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NO NL SPEEDWAY FOR THE HEATHENS IN 2020
CRADLEY Heathens can confirm they will not be in league racing next season.
Discussions over the structure of the 2020 National League will continue into
December but the club have confirmed they will not be at the tapes following the
AGM. The aim is to ultimately return the third tier to a junior
Club director Chris Van Straaten represented the club and withdrew Heathens from
participation in 2020. He said: “Logistically it is not possible to stage
more than one speedway meeting per week at Wolverhampton’s Monmore Green Stadium
which Heathens used as their temporary base. “The search for a new piece
of land, which started back in 1995, has been unsuccessful with little or no
encouragement going forward. “We would like to offer sincere thanks to the
British Speedway Promoters’ Association for allowing the club to race for a
decade without a home of their own. This is normally only allowed for a
three-year period. “The club have set a new record for racing across
10-years without a permanent home track. “However, with no prospect of a
new site going forward despite the best efforts of club officials and
supporters, there is no future at this moment. “I can say as a team,
including Gary Patchett and Nigel Pearson, we would not stand in the way of any
future individual or group using the Heathens name should they be successful in
finding suitable land. In fact, we would offer any help possible with advice on
how to run a professional speedway club in these challenging times. “We
have been proud custodians of this wonderful club but readily acknowledge we
have failed in the ultimate aim of a new track in the area.”
The club would like to thank the many riders who have represented the club down
the last 10 years, as well as the brilliant fans, sponsors, volunteers and staff
at both Wolverhampton and Birmingham and loyal team manager Will Pottinger.
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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
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.
They’ll face rivals Birmingham, Buxton, Coventry and Stoke home and away in a
bid to make it to the final at the first attempt.
Co-promoter Gary Patchett said: “When we brought the Heathens back to the track
in 2010 the longevity of the club was dependent on our success or failure to
find a site suitable to develop into a permanent base. “There is no
prospect of that happening anytime soon. “Whilst we thank David Mason for
extending an invitation for the club to use Perry Barr again it is not viable
for us to do so. “We made a pledge to our supporters to do everything in
our power to keep the club on track next season and this was the only option
open to us. “We thank the other member clubs of the NL for allowing us the
opportunity to keep the name of this great club alive.”
Admission details for Monmore Green Double meetings
with Wolves taking first match followed by Cradley
CRADLEY have moved to remind fans about the admission policy for Bank Holiday Monday and their next home meeting at Monmore against Belle Vue. Heathens are on second in a double header on Aug 28th with Premiership side Wolverhampton opening up against Bell Vue at 6pm. For those fans who only want to see the Heathens in action, a turnstile will open at approximately 7.15 for the National League clash with the Colts.
Normal Wolverhampton admission prices apply for the double header and any Heathens season ticket holders who wish to watch both meetings can pay £5 for both.
Then normal Heathens ticket prices and season tickets apply from 7.15 for the Colts meeting.
Heathens are expected to start their meeting at 7.45 approximately and this is the third of three exciting double headers staged with thanks to Wolverhampton for their co-operation.
Both Wolverhampton and Cradley will be producing their own individual club programmes for the occasion which will also include the racecard for both meetings.
WOLVERHAMPTON admission prices to include both meetings:
Adults - £18
Concessions* - £13
* Students/senior citizens (over 60)/ Registered Disabled
Junior (Age 13 to 18 incl) - £7
Child (age 6 to 12 incl) - £1
Children 5 and under admitted – FREE
HEATHENS admission prices from 7.15 approx:
Adults - £12
Concessions/Students - £10*
Juniors 13-18 - £5
Children - £2
*Start aged 60 and also include the disabled.
Fans needing further clarification can email the club firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Danny Ayres Show
Together with Nigel Pearson Danny has
arranged a meet Danny night at Cradley Heath Liberal Club.
Admission is £5.00 on the door and money raised will go to Danny's
Danny one the biggest showmen in
speedway talks about his life and speedway career.
Come and meet him, get a photo or an
WE ARE VERY PROUD AND HONOURED TO HAVE A DISPLAY OF
THE HEATHENS HISTORY
IN CRADLEY HEATH LIBRARY (opposite Liberal Club)
Why not pop in and take a look?
HEATHENS FANS BREAK CLUB RECORD
CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger has paid tribute to the legion of
Heathens fans after the club revealed record season ticket sales.
Over 250 fans have pledged their backing for the team who are heading back to
Wolverhampton’s Monmore Green for home meetings. They open on Easter
Monday, March 28, against Belle Vue with a revamped side after a troubled 2015.
And fans can meet returning hero Ashley Morris this Saturday, March 12, when he
launches the new official team clothing at the club shop in Market Square
Boss Will Pottinger said: “On behalf of the riders and myself I want to thank
all the fans who have backed us in numbers before the season has even started!
“It’s an amazing effort, over 250 fans have bought season tickets and we have
now gone through the club record for the modern era since we reformed in 2010.
“It also give the owners of the club the incentive to keep going despite a lack
of progress with a new stadium, for them to know the support is still there –
with many more returning after not going to Perry Barr last year – is a real
boost. “There is also an amazing amount of sponsorship and advertising,
that will be evident when we reveal the new race jacket at Cradley Heath Liberal
Club on March 21. “I’m sure there will be quite a few fans at the club
shop between 12-2 n Saturday and I have seen our new leisure range – the team
will look smart!”
Heathens have been backed by ISC Teamwear who have sponsored the team clothing
and there will be stock available for fans to purchase on Saturday.
ISC have added Cradley as their first Speedway club and are partners to Rugby
League giants Warrington Wolves, Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC.
Meanwhile fans attending the launch on Saturday can also snap up their tickets
for the season launch night on March 21 for £5 with all profits going to the
DO A MILE FOR SPORT RELIEF
POPULAR Wolverhampton and Cradley riders will put their best
feet forward with fans of both clubs in a special fund-raising event next month.
