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HSSC wish to announce their 2014 AGM meeting to be held at the Liberal Club Cradley Heath on Thursday 30th January. Start time 8 O’clock down stair room.It’s going to be a very interesting year and a lot of decisions to be made regarding the future of the supporters club. Hope to see all HSSC members thereIt would be helpful if all members reading this can just put their name in the comment box on the Heathens Speedway Supporters Page on Facebook to confirm you have read this so we can eliminate you from our postal list confirming AGM.
HEATHENS 2014 CALENDARS NOW ON SALE
THE 2014 Heathens official calendar is now
HEATHENS OFF TO SUPER SADDLERS
|DUDLEY Heathens are throwing their
support behind Walsall's League One play-off push.|
The former Cradley club will have a presence at the Banks's Stadium this Saturday, April 6, ahead of the Saddlers' clash with Sheffield United.
Walsall are staging a family fun day and Heathens will have a bike on display as well as other promotional material. Dan Greenwood will also be present for autographs and photographs with supporters.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: "It's great for the club to be a part of Walsall's Fun Day and I'm sure they will have a big crowd for a game against such a big club like Sheffield United. "This has been made possible by Simon Priest, one of our must loyal and passionate supporters, who is also a keen Saddlers supporter. "Hopefully we will spread the word about the Heathens success story as well as shouting the Saddlers on to another three points!"
The Fun Day starts at 12.30pm outside the ground with a bouncy castle, live music and inflatable slide and the are special admission offers available from the ticket office for the match which starts at 3pm.
HECTIC FRIDAY FOR DAN THE MAN
Photo by Dudley Heathens photographer John Hipkiss
had a busy Good Friday spreading the Heathens word.|
Greenwood, who is preparing for his second season with the former Cradley club, spent the morning at the opening of the new DFS store at Merry Hill. And in the afternoon he met up with Heathens partners Dean and Adam Bridge at Motor Market in Cradley Heath, who will again have a presence on the back of the team race jacket.
|DUDLEY are celebrating success off the track ahead of the new
Heathens bosses have revealed how fans have snapped up season tickets at record levels – and more sponsorship and advertising has been achieved. Chairman Nigel Pearson said: “It’s been a winter of tough decisions for this club but the fans have been magnificent and only last week we had to order a new print run of season tickets. “And we have to expand our programme because of the amount of advertising we have pulled in. “Local businesses have seen the publicity we have generated locally and want to be a part of it.
Every race sponsorship has gone, the programme needs to go up four pages to accommodate the extra adverts and we are once again delighted to be working with Ron Homer and Motor Market as club partners. “In addition to our main team sponsors, Recycled Aggregates, we are also continuing our successful partnership with the good people of Dudley Stroke Association who will promote their message at the Golden Hammer for a fourth straight season.”
HEATHENS OFF TO SUPER SADDLERS
HSSC RECEIVE SPONSOR BOOST
Heathens Speedway Supporters Club
(HSSC) is delighted to announce they have agreed a deal with Cradley
Heath based car dealership Motor Market to sponsor them for the upcoming
|Already well known to many Heathens supporters as a main sponsor
to the Dudley team, the arrangements will include their logo being
featured on a select range of Heathens merchandise, presence at many
promotional events throughout the year and numerous other initiatives
intended to raise the profile of both HSSC and Motor Market in the
local area. |
Heathens supporters will also have the opportunity to take advantage of a special package of additional benefits should they purchase a vehicle from Motor Market during the year.
Owned by local brothers Dean and Adam Bridge, Motor Market is already very well respected locally for the quality of car and high level of after sales service it provides. Despite the tough economic times this approach has seen them grow rapidly in recent years, to what is now the largest car dealership in the area.
A spokesperson for HSSC said, “We are proud to be associated with Motor Market and look forward to working with Dean and Adam throughout the season, where I’m sure the deal will be beneficial to both parties.”
Dean commented, “It’s great for us to have the connection with HSSC team. Commercially it makes absolute sense, the Heathens have a fantastic passionate fan base and of course these are potential customers for us, but more importantly than that we have a huge respect for the time and effort many HSSC volunteers put in to increase awareness of the Heathens and their hopes for the future.
Ultimately we would all love to see top flight speedway back on our own track in the area and I don’t think you could put a value on what that would do for our local community. To make it happen it will no doubt need a continued huge effort by promoters, supporters, sponsors, councils, etc all working in close harmony together towards the same goal. If we can play a very small part in that then great, we’ll be proud to say we’ve done our bit!”
JOIN THE CLUB!
|HEATHENS Speedway Supporters Club are
looking to bolster their membership ahead of the new season.|
HSCC formed in 2008 at a time when hope was fading of ever seeing a Heathens team in action again.
Now, with the team preparing for a fourth season in the National League backed by some bumper crowds, fans have the chance to enjoy the many benefits offered by HSSC. In the last year HSSC have worked closely with Heathens bosses on exciting projects including the sellout nights with the emotional return of world champions Greg Hancock and Erik Gundersen.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: "We are delighted to work in partnership with the good people of HSSC and it's a combination which works well. "They do great work in helping us promote the club and in many ways they were one of the reasons why my partners and I decided to take the plunge and revive the team in league competition. "They also have the rights for our official merchandise and in my opinion produce some of the best products in British Speedway."
Benefits of joining the club include reduced coach travel, free entry to each monthly draw, reduced admission prices to certain events and other advertised benefits.
Why not join a club, run by the supporters for the supporters and help to bring the club back to a place that can be called home?
Apply to: H.S.S.C. 2, Caernarvon Way, Dudley West Midlands DY1 2TR.
