Cradley Heathens News Archive

2014

Latest News Articles

01/01/15

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 club.
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.”

23/12/14

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 their crown.
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."
 


19/12/13

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)

15/12/14

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.


10/12/14

STAR GUEST LUKE JOINS HEATHENS

  TALENTED teenager Luke Harris has joined Cradley after making guest appearances for the club in their stunning 2014 campaign.
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."

09/12/2014

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 accepted.
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 title.”
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 aggregate ties.
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 Mildenhall.
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.


07/12/14

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 in 2015.
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 once again.”
PICTURED: Nathan Greaves is welcomed back to the club by Chairman Nigel Pearson.

Words and Picture: Ryan Guest.
 


03/12/14

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 night.”

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

28/11/14

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 raffle

- 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 come.

- 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 steps.

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 contributing.

HSSC.


26/11/14

2014 SEASON REVIEW DVD ON SALE
 

 

Clean Cut Sports are pleased to announce the release of “CHAMPIONS 2014” – the Official Season Review DVD of the Cradley Heathens.

Telling the full story of the 2014 season, it includes all the best races from both home and away, rider interviews, drama and controversy – this triple DVD is a must for any Heathens supporter this Christmas !

Priced at just 20, plus 2 P&P, and running to nearly 5 hours of action, it's your chance to relive the fantastic 2014 season during the long winter nights.

The DVD is available to purchase from the Clean Cut Sports webshop here :
http://shop.cleancutsports.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1298

or by post from Clean Cut Sports, 52 Claverdon Road, Coventry, CV5 7HP

Tel : 02476 464647 - All major credit and debit cards accepted - P&P 2 per order

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24/11/14

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.

DATES:

MARCH
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

APRIL
Mon 6 Coventry H National Shield 7.30

AUGUST
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


20/11/14

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 same times.

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:

MARCH
Wed 11: Press & Practice
Wed 25: Cradley v Birmingham Dan McCormick Memorial Meeting for the Travel Plus Trophy 7.30

APRIL
Mon 6: Cradley v Coventry National Shield 7.30 2nd Leg

AUGUST
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


16/11/14

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 Heathens.
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 2014.”

16/11/14

HEATHENS HAVE A PARTY


photo's by Jonathan Hipkiss - see more
  CRADLEY brought the curtain down on their spectacular 2014 campaign as they hosted their End of Season Presentation last night.
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.”

HSSC 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


16/11/14

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!”
 


12/11/14

DAN McCORMICK

 

We are terribly sad to report that legendary former Cradley promoter, Dan McCormick passed away today, 12th November 2014. Aged 85, he died in hospital at noon, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with liver cancer.

 

Dan is credited by many supporters as the catalyst who transformed the fortunes of the Heathens when arriving in 1977. As one of the sport’s greatest promoters, he was the man who first brought the likes of Bruce Penhall, Erik Gundersen and Bobby Schwartz to England as Cradley riders, as well as capturing the signatures of Alan Grahame, Phil Collins and Anders Michanek, amongst many others.
 

Always a flamboyant showman, Dan created a whirlwind of publicity during his time at Dudley Wood which propelled Cradley into both the headlines and the history books. Famous for his wily transfer wheeling and dealing, as much as his fabulously entertaining ‘Straight Talking’ programme notes, he knew exactly how to make sure supporters were involved and entertained. Frequently outspoken, articulate and enthusiastic, he had a wonderful way with words that could inspire and delight those around him. It could equally land him in trouble with the sport’s authorities, when he decided to tell things exactly as he saw them!
 

 

If Cradley found themselves out of the limelight, Dan would find a way to bring back the attention. He knew how to manage and manipulate the press, which brought column inches as well as getting the turnstiles clicking. Commenting in his typical style on a 1978 victory, he boasted that the match had ‘everything that could be asked for – skills, thrills, great excitement and the kind of result that boosted production in every Black Country workshop!’

In later years, he spoke eloquently about his enduring love for Cradley supporters and was passionate about his years at Dudley Wood being his favourite time in speedway. Although he departed to take over at Birmingham in 1980, his three and a half years at the helm for the Heathens left an incredible legacy. Climbing up the league table and achieving cup success under Dan’s stewardship, the bulk of his riders formed the league winning side of 1981, whilst Penhall and Gundersen went on to recommend and nurture Cradley’s future stars such as Greg Hancock, Billy Hamill and Jan O Pedersen.

 

Following his retirement, he spent many hours on the golf course but always loved to talk about his time in speedway and reminisce about the good old days with his favourite riders and supporters.

 

He leaves behind two loving children, Barry and Angela, as well as the five grandchildren upon whom he doted: Ellie, Josh, William, Nicholas and Alexander. Fighting illness in his final months with his usual determination and courage, Dan had remarkably won his last golf tournament only a year ago, aged 84. He will be mourned by family and friends, as well as an appreciative legion of adoring Heathens fans, who will always remember his crucial lasting influence on Cradley Heath Speedway.


The club will remember Dan with a minute's applause at the start of their presentation evening on Saturday


Dan's funeral will be at noon on Friday  28th November at Bury St Edmonds crematorium

 


12/11/14

HEATHENS UPDATE

CRADLEY bosses have confirmed they are in talks to try and keep the club on track at an alternative venue next season. The nomadic club have spent the last five seasons racing at Wolverhampton – but Monmore is only available to Elite League Wolves next year.  Now Cradley – who have so far failed to secure a new site in the Dudley or Sandwell borough for a track of their own – are desperately looking to secure an agreement to keep the National League champions on track in 2015.  Chairman Nigel Pearson said: “We are doing all we can to secure our immediate future although we do realise what a worrying time this has been for our supporters.  “We have our end of season presentation this Saturday, there will be 300 people at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill and we don’t want it to be the last supper.  “It’s fair to say we are working overtime to try and reach agreement with an alternative track to race our home meetings next season, but at the time of doing this interview there is nothing in place.  “That’s not to say things will change by the weekend, all we can tell our fans is we are doing our best but there are several obstacles to overcome. We are in a weak position, we have no home and we need to do something quickly.  “If we fail, it won’t be for the want of trying. Gary Patchett, Chris Van Straaten and myself have put in five years of hard work on this project and it means so much to read emails from supporters explaining just what it means to them.  “The hardest part to stomach is those who feel like they are going through it again 20 years after losing Dudley Wood. I remember the massive outpouring of emotion then and we have had similar in the last fortnight.  “We’ve had contact with the good people at Heathens Speedway Supporters Club who have offered any help they can give us, our friends at Motor Market in Cradley Heath were quickly on the phone saying they will follow us wherever we end up – and Ian ‘Porky’ Jones, the charismatic stadium presenter has said exactly the same.  “Hopefully we will have some positive news in the near future, but at this stage I’m afraid I cannot promise anything.”
Meanwhile Heathens fans can get their hands on unique champions merchandise at the Copthorne on Saturday.
The club’s new brochure ‘Another Ommering’ which has interviews with all the riders will be launched price 6. There will also be 30 A2 full colour prints available for the riders to sign – and limited edition Champions race jackets are available priced 65.

There will also be a professional studio photographer on hand for fans who wish to have their picture with the team and trophy, printed and signed on the night.


06/11/14

SPEEDWAY FEATURED ON ROCK DVD

WHAT do you get when you cross a Mercury Prize-winning rock group with Belle Vue Speedway? A music video with a difference!
The video for the evocative track Charge on Elbow's chart-topping album The Take Off and Landing of Everything showcases speedway in a way that has never been done before.
Featuring Aces veteran Chris Morton and British No.2 Craig Cook, Charge tells the story of two riders from two completely different generations, but who share an identical passion for their sport.
Watch the video on Elbow's official YouTube channel:

 
 

05/11/14

HEATHENS BOSS TO STICK BY CLUB

  WILL Pottinger spent the weekend celebrating Cradley's National League title glory - and then vowed to stay with the club wherever they race next year.
The Heathens won a second successive championship in the same week as they retained the Knockout Cup and Fours titles.  But off the track the club have so far failed to secure the elusive new piece of land in the Dudley or Sandwell area needed for a permanent new home - and they've lost the use of Wolverhampton's Monmore Green after five seasons.  Manager Pottinger said: "It's been an amazing week winning three trophies and I can't speak highly enough of the lads.  "I really hope this isn't the end of the road, but if it is then there is no better way to go out, the lads have been tremendous all season and the best team won the league. Nobody can argue with that.  "Personally the last five years have been a dream come true for me and I'd like to thank each and every rider who has raced for the club and also to the management team who have supported me all the way.  "At this stage we just don't know what's going to happen next season, but I would like to stay with the club and follow them wherever they go.  "I'm sure the management team will be doing their best to keep us on track. It would be a crying shame if this was to end now, particularly when you see the hundreds of fans who travelled to Leicester last Friday at 24-hours notice for the Grand Final.  "The fans have made their feelings clear, they are desperate for Cradley to continue racing, it's sad that we have lost the use of Monmore Green because that's been a fantastic base, but we will see what happens next.  "For the moment, I'm enjoying the moment of celebrating the last week. To win three trophies like that was amazing and it's been great to see so many lads improve this year

 

04/11/14

HEATHENS HOPES IN BALANCE

NATIONAL League Speedway champions Cradley Heathens have only a 50/50 chance of coming to the tapes next season.
Heathens have lost the use of Wolverhampton’s Monmore Green track in 2015 and have so far failed in their bid to secure a piece of land of their own within the Dudley or Sandwell region.  Now the club are running out of time if they are to secure a place on track next season with negotiations ongoing between several parties.
Cradley chairman Nigel Pearson said: “We had a full day of meetings on Monday but we have been unable to conclude any business for next year.  “We acknowledge this is a worrying time for our supporters and as a management team we promise to do all we can to ensure Cradley Heathens come to the tapes for the 2015 season.  “I won’t comment on potential venues for our home meetings because it would be unwise to do so at this stage. It isn’t a simple, straightforward process when it comes to operating on a track which ultimately isn’t our own.  “The new track project has been frustrating, if there is one area where we have so far failed as a management team it is that – we’ve done five years and still haven’t secured a track of our own.  “It’s ongoing, but we also want to keep the club alive for the fans – they are the reason we do this.”


30/10/14

CRADLEY have arranged coach travel at short notice for Friday’s re-arranged National League Grand Final at Leicester.
Heathens travel to the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium to face Coventry after the Storm’s Brandon venue was made unavailable.
Coach travel is 20 including admission for adults and concessions. The price for under-15s is 8.
The coach is limited to 50 seats and will depart from Cradley Heath Liberal Club, High Street, Cradley Heath at 5pm.

Anyone interested can contact Gary Patchett via his Facebook page or email info@cradleyheathens.co


30/10/14

GRAND FINAL VENUE CHANGE

CRADLEY’S National League Grand Final second leg against Coventry on Friday will now take place AT LEICESTER (7.30pm).
Coventry have been informed that Brandon Stadium is no longer available as the staging venue for this meeting due to preparations for a Stock Car event on Saturday.
Heathens will therefore defend their ten point first leg lead against the Storm at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium – which is familiar territory for two of their riders.
In-form Max Clegg rode the full Elite League campaign for Leicester as a Fast Track Reserve, and Tom Perry also spent half-a-season in that position.

                                                                                  Admission: Adults 12, Children Free. Programme: 2.