The bitter rivals, who will be sharing Monmore in 2016, are inviting supporters
to the Wolverhampton Sport Relief Mile on Sunday, March 20, from 11am. And two
riders will be on hand to lead the walk – Max Clegg, who will be riding at
reserve for Parrys International Wolves, will front fans of the Elite League
club and Ashley Morris, who is set for an emotional return to the Heathens, will
be with their supporters. It’s a unique opportunity for fans to walk – or
jog – the six laps of the Monmore circuit for the mile which has already
attracted plenty of interest.
Wolverhampton promoter Chris Van Straaten said: “This is a great chance for
supporters to do their very own track walk with riders. “Both Max and Ash
were very quick to accept our invitation to do the Sport Relief Mile and I’m
sure fans will love it.
“There will be live music on the terraces and it should be a very enjoyable day
out for a great cause which Wolverhampton Speedway – and I know the Heathens are
the same – feel proud to support.”
Heathens Director Nigel Pearson said: “I’d urge all Heathens supporters to
register and enjoy a Sunday stroll around Monmore.”
Fans can register via the Sport Relief website or the BBC website via the Sport
Register now at
HEATHENS HEAD BACK TO MONMORE
CRADLEY Heathens have sealed a return to Wolverhampton’s
Monmore Green Stadium for their 2016 home meetings.
The news ends weeks of uncertainty over the future of the world famous club who
raced at Perry Barr this year.
Club chiefs are hoping fans will welcome the move as many found it tough
commuting to Birmingham for home meetings after losing the use of Wolverhampton
at the end of the 2014 season.
Heathens will race on alternate Mondays with Wolverhampton’s Elite League team
And the move has been made possible by the addition of new club partner, Dr Rod
Dr Brooks has joined the club as team partner and will be forging closer links
between the team and Dudley Stroke Association, who are now Cradley’s official
He said: “I was very keen to see Cradley continue, there is no denying the
passion of the supporters, and I believe track sharing at Monmore works well as
they are in a different league to Wolverhampton. “I am keen to
promote the F.A.S.T message through Dudley Stroke Association – if you recognise
symptoms of stroke, dial 999 immediately. “I have dealt with stroke
victims throughout my career, although I am now retired.”
The news also sees Gary Patchett return to the club in a more hands-on role
working alongside manager Will Pottinger.
He said: “We would like to thank Ladbrokes for their co-operation in bringing
the Heathens back to Monmore – and to Chris Van Straaten at Wolverhampton
Speedway for making it happen. “Also to Dr Brooks for his support and the
good people at Dudley Stroke Association, we offer our sincere thanks.
“Will and myself are now looking at options for the team, but until we know for
sure the points limit we can’t really make any final decision on our 1-7.”
Season ticket details are expected to be revealed next week with pre-Christmas
prices available for presents.
But there is no doubt the biggest present of all has been handed to Heathens
fans with the news the club survives!
CRADLEY Heathens can confirm they have entered into
constructive dialogue with representatives of Monmore Green Stadium regarding a
potential return to Wolverhampton for the 2016 season.
The current management team are doing everything within their power to ensure
the famous club continues to race into the new campaign.
Both Ladbrokes and Heathens Speedway Ltd are making effort to try and reach a
suitable agreement to take the club back to the Black Country but further
discussions are necessary.
Whilst these talks continue, no further discussions will take place regarding
the sale of the club as the management trio would be willing to continue at
Monmore Green with the help and support of the Heathens Supporters Trust, Ollie
Ommer Children's Club and the loyal group of supporters.
We would like to thank our fans, riders and sponsors for their patience and hope
we can bring some positive news in the near future.
Meanwhile fans who have not purchased tickets for the presentation night on
Saturday at The Venue, High Street, Dudley, can pay on the door from 7pm - £10
Riders and management will be present with a series of awards to be made.
HEATHENS IN MORE TALKS
||CRADLEY Heathens Speedway chiefs are to
hold further talks with Dudley Council officials later this month to
step up the search for a new site. The Heathens, who are currently
track sharing with Birmingham at Perry Barr Stadium, are still hoping to
return closer to their old Dudley Wood home with a new track. And
Dudley Council leader Councillor Peter Lowe has put together a meeting
of Council officials and Heathens Director Nigel Pearson. Said
Pearson: “Councillor Lowe wants this to happen, regardless of the
outcome of the General Election and what his own position may be.
“He has driven this with great desire and the next step will be for
discussions to map the borough of Dudley, both in terms of council and
private land, to go through a process of elimination. “If a site is not
possible for the use of Speedway, Councillor Lowe and myself want
cast-iron proof as to why that is the case. I, for one, will not take no
for an answer without detailed explanations. “I don’t believe enough
effort and energy has been put into the Cradley Heath Speedway project
by Dudley Council officers in the past, but thanks to Councillor Lowe’s
desire I feel that is about to change. “Whilst there are no promises of
land, no promises of success, if we don’t succeed I need to walk away
knowing every piece of land has been exhausted.
|“Councillor Lowe has again
emphasised, both verbally and in writing, that he would dearly love to
see the Heathens return home if at all possible. He is also passing
instructions down the line within Dudley Council that this has to happen
if at all possible. “In the meantime, our consultant Tony Mole is
continuing to work on one piece of land in particular in an attempt to
overcome hurdles which have been presented to us in writing.”
Cradley have pulled in ‘encouraging’ crowds for their two home meetings
at Birmingham so far this season – but the club have emphasised it’s
down to crowd numbers to establish whether the track share is viable.
“The supporters have been marvellous,” said Pearson. “Some have said it
takes the same time to get to Perry Barr as it did to Wolverhampton,
others have said 15-minutes longer – that 15-minutes is surely worth it
rather than have no team to support. “We need them to continue
backing this project if we are to succeed together.”