Membership prices: £7.00 Adults, £5.00 Concessions ( Aged 12 -16, student card holders and Oaps).
IT'S A SELL OUT!
HEATHENS riders will take to the stage in front of a sellout crowd in Cradley Heath next Friday, March 1.
The 2013 Season Launch Party at Cradley Heath Liberal Club has now sold out with all proceeds from the night to be shared between the seven team members.
Every rider will be interviewed on stage and presented with their 2013 race jacket. They will be in their race suits which will give fans a superb photographic opportunity.
There will also be a raffle with some brilliant prizes - and an auction including a signed 2013 Heathens race jacket.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: "Things are building up nicely. We have sold more season tickets than ever before, sold more programme advertising and sponsorship and now we have to put the sold out signs up again. "There have been some difficult decisions made this winter but, once again, our supporters never let us down."
HEATHENS TRY PEDAL POWER
HEATHENS will need plenty of pedal power after accepting a
challenge to face Birmingham in a special Cycle Speedway event next month.
A team representing the former Cradley club, which is expected to include local lads Ashley Morris, Dan Greenwood and Paul Starke, will face up to the Brummies at Sandwell's track on Wednesday, March 13 (7.30).
The event will help raise vital cash for Sandwell who suffered a vandalism attack recently. Their track is at Tividale Community Recreation Centre, Lower City Road B69 2HA and the action starts at 7.30pm.
Fans from both the Brummies and Heathens are encouraged to attend for what should be an entertaining night.
Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: "Birmingham approached us with the idea for this and we thought it was a nice idea. "I'm told Graham Drury (Birmingham boss) has already started telling his riders to get out on their push bikes, that's how much he wants to win it. That's fine, we will go there for a fun night and we might just surprise him and the Brummies!" Said Drury: “I’ve told our lads and the likes of Ben Barker and Danny King have already been out on their pushbike to get their legs moving. “I was very upset when I heard about the vandalism at Sandwell and Brian Buck, who is a remarkable individual who did so much to champion the return of Speedway in Birmingham in 2007, has been involved there for years. “So I spoke to Brian and then I got in touch with Will Pottinger at Dudley. I’m hoping supporters of both clubs come along for what should be a fun night. “There will be a nominal admission fee and all money will go towards the repairs needed by Sandwell Cycle Speedway Club."
GUNDO DVD NOW ON SALE
Tributes are also paid by Heathens coach and 1991 World Champion Jan O Pedersen, Speedway Star Editor Richard Clark - and Gundersen's daughter Nanna who sang the Danish national anthem on stage to end the night.
It's a triple DVD box set and will be available from the Heathens club shop on race nights, or from the club website shop at dudleyheathens.co - it will go on sale for the first time on March 1 at the Heathens Season Launch night at Cradley Heath Liberal Club and is priced £16.
ROYNON NIGHT A BIG SUCCESS
Dudley Heathens supporters conquered the extreme weather to say pay
tribute to modern day club legend Adam Roynon.
Roynon led the former Cradley club to the top of the National League table in 2012, only to suffer a horrendous leg injury in a heartbreaking last heat decider which saw them lose the Grand Final by a solitary point.
The Grand Final was to be his last appearance for the club with his sublime 2012 campaign averages making him ineligible for the Heathens next year.
And the clubs loyal fans raised in excess of £1,000 to help with his medical costs thanks to a special farewell evening at the River Rooms, Stourbridge.
After saying an emotional goodbye, Roynon was delighted with the evening.
He said: “It's been an amazing night and massive thanks to everyone who turned up.
“It was great and I was honoured to be a part of this club, I just hope I can be a part of it again in the future.”
ROYNO GETS THE GREEN LIGHT
HEATHENS fans are set to support former skipper Adam Roynon in
big numbers on Tuesday night.
Roynon will say farewell to the club at a special event in Stourbridge which has beaten the weather.
The Adam Roynon Benefit night includes special guests Ashley Morris and Dan Greenwood from the 2013 Heathens side, legendary former Cradley rider and boss Colin Pratt and current Dudley chairman and Sky presenter Nigel Pearson.
It all takes place at the River Rooms, Mill Race Lane, Stourbridge. Doors 7pm and 8pm start with admission £3 on the door. Said Roynon: “I’ve been in touch with the River Rooms and Tuesday night is on, unless there is a severe deterioration in the weather which isn’t forecast. “I’m looking forward to seeing all the Heathens fans, it should be a great night.”
ROYNON - "IT'S BEEN AWSOME"
|Adam Roynon says he’s had
‘an awesome time’ racing for Dudley Heathens as he prepares to say
farewell to the club at a special night in Stourbridge next Tuesday
Roynon, who has joined the long list of Heathens legends after his efforts over the past two seasons, will be on stage at the River Rooms, Mill Race Lane, Stourbridge with all proceeds going towards his medical expenses.
The Cumbrian is widely regarded as the unluckiest rider in British Speedway after a long line of injuries, the latest of which was a broken leg and knee when trying to win the league for Dudley against Mildenhall in October. He will be joined by 2013 Heathens members Ashley Morris and Dan Greenwood as well as legendary former Cradley rider and promoter Colin Pratt. And the rider himself admits he thought the idea of a benefit night was a joke at first. He said: “When Nigel (Pearson, Heathens Chairman) mentioned it to me I thought he was having a laugh, I’m not even riding for them next season, but he said ‘it doesn’t matter, you’re becoming a Heathens legend’ and I’ve only been there for two years!
|“But I’ve had such an awesome time there, and I’ve always made
time for the supporters there because they make time for us. It’s just
an amazing place to be on a Tuesday night just because of the support
that everyone gets. “I hope people come along on the night
because I just want to say thanks to all of them, and hopefully we can
have a really good night.”|
Admission is £3 on the door and there will be a disco provided by Heathens presenter Ian (Porky) Jones along with a raffle and auction of Roynon merchandise and a 2013 Heathens race jacket.
