sheffield, South Yorkshire 17 November 1933

Locally born rider who began his speedway career at Owlerton in 1960. Rode in the junior events and broke into the team in 1962, scoring one point in his only meeting. Phil re opened the Wombwell circuit as a training track in 1964 and still takes a great interest in the sport, being seen weekly on the terraces at Owlerton.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
1 3 1 0 1 1.33
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HAWKES, Guy - Born: Bunbury, Australia 17 June 1941

Perth based school teacher who spent the 1968 and 69 seasons in England. Did not win a regular place in the Sheffield line up, mainly riding in second halves, but rode more frequently on loan at Doncaster in Division Two. Obtained an average of 7 in the lower league but quit stating he could not make Second Division racing pay.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
12 27 16 3 19 2.81
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HAYNES, Rod - Born: Sheffield, South Yorkshire 21 December 1950

Former cycle speedway rider who had his first outings at the Sheffield Training School in 1970. Served his speedway apprenticeship at Scunthorpe in Division Two before moving up full time to ride for the Tigers in 1974. Played a major part in the Knock Out Cup triumph despite missing out on the final and had increased his average to 6 when his career was ended by a badly broken leg sustained early into the 1975 season at Poole.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
45 132 116 39 155 4.70
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HEDDEN, Bobby - Born: Kernville, U.S.A. 6 March 1971

Rode at the Overseas Final stage of the World Championship in 1996 at Coventry and joined Sheffield for a short spell later in the season. Rode in the last five league matches of the year and although he only scored five points he started to look the part before the season closed. Struggled slightly on the larger European tracks and has not ridden in the British League since his outings with the Tigers. Qualified for the Overseas final in 2001, but failed to score riding Brent Werner's bikes at Poole.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
5 18 5 0 5 1.11
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HEIGOLD, Derek - Born: Rotherham, South Yorkshire 29 October 1938

A former grass track rider who turned to speedway when the gates reopened at Sheffield in 1960. Unable to win a team place at Owlerton, he had outings with Bradford in 1960 and finally made his Tigers debut the following season. His promising career was ended when he crashed with fellow Tigers junior Terry Turner in a second half race at Owlerton in 1961 which left him with multiple injuries and in a coma for 168 hours. Although he recovered from his injuries he never rode a speedway bike again.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
1 5 3 2 5 4.00
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Csaba Hell - Photo © Alan Chapman HELL, Csaba - Born: Kistelek, Hungary 29 May 1970

Targeted by Glasgow in 1991 after some impressive displays on British circuits with a Hungarian touring side. When Glasgow could not fit him into the side he joined Sheffield but after only two matches he was released from his contract when the extent of his Continental commitments became apparent.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
1 4 3 0 3 3.00
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Mark Hepworth - Photo © Alan Chapman HEPWORTH, Mark - Born: Dewsbury, West Yorkshire 22 September 1967

A Sheffield junior from the mid 1980's who returned to the club when the sport was reintroduced to the city in 1991. Took over from Derrol Keats in the side in June and held his place for most of the season proving to be a popular member of the side. Began 1992 in the team but was axed after missing a visit to Rye House to travel to Poland with Eric Boocock.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
22 83 71 13 84 4.05
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Stuart Hickman HICKMAN, Stuart - Born: Sheffield, South Yorkshire 23 February 1922

Had a speedway career spanning over 15 years which took in two spells at Owlerton. After making his league debut for Wombwell in 1948 Stuart joined the Tigers in 1950 and scored 13 points during the season before moving on to Long Eaton. After almost a decade in retirement he returned to Sheffield in 1960 when the team entered the Provincial League. Was one of the leading lights of the 1960 team but suffered a broken leg after starting the 1961 season in fine form. Moved to Bradford as captain in 1962 which proved to be his last season in the sport.

MatchesPoints
36 158
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HIGGS, Alvin -

Local junior who had second half rides in 1947 before making brief team appearances in 1948, scoring two league points.

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2 2
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HILAIRE, Thierry - Born: Suresnes, France 1 June 1963

Not one of the best signings that Sheffield have ever made, Thierry joining the club in 1992 after previously appearing for Long Eaton and Milton Keynes. Came in on a ridiculously high assessed average which he was never going to achieve and managed only 3 points in 20 rides. However, he was often worth the admission money alone and the talk of the terraces when Thierry was riding was not only if he was going to finish the race but also how many of his opponents. Remains the only Frenchman to have ridden for the club.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
6 20 3 0 3 0.60
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Eric Hockaday, Photo © Wright Wood HOCKADAY, Eric - Born: London 9 September 1929

Eric was a former stunt rider who came to Sheffield in 1966 from Cradley. Had started riding over 10 years earlier at Aldershot and was in the twilight of his career when he arrived at Owlerton. Proved to be a useful team member in his first season, averaging over 5.5 points per match as the Tigers finished in mid table but after only 8 appearances the following season he moved back to Dudley Wood and retired after a short spell at Long Eaton in 1969.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
31 84 94 17 111 5.29
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Lee Hodgson HODGSON, Lee - Born: Preston, Lancashire 19 February 1985

A product of the Sheffield training track Lee made his debut for the Prowlers in 2000 sustaining a broken leg at Rye House in August. He signed for the Tigers on his birthday and started the 2001 season in style by winning his first ride in the televised match against Workington. Lee suffered a broken collar bone riding for the Prowlers at Newport and never managed to reclaim his team spot.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
3 13 8 1 9 2.77
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Stan Hodson, photo from Stenners 1948 HODSON, Stan - Born: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire 4 March 1922

Rode in Sheffield's initial post war season scoring 12 points and appeared briefly in 1947 before joining Wombwell on loan. In 1948 Stan proved to be an important member of Exeter's Third Division championship winning side but developed heath problems and was advised to retire in 1949. However, Stan defied this advice to continue riding and sadly died of a heart attack in June of that year at the age of 27.

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10 15
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HOLEY, Stan - Born: Halifax, West Yorkshire 1934

A regular competitor on the northern circuits for over a decade, Stan made just one non scoring appearance for the Tigers in 1965. Had his best season with Bradford five years earlier but this was the only occasion he really established himself in a team. He was better known as a team manager and took charge of team affairs at various tracks.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
1 2 0 0 0 0.00
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Rob Homer, Photo © Alan Chapman HOMER, Rob - Born: Birmingham, West Midlands 9 September 1972

A former Coventry junior, Rob joined Sheffield in 1991 when Cliff Carr brought the sport back to Owlerton. Rode solely for the Cubs in the junior league that season before sustaining back injuries in an accident at Peterborough which kept him out for the rest of the year. Made his league debut in 1992 and finished the season in the side following an injury to Steve Knott. Also had a short mid season spell the following year but could not claim a regular team place.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
9 30 12 3 15 2.00
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Ade Hoole, Photo © Alan Chapman HOOLE, Ade - Born: Telford, Shropshire 28 August 1970

Another 1991 junior signing who looked superb when riding for the Cubs but found life more difficult in the first team. Ade had previously ridden for Wolverhampton and averaged 10.77 for the juniors in his year at Sheffield. Had a couple of useful home appearances for the Tigers towards the end of the season but his end of year first team average was only slightly over 3 points. Moved to Stoke in 1992 and continued in much the same vein for the Potters.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
12 39 26 5 31 3.18
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HORNBY, Bernie - Born: Manchester 15 September 1947

Rode in second half events at Sheffield throughout the early 1970's but spent the majority of his career in the Second Division with Workington. Made only three first team appearances for the Tigers, one per year in 1971, 1972 and 1975, and failed to score in any of these fixtures. Bernie is the brother-in-law of ex Australian international John Titman.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
3 7 0 0 0 0.00
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HORNE, Ralph - Born: England

An ex jockey who rode in the immediate post war years, most successfully with Coventry in 1948. Had two short spells at Owlerton in 1947 and 1949, scoring a total of 17 league points.

MatchesPoints
12 17
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HOWE, Les -

Little known rider who scored 3 points for the Tigers in the 1950 season, his only league appearances for any club.

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4 3
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Alan Jay, Photo © Wright Wood JAY, Alan - Born: Oxford, Oxfordshire 18 January 1941

Made his league debut for the Tigers in 1961 and spent seven years with the club, scoring over 600 points. Alan usually filled a second string or a reserve berth and was a regular in the side from 1962. After leaving Sheffield Alan rode for Newcastle, Halifax and Coventry before retiring in 1975. Now runs the family scrap metal and salvage business in Rotherham.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
163 608 652 121 773 5.09
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JAY, Derek - Born: Oxford, Oxfordshire 19 August 1943

Younger brother of Alan who spent almost all his time in the second half, only making the team on 7 occasions between 1964 and 1966.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
7 18 3 1 4 0.89
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Wilf Jay, photo from Stenners 1947 JAY, Wilf - Born: Rotherham, South Yorkshire 28 June 1913

Wilf is certainly the oldest rider to have ridden for the Tigers since the war, making his one and only Sheffield appearance at Long Eaton in 1964, at the remarkable age of 51. Sons Alan and Derek were also in the Sheffield team that day. He was a pre war star and was a heat leader in the years that immediately followed the end of hostilities, riding notably for Norwich, Newcastle and Walthamstow. Wilf died in 1973 but his name lives on at the family business in Rotherham.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
1 2 1 0 1 2.00
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JEFFCOATE, Ian - Born: Sheffield, South Yorkshire 17 June 1954

A regular in second half events at Owlerton in the late 1970's, Ian made seven official first team appearances between 1976 and 1979. During loan spells at Scunthorpe and Stoke in the Second Division he obtained a useful three to four point average and was a capable reserve at that level of racing.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
7 21 7 1 8 1.52
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JENKINS, Dennis - Born: England 1930

Manchester based rider who rode for much of the late 1950's in the second half at Belle Vue without regularly riding for the Aces team. One of the many riders to take advantage of the introduction of Provincial League racing in 1960 when several tracks including Sheffield, reopened, Dennis originally joined Liverpool before coming to Owlerton in 1961. Scored 6 points for the Tigers and retired two years later after spells at Bradford, Long Eaton and Newcastle.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
4 11 6 3 9 3.27
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JOHNSTON, Ron - Born: Dunedin, New Zealand

First came to England in 1950, joining Belle Vue. Loaned to Sheffield during the season to gain experience and scored 52 points from his 9 matches in Sheffield colours. He returned to Belle Vue the following season and spent the next decade with the Aces, reaching four World Finals before returning home at the end of the 1961 season.