The Heathens are next in action against Eastbourne at Perry Barr next
Wednesday, April 22.
|CRADLEY Heathens chief Nigel Pearson has held top
level talks with Dudley Council leader Councillor Peter Lowe over the
club’s future. The Heathens are currently based at Birmingham’s
Perry Barr Stadium for home meetings after failing to secure a site of
their own over the last five years. And club director Pearson
admits it’s a case of one last throw of the dice with the council in the
search for a new home. He said: “Concillor Lowe and I met at
Dudley Council house and it was a very positive discussion. “There
is no doubt he understands our frustration and he has pledged to put
procedures in place to exhaust every search within the Borough in what I
feel is one last push to secure a suitable site. “It was
Councillor Lowe who invited me along for the chat. It was the first
communication I’d had with the Council since I left a meeting with the
previous leader, David Sparks, in April 2013 and I found that
disgraceful. “Councillor Sparks never made any effort to
congratulate us on winning the National League title two years in
succession and never made any effort to follow up that meeting.
“Councillor Lowe, meanwhile, was a regular at Dudley Wood in the 70s and
was only too aware of what we have achieved in the last five years.
“We are awaiting a date for the next meeting to put in place a schedule
to look at the entire borough. There are no promises, but at least we
will know for sure. “And in this case we have a council leader who
is making a genuine effort to reach a successful conclusion. We are in
regular contact. “There remains one piece of land which we believe
is perfect, but a report back from a planning officer has knocked us
back on that and we need to overcome that hurdle somehow. You wouldn’t
believe the reasons. “Now our efforts are to enjoy a successful
season at Perry Barr where we have been made more than welcome by Martin
Fennings and his staff, as well as working with Dudley Council to make
2015 ADMISSION REMINDER
CRADLEY would like to remind supporters of their admission
prices as they prepare for their first home meeting of the season at Perry Barr
against Birmingham next Wednesday (7.30).
The Heathens kicked off their campaign with a resounding victory over the
Brummies last night and will host their co-tenants in the return fixture next
Admission for the new season is priced at £11 for adults, £8 for concessions and
£2 for children whilst programmes remain priced at £3.
Having seen the start of last night’s clash delayed due to queues at the
turnstiles, the club would be grateful if supporters could try to bring correct
change to speed up entrance to the stadium.
Season ticket holders are reminded they do not have to join the queue and can go
direct to the entrance doors to gain admission.
The club were delighted to see many Cradley supporters featuring in a big crowd
for last night’s season opener, and they are hoping for a similarly impressive
turnout as the Heathens host their first “home” meeting at their new base.
MAX MAKES SPECIAL APPEARANCE
||CRADLEY riders and management will be on hand for the
reopening of Cradley Heath Market on Saturday.
Skipper Max Clegg, who has won the league title in his two seasons with
the club, is making the trip from his West Yorkshire base to be in
attendance along with manager Will Pottinger from midday.
Club mascot Ollie Ommer will also be making a special appearance and
there will be club publicity material given out to people attending the
Said Clegg: “I’m very honoured to accept this invitation and it’s a nice
way to help spread the word in the Cradley area. “It will be good
to catch up with Will so we can talk about things before our press and
practice next week. “We’re all looking forward to the new season
now, we just can’t wait to get started to be honest.”
All Heathens supporters are encouraged to pop along to Cradley Heath
Market between 12-2pm – and autograph and picture opportunities will be
available throughout that time.
Clegg will be back in the West Midlands with his Heathens colleagues at
their new Perry Barr home next Wednesday, March 11, for press and
practice from 2pm.
The team will be on track for pre-season practice before heading to
Brierley Hill’s Copthorne Hotel in the evening for the club’s official
season launch night.
|This event, which starts
at 8pm, will be held in the Caslon Suite with admission £5 – a limited
number of tickets will be available on the door as the room only holds
All money raised goes to the riders and there will also be a raffle and
one of the new-look 2015 Heathens race jackets will be available for
auction to one lucky bidder on the night with the money split between
the team members to help with pre-season set-up costs
CORPORATE BARGAIN NIGHTS!
CRADLEY Heathens are offering fans and businesses the chance to
watch the National League champions from the best seats in the house this year.
The club have relocated to Birmingham’s Perry Barr Stadium for home meetings as
they go in search of a third successive league title and have once again
assembled an exciting team of talented youngsters.
Now people have an opportunity to see the racing in style – at an affordable
Thanks to an arrangement with stadium landlords the GRA, Cradley Heath Speedway
can offer access to a VIP box, admission, programme and a buffet for just £25
per person based on a minimum of 10 people.
It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for fans at the same time as bargain
corporate hospitality for businesses – and places are expected to sell fast.
Cradley chairman Nigel Pearson said: “We would like to thank the GRA for making
us so welcome and the agreement we have reached with them for corporate viewing
“It’s ideal for birthday parties, groups of fans who just fancy a special night
out – but also for businesses, for £250 to entertain 10 people with a box, live
speedway racing, food and a programme has to represent the best value corporate
hospitality on the planet!
“I would urge anybody interested to get in touch quickly as we expect quite a
demand for this.”
CRADLEY HEATHENS CORPORATE PACKAGE 2015:
Admission, Use of Corporate Box, Buffet, Complimentary Programme, Cash Bar.
Buffet Menu: Fresh filled baguettes with various fillings, Pork Pie, Vegetable
Samosa, Sausage Rolls, Chicken sticks, Coleslaw, Fries.
£25 per person based on minimum of 10 – please email
to reserve your place!
HEATHENS ARE MOTORING AHEAD!
|CRADLEY Heathens Speedway are planning to motor their
way to a third successive league championship after securing a new team
The Heathens, who will be racing home meetings at Perry Barr in
Birmingham this year, are keeping it local with new main sponsors Motor
Market stepping up from their team partnership role of the last two
couple of seasons.