MEET THE 2013 HEATHENS
||Meet the 2013 Dudley
Heathens at Cradley Heath Liberal Club, Upper High street, Cradley
Friday March 1st - Doors open at 7.00pm, 8.00pm Start.
Meet Ashley, Dan and our five new signings for pictures and autographs.
Don't forget Adam Roynon support night
at The River Rooms, Mill Race Lane, Stourbridge on Tuesday 22nd
January, Doors open at 7.00pm for 8.00pm start.
|ADAM Roynon, one of British
Speedway's unluckiest riders, is to have a night in his honour
supported by Dudley Heathens.
Roynon, who suffered a badly broken leg and knee injury when hunting down the National League title for the Heathens in October, won't be riding for the former Cradley club next season following their decision to stay in the National League.
Now Heathens fans can pay tribute to the hugely popular Cumbrian at the Adam Roynon Benefit Night hosted by loyal fan Phil Jasper at his River Rooms venue on Mill Race Lane in Stourbridge.
It all takes place on Tuesday, January 22 and admission is £3 on the door with proceeds going to assist with Roynon's medical expenses.
Said Jasper: "Adam is a great guy and is very appreciative of supporters and sponsors. It's a pleasure to host this evening for him with the support of the Heathens management."
Roynon himself said: "I don't feel I deserve this but I was very honoured when Nigel Pearson (Heathens chairman) called me to tell me about it. "I'm riding for Coventry and Leicester next season but I will always have a special relationship with the Heathens fans."
It's the ideal opportunity for supporters to say farewell to Roynon with a Q&A session plus footage of his time in Heathens colours on the big screen. There will also be an auction featuring some exclusive Roynon and Heathens memorabilia, a raffle and disco hosted by Heathens presenter Ian 'Porky' Jones.
TOM PERRY - RIDER OF THE YEAR
Photo - Jeff Higgott
|HEATHENS youngster Tom
Perry was crowned Heathens Rider of the Year at the club's End of
Season Presentation night.|
Fans favourite Perry started on a 5.89 average but performed sensationally to end on a 9.88 figure.
And that improvement was recognised by the supporters who voted for the award.
Perry said: "It's great to win the award. "Obviously it's been a brilliant year for lots of riders, so to win Rider of the Year is a real honour."
Elsewhere, Darryl Ritchings scooped the award for the Most Bonus Points, and injury-hit skipper Adam Roynon was named Most Improved Rider by the management.
Trophies were also presented to Pairs representatives Perry and Byron Bekker, along with Fours riders Ritchings, Roynon, Ashley Morris and Bekker.
HEATHENS END OF SEASON SALE
Heathens Speedway Supporters Club will be running an end of season sale starting at Tuesday’s double header against Mildenhall. Prices have been slashed across the board whilst stocks last.
Black & Green Polo Shirt:
Green Polo Shirt:
All stickers, pens, key rings, magnets, vintage badges, tax disc holders and air fresheners have been reduced to only 50p each!
Also available will be 2013 calendars priced £5 each, Heathens Christmas cards priced £1.50 each and end of season party tickets at £10 each. If tickets for this event have been reserved, then they must be paid for on Tuesday.
OFFICIAL SUPPORTERS CLUB TRAVEL
HSSC are pleased to announce that we
will be running a coach to the K.O.C final 1st leg at Mildenhall on
Sunday, October 7th.
Seats are available at COST price, as a thank you from both ourselves, & the Dudley Heathens management for your wonderful support again this season.
Reservations now being taken via telephone or email (contact details below) priced at:
£10 – HSSC members (please have your m”ship number to hand)
£12 – Non members.
The coach will depart from Cradley Heath Liberal Club, at 12 midday.
Book your seat now!! Lets go Ommer um!!
Tel: 07766 745681
bosses have moved their end of season Awards night – due to popular
The event, which sold out within a week, has now been moved to The Venue Conference and Banqueting Suite, High Street, Dudley – and over 150 more tickets are now on sale!
The date remains the same, Friday November 2. All Heathens riders and management have been invited and there will be live music from The Magoos, who appeared in Cardiff last week at the Fanzone.
Heathens Speedway Supporters Club (HSSC) and Heathens bosses made the decision after demand proved to be higher than ever. And it means a return to the town centre venue which successfully hosted the emotional returns of World Champions Greg Hancock and Erik Gundersen earlier this year.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “There was a long waiting list at the track shop and we had email complaints from disappointing fans. “We have listened to them and decided to invest in moving venues. I wanted to stay loyal to our friends at Cradley Heath Liberal Club, but this event has outgrown that venue I’m afraid. “We have had 150 new tickets printed and obviously those already with tickets should present them on the night.”
Tickets will be on sale at the Heathens Track Shop at Tuesday’s home meeting with the Isle of Wight and online at dudleyheathens.co – go to shop.
If you want tickets for this event you are urged not to delay.
It is strictly ticket only and they are selling
Friday November 2nd
from the Heathens Speedway Supporters Club|
SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX:
HSSC are pleased to announce that Cardiff Grand Prix tickets will be available to collect from the trackshop during our home meeting Vs Mildenhall on Tuesday August 21st.