MatchesPoints
9 52
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Steve Johnston JOHNSTON, Steve - Born: Kalgoorlie, Australia 12 October 1971

Spotted riding at Perth by the Tigers management and offered a contract for the 1992 season, Steve was initially meant to be arriving on an assessed two point average due to British parentage but the sport's governing body ruled that his average should be fixed at 7.00. As a result the team was weaker than originally planned but Steve held his place throughout the season and became a favourite on the terraces with his battling style. After being due to start 1993 in the team he suffered an eve of season hand injury and lost his team place after a difficult start to the season. Has since developed into a capable Division One heat leader and international rider after spells with Long Eaton, Ipswich and Oxford.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
27 120 93 15 108 3.60
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Soren Karlsson KARLSSON, Soren - Born: Orebro, Sweden 23 October 1946

Had just one season at Sheffield, joining the club in 1975. Soren had missed out on British action altogether the previous season after spending the 1973 season with Coventry and showed flashes of form to record an average of just over 6 points per match. Moved on to Swindon after leaving the Tigers, spending a further three years with the Wiltshire side. Never rose above second string level whilst in Britain but did qualify for the 1977 World Final as a non riding reserve.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
27 88 108 26 134 6.09
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Derrol Keats KEATS, Derrol - Born: Sheffield, South Yorkshire 26 June 1963

Began his speedway career at Owlerton in the mid 1980's but rode only periodically under Maurice Ducker's promotion, spending periods on loan at Second Division tracks. When the Tigers returned to the sport in 1991 Derrol was brought back and proved to be an immensely popular, if erratic reserve, earning himself the title 'Dangerous Derrol'. Soon found himself out in the cold and disappeared from the speedway scene completely for five years, riding only the occasional grass track meeting. Returned in 1996 to lead the Owlerton Prowlers in the Conference League, eventually forcing his way into the team and amazingly showing the best form of his career in 1998. To the disappointment of many Derrol was not retained for the 1999 season and although the move initially proved unpopular, his replacement Simon Stead was a major part in the championship win that season.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
58 230 198 52 250 4.35
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Robbie Kessler, Photo © Geoff RidsdaleKESSLER, Robert - Born: Neuwied, Germany 5 April 1973

Joined Sheffield mid way through the 1994 season and recorded a highly impressive 5 point average in his first year. Missed out on the 1995 season due to National Service commitments, returning to Owlerton the following year to continue his improvement in the combined Premier League. When the sport returned to the two division structure again in 1997 Robert stayed with the Tigers and took over as the club's number one but a misunderstanding over continental commitments meant he concentrated on the Polish and German leagues in 1998. Following a season on loan at King's Lynn, Robert returned to the Tigers line up for the 2000 season where he reestablished his credentials as a Premier League heat-leader. Robbie missed the Tigers Young Shield play-off matches after sustaining knee ligament injuries while guesting for Swindon at Edinburgh.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
147 718 1378 77 1455 8.11
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Jack Kitchen, Photo © Wright Wood KITCHEN, Jack - Born: Lancaster, Lancashire 2 August 1938

Began his career at Belle Vue in the second halves, eventually graduating to the Aces team. Came to Sheffield in 1960 when Provincial League racing was introduced and finished second top scorer with 122 points before reverting back to Belle Vue the following season. Returned for a second spell with the Tigers in 1963 and stayed for a four year period, forming a potent top two with Clive Featherby. Averaged over 9 in the first season of the British League in 1965 but business commitments clashed with his racing and his form slipped in 1966, calling it a day at the end of that season. Jack sadly died in August 1990.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
113 472 974.5 80 1054.5 8.94
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Steve Knott KNOTT, Steve - Born: Nocton Hall, Lincolnshire 29 March 1975

'Knotty' was a former Boston mascot who developed through the juniors at Sheffield into the team in 1992. Became a regular in the side and looked to be one of the Tigers' best prospects for many years. However, progress was not as quick as had been expected and a move to Cradley followed in 1995. Two years later, after a short spell in retirement Steve returned to Sheffield and regained his position as a reliable second string. Unlucky to be dropped mid way through the 1998 season to make way for Dane, Robert Larsen, and although Larsen broke his leg without making his league debut Steve's average prevented him from being recalled and he drifted out of the sport.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
113 501 506 77 583 4.65
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Henny Kroeze KROEZE, Henny - Born: Zenderen, Holland 11 March 1952

Despite being Holland's greatest ever speedway rider, Henny was some way past his best when he came to Sheffield in 1979. The peak of his career had been some three years earlier whilst at Halifax when he became the first rider to score a 21 point maximum. His time at Sheffield was blighted by injury and 30 official appearances in two years brought only 88 points. Quit British speedway in 1980 but was seeded to the 1987 World Final in Amsterdam.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
30 96 88 15 103 4.29
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KYLLINGSTAD, Einar - Born: Brini, Norway 17 July 1965

Despite some impressive continental showings, Einar did not really produce the goods in Britain apart from an occasional high score for King's Lynn prior to him signing for the Tigers. Seven matches in Sheffield colours in a mid season spell in 1988 brought only 16 points and he was quickly released.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
7 26 16 6 22 3.38
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LACEY, Bert - Born: London 1916

Began riding after the war with Belle Vue and joined the Tigers in 1947. Failed to score any points for the club that season and moved on to Wombwell then Coventry, where he had his greatest success, reaching heat leader status and holding the track record at Brandon. Returned to Owlerton in 1950 but was injured in an early season crash which prompted his retirement.

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5 8
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Reg Lambourne, photo from Stenners 1947 LAMBOURNE, Reg - Born: Worcester, Worcestershire 1 July 1911

First rode at Bristol in 1936 and was a member of their successful side up until the outbreak of war three years later. Joined Sheffield when racing resumed in 1946, scoring 37 points during the season before moving on to Wigan and Fleetwood. Became the first ever captain of the Swindon Robins in 1949 and retired after riding for the Wiltshire side for four seasons.

MatchesPoints
20 64
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Stan Lanfear, photo from Stenners 1948 LANFEAR, Stan - Born: Bristol, Avon

A pre war grass track star who took up speedway at his home town circuit in 1946. After riding for Plymouth, Stan joined Sheffield in 1948, spending only a short time with the Tigers, scoring 8 points. Soon returned to the south west where he showed better form with Exeter.

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2 8
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Tony Langdon, photo from Speedway Star LANGDON, Tony - Born: Brisbane, Australia 20 June 1969

Proved immensely popular during his short spell at Owlerton, in the second half of the 1992 season. Made his first trip to Britain in 1988, linking with Poole and had ridden for the Pirates right up until his loan move to Owlerton after finding life hard in the First Division. On his debut at Middlesbrough the Tigers recorded their first away win of the season and his home debut three days later brought a paid maximum. Tony achieved an average in excess of 9 points during his stay and was high on the shopping list for the 1993 season. It was a major disappointment when he chose to sign for Oxford.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
8 43 92 7 99 9.21
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Bengt Larsson, Photo © Wright Wood LARSSON, Bengt - Born: Mariestad, Sweden 25 December 1946

Signed in 1967 and made an impact straight away, recording a maximum in his first ever away match at King's Lynn. Although he found this form impossible to repeat he was a popular figure at Owlerton and held a heat leader berth until 1969, which proved to be his best year, averaging over 8 points per match. Missed out on the 1972 season but returned the following year as the Tigers finished runners up to Reading in the league. Came back for a third spell in 1976 but by this time he was past his best and his average slipped to under 4. Bengt was the first Scandinavian rider to ride regularly for the Tigers.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
193 788 1225 203 1428 7.25
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Danny Lee, photo from Stenners 1948 LEE, Danny - Born: London 12 March 1916

Began riding in 1934 and rode for, amongst others, Birmingham and Southampton before the war. Spent two seasons at Sheffield, joining in 1947 and scoring 135 league points before his departure to Edinburgh the following season. Danny was a useful lower order rider, often turning in match winning performances from the second string or reserve berths. Retired in 1951 after a spell with Motherwell.