Owned by brothers Dean and Adam Bridge who are massive Heathens fans,
Motor Market have their showroom on Newtown Lane in Cradley Heath
overlooking the original Dudley Wood Stadium site.
Motor Market, who celebrate their 10th year of trading this year, have
grown to become the largest independent car dealership in the area,
always stocking over 120 vehicles of most makes.
They have developed an enviable reputation for providing AA Approved
quality vehicles, exceptional customer service and competitive finance
deals to suit all credit backgrounds.
Photo by John Hipkiss
|Heathens Chairman Nigel Pearson said: “We
are delighted to welcome Motor Market back for 2015 and we are truly
thrilled that they are coming with us to Perry Barr as main team
sponsors.“Our supporters are extremely loyal and I’m sure any Heathens
fan that needs to replace their vehicle will pop along to Motor Market
and give them the opportunity. ”Motor Market themselves said: “We were
born and bred and now live and trade in Cradley Heath and have been
proud Heathens supporters since the 70’s, so we are well aware of the
fantastic history the club has. "We consider ourselves privileged to be
involved as main sponsors this year and look forward with excitement to
the new season.”
Motor Market are at 27 Newtown Lane, Cradley Heath, West Midlands B64
5EB. Call 01384 411119 or visit their website
www.motor-market.net for full details
PARKING AND ENTRANCE INFORMATION
CRADLEY Heath Speedway are pleased to confirm a number of
parking options for fans attending our meetings at Perry Barr this season, as
- Stadium Parking: £2.50 payable to the GRA on entry.
- Disabled parking near the main foyer entrance, blue badges needed.
- One Stop Shopping Centre - free parking from 6 - 11pm - with special thanks to
- University on Wellhead Lane, (opposite stadium) parking available at a charge
of £2.00 payable on exit for up to 6 hours.
PARKING (IMPORTANT NOTICE):
Spectators are requested not to park in Aldridge Road & Nash Square.
(Private and commercial property)
- General admission, Season Ticket holders/ Disabled & SCB/BSPA passes/press to
enter via MAIN ENTRANCE off the main car park.
- Back entrance is for Hospitality Suite Guests.
The grandstand restaurant will be open but no booking
excepted, this will be on a first come first served arrangement.
GREEN LIGHT & GO-VIER FOR HEATHENS
Picture courtesy of NICHOLAS TRUSCOTT
||CRADLEY Heathens are pleased to welcome teenage racer
Tyler Govier as their stand-by squad rider for the 2015 campaign.
All clubs are permitted to acquire an additional rider in the No.8 slot
for the new season as part of new rules to cover rider absences.
Having already completed their 1-7, the Heathens have moved to snap up
Govier for their final squad place. The 18 year old has gained
experience with both Buxton and Devon over the past two seasons, putting
in some promising displays in 2014 despite the Demons enduring a tough
campaign. And Govier is delighted to be involved with the Heathens
as they search for their third consecutive National League title.
He said: “I’d like to thank the club for giving me the opportunity, and
enabling me to be part of such a great club. “Cradley is the best
club in the National League, they’ve been really successful over the
last few years and the chance to be part of that was something I just
couldn’t turn down really.” Govier will join his new team mates
for the first time at Cradley’s press and practice on Wednesday, March
11 at their adopted Perry Barr home – followed by the club’s season
launch event that same night at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill.
Press and Practice will start at 2pm and entry is by donation (minimum
£2) with proceeds split between the Speedway Riders’ Benevolent Fund and
Ricky Ashworth’s Benefit meeting.
The season launch, hosted by Ian ‘Porky’ Jones, will start at 8pm and
will also feature the revealing of the 2015 Heathens race jacket with
one available for auction on the night. All money from the evening will
go to the riders.
Tickets, priced £5, are available from the club’s website
cradleyheathens.co or the club shop at Printworx, High Street, Quarry
HEATHENS LOOKING STYLISH
|CRADLEY Heathens will be looking the part in 2015
with a new range of stylish exclusive team clothing.
The club have joined forces with Macron West Midlands in a new
partnership to raise the standards of team presentation. It means
Heathens will be wearing similar garments to those of Aston Villa, Leeds
United and Scotland Rugby as they head into the National League season
at Perry Barr chasing a third successive league title.
Fans also have the chance to purchase items from the club website or the
club shop at Printworx, High Street in Quarry Bank.
Orders are now being taken in order for supporters to wear the new
colours at the first meeting of the season.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “We are delighted to be working
alongside our friends at Macron West Midlands. “We have had input
from our team captain, Max Clegg, regarding the team clothing as he said
he wanted the lads to look smart. “Personally, I have always liked
Macron clothing and the options available to order for supporters are
excellent. “When you combine these with the new merchandise lined
up by the club shop team at Printworx, there will be something for
Fans who order by Sunday February 15 will have their items available at
the club’s season launch night at the Copthorne Hotel on March 11 – or
for collection from Printworx the following day in good time for the
opening meeting with Birmingham on March 18.
The club will be arranging a mail order service in partnership with
Printworx in due course.
Images of the new Heathens official team clothing and how to place
orders are available from
www.cradleyheathens.co at the
MOGGO'S THE MAN!
||CRADLEY have completed their side for the 2015 season
with Arron Mogridge becoming the final rider to put pen to paper with
The Heathens will be searching for an unprecedented third successive
National League title triumph when the new season gets underway, with
Mogridge joining Max Clegg, Nathan Greaves, Matt Williamson, Ellis
Perks, Luke Harris and Michael Neale in their septet.