We would kindly ask that those wishing to collect on the evening could please bring along the full remittance, to allow us to collate and finalise our finances.
Coaches will leave from Cradley Heath Liberal Club, Saturday August 25th at 9am prompt , please be early to ensure we all have as full a day as possible at the biggest domestic event of the season.
HSSC MONTHLY MEMBERS DRAW:
Every month one lucky member will receive free admission to the next “Home” meeting, courtesy of HSSC.
Should the said winner be a season ticket holder (& we know many of you are), then the winner will have a choice of either a £10 voucher to spend at the trackshop, or the opportunity to “bring a friend” to Monmore Wood for free.
The draw will normally be held on the first meeting of every month throughout the season, but will make its debut on Tuesday week Vs Mildenhall – Good Luck!
H.S.S.C are pleased to announce that we will again be
running coaches to the British Speedway Grand Prix at Cardiff’s
Millennium Stadium on Saturday August 25th .
Coaches will leave from our usual base at Cradley Heath Liberal Club (departure time TBA)
The dual pricing scheme introduced last term proved popular and will continue again this year; seats are priced at £37 (upper tier) and £64 (middle tier)
We look forward to your company, and a memorable day on Speedways greatest stage.
Bookings now being taken, please click on the downloadable booking form, visit us on race nights at Monmore Wood, or by phone/ email .
HANCOCK IS HERE!
HEATHENS hero Greg Hancock has arrived in the UK ahead of his
return to where it all started this weekend.
The World Champion will be on stage at The Venue Conference and Banqueting Centre, High Street, Dudley in front of hundreds of adoring fans this Saturday night. Hancock, 41, launched his professional career with Cradley back in 1989 but hasn't been back to the area since the closure of the old Dudley Wood Stadium in 1995 and now splits his time between Sweden and California. He said: "I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone again. Cradley is where it all started for me and I'm sure we're going to have a great night talking about the good old days! "And I can't wait to hear the old Cradley accent again. It's great, ay it!"
A limited number of £10 tickets will be made available on a first come, first served basis on Saturday night and doors open at 7pm. There will be a raffle to include a box set of DVDs from last season's Grand Prix series and two tickets for the British Grand Prix at Cardiff this August courtesy of BSI Speedway. And in the auction a special Greg Hancock framed montage is up for grabs along with a CH race jacket from Belle Vue's 80th anniversary meeting. A special souvenir programme including over 100 photographs from Hancock's career will also be available for £5. Hancock also appears at Motor Market in Cradley Heath between 12-2pm on Saturday afternoon for the opening of new facilities and traditional Cradley pork sarnies will be available. He will also be in action on Friday night at another one of his former tracks, Coventry, where he got in some practice along with current Dudley Heathens skipper Adam Roynon on Wednesday afternoon. Bees photographer Jeff Davies was there to capture some spectacular wheelie shots of Hancock. Roynon reported no ill effects after his heavy crash at Birmingham on Sunday and will join the Heathens team for a practice session at Stoke on Monday.
HISTORY OF CRADLEY DVD
famous Cradley Heath Speedway is the subject of a special DVD to be
launched this weekend.
The Heathens raced at Dudley Wood Stadium from 1947 until their controversial eviction at the end of 1995 as the site was closed down for housing development.
They produced several World Champions, starting in 1981 with Bruce Penhall, and won almost every team honour available during the glory days of the 80s.
Now their proud history will be marked in a three-disc set called ‘Ommer Um – The History of Cradley Speedway’.
It includes interviews with every Heathens World Champion – Bruce Penhall, Erik Gundersen, Jan O Pedersen, Billy Hamill and current No.1 Greg Hancock and also gets memories from club legends Alan Grahame, Simon Cross, Colin Pratt, Steve Bastable, Harry Bastable and John Hart.
Wolverhampton boss Peter Adams, who was in charge of the British League winning Heathens in 1981 and 1983, also recalls his time across the Black Country as does Wolves owner Chris Van Straaten who launched his promoting career there as a youngster.
There’s also rare Dudley Wood footage from the 50s supplied by top referee Tony Steele from his personal collection.
Priced at £20, it includes three discs over five hours with rare photographs also included.
Fans can get their hands on a copy for the first time at the Greg Hancock evening in Dudley this Saturday, March 17.
After that it will be on general sale on Dudley Heathens racenights from the track shop and the online shop via the official website dudleyheathens.co
THE NEW 2012 HEATHENS RACEJACKET
The 2012 racejacket was unveiled at the Heathens launch Party at Cradley Heath Liberal Club on Friday 9th March.
This season the Dudley name is missed from the front and has been put on the back of the jacket also featured on the back is the Heathens new sponsor - Motor Market.
Another of the Heathens sponsors featured on the front top left is life long Heathens fan and now team partner Ron Homer.
GREG HANCOCK SOUVENIR PROGRAMME
PICTURED (ABOVE): Classic 1991 action as Hancock (outside) leads Wolves duo Graham Jones and Charlie Ermolenko with Jan O. Pedersen joining him for Cradley.
|DUDLEY Heathens are producing a real collectors item
to mark Greg Hancock’s return to where it all started.|
The reigning world champion, who launched his career with the old Cradley club at Dudley Wood back in 1989, will make a rare appearance in the area on Saturday, March 17.
He is guest of honour at The Venue Conference and Banqueting Centre, 171-173 High Street, Dudley where hundreds of fans will pay tribute to the 41-year-old.