MatchesPoints
40 41
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Paul Lee LEE, Paul - Born: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire 21 March 1981

Began his career as a 15 year old with Peterborough and showed some startling Conference League form which quickly had him marked down as a rider for the future. Joined Long Eaton on reaching 16 and when the doors closed to speedway at Station Road he moved to Hull. Found life difficult at Craven Park, with the track not suiting his style of riding but a move to Owlerton in 1999 brought his career back on track and his improvement was a major part in the treble winning side. Didn't make the further improvements expected of him with the Tigers in 2000 and went on loan to Coventry in the Elite League for the 2001 season. Paul returned to the Tigers to guest for the injured Scott Smith but only completed one lap before clipping Mike Smith's rear wheel and hurtling head first into the fence. Suffering shoulder and facial injuries Paul was out of the saddle for 2 months.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
85 353 437 79 516 5.85
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Klaus Lohmann LOHMANN, Klaus - Born: Hillerod, Denmark 11 March 1959

One of Ray Glover's first signings when he took over the track in 1980. Klaus had previously ridden for Yorkshire rivals, Halifax and had shown plenty of improvement at The Shay which suggested he could emulate the achievement of elder brother Mike who was a heat leader for the Dukes. However, his form at Owlerton was poor and after just 19 official fixtures he became one of many riders to be axed by Mr. Glover, having averaged less than 5. This was to be his last spell in British speedway.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
19 74 75 15 90 4.86
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LONG, Henry - Born: South Africa 1925

One of South Africa's best riders who rode for Sheffield in 1948, gaining experience for a more illustrious career which followed with Belle Vue. Henry's spell with Sheffield was brief, scoring only 4 points but performed with distinction for the Aces, reaching the 1952 World Final.

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4 4
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LONG, Mike - Born: Napier, New Zealand 24 September 1966

Napier based Kiwi who spent most of the 1988 season in the juniors at Owlerton. Made six appearances for the club but failed to score in any of these fixtures. Found slightly more success during a loan spell at Edinburgh but did not return to these shores for 1989.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
6 11 0 0 0 0.00
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LONSDALE, Vic - Born: Rochdale, Lancashire 19 July 1936

Rated as a top junior prospect at Bradford in 1956 but his progress was halted by a fractured skull the following year and had to wait until 1960 for his league debut. Dubbed 'The Wildman', Vic rode briefly for Sheffield in 1963, scoring 27 points but continued in the saddle until 1970 when he appeared for Workington in Division Two . Rode in the 1991 Indoor Ice Meeting at Telford but sadly died of a heart attack later that year.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
7 23 27 6 33 5.74
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George Major, Photo © Wright Wood MAJOR, George - Born: Oxford, Oxfordshire 26 October 1939

Made his league debut for Aldershot in 1959 and had something of a nomadic career before joining the Tigers, riding for seven teams before arriving at Owlerton in 1966, having been allocated to the club from Cradley. Had a nightmare start to his Sheffield career, breaking his leg in his very first race and riding only 8 times before the end of the season. Stayed one more year before moving to Leicester and retired in 1975 after a five year spell at Birmingham, George is now team manger for Isle of Wight.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
32 105 135 18 153 5.83
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Rauli Makinen MAKINEN, Rauli - Born: Hameenkyro, Finland 11 August 1946

The signing of Makinen perhaps reflected the slump that Sheffield found themselves in by the late 1970's. Joined the club in 1978 and at the age of 31 was hardly a signing for the future. He had plenty of experience, mainly on Finnish long tracks and struggled to adapt to British League racing, averaging only 1.75 from 5 league matches. His top score was 3 points at home to Leicester and he was never seen at Sheffield again after failing to return from Finland where he had been competing in World Championship rounds in June.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
5 16 7 0 7 1.75
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MASON, Alan - Born: Christchurch, New Zealand 10 September 1960

Surprisingly joined the Tigers in 1983 from Glasgow, having only previously reached reserve standard in Division Two. Had a long run in the side and considering his lack of experience in the top flight did well, filling a reserve berth for most of the season and recording an average of over 3 points. Returned for 1984 but eventually lost his place in an eight man Tigers squad, moving out on loan to Newcastle.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
56 169 112 20 132 3.12
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Roman Matousek, photo from 5-1 MATOUSEK, Roman - Born: Slany, Czech Republic 23 May 1964

Roman played the part of hero and villain in equal measures during his eventful four season stint at Owlerton. Some of his performances were quite astounding and his talent on a speedway bike was never in question, however, all too often he was absent from the side for long spells with various problems encountered on the continent. His fearless riding upset many opponents but the memories he left at Owlerton are far too long to list although his post race celebration wheelies, celebrating on the dog track after clinching the bonus point in a run off with Chris Louis and throwing his race shirt into the crowd, fighting on the fourth bend with Sean Wilson and preventing the faster Alan Grahame from passing and causing the Hull rider to slide off on the last bend, clinching the match for Sheffield, readily spring to mind. Perhaps with hindsight he should have been sacked earlier due to the disruptive influence on the team but he remains a cult hero at Owlerton. Roman reached five consecutive World Finals between 1987 and 1991.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
118 620 1057 73 1130 7.29
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Brian Maxted, Photo © Wright Wood MAXTED, Brian - Born: Beckingham, Lincolnshire 26 June 1941

Began grass track racing in Lincolnshire in the early 1960's and was spotted by Wolverhampton promoter Bill Bridgett. Made his Wolves debut in 1965 and joined Sheffield three years later. Never a star, Brian was a steady scoring middle order rider that every team needs, averaging around 6 points per match in his first two years at Sheffield. Stayed until 1972 when he dropped to the Second Division to lead Scunthorpe and although he retired from speedway later that year he continued to ride on the grass track circuits until 1978, winning the British Championship four times.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
161 577 635.5 111 746.5 5.18
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MAXTED, Peter - Born: Beckingham, Lincolnshire 26 June 1946

Younger brother of Brian Maxted, who's Sheffield appearances were mainly restricted to second half events in 1968. Made one non scoring appearance for the first team and had a spell out on loan at Doncaster. Seriously injured in a crash at King's Lynn in 1969, losing a finger, but did return to ride in second half events at Long Eaton on his recovery.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
1 2 0 0 0 0.00
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McARTHUR, Bernard - Born: Manchester, 13 May 1939

Former Belle Vue junior who came to Owlerton in the early days of the Provincial League in 1960. Scored only three points that season but won a regular place in the side the following year, usually filling a second string or reserve role and picking up 60 points during the league campaign. Returned to Belle Vue in 1962 but soon retired after a succession of niggling injuries and a lack of finance.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
21 66 68 14 82 4.97
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Peter McNamara McNAMARA, Peter - Born: Halifax, West Yorkshire 23 March 1968

Joined Sheffield as a 17 year old in 1985 and doubled up between the Cubs and spells on loan at Scunthorpe and Milton Keynes. Won a place in the starting line up in the 1986 side when the BSPA deemed that teams had to contain at least one British junior rider. Did well to hold his place throughout most of the season, slightly increasing his assessed three point average. Left Sheffield at the end of the year but despite riding until 1992, failed to live up to the early promise he had shown.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
28 88 60 12 72 3.27
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Derrol Melbin MELBIN, Derrol - Born: Northam, Australia 29 March 1933

Arrived in Britain in 1960 and soon found himself at Owlerton where, despite the lack of points, he found himself a folk hero with the Sheffield crowd. His spectacular and fearless riding style caused him to fall on an all too regular basis and earned him the nickname of 'Spider'. Unable to win a regular place, he did stay for four years at Sheffield but only scored 47 league points during that time.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
23 66 48 12 60 3.64
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MENZIES, Andy - Born: Australia

A pre war Australian international who was in the veteran stages of his career when he joined Sheffield in 1949. Had a decent season at Owlerton and provided sound back up to the heat leaders, scoring 125 points during the year. Andy died in Australia in 1993.

MatchesPoints
31 125
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MINALL, Eric - Born: England 1933

Began his career at New Cross in 1951 and had spells at Long Eaton and Exeter before retiring in 1953. After over a decade out of the sport he returned in 1965 and rode in one match for the Tigers, scoring 2 points.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
1 4 2 1 3 3.00
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Alan Mogridge, Photo © Alan Chapman MOGRIDGE, Alan - Born: London 6 November 1963

One of the most entertaining riders in modern day speedway, Alan had a short spell with Sheffield in 1994 after leaving Middlesbrough. Made his league debut some 13 years earlier for Wimbledon and spent the whole of the early part of his career with clubs in the south of England before moving to Cleveland Park. 'Moggo' rescued a difficult 1994 season, scoring double figures in his first four matches and winning over the fans with his never-say-die efforts from the back. Although he could not keep up this form it was hoped that he would be retained for the 1995 season but, based in the south, he understandably opted to join Arena Essex. Alan spent 2000 back in the north east riding for Berwick, but plumped for Swindon in 2001.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
15 81 128 11 139 6.86
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Alan Molyneux MOLYNUEX, Alan - Born: Derby, Derbyshire 12 August 1950

Signed by Ray Glover in 1981 as part of an attempt to rebuild the team after the disasters of 1980. Alan had spent the previous five seasons with Coventry and although his average had slipped in the year prior to joining the Tigers, he came with good credentials having been an England international and British Finalist. The signing did not work out for rider or management as he suffered an early season injury which knocked his confidence and led to him being relegated to the reserve berth quite rapidly. Placed on the transfer list late in the season, he ironically showed his best form but it was not enough to win him a team place for 1982 and he moved to Long Eaton.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
38 142 185 17 202 5.69
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Eric Monaghan MONAGHAN, Eric - Born: Whiteley, Greater Manchester 31 October 1957