29/10/14

COVENTRY STORM v CRADLEY HEATHENS PLAY OFF FINAL 2nd LEG, PREVIEW

CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger has urged his side to stay focused as they aim to wrap up a sensational season by tasting National League glory at Coventry tonight (7.30).
The Heathens have been in dominant form throughout 2014 but their title hopes are on a knife-edge as they travel to Brandon for the second leg of their Grand Final tie with the Storm.  They overcame injury troubles to establish a ten point lead from the first leg at Monmore Green last week – and they will be desperate to defend that advantage to retain their title.  With Steve Worrall’s season ended by a wrist injury suffered in the first leg, Kent man Ben Morley deputises at No.1 with the Heathens otherwise at full strength.  Having lifted the Knockout Cup in memorable fashion last night, Pottinger is desperate to see his side complete a spectacular double for the second consecutive season.  And he is confident they can defend their ten point lead as their sublime season reaches a thrilling conclusion.  Said Pottinger: “We were delighted to lift the Cup but we’ve got a massive meeting at Coventry, and we need to keep our focus. “We were satisfied with the 10 point lead that was achieved against Coventry last Tuesday, and although we would have liked more we have something to defend.  “I’m sure Coventry will look to eat into our lead right from the start, but we need to be positive and look to try and increase our lead. “Our lads have proved they can win races at Brandon in the past, so hopefully we can put in a good performance and come away with the title.”

COVENTRY: Simon Lambert, Luke Priest, Stefan Nielsen, Dan Greenwood, James Sarjeant, Ryan Terry-Daley, Martin Knuckey

CRADLEY: Ben Morley, Nathan Greaves, Max Clegg, Tom Perry, Paul Starke, Matt Williamson, Danny Phillips


27/10/14

CRADLEY v KINGS LYNN KO CUP FINAL 2nd LEG, PREVIEW

CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger has urged his side to keep their foot on the gas to ensure they lift the Knockout Cup for a second successive year when they host King's Lynn on Tuesday 7.30).
The in-form Heathens will bid farewell to Monmore Green in what is set to be their last ever appearance at their adopted home and they are desperate to go out with a bang.  They take on King’s Lynn in the second leg of their final tie with one hand on the trophy having snatched a dramatic 47-43 win in the first leg at Saddlebow Road last week.  They will unfortunately be without Steve Worrall after he suffered a broken wrist in last weeks’ play-off final first leg, and they are considering their options to cover his absence.  Pottinger will otherwise have a full side at his disposal as they aim to seal their first ever major honours on home soil.  However, he insists they can take nothing for granted in their final Monmore Green appearance.  Said Pottinger: “Last week’s victory in the first leg at King’s Lynn puts us in a great position to retain the Knockout Cup, although nothing can be taken for granted as anything can happen. King’s Lynn will be up for the challenge though so we must work hard from the off.  “Despite all our success last year, we have never won a major trophy in front of our home fans so we’d certainly like to change that on Tuesday.”

CRADLEY: Steve Worrall guest or RR TBC, Nathan Greaves, Max Clegg, Tom Perry, Paul Starke, Matt Williamson, Danny Phillips

KING’S LYNN: Ben Morley, Darren Mallett R/R, Tom Stokes, Marc Owen, James Cockle, Josh Bailey, Scott Campos TBC


25/10/14

NATIONAL LEAGUE FOURS, PREVIEW

  CRADLEY skipper Paul Starke is desperate to see his side retain their National League Fours trophy as they travel to Coventry on Sunday (2.30).
A stunning maximum from Starke led the Heathens to a dramatic triumph in the event in 2013 on their way to a clean sweep of honours.  Entering a blockbuster week, the Heathens are again in the mix for League and Cup glory whilst Starke is looking to see them get their hands on the Fours title once again. They will unfortunately be without stricken No.1 Steve Worrall at Brandon due to his broken wrist, with Max Clegg, Tom Perry and Nathan Greaves joining Starke to form a strong quartet.  The Heathens are sure to enter amongst the favourites for the popular event during which eight National League clubs battle for silverware.  Despite being set to face stern competition, Starke is calling on the Heathens to repeat their 2013 heroics to come out on top.  Said Starke: “Winning the Fours last year like we did was a great moment in the season, so to win it again this year would be awesome.  “Obviously you go into every meeting wanting to win, so that's what we are going there to do.  “We've got a strong side and we are all on good form at the moment so we should have a good chance, but you never know with these sorts of meetings.  “It's going to be tough but we are all going in high on confidence, so fingers crossed things go our way and we can come out on top.  “It would be great to win our first silverware of the season, so that's what we are aiming for. “I had a really good meeting in the Fours last year so hopefully I can put in another good performance. “You need everyone to contribute really in this format, so I'll try and score plenty of points and fingers crossed the rest of the boys do the same.  “It's going to be an exciting afternoon, and it would be awesome if we could end it by winning a trophy for Cradley.”

23/10/14

CLUB STATEMENT

CRADLEY Heath Speedway have been advised that Monmore Green Stadium will only be available for one night of weekly racing in 2015.
It is with deep regret, therefore, that the club announce they will be unable to share the venue with Wolverhampton Wolves who will continue racing on Monday nights.
Cradley Heath Speedway acknowledge this is a worrying time for supporters and riders alike and the management will make every effort to make alternative plans for the Heathens to be able to continue racing in 2015.
We would like to assure loyal supporters that this will in no way distract the club from our ongoing work in establishing a permanent home for the club.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ladbrokes for hosting the Heathens on a year-to-year basis for the last five seasons along with the Wolverhampton track staff.
The last opportunity to see the Heathens in action at Monmore Green is next Tuesday, October 28, in the second leg of the Knockout Cup Final against King's Lynn.
 

22/10/14

GREAVES BOOST FOR KINGS LYNN TRIP

CRADLEY Heathens have been boosted by the news that Nathan Greaves has declared himself fit to ride in the National League Knockout Cup Final First Leg at King's Lynn later tonight.  The 16-year-old aggravated an ankle problem during Tuesday night's Grand Final, but his injuries aren't as bad as first feared.  However, news about Heathens number one Steve Worrall isn't as positive after x-rays confirmed he suffered a broken wrist in a crash with Stefan Nielsen at Monmore last night.
Mildenhall Captain and 2014 National League Riders' Champion Dan Halsey will stand in for Worrall against the Young Stars in tonight's first leg.
Club Chairman Nigel Pearson said: "We were delighted when we heard off Nathan earlier today and it's great news for the team that he is fit to take his place in the Knockout Cup First Leg.  "Nathan loves the King's Lynn track, he enjoys going there and always seems to come away with a big score and hopefully he can do so again later tonight.  "Losing Stevie is a big blow for the side because he has had an outstanding 2014 campaign and you always knew what you were going to get from him every meeting.  "Everyone at the club would like to thank Stevie for everything he has done for the club this season and we wish him a very speedy recovery.  "We also wish him and his partner the very best with the impending birth of their first child."


22/10/14

KINGS LYNN v CRADLEY, PREVIEW

CRADLEY will continue their pursuit of Knockout Cup glory as they travel to King’s Lynn for the first leg of their Grand Final tie tonight (7.30).
The Heathens have a rich pedigree in knockout cup competitions and won the trophy in fine style on their way to a clean sweep of honours in 2013.  They will be looking to put themselves in a good position with a strong showing at Saddlebow Road ahead of the second leg at Monmore Green next Tuesday. Will Pottinger’s side will unfortunately be without Steve Worrall and Nathan Greaves as they take on the Young Stars after both were forced to pull out of their play-off final first leg with Coventry last night. The club remain hopeful of good news after Greaves aggravated an ankle problem whilst Worrall suffered a wrist injury in a nasty heat ten spill.
In the meantime, they have drafted in Mildenhall star Dan Halsey as cover for Worrall whilst rider replacement will operate for Greaves as they make the trip to Norfolk.  And Chairman Nigel Pearson has thanked National League Riders’ Champion Halsey for stepping in at short notice as the Heathens do battle for Cup glory.
Said Pearson: “Our thanks to Dan for agreeing to step in at short notice and to Mildenhall for their co-operation in this matter.“We are still hoping it's nothing serious with Steve and Nathan but they won't be available for Wednesday.”

KING’S LYNN: Simon Lambert, Darren Mallett R/R, Tom Stokes, Marc Owen, James Cockle, Josh Bailey, Scott Campos

CRADLEY: Dan Halsey, Nathan Greaves R/R, Max Clegg, Tom Perry, Paul Starke, Matt Williamson, Danny Phillips


21/10/14

GRAND FINAL TIME TONIGHT

CRADLEY Heathens race into their third successive National League Grand Final against neighbours Coventry at Wolverhampton tonight (7.30).

Will Pottinger’s side are looking to build a handy lead to take to Brandon for the return leg which is expected to take place next mid-week.
It’s the start of a hectic spell to round the season off for the Heathens as they travel to King’s Lynn tomorrow for the first leg of the Knockout Cup Final – and they head to Coventry on Sunday for the National League Fours Championship.  Some more bullet points relevant to tonight’s action:

GRAND Final Programme tonight: 44 pages, laminated cover, Greg Hancock poster, Matt Williamson interview plus lots more! 3

NORMAL admission prices for tonight’s Grand Final 11 adults, 8 concessions and 2 kids – season tickets also apply.

STEVIE Worrall will ride against Coventry – but he’s also on stand-by for the maternity unit as his partner is due to give birth at any time!

OUR opponents Coventry look like our toughest test yet with Simon Lambert, Stefan Nielsen and James Sarjeant all included in the side. Back the boys!

ONLY 17 tickets remain for the club’s presentation night on November 15 at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill – get to the track shop 10!


20/10/14

IT'S GRAND FINAL TIME!

CRADLEY Heath launch their bid for the treble on Tuesday at Monmore – and they’ve been warned to expect their toughest test of the season.
Coventry arrive in the first leg of the National League Grand Final boosted by the return of Stefan Nielsen from a fractured arm – and Simon Lambert, one of the top riders in the league, has been booked to cover for the injured Oliver Greenwood.
Heathens star Steve Worrall is expected to race despite being on stand-by for his partner who is due to give birth imminently.  Boss Will Pottinger said: “Cutting out errors and limiting the amount of last places is crucial, as we look to hit the ground running from heat one.  “But Coventry have some key riders in their side, Simon Lambert is in good form and with Stefan Nielsen available again after injury we will need to be on form.”
Admission for the meeting has been pegged at normal rates of 11 adults, 8 concessions and 2 children but a special souvenir programme has been produced for 3. Heathens season tickets are also valid.  “This is the biggest night of the season,” said Pottinger. “We don’t want to be in a position where we blow it at this stage after dominating the league all season long.”
Heathens then head to King’s Lynn on Wednesday for the first leg of the Knockout Cup Final where they expect to be unchanged – and on Sunday they go to Coventry for the National League Fours.

CRADLEY: Steve Worrall, Nathan Greaves, Max Clegg, Tom Perry, Paul Starke, Matt Williamson, Danny Phillips.

COVENTRY: Simon Lambert, Luke Priest, Stefan Nielsen, Dan Greenwood, James Sarjeant, Ryan Terry-Daley, Martin Knuckey.
 