And a special souvenir programme featuring articles, statistics and over 100 pictures from throughout his career, will be available on the night.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “The interest in this event has been massive and we are so excited about seeing Greg back in the area where it all started.
|“The brochure is a
must for all Greg Hancock fans, we have worked closely with Jeff
Davies to gather pictures and there are some fantastic images from the
early Cradley days.
“It’s a real collectors item and a great souvenir of Greg’s visit. He splits his time between Sweden and California these days so this is going to be an emotional night for him and for Heathens fans.”
The programme costs £5 and will be available to buy from the Heathens track shop and online from the official website shop dudleyheathens.co after the event.
The special evening has already sold over 300 tickets and fans are urged to order quickly to avoid disappointment.
Tickets can be purchased at the club’s online shop at www.dudleyheathens.co or by sending a cheque payable to HSSC, 2 Caernarvon Way, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 2TR. For more details, contact HSSC on 07766 745681.
HEATHENS 2012 LAUNCH PARTY
|The Heathens riders will be
introduced to fans at the club's official season launch on Friday,
Every team member will be invited to the function at Cradley Heath Liberal Club, High Street, Cradley Heath and there will also be live music from talented local artist and Heathens fan Neil Davidson.
Admission is £3 for Heathens Supporters Club members and £5 non-members. 8pm start.
RITCHINGS TAKES FANS AWARD
DARRYL Ritchings has lifted the Dudley Heathens Rider of the
Year award after his first full season of league racing.
Ritchings, 17, was handed the Ivor Hughes Memorial Trophy by Cradley's 1991 world champion Jan O Pedersen at the club's sold-out end of season presentation night. He was handed a standing ovation by the 200 fans in attendance as he lifted the award after an impressive debut season. Said Ritchings: "I'm really shocked by this, I would just like to say thanks to everyone who voted for me, it means a lot to me. "I'm so pleased and I would like to say thanks to all my family who have made it possible for me to ride for Dudley. I hope I can be back in the team next season."
The Wayne Garratt Memorial award for most improved rider went to Ashley Morris, who is currently on a racing holiday in Australia. Speaking from Australia he said: "I'm amazed by this, I can't believe it. It's nice that the management have recognised the progress I have made although I must admit I'm not totally happy with the progress, hopefully it's something I can build on next year. "Ritchings made it a double celebration by winning the HSSC award for most bonus points.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson also confirmed the club have declared their intention to spend a third season in the National League and team building plans are expected to take shape before Christmas.
RIDER OF YEAR VOTE
DUDLEY Heathens fans can vote now for their 2011 rider of the year. The former Cradley club will make the presentation at the club’s end of season party night, which is sold out, on Friday November 4. And Heathens bosses can now confirm the guest of honour will be club legend and 1991 world champion Jan O Pedersen who is due in the UK for a short break. Chairman Nigel Pearson said: “Jan O called me last night and confirmed he will be in England for a break early next month and he was delighted to accept the invite to appear at the Liberal Club. “You only have to look back at the summer and that very special night at the Golden Hammer to realise just how popular the man is.” To vote for the Heathens rider of the year, who will receive the Ivor Hughes Memorial Trophy, visit the club’s website http://www.dudleyheathens.co/
HSSC v Walsall Trust FC (the return leg)
Following the success of the recent football match against Walsall Trust FC, HSSC have organised a return fixture. It was an event enjoyed by everyone and we need to repay the generosity and overturn the result. The match will take place on the 23rd October, kick off at 2.30pm, at the Lion Farm pitches in Oldbury. Anyone willing to participate as a player, supporter, referee or linesman is welcome to join in the fun. The first leg resulted in a win for the Walsall side despite two goals for the Heathens including one by team manager Will Pottinger.It was not enough to win the match as Walsall Trust scored two late goals resulting in a 3-2 win for the men from Bescot.
members are advised that the 2011 AGM will be held at the Cradley Heath Liberal
Club on Thursday 20th October at 8.00pm. Members will hear the
Chairman’s report and financial details of the last twelve months amongst the
usual formalities. Supporters will also have the opportunity to renew their
memberships at the event. Members will be given the opportunity to air their
views on the Supporters club which will be welcomed by the committee.
A light hearted DVD based quiz will be held after the AGM has been completed. Those attending the event will have an opportunity to purchase some merchandise at discounted prices for one night only.
The Party Season is just around the corner and it all starts with the Tom Perry Disco. Tom’s all action style has won the admiration of the Heathens faithful and has helped him become a firm favourite. The money raised from the event all go towards helping Tom in his quest to progress within the sport. Food will be available at the event where an auction and raffle wil also take place. Come along and support Tom, whilst having an enjoyable evening, details below:-
Tom Perry Disco
Contact via email at email@example.com for tickets members £3.50 non-member £4.00
HSSC AT THE BOAT FESTIVAL
Dudley Heathens will again be present at the Black Country Boating Festival
this year. It is being held on the weekend of the 10th and
11th of September at the Bumble Hole Nature Reserve, Windmill End
Netherton. The event attracts approximately 18,000 visitors each year and helps
raise £100,000 for local and national charities. With more than 200 stalls,
canal side entertainment, competitions, a funfair and real ale bar, plus boats
trips, it really makes an enjoyable day out for the family. This event
has helped get the message across to the public that the Heathens are still
alive and kicking, ever since HSSC started doing the event in 2009, we have
always received plenty of good positive feedback from the general public. The
stall will give the public the opportunity to purchase merchandise, sit on a
modern speedway bike and also talk about old times.
The festival is open from 10am to 5pm on both days and admission is free, ample car parking is also available.