Made his league debut for Ellesmere Port in 1979 and stayed with the club until they closed their doors on the eve of the 1983 season. Eric was handed a chance in Division One with Sheffield and started the season in the reserve berth, proving to be a popular - if not high scoring- member of the side. Nicknamed 'Bootsy', his cheery personality and wholehearted effort made him a well liked figure on the terraces and although his average hovered just under the 4 point per match figure there was no sign of the crowd getting on his back. Eric lost his place in the last couple of months of the season as the management chose to revamp the side but he stayed in the sport as a rider until 1995 and is currently in charge of the track at one of his former teams, Stoke.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
33 119 104 14 118 3.97
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Charlie Monk, Photo © Wright Wood MONK, Charlie - Born: Adelaide, Australia 5 February 1940

Charlie was a dour, publicity shy figure and not the typical Australian who usually comes to ride on these shores. Nevertheless, he was a rider of the highest order and won the prestigious Internationale event at Wimbledon in 1965. After spending four years at Glasgow, Charlie asked for a move and came south to Owlerton in 1968, topping the averages with an figure a shade over 10 points per match. This was to prove his only season at Sheffield and he returned to Glasgow the following season. Later went on to ride for Halifax, Edinburgh and Barrow before retiring in 1978.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
37 160 391 12 403 10.08
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Andy Moore, Photo © Geoff Ridsdale MOORE, Andrew - Born: Lincoln, Lincolnshire 6 October 1982

Son of former Peterborough second halfer, Richard 'Chippy' Moore, Andrew is one of the new breed of Sheffield riders on which much hope for the future is pinned. Made his first team debut at Newcastle in May 1999 and did not let the side down in any of his appearances for the Tigers. Andrew is expected to use the Conference League in the 2000 season to put pressure on Adam Allott and James Birkinshaw for team places. Andrew deputised for the injured James Birkinshaw in the latter half of the 2000 season and did well enough to claim a team place for the 2001 campaign.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
45 177 155 30 185 4.18
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Kelly Moran MORAN, Kelly - Born: Huntingdon Beach, U.S.A. 21 September 1960

One of the most naturally talented riders ever seen, Kelly spent three memorable years at Sheffield riding with brother Shawn in the league's most spectacular spearhead. Despite enjoying the 'high life' and having a carefree attitude in his approach to racing, Kelly was a consistently high scorer in 15 years of British speedway. After spells with Hull, Birmingham and Eastbourne he spent three seasons concentrating on the Californian scene before being tempted back to Britain by Maurice Ducker in a masterstroke which saw him arrive on a reduced 7.5 average in 1986. His initial season at Owlerton was ended early after he suffered a serious wrist injury in an off track accident but he returned as good as ever in 1987 to rival Shawn for the number one slot in the averages. When the Tigers closed at the end of the 1988 season Kelly moved to Belle Vue but remained a crowd favourite on his visits when the sport later returned to Sheffield.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
100 456 960.5 62 1012.5 8.88
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Shawn Moran MORAN, Shawn - Born: Lakewood, U.S.A. 19 November 1961

Without doubt Shawn is the greatest and most popular rider to have represented Sheffield in the post war era. He first appeared on these shores at the end of the 1979 season, riding in a challenge match at Hull under the pseudonym of David East before joining the Vikings the following season. When Sheffield promoter Ray Glover heard that he was unhappy with Hull towards the end of 1980 he stepped in and bought the Californian for £8000 in one of the best pieces of transfer business ever. He became number one the following season and topped the averages every year until the club closed at the end of 1988. During this time he won the World Under 21 Championship, the World Longtrack Championship (with a broken leg) and numerous World Championship rounds although the big prize of the World Speedway Championship eluded him. Despite his glorious years at Sheffield the club did not win any silverware and the Tigers fans had to be content with basking in the glow of Shawn's individual triumphs. After the closure of Sheffield, Shawn moved to Belle Vue with Kelly and for a time many Sheffield fans made the journey across the Pennines to watch the Moran brothers riding for their old rivals. Many were also at Odsal Stadium in 1990 to see Shawn lose a run of to Per Jonsson for the World title and it was a dream come true when he rejoined the Tigers in 1994 to lead the club in the Second Division. Sadly, the return to Owlerton was a nightmare for Shawn and it was a mark of the bravery of the man to admit that he had lost his nerve for racing after only a handful of matches. This short period, however, does not diminish the fans' opinion of the career of Sheffield's all time great speedway rider.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
308 1392 3061 196 3257 9.36
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MORLEY, Tommy - Born: Los Angeles, U.S.A. 20 May 1958

One of an influx of Californian riders who came to England in the late 1970's. Whilst most of them made a success of British League racing, Tommy did not have the best of luck - arriving in the middle of the 1979 season and having no time to adjust to the larger British circuits. He suffered a broken wrist during his stay and averaged below 4 points per match in his 17 official fixtures for the club.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
17 61 46 9 55 3.61
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Chris Morton, photo © Geoff Ridsdale MORTON, Chris - Born: Davyhulme, Greater Manchester 22 July 1956

Chris had a glorious 18 year career with Belle Vue spanning the years 1973 to 1990. In this time he won the World Team Cup and the World Pairs for England and the British Championship in 1983 as well as making seven World Final appearances. When he retired in 1990 it was widely thought that British speedway had seen the end of the career of one of it's most loyal servants and it was a major surprise when he agreed to make a comeback with the Tigers in the middle of the 1993 season. After an understandably shaky start, Chris started to put together some useful scores and crowned the season by winning the Northern Riders Championship before retiring for good at the end of the year.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
31 158 235 28 263 6.66
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Dave Morton, photo © Geoff Ridsdale MORTON, Dave - Born: Eccles, Greater Manchester 24 September 1953

Elder brother of Chris Morton who only achieved less than Chris due to a terrible run of injuries early in his career. After serving his apprenticeship with Crewe he joined Hackney in Division One before moving to Wolverhampton. When he joined Sheffield in 1981 his career was at a low point and he started the season in the reserve berth but a move to Owlerton was the start of a run of high scores which propelled him back into the international reckoning. Dave recorded an 8 point average in his first year at Sheffield and although he failed to achieve this figure again he remained a steady middle order rider until his move to Ellesmere Port in 1985.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
170 683 1064 88 1152 6.75
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Richie Musson, Photo © Alan Chapman MUSSON, Richard - Born: Leeds, West Yorkshire 14 July 1973

Made a spectacular entry into speedway, being plunged straight from junior racing into Division One with Belle Vue and recorded a string of respectable scores against world class opposition. It caused a furore in Manchester when he was not named in the Aces team for 1991 and Sheffield snapped him up on their return to league action. Promoter Cliff Carr dubbed him the 'Flying Flea' and he overcame a poor start to turn in some spectacular match winning performances. Richard moved again in 1992 to join Wolverhampton before strangely drifting out of the sport after such a promising beginning to his career.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
21 93 84 24 108 4.65
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NEW, Charlie - Born: New Zealand 1927

Auckland based Kiwi who started racing in 1946 in his home town and made his first journey to England in 1950. Joined Belle Vue on his arrival but found it difficult to break into the Aces side and was loaned to Sheffield to gain experience. Charlie finished third in the Tigers' averages that season, scoring 179 points from 27 matches but moved to Coventry for 1951 when the doors closed at Owlerton. He spent 6 years at Brandon and ended his British career at Oxford in 1958 although he continued to ride in New Zealand, winning the national championship in 1960 and 1961. Charlie was born Ray New and always rode under that name in New Zealand.

MatchesPoints
30 206
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Sam Nikolajsen NIKOLAJSEN, Sam - Born: Lokken, Denmark 28 February 1961

Sam made one of the most spectacular debut's in the history of Sheffield Speedway, picking up a remarkable 14 points as the Tigers pulled off a shock victory at Cradley in June 1985. He was brought into the side as a mid season replacement for the struggling Gerald Short and became an instant favourite at Owlerton although it was impossible to maintain the form he had shown in his first fixture. Sam had previously ridden for Coventry and at a reported 4' 11" was one of the smallest riders in the game. Averaged 6.24 for the club as they finished runners up in the 1985 British League and joined Wolverhampton for 1986.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
23 84 118 15 133 6.33
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OLDHAM, Trevor - Born: Sheffield, South Yorkshire 18 September 1952

Locally based rider who was a regular in second half events at Owlerton in the mid 1970's. Made just one first team appearance for the Tigers, failing to score at Cradley on July 9th 1977. Trevor also made brief appearances for Workington during a loan spell with the Comets.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
1 2 0 0 0 0.00
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OLIVER, Dent - Born: Crook, County Durham 13 April 1920

Dent began riding in 1945 and signed for Belle Vue after the war had ended. Developed rapidly into an England international and in 1948 he famously scored an 18 point maximum on his home track in a test match against the mighty Australia. After reaching three World Finals he retired from the sport in 1956 before being tempted out of retirement to ride for the Tigers in 1963. He spent two years at Owlerton and scored 138 points although most of these were scored around his home circuits as business commitments often prevented him from riding away and the away fixtures he did ride in brought low scores. After retiring again after a spell at Belle Vue in 1965 he took over as manager of the 'Aces' and led them through their golden years of the early 1970's. Dent sadly died in December 1973.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
29 106 148 26 174 6.57
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ORPWOOD, Peter - Born: Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire 3 March 1921

Began riding in grass track events after the war and joined Tamworth in Division Three in 1948. After two seasons with the Midlands club he was signed by the Tigers along with his team mate Bill Dalton for the 1950 season. Showed decent form in his first season at Second Division level and scored 166 points from 25 matches to finish second in the averages with a figure of around 6.5 points per match. This proved to be Peter's only season at Sheffield as he was transferred to Newcastle for 1951.