15/10/14

CRADLEY AIM TO HIT THE TREBLE

  CRADLEY Heathens are chasing the treble – and it will all be decided over the next fortnight!  The nomadic club, who stage home matches at Wolverhampton’s Monmore Green Stadium, host Coventry in the first leg of their National League Grand Final next Tuesday, October 21.  The following night they head to King’s Lynn for the first leg of the Knockout Cup Final, with the return leg of both the following week.
And on Sunday October 26 they line up in the National League Fours Championship at Coventry.
Boss Will Pottinger admits the team will need to stay focussed with such a hectic end to the season.  He said: “We need everyone to be on form, this is the business end of the season and we also have the National League Fours on October 26 at Coventry to go for,” he said.  “We’ve been the best team in the league all season, but we never take anything for granted and there will be no complacency, we will just continue to give it our best and see what we can achieve.  “Hopefully we can do it all again – that would be an amazing achievement for everyone at the club, but there is a lot of work to do over the next fortnight.”
Skipper Paul Starke is also keen to avoid complacency after what has been a stunning season for the side.
  “We’ve had a great season but we can’t afford any slip-ups now, so it’s important we try and do everything we can to keep our form going,” he said  “We’ve showed what we are capable of, but we need to make sure we don’t take our foot off the gas because Coventry are a team that can cause us problems when it comes to the play-off final. “Obviously with how we’ve performed we are confident we can get the job done, because everyone has been on great form and scoring points all season. “But we know we can’t get too over confident – anything can happen in speedway so we just need to do everything we can to make sure we finish the job.”
Heathens bosses have also added their congratulations to Greg Hancock on securing his third world title.
The American star started his professional career with the club back in 1989 and stayed with them until the end of the 1996 season when they closed down.  “It’s an amazing achievement for Greg,” said boss Pottinger. “And I’m particularly pleased as he’s always been a favourite rider of mine!”

12/10/14

COVENTRY v CRADLEY, PREVIEW

CRADLEY face their biggest meeting of the season as they take on Coventry in the National League play-off final first leg at Brandon on Monday (7.30).
The clash had originally been a scheduled for Monday, October 20 before the re-arrangement of the Elite League Grand Final saw the tie swiftly brought forward by a week.
The Heathens will face a stern test against the Storm as they aim to put themselves in a strong position to defend their title heading into the second leg at Monmore Green on Tuesday, October 21. The former Dudley Wood outfit will have a full side at their disposal, whilst Coventry welcome Stefan Nielsen back from injury and draft in Joe Jacobs as a guest for Oliver Greenwood. Having claimed an excellent win over a strong Birmingham side at Monmore Green last week, the Heathens will enter the title showdown high on confidence.
 And team boss Will Pottinger is calling on his side to put in a big display to take control of the tie.  Said Pottinger: "It was good for us to get some more track time against Birmingham last week, and it was an excellent performance to get that win.  "Hopefully we can carry our confidence into the play-off final and put in a good performance at Coventry in the first leg.  "We want to put ourselves in the best position we can ahead of the second leg, so hopefully everyone can raise their game and we can get a good result."

COVENTRY: Joe Jacobs, Luke Priest, Stefan Nielsen, Dan Greenwood, James Sarjeant, Ryan Terry-Daley, Martin Knuckey

CRADLEY: Steve Worrall, Nathan Greaves, Max Clegg, Tom Perry, Paul Starke, Matt Williamson, Danny Phillips


11/10/14

CONGRATULATIONS TO GREG HANCOCK 2014 WORLD CHAMPION


FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (After 12 of 12 rounds)
Greg Hancock 140, Krzysztof Kasprzak 132, Nicki Pedersen 121 (after run-off), Tai Woffinden 121, Matej Zagar 114, Andreas Jonsson 103, Chris Holder 100, Jaroslaw Hampel 98.
(Top 8 all qualify for 2015 Grand Prix series).
Troy Batchelor 91, Fredrik Lindgren 90, Niels K Iversen 87, Martin Smolinski 81, Kenneth Bjerre 79, Darcy Ward 75, Chris Harris 48, Michael Jepsen Jensen 42, Peter Kildemand 33, Bartosz Zmarzlik 17, Adrian Miedzinski 14, Kasts Puodzuks 10, Peter Ljung 7, Maciej Janowski 7, Mikkel Bech 7, Tomas H Jonasson 7, Joonas Kylmakorpi 5, Kauko Nieminen 4, Pawel Przedpelski 4, Andrej Lebedev 3, Kim Nilsson 3, Jason Bunyan 2, Vaclav Milik 2, Craig Cook 2, Adrian Cyfer 2, Lukasz Kaczmarek 2, Lasse Bjerre 1, Andrew Aldridge 0, Linus Sundstrom 0, Dennis Andersson 0, Mikkel Michelsen 0, Nikolaj Jakobsen 0, Oskar Fajfer 0


11/10/14

GRAND FINAL ON MONDAY

CRADLEY will now visit Coventry for the first leg of the National League Grand Final THIS MONDAY (Oct 13) at 7.30pm.

The meeting has been brought forward by seven days due to Coventry's involvement in the Elite League Grand Final, which means their senior team will be racing on October 20.

The second leg of the Final remains as scheduled at Monmore on October 21.


08/10/14

BOSSES PAY TRIBUTE TO TRACK STAFF

CRADLEY's management have praised the Monmore Green track staff for their work before and during Tuesday night's meeting against Birmingham.
The Heathens continued their remarkable run of form in 2014 with an impressive 55-38 win over the Brummies in the West Midlands Trophy Challenge meeting.
Heavy rain across the region had threatened to put the meeting in doubt but tireless work from the track staff ensured the clash could go ahead.
Club Chairman Nigel Pearson said: "Without the excellent track staff that we're lucky to have with us at Monmore, there's no way last night's meeting could have gone ahead.  "We'd had torrential rain all weekend and even yesterday morning things weren't looking too good.  "Thankfully the weather improved and the track staff did an excellent job once again to create a fantastic racing surface. "Not only did they do well just to get the meeting on, they prepared the track superbly and the fans were treated to some good action.  "I'm delighted so many fans from both sides were in attendance last night and we're delighted that it proved to be such a success. "We send our best wishes to all connected with Birmingham and hope the famous club are back in business next season."
 

07/10/14

SCB STATEMENT

THE Speedway Control Bureau has issued a statement following an investigation into an incident at the Coventry v Cradley National League KO Cup tie on Friday September 26.
As follows:
National League: COVENTRY v CRADLEY
Friday 26th September 2014
The Speedway Control Bureau held a Disciplinary Hearing (SCB Court) today at the offices of the Auto Cycle Union in Rugby in respect of charges of Ungentlemanly Conduct during the above Meeting against James Sarjeant, Nathan Greaves & Danny Phillips.
Under the Chairmanship of Tony Gillias, the SCB Court that included Alex Harkess & Gary Thompson having viewed the video evidence and heard mitigating statements from those riders made it’s finding known to each Riders following a full review in camera.  All 3 Riders were found guilty of the charges and the penalties were advised as follows:

James SARJEANT: 12 months Suspension, that itself is suspended for 12 months plus a 100 Fine and Costs.

Nathan GREAVES: 12 months Suspension, that itself is suspended for 24 months plus a 250 Fine and Costs.

Danny PHILLIPS: 12 months Suspension, that itself is suspended for 24 months plus a 250 Fine and Costs.

The SCB Members stressed the importance to each Rider of the need for them to learn from this unfortunate incident and wished them good success in the future.

Each Rider is entitled to lodge an Appeal to the ACU should they wish to do so in accordance with The 2014 Speedway Regulations.

SPEEDWAY CONTROL BUREAU


 

06/10/14

HEATHENS v BRUMMIES, PREVIEW

  CRADLEY skipper Paul Starke will face the team he raced for earlier this season when Birmingham visit Monmore for a West Midlands Challenge on Tuesday (7.30).  Starke started the campaign as one of the Birmingham reserves in their ill-fated Elite League campaign which saw them close in July.
Now hopes are high of a return to Perry Barr in 2015 – but nothing is certain and this is a rare opportunity for fans to see a Birmingham side in action.  Said Starke: “Perry Barr has great facilities and the track there is awesome, a lovely shape for riding the bike and I really do hope they are successful in getting back on track for 2015.  “I’m in my second season with Cradley now and riding for them has got my career back on track, it’s been the best move I could have made.  “They have a big fan base and I’m sure there will be a big crowd at Monmore for this meeting because I would expect a fair few Birmingham fans would come over for it”
The Brummies will be wearing the old traditional yellow bibs with the red ‘B’ emblazoned on the front and all seven will be available on ebay with profits going to the Birmingham fighting fund to assist with getting the club back on track next year.
The match programme will also feature a 2014 Brummies team poster and all Birmingham and Cradley season tickets are valid for this one-off match.
Regular admission prices apply 11 adults, 8 concessions and 2 children.

CRADLEY: Steve Worrall, Nathan Greaves, Max Clegg, Tom Perry, Paul Starke, Matt Williamson, Danny Phillips.

BIRMINGHAM: Adam Roynon, Luke Chessell, Simon Lambert, Brendan Johnson, Ben Wilson, Adam Extance, Chris Widman.

05/10/14

HEATHENS FORCED TO MAKE CHANGES

CRADLEY have been forced to make two late changes to their line-up ahead of Sunday’s National League Play-Off Semi Final trip to Mildenhall.
Connor Dwyer has been drafted in at reserve to replace the injured Matt Williamson who suffered shoulder ligament and muscle damage during a crash whilst on Premier League duty on Friday night.  The Heathens have also now booked Simon Lambert to guest for the unavailable Steve Worrall. Club Chairman Nigel Pearson said: “We were dealt a big blow when we received the news about Matt (Williamson) and we have to say a big thank you to Conor Dwyer for stepping in at such short notice.  “Matt is going to be attending regular physio sessions and we are confident that he will be fit to ride in the Knockout Cup Final against King’s Lynn in a few weeks time.  “We have also decided to bring in Simon Lambert as an extra precautionary measure for Sunday’s second leg.  “We may have a 41 point lead to take to Mildenhall, but we’re a club who never takes anything for granted and feel this is a wise move.”

MILDENHALL: Dan Halsey, Connor Coles R/R, Dan Greenwood, Brendan Johnson, Joe Jacobs, Jack Kingston, Connor Mountain.

CRADLEY: Simon Lambert, Nathan Greaves, Max Clegg, Tom Perry, Paul Starke, Conor Dwyer, Danny Phillips.


04/10/14

HEATHENS AIM FOR GRAND FINAL

CRADLEY head to Mildenhall looking to book their place in a third successive National League Grand Final on Sunday.
The Heathens hold a staggering 41-point advantage from Tuesday’s first leg when the team went through all 15 races without a last place.  But they will be without No.1 man Steve Worrall who is riding for Edinburgh in a League Cup clash at Peterborough – even though Peterborough is a Tuesday night track.  Boss Will Pottinger said: “When we looked at the dates we thought we had the best chance of a full strength team to go to Mildenhall on this date – but typically Peterborough then arranged their meeting for a Sunday instead of a Tuesday. “Thankfully we have a 41-point lead and we are confident that should be enough. Even without Stevie, we are looking to go there and win on the day, we won’t be resting on our laurels.”  Should Heathens secure the aggregate win they will meet neighbours Coventry in the final with the home leg reserved for Tuesday, October 21.  They have already reached the Knockout Cup Final and go to King’s Lynn on Wednesday October 22 with the home leg on October 28 – with the following night reserved in the event of a rain-off.

MILDENHALL: Dan Halsey, Connor Coles R/R, Dan Greenwood, Brendan Johnson, Joe Jacobs, Jack Kingston, Connor Mountain.

CRADLEY: Steve Worrall R/R, Nathan Greaves, Max Clegg, Tom Perry, Paul Starke, Matt Williamson, Danny Phillips.


04/10/14

WILSON ADDS BRUMMIES STRENGTH

BEN Wilson, who has been piling up the points for Sheffield, is the latest name to be added to Birmingham’s side for Tuesday’s West Midlands Challenge clash with Cradley at Monmore.
Wilson made his comeback after retirement with Stoke at the start of the season before winning a place back at his parent club in the Premier League.  He joins ex-Brummies Simon Lambert and Adam Roynon in a powerful spearhead and locally based Luke Chessell is expected to be at reserve.
Birmingham boss Phil Morris said: “We are shaping up nicely to give Cradley a match. I can’t wait to be back in charge of a Birmingham side, working with the guys in the pits.”

