BIRMINGHAM skipper Tom Bacon stormed to a 15-point maximum as he won Cradley’s
F.A.S.T Golden Hammer individual. It was a keenly fought contest at
Monmore Green which went down to the final set of heats. Both Bacon and
former Heathens’ favourite Danny Ayres had made a series of impressive gates to
win all four of their opening rides before meeting in Heat 18. And while
it was Ayres who made the best gate in that one, it was the Brummies man who
showed no fear to squeeze through a gap around the outside off bend number two
to send the Perry Barr fans home happy.
(picture - Steve Feeney)
BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES 45
CRADLEY HEATHENS 45
CRADLEY secured their passage into the National Trophy Final -
but they were taken all the way by Birmingham in a 45-45 draw at Perry Barr.
The Heathens were always favourites with a strong line-up in all departments
whilst the Brummies continue to struggle with injuries and absences – but the
home side put up a terrific fight in a derby thriller. Tom Bacon and James
Shanes took the battle to the visitors with a string of impressive wins, several
of them from the back on a spectacular night of racing in front of a big crowd.
CRADLEY HEATHENS 52
BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES 37
HEATHENS boss Will Pottinger hailed a “sensational” display from
Drew Kemp as they beat local rivals Birmingham.
The home side romped to a 52-37 win over the Brummies in a clash marred by a
horror Heat 4 crash which ruled out Chris Widman and Danyon Hume.
Widman and Hume tangled on the home straight and ploughed through the airfence.
Hume aggravated an old arm injury and pulled out of the meeting.
James Shanes and Tom Bacon scored 27 between them for the Brummies but Kemp
reeled off an incredible paid 17 for the Heathens.
COVENTRY BEES 40
CRADLEY HEATHENS 49
SUPER skipper Adam Roynon produced a stunning final ride to secure maximum
points for Cradley from their 49-40 win at Coventry.
The Motor Market Heathens had already wrapped up victory in the penultimate
race, courtesy of a fifth heat win of the afternoon from teenage sensation Drew
But with local rivals Birmingham having meetings in hand on Cradley, Will
Pottinger’s side knew how invaluable the extra away point could prove to be.
2018 CRADLEY HEATHENS
Jason Edwards, Kyle Bickley, Jordon Jenkins, Drew Kemp,
Will Pottinger (Team Manager) Adam Roynon (Captain),
CRADLEY HEATHENS v
National Trophy Final
Monday 10th September 7.30pm
Ladbroke Stadium, Sutherland Avenue
Wolverhampton WV2 2JJ
HEATHENS RACE ON!
CRADLEY HEATHENS will race for the National Trophy next year.
The nomadic club have entered the competition for the first time to ensure the
world famous name survives into a ninth season since their relaunch. All
home meetings will be raced at Wolverhampton’s Monmore Green Stadium after
making the decision not to take Birmingham up on the offer to race at Perry
Barr. Manager Will Pottinger has already pledged his commitment to stay in
charge of the team and will be looking to use a settled squad of riders.
It means Heathens won’t be in the National League - but fans will have the
chance to follow their team and there is also the prospect of the prestigious
Golden Hammer individual continuing. [Read More]
are very proud and honoured to have a display of Heathens History in
Cradley Heath Library
If you are passing by please pop in and show your
(Opposite the Liberal Club in Upper High Street)
Longtime Heathens fan Colin Jewes has sent us a link to a slideshow
that he has created.
It has some photo's that have previously been unpublished and John
Summerfield has given permission for these to be used.
The slideshow follows the story of the Heathens all through the 60's
with the story of the Heathens with a musical background.
It's AD free and you can 'click' to make it full size. Enjoy!
HISTORY 2017 REVIEW
Sponsored once again by team partners Motor
Market and Dudley Stroke Association the Heathens competed in
the National League. Racing meetings at Monmore Green and Perry
Barr. The team looked good on paper and their first match
against Kings Lynn at Perry Barr seemed to show their potential
with a 61-29 win. However the Young Stars withdrew from the
league and the score expunged from the table!
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