MatchesPoints
28 185
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Taffy Owen OWEN, Taffy - Born: Anglesey, North Wales 22 November 1936

Taffy made his Sheffield debut in 1965, failing to score in his only appearance that season. He then settled at Belle Vue and made his name in the early days of the new Second Division in 1968, leading the Belle Vue 'Colts' to two successive league championships. After joining Workington in 1970 he occasionally filled in for the Tigers during injury hit spells and had his longest run in the team in 1975 when he appeared over 20 times that season as cover for the injured Rod Haynes. Eventually retired in 1977 and ran a speedway spares shop in Manchester for many years.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
27 81 81 8 89 4.40
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Tommy Palmer, Photo © Alan Chapman PALMER, Tommy - Born: Maidstone, Kent 27 January 1971

Tommy joined Sheffield from Arena Essex for the start of the 1998 season as third heat leader. He was fully expected to thrive on the bigger Owlerton circuit and increase his 7 point average whilst giving the club a rider with experience of the smaller southern tracks. However, the move did not really work out and he spent much of the season in the reserve berth and lost almost two points on his average. Joined the Isle of Wight for the 1999 season and continues to ride for the Islanders.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
40 173 183 39 222 5.13
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PARKER, Alf - Born: Castleford, West Yorkshire 21 March 1920

Alf had initially joined the Tigers in 1948 but made only occasional appearances that year before riding slightly more regularly for the club the following season. Transferred to Fleetwood in 1950 and had further spells at Leicester and Stoke before retiring in 1953. Made a comeback to ride for Sheffield in 1960 but was quickly forced to retire again after suffering a heavy fall early in the season.

MatchesPoints
38 78
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PARKER, Dennis - Born: Birmingham, West Midlands 5 January 1923

Nephew of the former England international and Belle Vue captain Jack Parker who made his league debut for Sheffield in 1947. Scored 22 points for the club that season but was in the early stages of his career and was unable to hold down a regular team berth, spending much of his time in the second halves. Joined Edinburgh in 1948 and spent two seasons with the Monarchs before returning to Belle Vue.

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13 22
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PARR, Julian - Born: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire 20 April 1964

Made his name at Scunthorpe where he progressed from being a raw junior to the club's number one in a matter of three seasons. Came to Sheffield in 1984, on loan from the Lincolnshire club, as cover during an injury spell but found the pace of Division One racing a little too hot. Made seven appearances for the Tigers before breaking his ankle and returning to Scunthorpe.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
7 19 7 1 8 1.68
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PATYNEK, Wieslaw - Born: Dzierzoniow, Poland 15 January 1956

Brought over by promoter Ray Glover with fellow countryman Jan Zabik, Patynek had probably the shortest Sheffield career of all. He made his one and only appearance at Eastbourne, failing to score from two rides, before suffering a serious spinal injury on the Owlerton training track before he could make his home debut.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
1 2 0 0 0 0.00
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Bob Paulson, Photo © Wright Wood PAULSON, Bob - Born: Chilworth, Derbyshire 27 March 1942

Loyal club man who spent the whole of his ten year career at Sheffield. Burst onto the scene in 1965 and was in such a rich vein of form the following year he was selected for the prestigious Internationale event at Wimbledon. Although 1966 proved to be his best season, Bob remained a steady middle order scorer until his retirement in 1974 and spent many years as captain of the Tigers. Scored nearly 2000 points in official fixtures and was part of the famous cup winning team of 1974. He retired at the end of that season and was awarded a testimonial the following year. Bob sadly died in the winter of 1982.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
304 1236 1574 265 1839 5.95
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Darren Pearson, Photo © Alan Chapman PEARSON, Darren - Born: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire 26 July 1975

Started his career as a highly rated 16 year old at Bradford in 1991 but his career failed to really take off to the heights many pundits predicted. Found himself at Sheffield in 1996 and was given a trial in the reserve berth. Failed to impress, scoring only five points from three matches before being released. Returned to the sport in the 2000 season with Newcastle after spending three years in retirement, and joined the Tigers for the Play-off matches against Swindon deputizing for the injured Simon Cartwright, scoring just one point from six rides.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
5 17 6 3 9 2.12
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PEDERSEN, Jan O. - Born: Middelfart, Denmark 9 November 1962

First rode in Britain for Cradley in 1983 but had to be released by the Heathens the following year to comply with the maximum points limit. Joined the Tigers and proved to be an immensely popular addition to the side despite suffering an early season broken arm. It was with a resigned sadness when Jan O. returned to Dudley Wood for the 1985 season and he quickly became one of the top riders in the World. Eventually became a deserved World Champion in 1991 but suffered back injuries in a track crash the following year which ended his career.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
25 96 130 14 144 6.00
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Craig Pendlebury PENDLEBURY, Craig - Born: Manchester, Greater Manchester 30 January 1951

Long serving Tiger who spent seven years with the club, joining in 1973, eventually moving on to local rivals Halifax in 1980. Craig scored over 1000 points for the club in that time and finished as a heat leader in both 1977 and 1979. Sometimes erratic, he was a very capable performer around Owlerton and could live with the best in the World although it was a different story away from home where his scores were often only of reserve standard. After riding for Halifax for three years Craig spent his final speedway seasons in the Second Division before emigrating to New Zealand after retirement.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
217 837 1094.5 179 1273.5 6.09
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Bernie Persson, photo from Websters 1972 PERSSON, Bernt - Born: Esklistuna, Sweden 24 June 1946

One of Sweden's best riders of the late 1970's, Bernt had his best years with Cradley in the early part of the decade and actually finished second in the 1972 World Final after losing a run off to eventual champion Ivan Mauger. Joined Sheffield during the 1978 season to form what should have been a potent spearhead with Doug Wyer and Reg Wilson but despite arriving with an average of over 8 points per match he was unable to reproduce his undoubted World class form on a consistent basis for the Tigers and his average slipped to under 7. He was not retained for the 1979 season and his spell with the club proved to be his swan song in British speedway.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
30 124 188 27 215 6.94
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Zenon Plech PLECH, Zenon - Born: Zwierzyn, Poland 1 January 1953

Another former World Final runner up who joined Sheffield well after his best days had passed. Looked to be Poland's best chance of World Championship honours in the early 1970's but the ultimate prize always eluded him and the closest he got was finishing second to that man Mauger in the 1979 final. At the time Zenon was a heat leader at Hackney and almost led the side to a shock championship win in 1980. Joined Sheffield during the 1982 season but often rode on borrowed machinery and recorded a paltry average of 4.95 from 11 matches.

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11 38 39 8 47 4.95
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POWELL, Bill - Born: Manchester, Greater Manchester 22 May 1944

Belle Vue contracted rider who rode briefly for the Tigers in 1962 whilst struggling to win a place in the Aces first team. Scored just 7 points for Sheffield during his short stay but eventually made a name for himself with Belle Vue and rode for the club until 1969. Bill was eventually forced to retire after suffering head injuries in a crash whilst riding for Wolverhampton in 1972.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
2 7 7 3 10 5.71
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RASMUSSEN, Flemming - Born: Assens, Denmark 31 August 1964

Brought into the side by Maurice Ducker as a replacement for the struggling Steve Baker in July 1985, Flemming was highly rated in Denmark and had represented his country at Under 21 and Under 23 level. However, he was unable to show any sort of form in England and was released from the side after scoring only two points in four matches.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
4 13 2 0 2 0.62
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Thomas Ravn, Photo © Alan Chapman RAVN, Thomas - Born: Kolding, Denmark 13 December 1974

Thomas first appeared at Owlerton riding against the Tigers for a Danish Select side during the Euro 1996 football championships being held in the city. His performance was impressive enough for him to be offered a contract and he made his debut against London in June. Despite a wealthy background and some immaculate machinery, his performances on the track were generally disappointing and he returned only a 2.67 average from 14 appearances. Lost his place in the side two months after his debut and an approach to recall him the following season was thwarted after it was discovered he had been banned by the Danish authorities following an on track fight with Norweigian star Rune Holta.

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14 51 29 5 34 2.67
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Lee Redmond REDMOND, Lee - Born: Perth, Western Australia 5 August 1971

The son of Australian promoter Trevor Redmond, Lee started the 2001 season riding for Kings Lynn until he suffered a broken collar bone. Once recovered and unable to break back into the Knights team he joined the Tigers as cover for the injured Scott Smith. Fast starting Lee took a while to regain his match fitness but he celebrated his maiden maximum in the home clash against Glasgow. His season came to a painful conclusion as he sustained a broken ankle in the final home match against Newcastle.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
19 72 73 14 87 4.83
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Tony Robinson ROBINSON, Tony - Born: Brighouse, West Yorkshire 18 November 1935

Began riding as a teenager at the Newton Heath training track before forging a career with the famous Belle Vue Aces in the late 1950's. Joined the Tigers on the advent of the Provincial League in 1960 and was one of the side's first stars of that era. Top scored in the 1960 season but the pressure of his haulage business told and his scoring fell away. This, coupled with a back injury sustained in August 1963 prompted his retirement. His best moments came when winning the first ever Northern Riders Championships in 1960 and 1961.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
50 190 360 22 382 8.04
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ROBSON, Guy - Born: Stockport, Cheshire 22 April 1961

Second halfer at Owlerton who had only one league ride for the Tigers, failing to score at Coventry on July 26th 1980. Also had spells in the Second Division with Edinburgh and Workington.