All Cradley Heath and Birmingham season tickets are valid for this meeting and general admission is 11 adults, 8 concessions and 2 children.
 


02/10/14

CUP SWITCH AS BRUMMIES RIDE AGAIN

CRADLEY Heathens have agreed to delay the home leg of their Knockout Cup Final – but they will still race against Birmingham at Monmore this Tuesday (7.30).
The Heathens were due to race King’s Lynn but the Stars have been decimated by rider unavailability and Cradley will now stage their home leg on Tuesday, October 28. And it means the cup will be decided that night as the first leg will be staged at the Norfolk Arena on Wednesday, October 22.
Former Birmingham boss Phil Morris has agreed to take charge of the Brummies side for the night and prospective new owner Tony Mole and former promoter Graham Drury will be invited.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “King’s Lynn have made it clear they cannot field a competitive team on Tuesday for various reasons – and on our part, we do not want to be accused of having a win at all costs attitude.  “We have decided, in the best interests of the Knockout Cup and British Speedway in general, to delay the Cup Final and it means the second leg will now be at Monmore Green as our last meeting of the season on October 28.  “In the meantime, we are delighted to welcome Birmingham. Great efforts are currently being made to bring them back for next season and we look forward to welcoming their supporters.  “Phil Morris was a hugely popular team manager in leading Birmingham to the top of the Elite League and he readily agreed to take charge of the Brummies. “We are also getting a set of Brummies race jackets made and these will be auctioned off on ebay with profits to the Birmingham fighting fund.  “It should be a great night – and we hope this is a sign of things to come, Heathens v Brummies – rather than the final ever clash between the two.”
 


30/09/14

RIVALS CLASH TONIGHT

  CRADLEY bosses have revealed how time has healed a rift between themselves and tonight’s play-off opponents Mildenhall.
The sides do battle at Wolverhampton in the first leg of the semi-final – just less than two years after the Fen Tigers pipped Heathens to the title in controversial circumstances.
Cradley insist there is a ‘healthy rivalry’ these days with two good meetings in prospect as the second leg takes place at Mildenhall on Sunday.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “There is what is best described as a healthy rivalry between the two clubs these days. “Mildenhall are a very well run club and they have given many young British riders opportunities in recent seasons.  “And we have to thank them for their co-operation in enabling tonight’s meeting to go ahead so quickly after the first staging was abandoned last week. “Having said that, we still want to put one over them. It should be a great night tonight and I’m looking forward to hearing the brilliant Heathens fans in full voice as we look to set ourselves up for the return on Sunday.”

29/09/14

PLAY-OFF PREVIEW

CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger is challenging his side to show their class once again when they face rivals Mildenhall in the play-offs at Monmore on Tuesday (7.30).
The Heathens, who safely booked their passage through to the Knockout Cup Final at the weekend, are now looking to continue the defence of their championship.
The Fen Tigers have been hit by the loss of Josh Bates who hasn’t recovered from a shoulder injury – and Jack Kingston at reserve is unavailable.
Cradley, meanwhile, are boosted by the return of Steve Worrall, Paul Starke and Matt Williamson after they missed the cup win at Coventry.
Boss Will Pottinger said: “Mildenhall visit for a seventh attempt this season which is quite remarkable!  “They are missing a few riders through injury and unavailability so we need to take advantage of this and really push on and gain as big a lead as possible for the second leg at West Row on Sunday.  “The lads have been brilliant all season and I’m sure the fans will be with us as we chase the silverware.”
Fans who attended the abandoned meeting between the sides last week will be admitted for 5 adults and concessions with a readmission ticket – and children for free.
Normal admission prices apply for those without readmission tickets.

CRADLEY: Steve Worrall, Nathan Greaves, Max Clegg, Tom Perry, Paul Starke, Matt Williamson, Danny Phillips.

MILDENHALL: Simon Lambert, Josh Bates R/R, Luke Chessell, Brendan Johnson, Dan Halsey, Micheal Neale, Ellis Perks.


28/09/14

WORRALL SECOND IN NLRC

CRADLEY star Steve Worrall came within a whisker of glory in the National League Riders' Championship before eventually having to settle for second place at Rye House.  The Heathens No.1 travelled to Hoddesdon Park amongst the favourites having enjoyed a spectacular campaign.  Yet it was Mildenhall man Dan Halsey who held his nerve in a tense finale to pip Worrall to the top prize by a single point.
Worrall got his night off to a composed start with wins in his opening two rides - yet he could only manage third place in a blockbuster heat nine which saw Halsey edge Joe Jacobs to take the chequered flag.  Despite Worrall winning his final two rides, Halsey was left entering heat 20 knowing a win would seal victory.  A tight first bend saw Cradley star Paul Starke controversially excluded before Halsey fended off Max Clegg to take the title by the narrowest of margins.  And Worrall admitted he was slightly disappointed not to come out on top as he searched for individual glory.  Said Worrall: “I was a bit disappointed to be honest, and it was just that one race that let me down in the end.
  “I was going there to win it, so it’s a shame I couldn’t do that, but I suppose I can’t be too unhappy with second place.  “It was still a pretty good night for me with four wins out of five, but I’m still frustrated it wasn’t enough to get the win.”
Whilst Worrall put in a strong showing, his Heathens colleagues were unable to join him on the rostrum.
Skipper Paul Starke endured an afternoon to forget, scoring only six points, whilst youngster Max Clegg also managed six having recovered from a tapes exclusion in his opening ride.  However they could not mount a challenge to join Worrall in the top three.
The trio will be back in Cradley colours on Tuesday as the club host Mildenhall - starring winner Halsey - in the re-arranged first leg of their National League play-off semi-final at Monmore Green.

RESULT: Dan Halsey 14, Steve Worrall 13, Ben Morley 12 (after run-off), Joe Jacobs 12, Jon Armstrong 9, Dan Greenwood 8, James Cockle 7, Marc Owen 7, Paul Starke 6, Max Clegg 6, James Sarjeant 6, Luke Chessell 6, Ben Hopwood 5, Tom Woolley 3, Danno Verge (res) 3, Arron Mogridge 2, Benji Compton 0.

 
 


Picture: IAN BUSH


27/09/14

CLUB STATEMENT

CRADLEY Heath Speedway will welcome any inquiry into the unsavoury scenes involving riders and mechanics which marred last night's excellent performance at Coventry.
The club wishes to emphasise that at no stage were any Cradley Heath supporters involved in the incident.
Cradley Heathens are now through to the National League Knockout Cup Final and the home leg will take place at Monmore on Tuesday October 7.
The next action is this coming Tuesday, September 30, when Mildenhall are the visitors in the first leg of the play-off semi-finals.


25/09/14

GLYN CHANDLER

  We are sorry to have to report the death of former Cradley Heathen Glyn Chandler.  Glyn rode 35 matches for Cradley in 1964 and 4 matches in 1970 when he then retired. Shortly after his retirement he opened a garage in Swindon. In 1976 he went to live in Alderney, Guernsey where he worked as an engineer at Guernsey's power station.
Glyn was diagnosed with Chronic obstructive pulminary disease last year and was given a maximum of three years to live and decided to travel to France - a favourite place for him and his second wife Sally, Where he sadly passed away.  Glyn was 77 years old
He was cremated in France and on his wishes Sally hopes to scatter his ashes at Blunsdon Stadium later this year.
Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
Rest in peace Glyn, thanks for the memories on behalf of all Heathens fans

25/09/14

FRIDAY UPDATE

COVENTRY have been in touch with the Heathens management to inform us they will be opening a turnstile at 8.30pm on Friday for supporters wishing to see the Knockout Cup semi-final at Brandon. Admission will be 10 for adults (under-16s free


25/09/14

HEATHENS FACE CRUCIAL SPELL

CRADLEY face a defining spell of action over the next few days – starting with their cup semi-final at Coventry on Friday.
The Heathens head to Brandon with a massive 35-point lead – but they have to track a patched up side because of rider unavailability.
Steve Worrall, Paul Starke and Matt Williamson are all ruled out with Mildenhall’s Joe Jacobs coming in for Worrall.
On Sunday they have three representatives in the National League Riders’ Championship at Rye House – Worrall, Starke and Max Clegg. And next Tuesday they stage their re-arranged play-off semi-final first leg clash with Mildenhall at Monmore.
Boss Will Pottinger said: “This is a vital part of the season for us and we cannot afford any slip-ups against Coventry on Friday.  “We are pleased to have Joe in the side, he’s got a good record around there and he can take up to six rides for us.  “It would be great for the club if we could have a winner from the NLRC and then we have Mildenhall again on Tuesday. It’s busy but we’re looking forward to it.”

Fans are reminded that the meeting at Coventry is the second part of a double header with the Elite League clash between the Bees and Wolverhampton going on first.

And Tuesday’s Mildenhall meeting sees admission prices slashed for those with readmission tickets - 5 adults and concessions and kids go free. A reduced programme will be produced for just 1.

COVENTRY: Oliver Greenwood, Stefan Nielsen R/R, Luke Priest, Dan Greenwood, James Sarjeant, Ryan Terry-Daley, Martin Knuckey.

CRADLEY: Joe Jacobs, Paul Starke R/R, Max Clegg, Nathan Greaves, Tom Perry, Layne Cupitt, Danny Phillips.


23/09/14

BIRTHDAY BOY LOOKS FOR A BIG LEAD

  TOP Cradley star Stevie Worrall is looking for the perfect birthday celebration tonight – a bumper win over deadly rivals Mildenhall at Monmore (7.30).
Worrall, who has been in stunning form for the Heathens throughout the season, will open tonight’s meeting as the team look to build a substantial lead to take to West Row for the return leg of the play-off semi-final on Sunday week.
The Heathens No.1 celebrates his 23rd birthday and is keen to help the team put themselves in the driving seat for a third successive Grand Final appearance.
He said: “It would be the perfect birthday for me to help the lads build up a big lead to take to Mildenhall.  “It’s been great for me to ride for Cradley this season and I’m desperate to see us come through with the league and cup double.”

22/09/14

PLAY-OFF PREVIEW

CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger is warning his riders to take nothing for granted as they face rivals Mildenhall in their play-off semi-final at Monmore on Tuesday (7.30).
The Heathens, who finished top of the league with just one defeat all season, are looking for a handy lead to take to West Row for the return on October 5.  But Pottinger, who has seen his side put Mildenhall out of the Knockout Cup this season, says complacency must be avoided. He said: “Mildenhall will be a stern test for us tonight as they have got some good riders who can cause us problems, so we can’t afford to take our foot off the gas.  “We might have beaten them on every occasion so far this season but those past results mean little now.  “The play-offs are when it matters most, so we need to make it count after managing to do so well so far this season.  “I’m confident we can take a lead of some sort into the second leg on Sunday week. “Every single point we can gain to our advantage tonight makes the return match that little bit easier.”

Heathens are at full strength but Mildenhall have lost Connor Coles, who suffered a broken leg in their National Trophy win over Stoke at the weekend. All at Cradley Heath Speedway would like to wish Connor well for a speedy recovery.

Normal admission prices apply for the meeting 11 adults, 8 concessions and 2 children. Cradley season tickets also apply.

CRADLEY: Steve Worrall, Nathan Greaves, Max Clegg, Tom Perry, Paul Starke, Matt Williamson, Danny Phillips.

MILDENHALL: Joe Jacobs, Connor Coles R/R, Josh Bates, Brendan Johnson, Dan Halsey, Jack Kingston, Ellis Perks.