WALSALL TRUST v HSSC
effort by the lads today - considering a majority of the HSSC team
didn’t know each other, it was a very good team effort. The end result was
a 3-2 to Walsall Trust - it was a bittersweet outcome for our lads
because it was disappointing to lose the match, but each player played
to the best of their ability and made themselves very competitive,
which is a credit to them. Walsall Trust’s side was a more youthful
opposed to the HSSC side, but we matched them in every department in
HSSC’s defence was a solid unit, until 10 minutes to go when Walsall
Trust equalized from a corner. The last 10 mintues saw a flurry of
goals because soon after Walsall’s first, they grabbed another making
the score 2-1. But HSSC battled on, and in the last five minutes of
the match Lee Mason scored after finding himself in the right position
to prod the ball home from a corner. After scoring the leveler, it
took a matter of minutes for Walsall to get a last gasp winner, which
was an injustice towards HSSC’s great effort throughout the game.|
HSSC would like to thank all the lads for turning up today and giving 100% effort. Also, a special mention to HSSC members who came to Willenhall College to show their support -we are very grateful and privileged to have such committed members in our club.
DUDLEY HEATHENS AT OLD HILL FESTIVAL
|Dudley Heathens will be present at this year’s OH Festival courtesy of HSSC and team boss Will Pottinger. The event is due to take place on Saturday 16th July and the Heathens are delighted to play their part. It is important that we show our support to events such as this and the good work that volunteers do to raise money for good causes. This year’s event is for the children of our troops, and all monies raised is going to send kids away on holiday who have lost or had injured one of their parents in conflict. The event is to be opened by TV and Radio star, Josie Lawrence who was born in the town and is the third year the event has been staged, it promises to be the biggest and best yet, the day opens with a military march through Old Hill, which included veterans, serving forces and our future—The cadets. The procession leads to Spring Meadow Social Club where there is a 40ft trailer converted into a stage which hosts a variety of bands through the afternoon. A traditional British fete and fun fair are all part of the day. British Legion veteran motorcyclists are also a big part of the event, as are our local police and fire service. There will be more attractions, a bigger fun fair, live bands on stage day and night and a spectacular parachute jump by the Red Devils.||
local community will be out in force ,including schools and the event
has the support of Sandwell Council, the local Police, Fire and
Ambulance Services, the event will also be attended by the ex-Mayor
and Mayoress of Sandwell.|
The Heathens Merchandise stand will be positioned near to the Spring Meadow Social Club and it is hoped that one of the current team will be in attendance during the day. It is another great way of being part of the local community and promoting our club whilst at the same time supporting a good cause. We always get a good reception when we do these types of events and the feedback we receive is valuable to the club. It is great to see so many people and organisations coming together to do something positive for the local area and we hope the day is a great success.
This Saturday 9th July, current Heathen Tom Perry and HSSC will be
present at the
Stourbridge MCC 13 Annual Motorcycle Custom Show being held at the River Rooms,
Mill Race Lane in Stourbridge. This is the largest Bike show in the
over 400 bikes of different makes and models will be on view. There
are also bands playing throughout the day, an all day disco and good foodas well. This is a must
not miss event if you like your classic bikes and good music.
This is another great awareness opportunity to remind the general public that the Heathens are racing again and HSSC will be advertising the forthcoming events including the FAST Golden Hammer on Tuesday 26th July and ‘An Evening with Jan O Pedersen’ on Friday 29th July at Cradley Heath Liberal Club, merchandise will also be available to purchase.
This will be a busy week for the supporters club as not only will they be attending this event and the usual race nights, but on Saturday the 16th July they will be in strong support once again of the Old Hill Festival. Full details of this event to follow.
HEATHENS AT CARDIFF
Following the successful promotional day at the Halesowen Festival, HSSC will be in attendance at the Collectors Fayre in Cardiff, prior to the start of the British Grand Prix. The Fayre opens at 10am and it is hoped that some of the current team and managementwill be joining us at various points during the day. Also attending the event will be Shawn Moran, Alan Carter and Jeff Scott. For those wishing to join us, the Fayre is situated in Westgate Street at Cardiff Rugby Club. The British Grand Prix is the biggest event in the speedway calendar and we are delighted to be able to promote the club in our unique way. Many Heathens fans are making the effort to attend the event and we felt that it was only right that we help to keep pushing our name forward. We also have two full coaches, leaving for Cardiff, from the Cradley Heath Liberal Club at 9am on the day of the event and we hope to see many people wearing the colours of our much loved club.
BRITISH GRAND PRIX - CARDIFF
a fantastic week of results on track for the Dudley Heathens, the Heathens
Speedway Supporters Club, are proud to announce that we will be
having a stall at this years Halesowen Festival on Saturday 11th
June. We will be positioned in the pedestrianised area of the town centre near
to the Weatherspoons Pub. Team Manager,
will be in attendance and merchandise will be available to purchase throughout
We feel it is important to attend these types of events and try and help support the excellent work and effort that has gone into making the Dudley Heathens such a success. It is our way of thanking the promotion for their efforts and we hope to encourage a few more fans through the turnstiles.
If you are in the vicinity or have a spare hour, please pop down and say hello.
HEATHENS COMPLETE THEIR TEAM
DUDLEY Heathens are set to
complete their team building for the new National League Speedway season this
And the former Cradley club will announce their last two signings to supporters at their sold-out Dudley Wood Tribute Night at Cradley Heath Liberal Club on Friday.
High profile winter signing Adam Roynon will make the trip to the Black Country from his Cumbrian home and will be officially unveiled to supporters. He will also be available for autographs and pictures with fans and a special print will be available on the night.