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1 1 0 0 0 0.00
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ROLFE, Ronnie - Born: London 1929

Started his career back in 1956, riding in the Southern Area League for the Berkshire based California 'Poppies'. After spells at Rye House, Ipswich and Cradley, Ronnie joined the Tigers for the 1961 season and proved to be a reliable second string in the Sheffield side. He scored 194 points for the club in two seasons before a move to Hackney in 1963.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
36 145 208 27 235 6.48
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Tommy Roper, Photo © Wright Wood ROPER, Tommy - Born: Bradford, West Yorkshire 6 July 1940

Hard riding Yorkshireman who's career took off with the introduction of the Provincial League in 1960, riding for his home town club, Bradford. Joined Sheffield in 1962 and stayed until 1965, proving to be a popular member of the side with the crowd and team mates alike. Although his best years were spent away from Owlerton he provided solid back up to riders like Clive Featherby, Jack Kitchen and Ron Bagley and went on to win championship medals for Halifax and Belle Vue. Tommy supplemented his speedway career by running a hairdressing salon in West Yorkshire and became a successful and wealthy businessman after retiring from speedway in 1974.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
45 188 304 29 333 7.09
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Brett Saunders, Photo © Alan Chapman SAUNDERS, Brett - Born: Sydney, Australia 9 November 1961

One of the first riders signed by Ray Glover when he took over the side in 1980, Brett was initially loaned out to Workington then Berwick whilst making only brief appearances for his parent track. Eventually signed on a permanent basis by Edinburgh and spent over a decade with the Scottish side before rejoining the Tigers in 1993. Brett was plainly unhappy about the effect that racing at Owlerton was having on his machinery and he quickly moved to Middlesbrough before retiring at the end of the season.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
9 39 48 4 52 5.33
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Rory Schlein SCHLEIN, Rory - Born: Darwin, Australia 1 September 1984

Rory was pressed into action for the injury hit Prowlers against Somerset in 2001 and within weeks was filling in for the Tigers as well. He rode in a number of Premier Trophy meetings, including both legs of the final scoring paid 9 in the Tigers 56 point aggregate win over Swindon. His only league outing for us was in the away match at Stoke. Rory signed for the Edinburgh Monarchs in September but continued to ride for the Prowlers scoring 19 in our narrow defeat at Rye House.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
1 3 1 0 1 1.33
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Bruce Semmens, photo from Stenners 1948 SEMMENS, Bruce - Born: Sancreed, Cornwall 27 December 1914

Controversial and hard riding Cornishman who was a cult hero in the immediate post war years at Owlerton but upset many an opponent with his on track tactics. Earned a nickname of 'Have-a-go-Semmo' with his fearless style of riding and it was only a matter of time before he attracted the attention of the big name clubs, eventually joining Belle Vue in a big money move during the 1949 season. However, his time with the Aces was not a success and his career took a downward turn after leaving Sheffield. Bruce died on 4 September 1988.

MatchesPoints
81 619.5
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SHARPLES, Ken - Born: Clayton-le-Moors, Lancashire 15 May 1924

A legend at Belle Vue where he spent many years both as rider and team manager, Ken was an England international and a major star in the 1950's and 1960's. His Owlerton career was brief, riding for the Tigers in a loan spell in 1948 before he was established with the Aces, scoring just 19 points in league racing for the club. Ken was tragically killed in a road accident in Manchester in July 1967.

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12 21
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SHEARER, Bert - Born: Motherwell, Scotland 19 April 1916

Scottish junior who scored one point for the Tigers during the 1946 season.

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1 1
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Gerald Short SHORT, Gerald - Born: Kidderminster, Hereford & Worcester 1 October 1955

Gerald was a vastly experienced grass track rider who had won the European Championship in 1979 but delayed a serious speedway career until 1983 when he was aged 27. After trials at Owlerton he won a team berth towards the end of the season and was named in the starting line up for 1984. However, a crash on the first lap of the season at Coventry left him with a serious broken leg and put him out for most of the year. Made 18 appearances in 1985 but lost his team place and was loaned to Long Eaton in mid season, finishing his career at Station Road in 1988.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
31 93 58 8 66 2.84
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Colin Smith SMITH, Col - Born: Rushden, Northamptonshire 23 December 1938

Coventry junior who was loaned to the Tigers in 1961 to gain experience. Showed flashes of good form in scoring 41 points during the season and had later outings for Bradford and Leicester before returning to Brandon. Never really rose above reserve status but retains a keen interest in the sport and can often be seen at veteran riders display races.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
16 56 44 8 52 3.71
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Scott Smith, photo © Geoff Ridsdale SMITH, Scott - Born: Sheffield, South Yorkshire 29 September 1973

Locally born rider who was mascot at the club in his childhood days. When Scott reached the legal racing age Sheffield had closed its doors to speedway and he found himself on the books of Belle Vue before joining Cradley in 1990 where he made his league debut. Made slow but steady progress in Division One with the Heathens for six years before signing for his home town team on the eve of the 1996 season. Scott has spent his best years in the sport to date at Owlerton, particularly when the club rode in the Second Division, proving to be a heat leader and often unbeatable on his home circuit. After a difficult year in 1998 he returned to form the following season, playing a major role in the Championship winning side and was the main reason for the Fours final success at Peterborough the same year. Squeezed out of the side by the points limit, Scott joined Berwick for the 2000 season, but returned to the fold in 2001. Having refound his form Scott injured his knee ligaments in a first bend tangle in the home match against Exeter. Riding through the pain barrier Scott soldiered through the rest of that meeting and featured in the away win at the County Ground before a first heat spill on the Isle of Wight brought on a trip to hospital and the news that his season was finished.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
151 716 1255 109 1364 7.62
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George Stancl STANCL, Jiri (George) - Born: Prague, Czech Republic 19 August 1975

After a long running battle with the sport's authorities, the Sheffield promotion finally secured a work permit for George to ride in the British League in 1994. Proved to be an immediate hit with the fans with his battling style of riding and friendly personality, recording an average of over 7.5 points per match in his first season. When the two leagues amalgamated in 1995, George stayed with the club and continued his improvement, looking an outstanding future prospect. However, at the end of the season he requested a transfer to a smaller track to assist his development and Wolverhampton quickly stepped in to sign him. The move has not brought the expected results for George and he has shown little improvement in his average since his days at Owlerton.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
57 293 468 56 524 7.15
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Gary SteadSTEAD, Garry - Born: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire 5 January 1972

Began his career with Stoke in 1990 and later rode for Newcastle and Bradford before moving to Owlerton in 1996. Spent just one season at Sheffield and after a difficult start when he struggled to find his form he had a superb second half to the season. Averaged 6.69 to finish as third heat leader behind Sam Ermolenko and Robbie Kessler but returned to Bradford the following season as the leagues were restructured and the Tigers opted for Division Two. Garry now rides for local rivals, Hull.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
38 195 299 27 326 6.69
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STEAD, Ian M. - Born: Mirfield, West Yorkshire, 25 October 1968

Brother of Paul Stead who was signed by the Tigers in 1987 after the closure of Birmingham for whom he had ridden for two years. Filled a reserve berth in the 1987 season, showing promising form with an average of just under 5 points per match and retained his place for the following year. Unfortunately 1988 brought little improvement in Ian's scoring and he moved to Stoke when the Tigers closed at the end of the year. After one season at Loomer Road Ian suffered a serious neck injury whilst riding a moto cross bike and was forced to retire from the sport.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
85 308 300 58 358 4.65
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Paul Stead STEAD, Paul - Born: Mirfield, West Yorkshire 25 December 1962

Junior at Sheffield in the early 1980's who looked at one stage as if he was going to be a major asset for the Tigers with some impressive displays in the first team. However, his Division One career did not really take off and he settled in the Second Division to become a heat leader in spells at Long Eaton, Birmingham, Newcastle and Stoke. Won a Division Two championship medal with Long Eaton in 1984.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
29 86 56 8 64 2.98
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Simon Stead STEAD, Simon - Born: Sheffield, South Yorkshire 25 April 1982

Despite being born in the city, Simon chose to sign for Peterborough on reaching the age of 15 and helped their reserve side, the Thundercats, win the Conference League in 1997. Rode full time for the Panthers the following year, claiming another championship medal but decided on another season in the Second Division when Peterborough elected to ride in the top flight in 1999. The signing of Simon by Sheffield caused something of a stir as he replaced crowd favourite Derrol Keats in the proposed starting line up for 1999 but any reservations the fans may have had were soon dispelled by a series of stunning performances as he lifted his average to 7.76 and remarkably claimed another league winners medal. Named as third heat leader for the 2000 season Simon continued his development and it was quite a surprise when he elected to stay with Sheffield in the Premier League for 2001. Having won the British U21 Championship at Wolverhampton (at the expense of a broken finger) Simon was called up to replace Carl Stonehewer riding for Great Britain in their big win against Denmark at Wolverhampton.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
111 498 984 87 1071 8.60
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STEMEN, Rob - Born: Den Haag, Holland 1 September 1966