Mogridge, 23, was a late starter to the sport but showed plenty of
promise to achieve a 4.36 average as he made his National League bow
with Scunthorpe last year. Having discovered the Stags would not
be returning to the tapes in the third tier the Heathens were quick to
snap him up. And he is delighted to be donning the famous green,
red and white race jacket in 2015. Said Mogridge: “I’m over the
moon to have signed for Cradley for next season and I’m very much
looking forward to it. “The club got in contact with me after
seeing Scunthorpe weren’t running next year to see if I was interested
in joining the club, and I was delighted to be approached by a club like
Cradley. “It wasn’t long before everything was settled and I was
all signed up, so I can’t wait to get going now. “Obviously there
is a great deal of history with regards to the club that I’m sure I’ll
get to know more and more. “I’m very aware of the great support
behind the club which is something I’m looking forward to being part of,
and it’s going to be an honour to ride for the Heathens next season.”
MATT’LL DO NICELY FOR HEATHENS!
|MATT Williamson, a member of Cradley’s all-conquering
2014 National League side, will be back with the club for the defence of
Williamson, winner of the Wayne Garratt Memorial award for the club’s
most improved rider, joins Max Clegg and Nathan Greaves from the title
winners. And he admits the news is the best Christmas present he
could have wished for after he was kept waiting to see if the club had
room for him in their plans. "I'm absolutely buzzing to be back
with the club," he said. "I had to wait until after the AGM to
find out if I'd be in the team or not, and in some ways, I almost rode
myself out of a spot. "I doubled my 2014 starting average which
was something I was really proud of, but that meant I was too high to be
a reserve for 2015 yet too low to be a full heat-leader. "But I
kept my fingers crossed and the rules went in my favour and I'm
delighted to be racing for the Heathens again. "I know I spent the
majority of last season at reserve and then in 2015 I'll be the third
highest rider average wise but that won't change a thing for me." "Even
at number six last season, I showed that I can compete with anybody at
that level and especially at home, I think I beat the majority of the
opposition's number one riders so the new position won't phase me at all
really. "We're the team with the target on our back once again and
hopefully it will be another good season. "Me, Max (Clegg) and
Nathan (Greaves) all proved what we can do next year and we'd love to
have a similar season to what we did this year. "Luke (Harris) and
Ellis (Perks) are going to be vital members of our team and Michael
(Neale) should be a good reserve too so I think we'll definitely be
there or thereabouts once again."
IT'S CAPTAIN CLEGG
||MAX Clegg is the new captain of Cradley Heathens –
completing a remarkable transformation from reserve to No.1.
Clegg, 17, is a full asset of the club and has won the league title
twice in the two years he has raced for the Heathens.
He joins fellow teenage racer Nathan Greaves in the top two along with
new signings Mike Neale, Luke Harris and Ellis Perks which leaves two
team members remaining to complete the side.“From the moment I first
joined Cradley I’ve always wanted to be a No.1 for them, and now the
opportunity has come I’ve definitely taken it with both hands,” he
said.“To be captain of the team as well is an honour because it’s such a
great club, and I think it’s going to be another awesome year for
us.“We’ve had some great captains, Starkey and Ash have both been
brilliant the last two years so hopefully I can learn from what they’ve
done and do a good job as well.“It’s a nice new challenge for us to have
Birmingham as a home track and I think the National League is shaping up
nicely for next season, there should be some cracking meetings.“I like
the way the team is coming together, we are a very young team and I’m
sure the team spirit will be awesome.”
[Photo by Jeff Higgott - SEQUELLA)
HEATHENS RELEASE PERRY
CRADLEY Heathens have reluctantly released Tom Perry and Danny
Phillips from their team plans for the 2015 season.
Perry, a club asset who started his career with the club in 2010, is a casualty
of team rebuilding under the new 36-point limit and will now join local rivals
Birmingham. Phillips has linked up with Stoke.
Perry said: “I want to thank the Cradley management for everything they have
done for me and wish them well for the 2015 season. “It was brilliant for
me to win the league and cup with the team this year, it was a tough year for me
in speedway but it means a lot to say I won the league with Cradley. “Now
my attentions turn to Birmingham and it’s a nice move for me to stay local.”
The management of Cradley Heath Speedway would like to thank Tom and Danny for
their efforts and wish them both a successful 2015 season – apart from when the
Brummies and Potters face the Heathens!
Cradley have already announced the signings of Nathan Greaves, Luke Harris, Mike
Neale and Ellis Perks – and the club’s new captain will be unveiled at their
Christmas Party this Friday night.
The event takes place at Cradley Heath Liberal Club and will also feature live
music, a raffle and auction of excusive Heathens memorabilia.
Tickets are £5 and are available from the club shop, Printworx on Quarry Bank
High Street (Closed Wednesday). Any remaining tickets will be available on the
door but only 30 remain.
HEATHENS HAVE ADDED PERKS!
|ELLIS Perks, the great nephew of former Cradley
Heathens hero Dave, has joined the club for the 2015 season.
Perks, 17, was based in Worcester as an infant before his parents took
the decision to move to Australia.
His Dad, Robbie, was a top referee throughout British Speedway before
making the move down under.
And Ellis admits it’s a massive honour to be joining the Heathens for
the defence of their title at Perry Barr.
He said: “I had a lot of options on the table but I’m delighted to have
the opportunity to join a club like Cradley. “The family has a tradition
with the club and I can’t wait to get back to England and put the famous
Cradley race jacket on.”
Perks has already won the backing of local sponsors to help him in his
first season with the club – and he’s excited about the prospect of
linking up with Mike Neale, Nathan Greaves and Luke Harris. “The
management have put together a young team but all of us are capable of
increasing our averages as the season progresses so if we can all gel
early on I’m sure we will be challenging again for honours,” he said.
“The teams from 2013 and 2014 were awesome in what they won so to
emulate them will be tough but we will all be giving it our all to
retain that league title.”
Heathens fans have until December 31 to take advantage of the early bird
season ticket prices and forms can be downloaded by clicking on the
http://www.cradleyheathens.co/admission.php for full details.