Roynon, skipper Jon Armstrong, Tom Perry, Ashley Morris and Darryl Ritchings have been confirmed so far and boss Will Pottinger will announce the last two spots.
He said: "We have been getting a lot of emails from supporters asking when the last two riders will be announced and we think it's a nice gesture to tell the fans at our function on Friday night first.
"But the club will also send a press release out at the same time, probably around 8.30pm, so anyone who hasn't got a ticket should keep checking the website."
Heathens will also unveil the 2011 racejacket to supporters on Friday and a one-off has been made which Roynon will sign and this will be auctioned off. There is also a 2010 racejacket, signed by the full team, available for auction along with large colour prints of rider of the year Perry and Cradley legend Erik Gundersen.
Meanwhile HSSC (Heathens Speedway Supporters Club), who have organised the evening along with the club, will also have on sale exclusive t-shirts featuring the 1983 Cradley team - arguably the best in the history of the sport.
Other new 2011 merchandise will also be available on the night and top referee Tony Steele will be on hand to show rare footage from Dudley Wood in the 40s and 80s.
BRITISH GP CARDIFF 2011 COACHES
HSSC will again be running coach travel to the British Grand Prix at Cardiff on Saturday 25th June with prices again frozen at £16 for members and £18 for non-members. Departure time is likely to be at 9.00am from Cradley Heath Liberal Club. Booking forms will be available from the HSSC stand at Telford this Sunday as well as at the Dudley Wood Tribute night on Friday 25th February.
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HEATHENS TRIBUTE NIGHT
Dudley Heathens Speedway proudly present a tribute night for the
Heathens at 8.00pm on Friday February 25th at Cradley Heath Liberal
Remembering the great great days of Dudley Wood with some rare video.
Dudley Heathens Management will be there for a question and answer session and they will also announce the latest signing for the 2011 team.
Tickets available from the Dudley Heathens Club Shop:
NO CHANGE AT HSSC
was standing room only for the supporters club AGM, which was held at the
Cradley Heath Liberal Club on Thursday Night. The members were given details of
the club accounts and also a chairperson’s report from Andy Minshall on the
previous twelve months. An update from the Crash team was also given out along
with a video quiz and raffle to complete the night.
It has been an obviously exciting year for everyone concerned with the on track return of the team, a feeling of togetherness from all aspects of the club has helped make the Heathens (once again) become a major success story of the year. It has also increased the workload of the HSSC committee, who along with helping Dudley Heathens organise social events and promotional days, have also taken on the merchandise sales on behalf of the club. The opportunity to run the club shop has helped increase the supporters clubs financial standing and it is hoped that the funds will be used to assist in any way to enable us achieve the objective into having a track of our own one day.
The clubs treasurer, Paul Partridge had the difficult task of having to compile two sets of accounts. Having a team to support this season has created a bit of a problem because we normally hold our AGM in September, so a year ending set and then a quarter yearly set of accounts were produced to bring them up to the current month. Consequently, the clubs future AGM’s will be held in November to coincide with the end of the speedway season.
After being voted back in for another twelve months the committee will continue to strive to improve on certain aspects of the club. Due to the healthy financial situation the club can look at its supplier base and try to get even better deals and improve services where required. The additional workload is also being considered and although the committee are proud to hold their positions, any assistance either on race nights, promotional days or behind the scenes would be welcomed. If it wasn’t for our family and friends this year, it would not have been possible to run the club shop or the successful 50/50 draw that enabled the riders to receive £2000 to help with their costs.
Subscriptions will stay the same and the rolling 12 month subscription scheme will continue. This enables fans to join at anytime during the season and enjoy twelve months membership. We feel as though this encourages fans to join and help the fight for a permanent home. We do our upmost to try and ensure that the members get value for money and also get them to feel part of something positive. Your support is still needed to raise funds to give us the greatest opportunity of returning to a home of our own. For £4 adults and £2.50 concessions, your voice can be heard and you can be safe in the knowledge that you are doing your bit to secure the future of our team.
HSSC would like to place on record our thanks to the anonymous member who donated £100 to club funds. It’s a fantastic gesture and one that will be spent wisely.
Considerations are also being given to making the club into a limited company, a trust or discuss ways of creating a community club that could bring in different kinds of funding. Work on these projects will continue and discussions with CRASH will also be held to choose the best option.
thanks were given to both Phil and Steve Johnson for their hard work in
continuing to run the Cradleyspeedway.co.uk website. In the last week, the site
has received over 500,000 hits, which is amazing considering our time in the
wilderness. In the dark years, the website helped to keep the fans informed of
events and if it had not been around it is unlikely that HSSC would be in
Bob Edwards on behalf of CRASH, also gave an update of the fight for a site. The on track exploits have given the CRASH team a much needed boost and consequently discussions continue with local councils.
As stated at the meeting and in this weeks speedway star, a glowing report of thanks was given to the supporters club from Nigel Pearson on behalf of all at Dudley Heathens. The efforts of everyone this year has been amazing, from the hard work of the promotion and risk they took on the project, to the fans who have proved that you do not need to have an Elite league side to support, as long as the club is professional and the on track entertaining is there, the fans will come out in force. Congratulations everyone
So, its business as usual and we are all looking forward to another exciting year in 2011. If any HSSC members would like to see a copy of the club accounts, wish to volunteer to help in anyway they think they can, or to join the supporters club, then please get in touch with us either at mailto:Heathens08@googlemail.com or our new mobile number of 07766745681.
for your support
HEATHENS YEARBOOK & CHRISTMAS PARTY
SPEEDWAY fans have the chance to get their hands on a permanent souvenir of Dudley Heathens, one of the success stories of the 2010 British season.