Dutch international and national champion in 1992 who had trails at Arena Essex and Long Eaton before joining the Tigers in 1995. His signing proved to be a complete disaster as he made his debut at home to Reading on the 3rd of August and trailed in hopelessly last in all his three rides. He was released after this one fixture and never appeared in British League racing again.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
1 3 0 0 0 0.00
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STEVENS, Adrian - Born: Grantham, Lincolnshire 15 July 1970

Joined King's Lynn as a virtual unknown in 1987 and went straight into the Norfolk side's line up at reserve. Signed for the Tigers at the start of the 1988 season whilst still only 17, forming a reserve partnership with Ian Stead, and whilst he understandably struggled at times he finished the season with an average of just under 4 points per match. Returned to King's Lynn the following year but his career strangely petered out and he retired from the sport in 1990.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
44 132 96 32 128 3.88
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Carl Stonehewer STONEHEWER, Carl - Born: Manchester, Greater Manchester 16 May 1972

Carl began his career with his local team, Belle Vue, in 1988 but only reached star status whilst riding for Long Eaton some seven years later. When the Invaders closed at the end of the 1988 season Stoney was quickly snapped up by the Tigers to become the club's new number one. Proved to be a fantastic signing for the Tigers, topping the averages and providing some fantastic on track entertainment to become a crowd favourite. Some of his antics, especially chasing Newport's Swede, Anders Henriksson, with a spade after a first bend crash will long be remembered. It was a shock when it was decided that Carl would be replaced by Sean Wilson for the 1999 season but it was a deal which eventually proved to suit all parties as Carl became a cult hero in his new status as Workington captain and Wilson led the Tigers to the league title. Now a Grand Prix rider and regular England international, Stoney will always be a favourite at Owlerton, for whichever team he represents.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
40 213 513 16 529 9.93
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Glyn Taylor TAYLOR, Glyn - Born: Cardiff, South Glamorgan 24 August 1953

Son of the former Australian international Chum Taylor, Glyn was born in Cardiff whilst his father was riding for the Welsh side but always represented Australia at international level. Joined Sheffield in 1993, twenty years after making his first league appearances on these shores. Those two decades were mainly spent racing outside the British League and he was only signed as a stop gap replacement for the departed David Blackburn. However, Glyn produced some heart warming performances which endeared him to the Owlerton crowd and he ended the season with an average of just under 5 points per match from 11 fixtures. Returned for a short spell in 1994 and continued to ride until 1997 when he suffered back injuries in a crash at Hull.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
14 70 64 16 80 4.57
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TENNANT, Bernard - Born: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Rode briefly at Sheffield in 1947, scoring 1 point for the club in league matches. Also had outings for Wombwell that season and later at Coventry and Poole but was better known as being the announcer at Belle Vue up until his death in a car accident on 30 June 1972.

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1 1
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Terry Tuner TURNER, Terry - Born: Barnsley, South Yorkshire 3 March 1934

Former road racer who began racing speedway at Sheffield in 1960 with his great friend, Phil Hattersley. Had outings for the Tigers in 1960 and 1961 but was not a regular in the side, spending most of his time in the second halves. Retired through ill health early in 1962 and did not come back to the sport despite offers from former World Champion Peter Craven to have trials at New Cross in 1963. Terry continued to be active in motor sport and raced Formula Ford cars in the 1960's and 1970's.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
8 17 9 2 11 2.59
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TYRVAINEN, Olli - Born: Varkaus, Finland 11 January 1960

One of Finland's top riders of the 1980's who joined the Tigers at the end of the 1988 season, just before the club closed. Olli had been at Bradford for most of that season but ended the year with a flourish at Owlerton and expressed a desire to stay for the 1989 season. The closure of the club scuppered these chances and Olli sat out of British speedway in 1989 although he did manage to reach his only World Final that year. He is now based in Britain and is currently team manager at Eastbourne.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
3 13 16 2 18 5.54
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ULPH, Stuart - Born: Rotherham, South Yorkshire 10 September 1943

Rode in the second halves at Owlerton in the late sixties and early seventies in the same period as Doug Wyer and Reg Wilson were starting their careers. Loaned to Doncaster in 1969, Stuart recorded an average of 3.73 from 29 matches for the Stallions and made two appearances in Tigers colours in 1970, scoring two points.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
2 5 2 1 3 2.40
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Bob Valentine, Photo © Wright Wood VALENTINE, Bob - Born: Newcastle, Australia 19 April 1940

Despite being an experienced motorcyclist, Bob was a late starter to speedway, having his first rides at the Morriset circuit in Australia in 1969. Came to England the following year and joined Sheffield who loaned him to Workington to gain experience. He was an immediate hit at Derwent Park and recorded an average of over 9 points per match in his first season which earned him a full time position at Owlerton in 1971. A steady first full season in Division One saw him average over 6 and this figure steadily increased until he took over as number one at the club in 1973. An average of just under 10 points and a cup winners medal saw Bob have his best season in 1974 but he was taken away by the Rider Control Committee to join Coventry in 1975. Further spells at Birmingham and Cradley saw a decline in his scoring and he returned to Australia in retirement at the end of the 1977 season.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
148 580 1057 116 1173 8.09
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Shawn Venables, Photo © Alan Chapman VENABLES, Shawn - Born: Vancouver, Canada 12 March 1969

One of the few Canadian riders to ride in the British League in modern times, Shawn had his initial outings in this country riding for Hackney in 1988 before spells at Middlesbrough and Belle Vue. He had been an impressive visitor to Owlerton on occasions with the Aces and looked a good signing when he joined the Tigers for the start of the 1994 season. The start of this season was a disaster for the club but Shawn was one of the few relative successes and was even made captain for a short time after the retirement of Shawn Moran. However, a poor mid season run of scores led to him being axed and he was replaced by Robbie Kessler. Apart from a short spell at Buxton the same year, Shawn has not since ridden in Britain.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
20 94 85 15 100 4.25
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John Walmsley WALMSLEY, John - Born: Preston, Lancashire 29 October 1962

A former moto cross rider who was the top junior at Owlerton in the early 1980's. Never made the step up into regular league racing and made only a handful of first team appearances in 1983 and 1984.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
5 13 5 3 8 2.46
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David Walsh WALSH, David - Born: Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire 29 August 1963

A product of the Sheffield Training Track, David progressed quickly from being a raw novice to a rider of undoubted potential, winning his first team place in 1983. After periods on loan at Second Division tracks he was called up to ride a full season in Tigers colours in 1986 but was allowed to move to Cradley the following season. David went on to ride most notably for Berwick, Glasgow, Stoke and most recently Hull. In the initial years of the combined Premier League in 1995 his average was above 8 points per match in the highest company and he reached the British Final that same season.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
45 149 123 27 150 4.03
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WASDEN, Dennis - Born: Sheffield, South Yorkshire 23 August 1948

A home grown product who was a regular second halfer in the mid 1960's, making his first appearance in the Tigers' first team in 1966. Dennis made only seven appearances between then and 1968 but was a solid middle order performer in the Second Division with Ipswich, Doncaster, Long Eaton and Hull. Dennis sadly died in the 1980's at an early age.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
7 11 4 0 4 1.45
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WATSON, Cliff -

A pre war rider on the northern circuits who made an unsuccessful return to the sport with Sheffield when racing resumed in 1946. Cliff scored four points that season but was not seen in speedway again. Not to be confused with the Australian international of the same name who rode during that period for West Ham and Harringay.

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6 9
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WHITAKER, Gordon - Born: Halifax, West Yorkshire 12 February 1966

Joined his home town team, Halifax at the age of 16 and made his debut for the Dukes the following year. After spells at Edinburgh, Bradford and Belle Vue Gordon joined Sheffield for the start of the 1988 season, making 8 appearances for an average of 3.60, before losing his team place.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
8 30 23 4 27 3.60
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Jack D. White, photo from Stenners 1947 WHITE, Jack D. - Born: Rotherham, South Yorkshire 15 July 1920

Jack started riding before the war at Belle Vue but racing was stopped due to the conflict with Germany before his career could get off the ground. When hostilities ended Jack joined the Tigers and stayed with the club for three years. During that time he filled a second string role behind the more illustrious heat leaders Allott, Bateman and Stan Williams, recording over 200 points for the club. After leaving Owlerton at the end of the 1948 season Jack's career took a downward turn and he retired from the sport two years later after spells at Coventry and Liverpool.

MatchesPoints
89 316
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Phil White, photo © Geoff Ridsdale WHITE, Phil - Born: Sheffield, South Yorkshire 25 February 1956

Began riding in 1973 and was instantly recognisable in second halves at Owlerton some years later with hair that almost reached his saddle. After serving his apprenticeship in the Second Division with Scunthorpe, where he became the club's number one, Phil moved up to ride full time with the Tigers in 1981 sporting a much needed haircut. Showed great promise by recording an average of nearly six points per match that year but by 1983 he had got into something of a rut and this figure only just crept above the six point mark. A resulting transfer request saw him move to Newcastle where his scoring declined further and in 1985 he joined Birmingham in Division Two and retired two years later.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
189 718 862 144 1006 5.60
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Len Williams, photo from Stenners 1948 WILLIAMS, Len - Born: Leicester, Leicestershire 15 December 1921

Len had a meteoric rise to fame at Owlerton, making his first appearance in 1947 and reaching heat leader standard the following year. Stayed with the Tigers until their closure early in the 1951 season, having chalked up nearly 900 league points, before moving to Leicester. After six years with his home town team Len hung up his leathers before being tempted out of retirement by the return of the Tigers in the 1960 Provincial League. Found the pace a little hot and quit again, this time for good, the following year.