Tickets for the club’s Christmas Party this Friday at Cradley Heath
Liberal Club are selling fast. The event, which starts at 8pm, will
include a rider announcement, a raffle and auction of exclusive Heathens
memorabilia – and live music from solo artist Neil Davidson.
Priced £5, tickets can be purchased from the club shop, Printworx on
Quarry Bank High Street. Should there be any unsold tickets these will
be made available on the door on the night.
STAR GUEST LUKE JOINS HEATHENS
||TALENTED teenager Luke Harris has joined Cradley
after making guest appearances for the club in their stunning 2014
Harris, who turned 16 last month, will start the season on a 3.17
average and joins Nathan Greaves and Mike Neale in the revamped Heathens
side. And he's revealed it was a combination of the management and
supporters which helped make his decision to join the Perry Barr club.
"I couldn't believe the amount of support for Cradley when I raced for
them last season and I'm absolutely delighted to be riding for such a
prestigious club with an amazing tradition," he said. "The
management impressed me with their professionalism but it was really the
fan base which made me want to ride for the club. I could have looked
for a club closer to home in the south, but having ridden for Cradley my
mind was made up. "I'd also like to say what an amazing experience
it was to ride for them last season, the guys in the team at the time
and the management were there with words of encouragement and help and
that made a big impression on me. "It's still early days in my
speedway career but I believe riding for a club like Cradley is the
perfect step for me to enhance and develop my career. I can't wait to
get started with the rest of the boys. "I'm not sure what the rest
of their team plans are but I'm sure they will be putting together a
good team as they always do and I'm looking forward to having Birmingham
as my home track."
HEATHENS CHIEF: COMPETITIVE LEAGUE AHEAD
CRADLEY promoter Gary Patchett is predicting a keenly contested
National League in 2015 after more teams joined at the AGM on Tuesday.
Birmingham, Rye House and Eastbourne were all accepted unanimously by existing
members – and Cradley’s switch to Perry Barr for home meetings was also
The points limit has been slashed to 36 – and Patchett says it will mean several
clubs will be in contention for the title, to be decided in the old traditional
format over 18 meetings. He said: “I think the 2015 National League will be
keenly contested and we are going to see a lot more close meetings. “From
our own point of view we are going to be disappointing a couple of riders who we
must now release from our plans, but we also have exciting new riders in the
pipeline. “It’s a new challenge and our priority now is to get down to
building a team capable of challenging for a third successive National League
The 2015 champions will be decided over the course of 18 meetings in the old
traditional format of the team finishing top of the league – and the top four
will then enter a stand-alone Gold Cup competition at the end of the season.
The all-important points limit for team building purposes has been set at 36
points and a minimum limit has also been introduced at 30.
The race format remains unchanged from 2014 and the tactical ride rule is now
the same as Premier League regulations – one per meeting and not available in
There will also be four teams competing in the National Trophy next season –
Eastbourne, Kent, Rye House and Mildenhall.
NATIONAL LEAGUE 2015:
Birmingham, Buxton, Cradley Heath, Coventry, Eastbourne, Kent, King’s Lynn,
Mildenhall, Rye House, Stoke.
NATIONAL LEAGUE KNOCKOUT CUP DRAW:
Round 1 (to be completed by end of April): Rye House v Stoke, King’s Lynn v
Round 2 (starting in May): Kent v Coventry, Birmingham v Eastbourne, Rye House
or Stoke v Cradley, King’s Lynn or Mildenhall v Buxton.
NATIONAL LEAGUE RIDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP: Rye House, September 2015.
NATIONAL LEAGUE PAIRS: King’s Lynn, Date TBC.
NATIONAL LEAGUE FOURS: Coventry, Date TBC.
TEENAGE ACE GREAVES BACK WITH HEATHENS
|CRADLEY fans favourite Nathan Greaves has agreed a
deal which will see him back at the club for a third successive season
Greaves was unveiled as the club’s second signing for their move to
Perry Barr in front of a packed audience at the Heathens Children’s Club
Christmas Party at Cradley Heath Liberal Club. And his appearance
in front of the youngsters and parents went down well after he made the
journey from his South Yorkshire base to meet fans.
Greaves is already preparing for the 2015 campaign and says he is “over
the moon” to be back with the Heathens for a shot at a hat-trick of
league titles. He said: “I would never really want to leave
Cradley - who would? I want a third straight league title!
“They’re a massive club with great fans and they’re definitely the best
team in the National League so I’m delighted to be riding for them again
next season. “Last season I know I improved my average and I know
I’ve come on a heck of a lot since first signing for the club, but I
want to make sure that I improve even further in 2015. “I want to push
myself as much as I can and 2015 is going to be a big year for me.
“The National League should be a good league to race in again next year
and I will do everything I can to make sure I score as many points as I
can for the team, no matter what position I’m in and hopefully we can
have another great season. “I’ve already got a lot of things
sorted for next season and I’m so happy that I’ll be riding for Cradley
PICTURED: Nathan Greaves is welcomed back to the club by Chairman Nigel
Words and Picture: Ryan Guest.
FANS BACKING HEATHENS’ MOVE
||CRADLEY fans have backed the club in numbers for
their move to Birmingham’s Perry Barr Stadium next season.
The Heathens will be gunning for a third successive National League
title and can press on with team plans after next Tuesday’s AGM where
clubs will vote on the points limit for team building. Club
officials are delighted with the response to season ticket sales at
their open evening held last Thursday at Cradley Heath Liberal Club –
and they’re doing it all again this Thursday, December 4 (8pm).
Boss Will Pottinger said: “It’s really positive that despite the change
of home track people are still backing us. “We were delighted with
the turnout we had at the Liberal Club as we launched our season ticket
sales, and it’s left us feeling very positive about next year.
“With the change in venue we weren’t entirely sure how people would
react and whether we’d get the same support as we have at Monmore, but
the early signs are good so we are definitely feeling optimistic.