18/09/14

CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger says next Tuesday’s play-off clash with rivals Mildenhall at Wolverhampton is the biggest meeting of the season.  The Heathens have picked the Fen Tigers as opponents for their semi-final with the first leg at Monmore followed by the return at West Row on Sunday, October 5.
Pottinger knows his side have been head and shoulder above their opponents this year – but he’s taking nothing for granted with the play-off system.  Said Pottinger: “With so many of our riders riding in other leagues we’ve had to deal with fixture clashes a lot which has been frustrating.  “Obviously we don’t want to be going into the play-offs missing anybody because we know there is no margin for error now.  “We had to take that into account when we made our choice for the play-offs, and hopefully we will be at full strength for both our meetings against Mildenhall.  “We’ve beaten them comfortably at home a couple of times this season and also won at their place as well which was a great result.“But we know they have some good riders and can cause us problems, so we can’t afford to take our foot off the gas at all.  “The play-offs are when it matters, and after managing to do so well all season we need to make it count by winning the title again.  “The first step is to get past Mildenhall in the semi-finals, and we are confident that over two legs we can come out on top. “It’s going to be an exciting few weeks with the play-offs and also the Knockout Cup to look forward to, so we are hoping to carry on our good form to defend the silverware we won last year.”

Heathens fans are urged to snap up their tickets for the club’s presentation night at the Copthorne Hotel, Brierley Hill on November 15.  Less than 50 remain available at the club shop, Printworx, in Quarry Bank or on Tuesday night.
 

16/09/14

  CRADLEY ace Nathan Greaves fell agonisingly short of a rostrum finish in the British Under 19 Championship at Kent.
The popular teenager put in a strong showing at Central Park, storming to two classy race victories on his way to 11 points.
However, he ended just outside the top three as Oliver Greenwood claimed the title ahead of Josh Bates and Jack Kingston.
It was nonetheless an encouraging performance from Greaves as he continued his strong run of form.

Meanwhile, Cradley colleagues Max Clegg and Danny Phillips both pulled out of the meeting.

Clegg was unable to make his way to Kent due to transport issues whilst Phillips opted to sit out as he aims to regain full fitness following his nasty crash riding for Cradley last week.

BRITISH UNDER-19 CHAMPIONSHIP, Kent
Oliver Greenwood 15, Josh Bates 14, Jack Kingston 13, Nathan Greaves 11, Luke Harris 9, Connor Mountain 8, Kelsey Dugard 8, Ellis Perks 8, Danno Verge 8, Adam Portwood 6, Jamie Couzins 6, Macauley Leek 5, Scooter Webster 4, Layne Cupitt 2, Danyon Hume 1, Sean Phillips 1.

11/09/14

HEATHENS PICK DEADLY RIVALS

CRADLEY will face deadly rivals Mildenhall in their National League play-off semi-finals.  Heathens bosses have picked the side which pipped them to the title two years ago in controversial circumstances and the teams will do battle over two legs to meet Coventry or Kent in the final.  The first leg will take place at Monmore on Tuesday September 23 with the return at West Row on Sunday October 5.
Heathens have reserved Tuesday October 7 for the home leg of the Knockout Cup Final should they see off Coventry in their second leg on a date yet to be arranged.
Boss Will Pottinger said: "We thought long and hard about this decision and we had to look at other issues like potential fixtures clashes  "I'm confident we can see off Mildenhall and get through to the final for a third successive season."


08/09/14

CRADLEY UP FOR THE CUP

CRADLEY continue the defence of their Knockout Cup with a mouthwatering local derby semi-final tie against Coventry at Monmore on Tuesday (7.30).  The Heathens have just secured top spot in the National League for the fourth time in five seasons and are the stand-out team at that level.
Boss Will Pottinger is looking for a big lead for his team as they face their rivals, who have secured runners-up spot in the regular league standings. No date has been arranged for the return leg at this stage.  He said: “Coventry will be a good test for us. They have got riders who are capable of doing well around Monmore, but we’ll still be looking to build up a decent lead to take to Brandon for the Knockout Cup second leg, whenever that may be.  “Stoke or King’s Lynn await the winners in the final and we would love to do it again.”
Pottinger has also revealed how the club are expected to name their play-off opponents by the weekend.  He said: “We just need to look at various aspects of the play-off system and who we would want to face in the semi-finals.  “It’s a great achievement for us to finish top of the table once again but we need to keep everyone fit and available to go on and complete the job.”

CRADLEY: Steve Worrall, Nathan Greaves, Max Clegg, Tom Perry, Paul Starke, Matt Williamson, Danny Phillips.

COVENTRY: Oliver Greenwood, Stefan Nielsen R/R, Luke Priest, Dan Greenwood, James Sarjeant, Ryan Terry-Daley, Martin Knuckey.


05/09/14

WORRALL WARNS HEATHENS

CRADLEY star Steve Worrall knows their spectacular run of form will mean nothing if they don’t win anything.  Heathens are mathematically certain of finishing top of the table for the fourth time in five seasons – and they stage the home leg of their Knockout Cup semi-final against rivals Coventry at Monmore next Tuesday.  Whilst it has been a hugely successful season to date, Worrall knows the hard work is yet to come with the play-offs and cup meetings on the horizon.  Said Worrall: "To finish top of the table is a great achievement, and we were really pleased to get that confirmed last week.  "We knew from the start of the season that we had a strong side, so we are just pleased everything has come together and we've managed to live up to expectations so far.  "It's been a great year for me personally and an awesome year for Cradley, but we've just got to focus on the play-offs and the Cup now.  “Coventry are a good side with some powerful riders, so we know we will have to be on our guard next Tuesday, we want a big lead to take to their place whenever the return is pencilled in for.  “If we all ride to our true potential then there is no reason why we can’t do the league and cup double.  "It's winning the league which is the main thing, and if we don't manage to come out on top in the play-offs finishing top of the table will be kind of irrelevant really.  "After all the work we've put in so far we are desperate not to let it slip, so hopefully we can keep everyone fit for the play-offs. "We are concentrating on some big meetings we'll have coming up, and fingers crossed we come back with the National League title at the end of it all."


02/09/14

KINGS LYNN v HEATHENS, PREVIEW

CRADLEY will travel to King's Lynn tomorrow night in their final fixture of the regular National League programme aiming to continue their stunning form (7.30).  They will again be without Tom Perry due to Elite League commitments with Wolverhampton, although they will otherwise be at full strength as they face a repeat of last years' play-off final.  With the business end of the season rapidly approaching, the Heathens are keen to continue their spectacular run with another victory.
Team boss Will Pottinger is looking to see them emerge with their 15th win out of 16 league meetings to maintain their high levels of confidence.  He added: "We travel to King's Lynn tomorrow night, and of course we are looking to come away with another good result.  "We want to end the regular league programme in a positive fashion with a win to keep our confidence high heading into some important meetings."

KING'S LYNN: Ben Morley, Scott Campos, James Cockle, Marc Owen, Darren Mallett, Josh Bailey, Tom Stokes

CRADLEY: Steve Worrall, Rider Replacement for Tom Perry, Max Clegg, Nathan Greaves, Paul Starke, Matt Williamson, Danny Phillips


02/09/14

EXTRA RACE TONIGHT

FANS attending tonight’s National League speedway clash between Cradley Heath and Devon at Wolverhampton will get an extra race to enjoy – at no extra charge!  The club were last night informed they will be staging the latest Bronze Helmet match race as the holder is Demons star Luke Chessell.  It means the top Cradley scorer at the end of the match will face Chessell for the right to claim the Bronze Helmet.
Heathens are looking to round off their home league campaign with a perfect 24-point haul – they will do so with a win tonight by more than six.  Boss Will Pottinger said: “It would be a good way to go into our big cup semi-final with Coventry next week with a good return tonight and at King’s Lynn in our final league fixture tomorrow.  “All the lads are looking forward to tonight although we are without Tom Perry due to a fixture clash so we go with the rider replacement facility for him.”
Admission prices for tonight are the usual 11 adults, 8 concessions and 2 children.
Fans are also reminded tickets for the end of season presentation night – which is likely to be a sellout – will go on sale at the shop for the first time tonight. Priced at 10, the event takes place at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill on Saturday, November 15.


01/09/14

HEATHENS V DEVON, PREVIEW

CRADLEY round off their regular National League programme this week – starting at Monmore against Devon on Tuesday (7.30).  A win would ensure Will Pottinger’s side go through the card in home league meetings with maximum points – but they will be up against British Under 21 champion Josh Bates, who won the title at Wolverhampton in April.
Heathens secured their place at the top of the National League table for the fourth time in five seasons with back-to-back wins over King’s Lynn and Mildenhall last week.  And manager Will Pottinger is looking for his riders to enter the business end of the season in style. He said: “We know the big meetings are just around the corner, we cannot afford to be complacent in any way.  “We face Coventry next Tuesday in the home leg of our Knockout Cup tie and that’s the biggest meeting of the season, so we want to have a good performance against Devon on Tuesday to keep the momentum going.”
Tom Perry misses the meeting because he is riding for Premier League Scunthorpe, but Matt Williamson will be available and rides at reserve with Nathan Greaves moving into the main body of the team.  The same six riders will take to the track on Wednesday when Heathens head to King’s Lynn for their last league fixture.
Fans are reminded tickets for the club’s end of season presentation night will be on sale at the track shop for the first time on Tuesday. The event, which has sold out for the past four years, will take place at the Copthorne Hotel, Brierley Hill, on Saturday November 15. Tickets are 10.

CRADLEY: Steve Worrall, Nathan Greaves, Max Clegg, Tom Perry R/R, Paul Starke, Matt Williamson, Danny Phillips.

DEVON: Josh Bates, Richard Andrews, James Shanes, Luke Chessell, Matt Bates, Conor Dwyer, Tyler Govier.


29/08/14

HEATHENS LOOK TO END IN STYLE

  CRADLEY will look to extend their winning run as they wrap up their regular season programme next week.
The in-form Heathens will welcome National League newcomers Devon to Monmore Green on Tuesday before travelling to King's Lynn 24 hours later.
Their clash with the Young Stars at the Norfolk Arena will also serve as the second leg of the National Shield, with Will Pottinger's side looking to add more silverware to their collection.
Cradley already have one hand on the trophy having romped to a 69-23 win in the first leg at Monmore Green back in April.  And they will look to seal victory in style by ensuring they end their regular National League fixtures with a win.  They will first attempt to continue their perfect home record as they search for three more points against Plymouth.  Popular reserve Danny Phillips will be welcomed back from his injury as Cradley prepare for a busy two days.
The Heathens had set to be without Matt Williamson for their clash with Devon due to Scunthorpe’s trip to Peterborough in the Premier League.  However, Williamson has unfortunately been released by the Scorpions with Heathens colleague Tom Perry snapped up as his replacement.  As a result, Williamson will be available for the Heathens on Tuesday although Perry will miss out as Cradley search for another big home win.
They mathematically confirmed they will top of the National League table for the fourth time last week, but they remain eager to keep their confidence high with the play-offs on the horizon.  And team boss Pottinger has urged his side not to take their foot of the gas as they aim to end the National League campaign with 15 wins out of 16.
 