The club, born from the ashes of the former Cradley Heath side, finished top of the National League in their debut campaign and pulled in bumper crowds on a regular basis.
Now the club, in association with Pendragon Books, are producing a full colour brochure in time for Christmas. The 2011 Heathens Yearbook will include features, pictures and statistics on all Dudley riders and will be 32-pages in full-colour.
It's an opportunity for fans to get their hands on a true collectors item with a limited print run - and supporters who order up to and including November 28 will have their name included in the brochure!
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: "It's been an amazing year and this is a great way for fans to keep something as a permanent reminder. I've seen some sample pages already and the full colour will be brilliant.
"Supporters can order in advance on the club website and they'll go on public sale for the first time at the Heathens Christmas Party on December 11 when Lee Smart and Ashley Morris, two key members of our 2010 team, will be available to sign copies. We're inviting other riders who are in the country, too."
The Dudley Heathens Yearbook is available for £5 through the official club website www.dudleyspeedway.com and all orders will receive copies postage free.
2010 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE HEATHENS SUPPORTERS CLUB
We are pleased to announce
details of the 2010 Annual General Meeting of the Heathens Speedway Supporters
Club. It will take place at our adopted home, the Cradley Heath Liberal Club on
the 25th November 2010, 8pm start.
As usual those attending will be presented with the Chairperson’s report as well as being guided through the financial statements.
Other items of note on the agenda for this year's meeting are the re-election of the committee and the latest news update on the continued fight to find a permanent site for a return.
During the night it is hoped that a quiz will be held where prizes will be given for the winners. Memberships will be taken and supporters will again be able to purchase merchandise in time for Christmas.It will also be the day before the Christmas Party tickets go on General sale.
We look forward to seeing you all.
Paul, Andy, Will and Simon
HEATHENS END OF SEASON PARTY
much awaited Heathens End of Season Party is nearly upon us and the final
touches are being made to ensure the night goes off smoothly.
With tickets selling within two weeks of going on sale, those who missed out, should not attempt to attend the event as entrance will only be permitted if a valid ticket is produced.
The event is a total sell out and our allocation has been filled. The Liberal Club has been a major player in helping the club return to the track and we hope you all respect the situation we are faced with.
Also a reminder to anyone travelling from the Old Hill and Blackheath area’s that Reddal Hill Road is currently operating a one way system and is closed to traffic from the island where it connects with the Halesowen Road until the junction with Lawrence lane. Diversions are in place and time should be given for the alternative route given.
Many thanks to you all for your cooperation and many thanks to everyone at the Liberal club who have helped with this event.
HEATHENS FANS DIG DEEP TO AID RETURN
long suffering supporters of the former Cradley Heathens have had a bumper year
during 2010, following the fortunes of the re-born Dudley Heathens in Speedways
Crowd levels, both home and away have massively exceeded expectations, & despite only competing on a track share basis (at Wolverhampton and Birmingham) in the third tier of the sport, the team are once again up amongst the very best supported in British League Speedway, with attendances the envy of even some Elite League promotions, despite their 14 year absence from the all action racing.
Dudley Heathens enter the championship play offs sitting proudly on top of the
League Table, a remarkable achievement, for which manager Will Pottinger,
Chairman Nigel Pearson, and promoters Gary Patchett, and Chris Van Straaten
deserve enormous credit.
HSSC press officer Simon Priest was also keen to add that “the fans have also played a massive part, & demonstrated the ongoing passion for the sport in the local area, together with their acceptance of the new generation of Heathens riders, by raising over £2,000 toward their running costs through the 50/50 draw, organised by the Heathens Speedway Supporters Club at home meetings”, as the title suggests, half the proceeds go toward the riders help fund,, the other half to the holder of the winning ticket, with a record payout of £205 to date.
With extensive coverage of the team’s fortunes in local press and media, coupled with the support levels from within the area, hopes are high that the team will finally gain permission to re-locate at a permanent new home within the borough for which they are proud to represent throughout the UK during the March - October Speedway season.
Following the decision to allow nearby Birmingham Brummies permanent planning permission, HSSC chairman Andy Minshall commented that “after extensive testing of the new silencers set for introduction in 2011, local planning officers concluded that noise levels from the Perry Barr track did not give any justified cause for complaint from local residents-despite their close proximity, for our team to progress through the divisions, and recapture former glories, we also need a proper base for Dudley fans to watch THEIR local team”.
After much conjecture during recent years, any questions regarding the continued support for Speedways return to the local area have been well and truly answered, as the return of the once world famous Heathens Speedway team has been the local sporting success story of the year -
|AN EVENING WITH ARMO & FRED
DUDLEY Heathens fans have the
chance to get up close and personal with two of their favourite riders
in Cradley Heath in July!
Heathens at ASDA
COACH TRAVEL FOR RYE HOUSE & SCUNTHORPE
Coach bookings are now being taken for the
away trips to Rye House on Saturday 1st May and Scunthorpe on
Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May.
travel prices are £22 Non
Members and £21 HSSC Members.
Then on Bank
Holiday Monday, Heathens fans have the chance to see a double header
meeting at Scunthorpe (6pm Start).
Coach travel prices are £22 Non Members and £21
You can register your interest by phone, e-mail or complete a booking form at the club shop.
Club Mobile - 07717 218621
HSSC Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporters help to promote the Heathens
HSSC, are planning to
spread the word that the Heathens are back, by asking fans to help
Attached is a copy of the
advertising banner (A4 size) which we also hope supporters will take
around to their
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