“Given how long it is until the season starts, having so many people
already buying their season tickets just shows how loyal our fans are
and how they will back us no matter what. “The supporters
are really important to us, and the way they back us home and away
always gives the riders a big boost when they pull on a Heathens race
jacket. “We are hoping we will continue to pull in big crowds even
though we’ve moved to Perry Barr and the fans can be a part of another
successful year for Cradley in 2015. “In the meantime we have our
Christmas party at the Liberal Club on December 19, so it would be great
to see plenty of people there again for what should be an enjoyable
Tickets for the Christmas Party – where a rider signing will be
announced along with live music – are available from the club shop at
Printworx on Quarry Bank High Street priced £5.
They will also be available at the Liberal Club on Thursday
HEATHENS SUPPORTERS TRUSTING IN FUTURE
|Cradley’s supporters club, HSSC (Heathens
Speedway Supporters Club), last night outlined new proposals to
resurrect the organisation after a year off, with ambitious plans in
both the long and short term.
An EGM was held at Cradley Heath Liberal Club where the existing HSSC
committee were joined by an additional working party of fans to discuss
strategies for moving the club forward. Chairman, Andy Minshall,
explained the reasons why the hard-working committee had felt the need
for a sabbatical during 2014, before adding that the shock news about
losing the use of Monmore Green stadium for racing had galvanised
supporters once again. Prior to last night’s meeting of HSSC members,
initial discussions were held with the Heathens promotion and management
to seek approval and support. A willingness to work together was
established which has opened the door for the next stage of meetings.
The main points are as follows:
|Short Term Aims:
- Support the management and make 2015 a success at Perry Barr
- Assist and ensure that Perry Barr is ready for the 2015 season
- Assist on racenights (should it be required) for example turnstyle
operatives, programme sellers,
- Continue to help promote the club at various external events
- Continue to organise fund-raising activities including the 50/50
- Assist with organisation of coach travel to Perry Barr and away venues
Long Term Aims:
- A further goal
was the proposal to turn HSSC into a supporters trust, following in the
footsteps of several high-profile football supporters clubs. It is
believed that such a move would create greater recognition and improve
the chance of supporting the club towards the return to a permanent home
in the local area. The committee and working party acknowledged that a
lot of work would be ahead to make such a dream into a reality and that
the first steps would be to gain the backing of all fans in order to
make the project a success. Every Heathens fan can play a part in
helping to make it happen. There are various requirements and conditions
of Supporters Direct to be met in order to gain Trust status. This may
then allow funds to be raised which could be used for a share of a piece
of land, ensuring the club has a secure long term legacy for years to
- The club also wish to emphasise the crucial work of supporting the
local community, including the Ollie Ommer Club for kids.
Concluding the meeting, a unanimous vote was held which supported the
working party and current committee in continuing the outlined
proposals. A further behind closed-doors meeting will now be held next
Tuesday where all interested parties are invited to discuss the next
An open meeting will then be held for all supporters will be held at
Cradley Heath Liberal Club on 9th December at 7:30pm and all fans are
encouraged to attend on this night. This will provide an opportunity for
further explanation of how a Trust is organised and the club emphasise
the belief that this idea will work if everyone plays their part in
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RIVALS RACE FOR DAN MEMORIAL
CRADLEY’S first meeting of the 2015 season will be at their
adopted Perry Barr home – but as the away team!
The Heathens will face Birmingham on Wednesday March 18 in the first leg of the
Travel Plus Tours Trophy with the return leg on the same track the following
Wednesday, March 25.
It promises to be an exciting start to a new era of racing with the rivals doing
battle for the Dan McCormick Trophy – in memory of the charismatic former
Heathens and Brummies promoter who passed away a fortnight ago.
The club have also confirmed their press and practice day will be on Wednesday
March 11 with a 2pm start.
Boss Will Pottinger said: “This is a good way for us to start the season and it
gives us two early meetings on our new home track. “There will be no home track
advantage but I’m sure they will be two good meetings for the fans to enjoy and
naturally we would love to start with a win. “I’m sure there will be a
good atmosphere at both matches and I think it’s nice to have the support of
James Easter at Travel Plus Tours. I went on one of his tours to Torun for a
Grand Prix and it was excellent. “And it’s also appropriate that both
clubs are remembering Dan McCormick after his sad passing recently.”
Cradley season tickets go on sale at Cradley Heath Liberal Club this Thursday,
November 27, between 8-10pm.
Wed 11 Press & Practice 2pm
Wed 18 Birmingham A Travel Plus Tours Challenge 1st Leg 7.30
Wed 25 Birmingham H Travel Plus Tours Challenge 2nd Leg 7.30
Mon 6 Coventry H National Shield 7.30
Wed 12 Golden Hammer H IND 7.30
CRADLEY HEATHENS CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT 2014:
Friday December 19 - Doors Open 7pm, 8pm start
DISCO, RAFFLE, SPECIAL GUESTS
Cradley Heath Liberal Club, 60 Upper High Street, Cradley Heath B64 5HU
CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHAMPIONS!!
TICKETS £5 AVAILABLE FROM CRADLEY HEATH LIBERAL CLUB ON SEASON TICKET SALES
NIGHTS PLUS CLUB SHOP PRINTWORX QUARRY BANK HIGH STREET
SEASON TICKETS / FIXTURES / XMAS PARTY
CRADLEY Heathens are all set to launch season ticket sales for
the 2015 National League. The club are once again offering discounted
prices for those buying up to and including December 31 before an increase in
January. Season tickets will again represent superb value for money with a
minimum of 14 meetings included as part of the package in the revamped National
League which is set to include both Birmingham and Eastbourne.
The club will be racing home meetings at Perry Barr Stadium in Birmingham and
tickets are valid for all league, cup and challenge matches – plus the Golden
Hammer individual and any play-off fixtures.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “Last season we staged 17 meetings as part
of the season ticket offer which meant adult ticket holders saved £3 per
meeting. “We are pegging our admission prices at £11 adults, £8
concessions and £2 children and our programme will again be available for £2.50.