Said Pottinger: "It was great to confirm we'll finish top of the table again last week, it's a great achievement for the club but we can't afford to get complacent now.  "We know we need to go into the play-offs on form, so we are looking to put in two more good performances to keep our confidence high. "We should welcome Danny Phillips back into our side which means we are back at full strength, so hopefully everyone keeps their form going.   "We are on a really good run which we are desperate to keep going, so we want to make sure we come away with two more wins." 
Tickets for the clubs' End of Season Presentation night will go on sale from the Monmore Green track shop on Tuesday night on a first come first served basis priced at 10.
Supporters are urged to secure their tickets early for the event which will be held at the Copthorne Hotel on Saturday, November 15.  The club went over capacity last year and will be unable to do the same again.
Meanwhile, the Heathens have also confirmed the dates they have received for their play-off and Knockout Cup fixtures.
Tuesday, September 23 has been pencilled in for their National League play-off semi-final whilst Tuesday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 21 have also been reserved for Play-Off and KO Cup Finals should Cradley qualify.

26/08/14

HEATHENS TARGET TWO WINS

CRADLEY can secure their place at the top of the National League table with two victories tonight.
The in-form Heathens host King's Lynn and Mildenhall on a blockbuster night of action at Monmore Green.
They have the added incentive of knowing that six points will ensure they finish top of the table for the fourth time in five years.
The former Dudley Wood outfit have enjoyed stunning success since returning to the track in the third tier in 2010.
2014 has proved no different, with Will Pottinger's side once again proving a dominant force.  As they aim to wrap up their place at the top of the standings, Chairman Nigel Pearson has urged supporters to come out in force to back their side.  Said Pearson: "The incentive to win both meetings and claim maximum points can be no bigger than the chance to finish top of the National League.  "To do that four years out of the five we have been riding at this level would be a fantastic achievement.  "We still have meetings to come against Devon and King's Lynn but we want to get the job done tonight, and we urge everyone to get down to Monmore Green to roar us on."Thankfully the weather forecast has proved correct and we've had a dry afternoon. It promises to be a great night of racing so we are looking forward to seeing everyone there."


26/08/14

ALL SYSTEMS GO TONIGHT!

CRADLEY Heathens are delighted to confirm tonight’s National League double header with King’s Lynn and Mildenhall is on (7.15).
The Wolverhampton track has held up well to 24-hours of rain and club officials have taken into account the local forecast which suggests a dry afternoon.
Heathens are looking to extend their lead at the top of the National league table by taking all six-points available against the Stars and Fen Tigers.
Chairman Nigel Pearson said: “We’ve taken a look at the track, it’s held up well and as long as the forecasts we have studied prove correct and we get no more rain we are on tonight.  “It’s the final week of the school holidays in the Wolverhampton and Cradley area, so we remind people it’s kids go free tonight.  “The lads are looking forward to it, they are all desperate to race, so let’s bring it on!”
Luke Harris, who has appeared for the Heathens previously this season, will stand in for the injured Danny Phillips at reserve.

Admission is 14 adults, 10 concessions and free for children. Readmission tickets from the abandoned meeting a fortnight ago are valid with a 3 supplement for adults and 2 concessions.


 

25/08/14

STARKE - BLOCKBUSTER NIGHT AHEAD

SKIPPER Paul Starke is anticipating a blockbuster night of action as Cradley host a mouthwatering double header.
The in-form Heathens take on King's Lynn at 7.15 in a repeat of last years' National League play-off final before a clash with rivals Mildenhall immediately after.
It promises to be a breathtaking night of action as Will Pottinger's side look to extend their stunning winning run to 14 meetings with two more victories.
They will be without reserve Danny Phillips who has failed a fitness test as he recovers from his heavy crash at Workington last weekend.
However, they draft in Michael Neale as his replacement in the lower order and are otherwise at full strength.
Starke is looking forward to a busy night and is confident his side can race to six more points as they aim to maintain their flying form.  Said Starke: "It should be a good night of racing. It's been a while since we had a home meeting, so all of us are really looking forward to it.  "It's going to be a tough test against two good sides, but we know we are more than capable of getting two more wins.  "Hopefully we can put in good performances in both meetings to come away with six more points."

Fans are reminded children will be admitted free of charge as the summer school holidays come to a close.

CRADLEY: Paul Starke, Matt Williamson, Max Clegg, Tom Perry, Steve Worrall, Nathan Greaves, Michael Neale.

KING'S LYNN: Ben Morley, Rider Replacement for Lewis Rose, Scott Campos, Luke Chessell, James Cockle, Layne Cupitt, Tom Stokes


22/08/14

CRADLEY BUZZING FOR DOUBLE

  CRADLEY are buzzing ahead of next Tuesday’s double-header at Monmore – that’s according to boss Will Pottinger.
The Heathens are on target to finish top of the National League table for a staggering fourth time in five seasons after a brilliant win at Mildenhall on Sunday with a patched up side.
They were without Steve Worrall and Paul Starke who were on Premier League duty – and reserve Danny Phillips suffered shoulder and hip injuries riding at Workington the previous night.  But a stunning display by 16-year-old reserve Nathan Greaves inspired the team to victory at their bitter rivals.  And Pottinger says with Starke and Worrall back for both meetings next Tuesday – against King’s Lynn at 7.15 followed immediately by the return clash with Mildenhall – the team are on a high.  He said: "We are looking forward to every meeting with the way things are going at the moment, so we can't wait for the double header next week. "We are pretty much guaranteed a play-off place now, but we know it's important to be on form when it comes to the play-offs. "We want to consolidate our position at the top of the league to make sure we have first pick of opponents and also keep our confidence high. "We will be looking for two more big wins against King's Lynn and Mildenhall in what will be two tricky meetings.  "They are both strong teams who are capable of causing us problems, so we will need to be on top of our game.  "Hopefully we will be at full strength, and if that's the case we have to be confident we can come away with six more points.  "We are on a great winning run but we can't afford to get complacent, and we'll be hoping for two more good performances at Monmore next Tuesday.  "It's going to be a busy night of action and we are all looking forward to it."

Admission next Tuesday is 14 adults, 10 concessions and children are free. Readmission tickets from last week’s abandoned match with Mildenhall are valid with a 3 supplement for adults and 2 concessions.

17/08/14

DANNY RULED OUT

DANNY Phillips has been ruled out of Cradley's trip to Mildenhall today (3.30).
The hugely popular reserve crashed at Workington last night and has sustained bruising to the lung along with hip and shoulder damage.
Luke Harris, who was with the Heathens at Kent as No.8 last month, has agreed to stand in.
Boss Will Pottinger said: "Hopefully it's nothing too serious for Danny and naturally we wish him all the best.  "We would like to thank Luke for standing in at such short notice. It's going to be tough because we have three of our team missing now, but the lads will give it their best."

Oliver Greenwood deputises for Paul Starke with the rider replacement facility in operation for Steve Worrall.
 

15/08/14

MILDENHALL v CRADLEY, PREVIEW

CRADLEY face arguably their toughest test of the season so far as they travel to Mildenhall on Sunday (3.30).
They will be the first part of a double header as the Fen Tigers host Scunthorpe immediately after taking on the Heathens.
Will Pottinger's side travel to West Row severely weakened with both Paul Starke and Steve Worrall on Premier League duty.
They draft in Coventry man Oliver Greenwood as a guest as they look to extend their winning run to 12 meetings.
The in-form Heathens have already won once at West Row this season, claiming a spectacular 49-39 triumph in the Knockout Cup back in May.
Although they will face a much tougher test this time around, boss Pottinger is hopeful they can add to their National League points tally.  He said: "It's going to be a really tough meeting up at Mildenhall, especially without both of our top two.  "Paul Starke and Steve Worrall are almost impossible to replace, but we've got Ollie Greenwood guesting and he should do a good job for us.  "It's obviously going to be difficult, particularly without a full team, but we are going there hoping to come away with a win or at least a point."

MILDENHALL: Dan Halsey, Josh Bates R/R, Connor Coles, Brendan Johnson, Joe Jacobs, Jack Kingston, Connor Mountain

CRADLEY: Oliver Greenwood, Matt Williamson, Max Clegg, Steve Worrall R/R, Tom Perry, Nathan Greaves, Danny Phillips


14/08/14

DOUBLE TOP FOR HEATHENS

CRADLEY Heathens are throwing the doors open for children to enjoy 30 races of live speedway FREE!
The club have arranged a double header with King’s Lynn and Mildenhall at Monmore Green Stadium on Tuesday, August 26, with the first race at 7.15pm prompt.
It’s a move the club have made in a bid to avoid a fixture crisis following a host of rain-offs – and they’ve done it with the school holidays still in full flow.
Other admission prices will be 14 adults, 10 concessions and a souvenir programme will be 3.
Cradley chairman Nigel Pearson said: “The weather has been cruel to us this season and when last Tuesday was abandoned against Mildenhall it left us with a major headache.  “I was keen to do something for the school holidays so all children will be admitted free of charge and this is a great chance for parents who have perhaps seen the sport on TV and never been before to come along and sample it live.  “They will also be amongst some of the most passionate supporters British Speedway has to offer. We aim to put on a great show with 30 races and the boys will be gunning for two wins – nothing less will do.  “This date also means we will stage both meetings with a full Cradley team as there are no fixture clashes for riders who have team places in other leagues.  “It’s a great way to round off the school holidays and it also means we have every chance of meeting the cut-off for the National League fixtures to be completed.  “We may not like Mildenhall that much, but I will swallow my pride here and say thanks to them for agreeing to the fixture so quickly!”


12/08/14

MATCH ABANDONED

CRADLEY saw their clash with Mildenhall washed out after just one race at Monmore Green.
Track staff had worked tirelessly to get the meeting on after the circuit was hit by rain earlier in the day before a heavy downpour shortly after the meeting got underway caused the match to be abandoned.
Paul Starke led a Heathens heat advantage in an incident-packed opening race before heat two was stopped following a fall on the opening lap.
It was just before the second race was due to be rerun that the rain struck once again before referee Jim Lawrence opted to call a halt to proceedings having conversed with riders from both clubs.
Cradley boss Will Pottinger admitted it was a hugely frustrating night.  He said: "After getting the meeting started we were all desperate to try and make sure we got through to the end. "Unfortunately the track had already taken some rain earlier in the day, and when it started to rain again there wasn't much we could do.
  "It's very frustrating for everyone, but there's nothing we can do about it and we've just got to focus on the meeting at Mildenhall on Sunday now."


12/08/14

HEATHENS v MILDENHALL PREVIEW

CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger is desperate to see his side continue their winning run when they host Mildenhall at Monmore Green tonight (7.30).
The Heathens have been in formidable form so far in 2014, storming to 11 consecutive victories in all competitions.
They will welcome arch rivals Mildenhall to Monmore Green looking to extend that run despite being without the services of Steve Worrall due to Edinburgh's trip to Berwick.
The Fen Tigers will themselves be without British Under 21 Champion Josh Bates and Jack Kingston for what promises to be an exciting clash.  And Pottinger is keen to take advantage of their opponents' absences to claim three more National League points.  Said Pottinger: "Just like any home meeting we are going in looking to get all three points. "We are missing Steve Worrall which is a blow, but they are also missing a couple of riders so we need to take advantage of that.  "It will be a tough meeting but hopefully everyone can pull together to put in another good performance and we can keep our winning run going."
Meanwhile, Cradley finished in third place in an entertaining Retro Fours meeting hosted by Wolverhampton on Monday.
Aaron Summers, Stuart Robson, Gino Manzares and Kyle Newman all put in determined displays as the Heathens lost out to Birmingham and rivals Wolverhampton.
A controversial exclusion of Manzares following a clash with Wolves man Lasse Bjerre in the final race proved costly in the battle for second place as Cradley ended just one point behind the hosts.
Nonetheless, boss Will Pottinger was pleased to be involved in what proved an exciting night of action.
He added: "It was a good experience, and it was good to be working with some different riders.  "It was a shame we couldn't quite come away with the win, but it was a good effort from everyone - they all gave 110%.  "We had plenty of consistency with only a couple of last places but we just lacked the race wins in the end. It was still an enjoyable night and it was good to be involved."