MatchesPoints
81 619.5
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WILLIAMS, Stan - Born: Leicester, Leicestershire 1917

Stan was Sheffield's first real post war hero, topping the score chart in 1946 with 192 league points and although he couldn't maintain that level of scoring he remained a popular figure within the team until the end of the 1949 season bagging a total of 857 league points. Prior to the 1950 season he was released by new promoter, Alice Hart, who allowed him to move on to Coventry with whom he spent a further four years before retiring.

MatchesPoints
116 939
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Brian Wilson, photo from Stenners 1948 WILSON, Brian - Born: Sheffield, South Yorkshire 5 February 1929

Brian was nicknamed 'Baby Face' and was indeed the youngest member of the team in 1946 when he was aged only 17 years old. Scored only 3 points for the club before joining Belle Vue in 1947 and being farmed out on loan to Birmingham. Brian roamed around the lower leagues until 1951 when he announced his retirement but, nine years later, came out of retirement with the intention of riding for the re-formed Tigers in 1960. However, before he could make his debut Brian was injured in a road accident in the Sheffield suburb of Oughtibridge and comeback plans were shelved.

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1 3
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Reg Wilson, photo from Websters 1972 WILSON, Reg - Born: Sheffield, South Yorkshire 28 January 1948

A Tiger through and through, having spent 18 years at Owlerton as a rider and has been full time team manager since 1992. Reg made his debut in 1969 and after loan spells at Doncaster, Workington and Hull to gain experience he was called up to ride full time for Sheffield in 1972. Along with Doug Wyer, Reg held the team together through the late 1970's and took over as captain following the retirement of Bob Paulson at the end of the 1974 cup winning season. Broken legs sustained in 1975 and 1980 were the low points in Reg's career and he struggled to recover form after the second injury, slipping to second string status for the first time in years. A short loan spell at Newcastle in 1984 was the end of an unbroken era lasting over a decade but although he returned to a Tigers race jacket later in the year it was clear that Reg's Division One days were numbered. He then moved to Birmingham in Division Two for the 1985 season and rode for two more years although he did help out his old team in emergencies until 1986. After taking over as team manager Reg led the side to their first ever championship win in 1999 and remains one of the most popular riders ever to have ridden for the club and the all time top points scorer for the Tigers.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
469 1893 3211.5 299 3510.5 7.42
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Sean Wilson, photo © Geoff Ridsdale WILSON, Sean - Born: York, North Yorkshire 7 November 1969

Sean burst onto the scene in 1986 as a 16 year old making a series of spectacular outings for the Tigers where reputations counted for nothing, beating the likes of Jimmy Nilsen and Tommy Knudsen at the peak of their careers. After spending three years at Owlerton and establishing himself in the main body of the team, Sean was forced to move following the closure of the club at the end of the 1988 season. After spells at Coventry, King's Lynn and Bradford, Sean crashed in Australia and suffered serious back injuries which kept him out of the saddle for the whole of the 1994 season and at one stage threatened to end his racing days. However, he returned to action with the Dukes in 1995 but his career took a downward trend in 1997 and 1998 when he was the victim of the points limit, being unable to win a team place at the start of each season, and poor form which saw his point scoring hit unprecedented lows. Sean had been a target for the Tigers in 1998 but the sport's governing body refused him permission to move down to the Premier League and the club eventually signed Carl Stonehewer. The promotion, however, kept faith with Sean and in 1999 he was signed as a replacement for 'Stoney' and despite a lot of skeptical noises about him being past his best he proved the doubters wrong with a stunning season, topping the league averages, winning the Premier League Riders Championship and leading the club to championship success. Sean continued in his rich vein of Premier League form with Sheffield in 2000, also riding for Opole in the Polish second League and Vastervik in the Swedish Elite League. He improved his average in a successful 2001 campaign in which scored a magnificent 12 points at Vastervik to qualify for the Grand Prix challenge meeting

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
208 985 1894 115 2009 8.16
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WINSTANLEY, Jack - Born: Chorley, Lancashire 2 November 1926

Jack started riding at his local track, Wigan, after the war and first rode for the Tigers in 1950, scoring 84 points, before moving to Long Eaton the following year. After retiring at the end of the 1952 season Jack was tempted back into the saddle in 1960 to ride for the Tigers when they returned to the sport to compete in the new Provincial League. Jack's experience proved valuable as he helped the side re-establish themselves in the sport and in 1961 he finished as second top scorer to Clive Featherby in the side. Moved to Bradford during the 1962 season and finally retired after a spell at Nelson in 1968.

MatchesPoints
85 342
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Bo Wirebrand WIREBRAND, Bo - Born: Vetlanda, Sweden 2 March 1946

Bo rode at Poole and Newport in the early seventies but had been out of the British League for four seasons when he was signed by the Tigers in 1978. At the age of 32 he was probably past his best but as a vastly experienced rider and a full Swedish international he was signed as a potential second string with the hope he would perhaps push for a heat leader berth. Things did not work out for Bo at Owlerton and he was sacked after a run of poor scores which brought at average of 3.35 from 12 official matches. Bo was later team manger of Sweden.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
12 37 28 3 31 3.35
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Rob Woffinden, Photo © Alan Chapman WOFFINDEN, Rob - Born: Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire 27 March 1962

A much travelled and controversial rider who is a great friend of current promoter Neil Machin. After starting his career at his home town track in 1978 he took on something of a nomadic career after leaving the Stags, remaining a competent heat leader or second string in the lower flight. Banned form the sport after testing positive for cannabis in 1990 and it was a surprise when he was tempted back into the saddle in 1993 to ride for Sheffield but put in some stirring performances to record an average of over 5 points per match. 'Woffy' had another short spell with the Tigers in 1994 before emigrating to Australia. Father of 2013 World Champion Tai Woffinden, Rob sadly died from cancer in February 2010.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
41 183 199 31 230 5.03
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David Wolstenholme, Photo © Alan Chapman WOLSTENHOLME, David - Born: Sheffield, South Yorkshire 30 July 1973

Bought from Hackney by money raised by the Supporters Club, David was an excellent junior in the early 1990's but rarely translated this form into first team fixtures. Made only three official appearances in 1991 but was given a place in the starting line up for the following season. Lost his team place early in the year after a poor run of form and drifted away from the scene.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
4 12 4 1 5 1.67
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WOLSTENHOLME, Simon - Born: Sheffield, South Yorkshire 25 January 1971

Signed by the Tigers from Arena Essex by Cliff Carr when he revived the side in 1991 and was given the number 6 race jacket in the starting line up. Simon struggled with his machinery and found life difficult around Owlerton. losing his place to Mark Hepworth after only a handful of league matches. Simon has kept active on the speedway scene and currently rides for Conference League, Rye House.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
3 7 7 1 8 4.57
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Mirko Wolter WOLTER, Mirko - Born: Teterow, Germany 3 June 1976

Mirko was introduced into the team in the middle of a difficult 1996 season which saw the Tigers racing in the combined Premier League. After just three appearances he suffered a punctured lung in a track crash in Germany and missed the next two months. An average of 3.48 was ideal for the following season when the Tigers found themselves back in the Second Division and Mirko started 1997 in a heat leader role alongside Robbie Kessler and Scott Smith. Had a great first full season, recording an average only a shade under 8 points per match and becoming a real crowd pleaser at Owlerton with some forceful riding. Mirko was lost to the German army for the following season and surprisingly has not been tempted back to the British League despite winning the German Championship in 1999.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
35 169 261 40 301 7.12
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WOODCOCK, Freddie -

Junior rider at Owlerton in the late 1940's who made only sporadic appearances for the first team in the 1948 and 1949 seasons, scoring 4 league points.

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8 5
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Doug Wyer, photo © Geoff Ridsdale WYER, Doug - Born: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire 16 August 1947

Without doubt one of the greatest riders ever to have ridden for the Tigers. Doug was a home grown product who developed through the Training School and second halves into the team, via loan spells at Doncaster and Berwick where he became a major star in the Second Division. In 1972 Doug was called up to ride full time for the Tigers and after being a part of the 1974 cup winning side, took over as number one in 1975 following the injury to Reg Wilson. For five successive seasons Doug averaged over 9 points per match until an injury blighted 1979 saw his scoring slip back slightly. The decline continued in 1980 and the following year he was part of a major reshuffle in the team and he was transferred to local rivals Halifax. Doug spent four more years in the top flight before dropping down into Division Two with Birmingham, then Edinburgh, and was only forced to retire after suffering a badly broken leg in a crash at Middlesbrough in 1988. Doug scored nearly 3000 points for the Tigers and was only the second post-war Sheffield rider to reach a World Final, finishing seventh on the big day in Katowice, Poland in 1976.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
332 1477 2722.5 139 2861.5 7.75
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Jan Zabik ZABIK, Jan - Born: Kielp, Poland 1 January 1946

Stockily built Jan was 34 when he joined the Tigers in 1980 and, although he was hardly a signing for the future, he did prove to be a popular member of the side in the nightmare campaign in which the Tigers picked up the wooden spoon. Jan was involved in a rider/coach role and although he averaged only 4.37, he did include a paid maximum in his points return. His average was too low for him to obtain a work permit to return the following season.

MatchesRidesPointsBonusTotalAverage
26 97 92 14 106 4.37
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