“I can also confirm we are working on a travel season ticket for fans with the
possibility of a coach running from Cradley Heath Liberal Club at 6pm to Perry
Barr for our home meetings. This will be confirmed in the new year.”
Heathens will launch season ticket sales at the Liberal Club next Thursday,
November 27 between 8-10pm – and the following Thursday, December 4 with the
EARLY BIRD PRICES:
£130 adults, £95 concessions, £25 children up to and including Dec 31.
HEATHENS can also confirm some provisional fixtures which fans may like to put
in the diary:
Wed 11: Press & Practice
Wed 25: Cradley v Birmingham Dan McCormick Memorial Meeting for the Travel Plus
Mon 6: Cradley v Coventry National Shield 7.30 2nd Leg
Wed 12: Golden Hammer Individual 7.30
CRADLEY HEATHENS CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT 2014:
Friday December 19 - Doors Open 7pm, 8pm start
DISCO, RAFFLE, SPECIAL GUESTS
Cradley Heath Liberal Club, 60 Upper High Street, Cradley Heath B64 5HU
CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHAMPIONS!!
TICKETS £5 AVAILABLE FROM CRADLEY HEATH LIBERAL CLUB ON SEASON TICKET SALES
NIGHTS PLUS CLUB SHOP PRINTWORX QUARRY BANK HIGH STREET
HEATHENS SIGN NEALE
||CRADLEY have made their first signing ahead of the
2015 season having snapped up talented youngster Michael Neale.
On the same evening they announced they would remain in the National
League at Perry Barr next season, the Heathens unveiled Neale at their
End of Season Presentation at the Copthorne Hotel.
Having spent the 2014 season working as a mechanic for close friend Max
Clegg, the Hyde-born ace fully understands the tradition of the
He will line-up at reserve on a 3.00 average looking to establish
himself in the third tier following some successful guest appearances in
2014 for various clubs. And he is delighted to be riding for Cradley as
they search for their third consecutive National League title.
Said Neale: “I've been Max Clegg's mechanic this year and it's really
overwhelming to be with the Heathens next season.
“For them to approach me to sign for 2015 is a massive deal for me, and
I can’t wait to get started now. “I jumped at the chance because Cradley
is such a prestigious name and I just want to do the club proud in
HEATHENS HAVE A PARTY
photo's by Jonathan Hipkiss -
||CRADLEY brought the curtain down on their spectacular
2014 campaign as they hosted their End of Season Presentation last
With the news the Heathens would remain on track at Perry Barr in the
National League in 2015 announced early in the evening, there was a
party atmosphere at the Copthorne as they celebrated a remarkable year.
Having seen all riders presented with their National League and Knockout
Cup Winners’ medals, they moved onto the individual awards.
Danny Phillips was presented with Most Bonus Points award whilst fellow
reserve Matt Williamson, who was unfortunately absent due to a holiday
booked before the season began, was named as the winner of the Wayne
Garrett Memorial Trophy for Most Improved Rider.
Young gun Nathan Greaves scooped the Max Cartwright Memorial, but it was
fellow teenage ace Max Clegg who bagged the top prize as he was named as
the Ivor Hughes Memorial Trophy Rider of the Year.
Clegg has enjoyed a sublime year in his second season with the Heathens,
and he was thrilled to be recognised for his efforts to cap off a
stunning campaign. Said Clegg: “I was fairly happy with my year
but at times I could have done better. Overall it’s definitely been a
good year though, and it’s just a shame the season is over! “To win the
Rider of the Year award is an awesome way to end the season, and I’m
just really grateful to everyone that has helped me all year.”
TO REFORM FOLLOWING THEIR YEAR OUT
A short status update to inform members that following our 12
month “hiatus” as agreed at our last AGM, the existing committee together with
associates, & other invited parties are currently in discussions to re-invent
the club with a renewed purpose as promised.
More importantly the above personnel are also seeking ways in which we may be
able to assist the concerted efforts underway to ensure the team once again come
to tapes in 2015.
A general meeting for HSSC members (not an AGM which will again be held in
February) will be announced very shortly at which we may seek your approval to
proceed with any initiatives identified to help ensure the Heathens dream
continues into a sixth season.
Further details will be announced shortly & on behalf of the committee, many
thanks for your patience
Andy – Chairman - HSSC
HEATHENS AT THE BARR!
|CRADLEY Heathens will be gunning for a third
successive National League title next season – but on a new home track.
The club have lost the use of Monmore Green which is only available for
Elite League Wolverhampton in 2015, but a deal has been struck to share
Birmingham’s Perry Barr Stadium.
The Brummies will also make a welcome track return in the same level of
racing after closing down in July due to financial problems. Former club
owner Tony Mole will submit an application to the National League at
their AGM next month. It means there will be some eagerly awaited
Brummies – Heathens derby clashes with the clubs racing on alternate
Wednesdays from March to October.
Cradley chairman Nigel Pearson said: “This is wonderful news for both
sets of supporters and from a Cradley point of view it’s a big relief to
get this sorted. “It will mean we will need every single Heathens
fan to come along to Perry Barr and support us to ensure the club
survives. “The one unfortunate side of the situation is that there
is no way we could enter the Premier League as planning permission for
Perry Barr is strict at one speedway event per week. There would be no
room for both Birmingham and ourselves if we were in the Premier with
many more fixtures. “With our club it is always a year-by-year situation
until such a time as we are successful in securing our own venue, which
is ongoing on a private and confidential basis. “I would like to thank
Tony Mole for his co-operation. It’s been a stressful few weeks, we have
been desperate to keep the club on track and we have achieved that.
“Now we can get down to looking at team options – as best we can before
we know a definite points limit – and our target has to be a hat-trick
of National League titles!”
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