CRADLEY: Paul Starke, Matt Williamson, Max Clegg, Steve Worrall R/R, Tom Perry, Nathan Greaves, Danny Phillips.

MILDENHALL: Dan Halsey, Connor Coles, Josh Bates R/R, Brendan Johnson, Joe Jacobs, Michael Neale, Connor Mountain.


10/08/14

TWO BIG NIGHTS

CRADLEY are preparing for two big nights of racing at Monmore Green.
The National League leaders face bitter rivals Mildenhall in a crunch clash on Tuesday night, looking to extend their unbeaten run.
And on Monday Heathens are tracking a Premier League standard side after accepting an invite from Wolverhampton to ride in their Retro Fours tournament.
Boss Will Pottinger said: "It's a big meeting against Mildenhall, every time we face them we know it will be tough.  "We have already beaten them in the Knockout Cup but that means nothing, we start again and we are without Steve Worrall so that just makes it even tougher for us.  "But we have come through a tough test against Coventry and hopefully we can do the same on Tuesday. "I'm looking forward to the Fours on Monday, it will be good to see us in a higher standard and I'm sure there is plenty of interest in it."

Admission has been set at a bargain 10 for 16 heats on Monday plus a top scorers race for the Gary Peterson Trophy.

WOLVERHAMPTON: Lasse Bjerre, Ricky Wells, Rohan Tungate, Cameron Heeps.

BIRMINGHAM: Ben Barker, Danny King, Paul Starke, Ludvig Lindgren.

OXFORD: David Howe, Nicolai Klindt, Rafal Konopka, Ashley Birks.

CRADLEY: Gino Manzares, Kyle Newman, Aaron Summers, Stuart Robson.


07/08/14

HEATHENS FACE BITTER RIVALS

BOSS Will Pottinger has challenged his riders to make up for the absence of star man Steve Worrall when Cradley face bitter rivals Mildenhall at Monmore next Tuesday (7.30).
Worrall, who swept to glory in last week’s Golden Hammer, is riding for Premier League Edinburgh in a fixture arranged for Sky at Berwick.
Heathens have no choice but to utilise the rider replacement facility – as they did in the win at Stoke on Sunday.
The rivalry between Cradley and the Fen Tigers was intensified two years ago when the Black Country side were controversially denied the National League title by a refereeing decision.
Now the Heathens are looking to build on their stunning run of results – including dumping the Fen Tigers out of the Knockout Cup – when the sides clash on Tuesday.
Said Pottinger: "It's a testament to the team we've put together the fact that we can keep on winning even when we are missing our better riders sometimes.  "We've got a tough home meeting coming up against Mildenhall which should be a good test for us. "We had a difficult meeting against Coventry last home meeting which we came through well, so hopefully we can do the same against Mildenhall.  "It looks like we'll be without Steve Worrall which is a blow, but we've proved we can win even when people are missing.  "We just need the remaining six riders to step up, so fingers crossed they can do that and we can get another win."
Pottinger is also anxiously awaiting a fitness update on reserve Nathan Greaves after his crash at Poole on Wednesday riding for Swindon. He sustained a thumb injury.
Meanwhile Cradley have named Worrall, Paul Starke, Tom Perry and Max Clegg for this Sunday’s Premier League Fours at Coventry (2.30).
They are up against the host club, Buxton and Kent in Group A and admission is 15 adults with Under 16s free.
Heathens have a team in action at the Retro Fours at Wolverhampton next Monday, August 11.
They are represented by American ace Gino Manzares, who rode well for his country in the recent World Cup campaign, Stuart Robson, Aaron Summers and former favourite Kyle Newman who rode for the club in 2011.

Admission is 10 for all adults for the clash with Wolves, Birmingham and Oxford.


02/08/14

HEATHENS HEAD TO STOKE

CRADLEY look to continue their domination of the National League table when they make the short trip to Stoke on Sunday (6pm).
But the Heathens will have to do it without Golden Hammer winner Steve Worrall, who represents his Premier League club Edinburgh in the Fours Championship at Peterborough.
Heathens have lost only one meeting in all competitions this season but manager Will Pottinger, who has no option but to use the rider replacement facility at Loomer Road, says the Potters will provide a tough test.  He said: "Stoke are having a decent season so this will be a tough match especially as we are without Steve Worrall who'll be in action at the Premier League Fours. Cradley use rider replacement for Steve, Matt Williamson also rides at Peterborough, Benji Compton guests. "We can't afford to carry any passengers using rider replacement but I'm confident each rider can raise their game as we look to get another positive result."

HEATHENS: Paul Starke, Benji Compton(G), Max Clegg, Steve Worrall R/R, Tom Perry, Nathan Greaves, Danny Phillips.


31/07/14

HEATHENS RENEW WOLVES RIVALRY

  CRADLEY will renew their fierce rivalry with Wolves as both teams compete in a four team tournament at Monmore Green on Monday, August 11.
They will be joined by sides representing Birmingham and Oxford in the Premier League standard meeting which is already drawing plenty of interest.
The four historic sides will compete over 16 heats before a top scorers race for the Gary Peterson Memorial Shield, in memory of the Wolves rider who lost his life racing in the 70s.
It provides a brilliant opportunity to see Cradley and Wolves battle once again on the Monmore Green shale on a night sure to evoke memories of the unforgettable battles between the two clubs in years gone by.
Admission prices have been slashed to just 10 for adults and 1 for kids, with plenty of Birmingham and Oxford supporters expected to make the short trip to see their defunct clubs in action once again.
Cradley have unveiled Gino Manzares as the first member of their side for the event with several more popular names set to be involved.
Manzares will follow in the footsteps of some of America's greatest ever riders who have donned Heathens colours.
Chairman Nigel Pearson is thrilled to be involved in the event - and he is delighted to see Manzares agree to ride for their side. Said Pearson: "We announced Gino Manzares to fans at our evening with Billy Hamill on Sunday and he had a standing ovation. He's proud to be able to ride for Cradley like so many Americans have done - Penhall, Schwartz, Hancock and Hamill.  "This will also show everyone once again what passion there is for speedway amongst these clubs. We are delighted to be a part of it and I will be interested to see the response to a Premier League standard team for Cradley."

28/07/14

GOLDEN HAMMER, PREVIEW

IN-FORM Steve Worrall is in bullish mood as he prepares for the prestigious F.A.S.T Golden Hammer.
The flying Cradley star will enter the showpiece event at Monmore Green on Tuesday amongst the favourites after a spectacular start to the campaign.
Worrall has proved something of a revelation since joining the Heathens in 2014, establishing himself as a dominant force at National League level.  However, he will face arguably his stiffest test of the season at Monmore Green as the likes of Lewis Blackbird, Kyle Newman and Ashley Birks contend for Hammer glory.  Having put in some strong showings previously in the event, Worrall is desperate to finally reach the top of the rostrum.  Although he realises he will face a tough challenge, he is confident he can emerge victorious in what is set to be a blockbuster meeting.  Said Worrall: "It's a meeting I'd love to win now I'm a Cradley rider, and I can't wait.  "I've ridden in it before and always been there or thereabouts, but this time I'd love to go one better.  "It's a great meeting to be involved in, and there's always been a great crowd when I've been there in the past so I'm sure this year will be no different. "I know what I can do, especially around Cradley, and I've just got to hope everything comes together for me on the night. "In these sorts of meetings you can't really afford any mistakes, so fingers crossed everything goes to plan.
  "I'm riding well at the moment and I'm feeling confident, so I feel like I should stand a good chance.  "I know I can't take anything for granted because there are a few riders who are capable of winning it.  "But at the same time I'm going there to win, and if I don't manage to do it I'll be disappointed."

With 16 riders and 20 heats, it’s a busy night ahead – and the club have pegged admission prices at 11 adults, 8 concessions and 2 children with a special souvenir programme at 3.

F.A.S.T GOLDEN HAMMER DRAW
Oliver Greenwood (Coventry), Lewis Blackbird (Eastbourne / Peterborough), Danny Phillips (Cradley), James Sarjeant (Coventry), Kyle Newman (Poole / Plymouth), Ashley Birks (Scunthorpe), Steve Worrall (Cradley / Swindon / Edinburgh), Jon Armstrong (Stoke), Max Clegg (Cradley / Leicester), Tom Perry (Cradley / Wolves), Nathan Greaves (Cradley / Swindon), Simon Lambert (Workington/ Kent), Matt Williamson (Cradley / Scunthorpe), Liam Carr (Buxton), Dan Greenwood (Coventry), Adam Roynon.


28/07/14

BILLY OVERWHELMED BY WELCOME

LEGENDARY USA speedway ace Billy Hamill says he was overwhelmed by the massive turnout for his return to the Black Country last night.
Hamill, who made over 300 appearances for Cradley in the old Dudley Wood days, is in the country for the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup. And he appeared, along with former Cradley team mates and members of the current USA side, at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill in front of over 200 fans in an event supported by Motor Market of Cradley Heath.
 And the 1996 world champion said: “I can’t believe that, here I am, 24 years after I first rode for Cradley Heath before they closed down, here I am in this venue with hundreds of supporters, it’s pretty special.  “There were so many people I hadn’t seen for years and it was pretty special to have my former manager Colin Pratt and my old team mates here too. I can’t thank everyone enough for making this happen.”
Heathens stage their prestigious FAST Golden Hammer at Wolverhampton on Tuesday night, a meeting Hamill won in 1996.
 


 

26/07/14

NATIONAL LEAGUE FOURS DRAW

THE draw has been made for the Buildbase National League Fours at Coventry on Sunday August 10 (2.30pm).
Eight NL clubs compete in the popular event with Cradley defending the title they won under their previous Dudley name at Stoke last season.
A 24-race programme is in prospect at Brandon with the teams split into two groups of four, competing over eight heats, and the top two teams in each group then progress to the eight-heat Final.

Admission prices for the meeting, sponsored by Buildbase, are 15 for adults, with all children under the age of 16 free. Programmes 2.

Gates open at 1pm with Heat 1 scheduled for 2.30pm.

GROUP 1: Buxton, Cradley, Coventry, Kent.
GROUP 2: Mildenhall, Devon, King’s Lynn, Stoke.
 

24/07/14

LEGEND RETURNS

SPEEDWAY legend Billy Hamill is relishing the prospect of a return to the Black Country this weekend.
The Californian superstar, who won the world title in 1996, made 326 appearances for Cradley in a glittering career which saw him notch well over 3,000 points in the Dudley Wood era.
Hamill, 44, is now the USA team boss and flies to the UK this week to lead his country into World Cup action on Saturday.  But on Sunday night (8pm) he will roll back the years when he appears at a special evening at the Copthorne Hotel, Brierley Hill, alongside TV and radio broadcaster Nigel Pearson and a host of former Heathens riders as well as members of the current side.
He said: “I’m so excited by this event and I can’t wait to catch up with all my buddies from the good old days at Cradley.  “I can’t thank Cradley enough for inviting me along and it’s going to be a fun evening. I’m bringing some guests from the USA team too, so I look forward to seeing everyone.”
Tickets have sold well for the event with VIP packages gone weeks ago – general seats priced 10 are still available from Cradley’s club shop at Printworx, High Street, Quarry Bank – and admission will be available on the door but fans without tickets are urged to arrive early.
 


22/07/14

COUNTDOWN TO DERBY CRUNCH

  CRADLEY favourite Tom Perry says tonight's crunch derby clash with Coventry at Monmore is a big night both for him and the Heathens team.  It's the most eagerly awaited meeting of the season as league leaders Cradley look to gain revenge for their only defeat so far - at Brandon back in April.
A bumper crowd is expected as Heathens enter a vital phase of the campaign in the defence of their title.  Said Perry: “It’s really important that I put in a good performance, score some big points and that the team get the win later.  "I had a bad night in the Elite League last night and I need to bounce back straight away with a good meeting to get my confidence up again.  “We know Coventry are one of our strongest rivals this year and they showed that when they visited in the Travel Plus Trophy earlier in the season.  "A win tonight would be vital because it would keep the team’s momentum going as we start getting closer to the most important part of the season.  “After losing away at Coventry back in April, we obviously want to make up for that with a big result tonight.  “We know how much this one means to the fans as well and hopefully we can do it for them.
“Coventry have got some good riders and riders who ride Monmore well, so you’d expect it to be a close meeting with some good racing but hopefully we can come out on top.”

21/07/14

HEATHENS IN TOUGHEST TEST

CRADLEY are facing their toughest home test of the season when Coventry visit Monmore on Tuesday – that’s according to skipper Paul Starke.
The Heathens, who have romped away at the top of the National League table with a string of massive wins, insist the hard work starts now with a run of harder, more competitive meetings – starting on Tuesday.  But with the Heathens high on confidence, Starke is backing his side to add three more points to their a National League tally.  Said Starke: "Our season starts now really - we've got some tough meetings coming up and we need to show what we are made of.  "The meeting against Coventry is probably the biggest meeting of the season so far for us, and we are desperate to perform well.  "We know we are capable of getting all three points, and that is obviously what we are aiming for.  "We were really disappointed to lose at Coventry earlier in the year, but we are at home this time around and everyone has hit top form.”

Next Tuesday (July 29), Heathens host their prestigious FAST Golden Hammer individual event with a bumper crowd expected.

And this Sunday, July 27, club legend Billy Hamill returns to the area for a special evening with supporters at the Copthorne Hotel, Brierley Hill. Tickets are still available, priced 10, from the club shop on Tuesday night but the event is close to a sellout

CRADLEY: Paul Starke, Matt Williamson, Max Clegg, Tom Perry, Steve Worrall, Nathan Greaves, Danny Phillips.

COVENTRY: Oliver Greenwood, Luke Crang R/R, Stefan Nielsen, Dan Greenwood, James Sarjeant, Ryan Terry-Daley, Martin Knuckey.


BIRMINGHAM fans have been offered a hand of friendship from neighbours Wolverhampton and Cradley.
The Black Country sides, who both race at Monmore Green, have joined forces to offer Brummies season ticket holders free admission to both Wolves and Heathens home fixtures.  It means Birmingham supporters still have the chance to see Elite League racing as well as supporting one of their own, Paul Starke, who is Cradley skipper.
Wolverhampton owner Chris Van Straaten said: “We are deeply saddened by the closure of Birmingham and this is a small gesture on our behalf.  “Birmingham supporters are most welcome at both Wolves and Heathens meetings and it would be nice to think this is some way of retaining interest for them. As with everyone, we hope the Brummies will return next season.”
Starke, meanwhile, says he would be delighted to see Birmingham supporters at Cradley.  “The fans were brilliant to me at Birmingham and it’s a very sad outcome,” he said. “But it’s a fantastic gesture from the Cradley and Wolverhampton management so I hope to see the Brummies fans before the end of the season.


13/07/14

KENT KINGS v CRADLEY HEATHENS, PREVIEW

CRADLEY take a depleted side to Kent for more National League action on Monday (6.30).
The Heathens are without Max Clegg, Tom Perry and Matt Williamson due to fixture clashes and have brought in guests Ben Hopwood of Stoke and Coventry's Dan Greenwood.  It's a welcome return for Greenwood who was the match winner last year when Heathens won the Grand Final at King's Lynn.
Boss Will Pottinger said: "The clash of fixtures infuriates me, drives me mad. We tried to plan our fixtures around them, but because of rearrangements elsewhere we lose out.  "But I believe we still have a strong side with Paul Starke and Steve Worrall at the top end of the side and I think we can do a job there.  "If we all ride to our true ability then I see no reason why we cannot go there and get a point at least."

KENT: Ben Morley, Aaron Baseby, David Mason, Benji Compton, Simon Lambert, Jason Garrad, Danny Ayres.

CRADLEY: Paul Starke, Matt Williamson R/R, Ben Hopwood, Dan Greenwood, Steve Worrall, Nathan Greaves, Danny Phillips.


08/07/14

HEATHENS v DEVON DEMONS

TUESDAY'S National League match at Monmore Green between Cradley and Devon has been postponed because of a waterlogged track. The meeting has been provisionally re-arranged for Tuesday September 2.


07/07/14

HEATHENS v DEVON DEMONS

CRADLEY look to extend their lead at the top of the National League table when they face Devon at Wolverhampton on Tuesday (7.30).  And boss Will Pottinger insists there will be no complacency from the table-toppers as he admits they have had an easy run of fixtures so far – with the toughest to come.  He said: “We’ll be having a chat before the meeting because there is an important spell of the season coming up now. We’ve had it too easy in many ways and we cannot afford to slip into any form of complacency.  “It’s down to us to stay focussed and get the job done and that’s what we will be doing against Devon. Three more league points is the target.”
After the Devon fixture, Heathens have three of the most anticipated home meetings of the season lined up – Coventry on July 22, the FAST Golden Hammer on July 29 and Mildenhall on August 12.
“There’s a lot of exciting fixtures to come and still a long way to go this season, anything can happen,” he said.  “We are in a good position so far with the league and cup progress, but we need to prepare ourselves for the really tough tests to come.”

CRADLEY HEATH: Paul Starke, Matt Williamson, Max Clegg, Tom Perry, Steve Worrall, Nathan Greaves, Danny Phillips.

DEVON: Josh Bates, Richard Andrews, James Shanes, Luke Chessell, Matt Bates R/R, Tyler Govier, Conor Dwyer.


04/07/14

BIG SPELL AHEAD

CRADLEY star Tom Perry is looking to keep the winning form going when Heathens face Devon at Monmore next Tuesday (7.30).  And Perry moves back into the main body of the team for Sunday’s trip to Buxton with Nathan Greaves switching back to the reserve berth for the first time this season.
Perry, fresh from two maximums in the club’s double header last week, is feeling back to his best after a six-week gap due to a broken collarbone.  But he’s also keen to avoid any complacency as there are a lot of meetings to go as Cradley defend their National League title.  He added: “Things look really good for us as a team – everyone is firing at the moment.  “With Paul Starke and Stevie (Worrall) we have a great top two, but Max (Clegg) is flying as well and everyone else is chipping in with important points.  “There’s obviously a long way to go but things are looking good for us at this stage – I think we are going to take some stopping so we should be in for a good season.
  “I was really pleased to come away with a max against Mildenhall especially, and the way I was riding as well made it really good.”

July is a big month for the club with Buxton away and Devon at home followed by a local derby with rivals Coventry on July 22 – and seven days later they hold the prestigious FAST Golden Hammer in association with Dudley Stroke Association.

Tickets are also still available for the evening with club legend Billy Hamill at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill on Sunday, July 27.
Priced 10 they can be purchased online at the shop section of cradleyheathens.co or from the club shop, Printworx on Quarry Bank High Street.

SUNDAY’S TEAMS:

BUXTON: Liam Carr, TBC, Ryan Blacklock, Tom Woolley, Tony Atkin, Stefan Farnaby, Adam Extance.

CRADLEY: Paul Starke, Matt Williamson, Max Clegg, Steve Worrall R/R, Tom Perry, Nathan Greaves, Danny Phillips.


28/06/14

MILDENHALL v CRADLEY PREVIEW

LEAGUE leaders Cradley look to continue their winning form when they head to great rivals Mildenhall on Sunday.
The Heathens, who last week put the Fen Tigers out of the Knockout Cup, have already won once at West Row this season.  But they will be without the fast improving Matt Williamson who is unavailable due to a fixture clash with his Premier League side Scunthorpe.Boss Will Pottinger said: "Mildenhall is always a tough place to go but we've proved we have riders in our team who can rider the track well.  "We will go there looking for the win - if not then we will target a point to keep our league tally ticking over."

MILDENHALL: Joe Jacobs, Connor Coles, Dan Halsey, Brendan Johnson, Josh Bates, Jack Kingston, Connor Mountain.

CRADLEY: Paul Starke, Matt Williamson R/R, Max Clegg, Nathan Greaves, Steve Worrall, Tom Perry, Danny Phillips.


26/06/14

GEOFF BENNETT 1924 - 2014
Sad to bring the news of the passing of former Heathen Geoff Bennett.
Geoff passed away on Tuesday evening 24th July.  He was 90 years old.
He never really got over the loss of his wife three years ago, Geoff had suffered from alzheimers for some time but never forgot his speedway 'roots', with the Heathens. He joined Cradley from the infamous training school for their first match scoring 10 points on his debut at Plymouth and finished that season with an average just under 9.  He stayed with the Heathens for another two seasons in 1948 he held on to his average but left to go to Birmingham in 1949 returning to the Heathens in 1952.
Geoff's funeral will be held on 16th July at Oakley Wood Crematorium, Wellesbourne, nr Stratford at 11.00am.
Donations for the Alzheimers Society.  - Rest in peace Geoff you 'ommered um' read [Geoff Bennett]


26/06/14

STEVE Worrall is the clear favourite to win the FAST Golden Hammer individual event at Wolverhampton next month.
Cradley are hosting the event for the fifth successive season on Tuesday, July 29 in association with Dudley Stroke Association – and Heathens star Worrall will take some stopping.  But he’s joined in the line-up by other Cradley riders plus former champions Kyle Newman, Simon Lambert and ex-Heathen Lewis Blackbird.  And in the last few days Ashley Birks, who is desperate to stake a claim for a place in the Elite League, has been added to the list along with Stoke’s Ben Wilson, a former British Under 21 champion.
Cradley promoter Gary Patchett said: “The line-up is taking shape nicely now and obviously Stevie will take some stopping because he is the man right now.  “But we have a field where I reckon seven or eight riders could be in contention for the title, I can’t wait to be honest.  “It should be a great night of racing once again and I’m sure the fans will turn out in force for this.”
Heathens head to Mildenhall in league action this Sunday without the services of Matt Williamson who is needed by Premier League side Scunthorpe.
Will Pottinger’s men will use the rider replacement facility to cover for the hugely popular Bury-based racer and they are looking for a repeat of their Knockout Cup win at West Row earlier this season.
The next home meeting for Cradley is Tuesday, July 8, when they look to complete the double over Devon at Monmore.
 


26/06/14

HEATHENS BE MY GUEST

CRADLEY head to neighbours Coventry to finally fulfil their Travel plus Trophy tie at Brandon on Friday (7.30).  Heathens will be tracking a patched-up side due to the unavailability of Paul Starke, Steve Worrall and Matt Williamson as they are on Premier League duty.
Club chairman Nigel Pearson said: “We have agreed to this fixture to help Coventry out on a blank date in their fixture list.  “Obviously it’s far from ideal going there without our top two riders, but the lads who are riding for us will no doubt give it their very best.”
Cradley hold a 48-40 advantage from the first leg and have drafted in Mildenhall’s Josh Bates and Kent racer Luke Chessell as guests for Starke and Williamson respectively. The rider replacement facility will operate for Worrall.
Heathens are also in action on Sunday when they head to Mildenhall in National League action.

COVENTRY: Oliver Greenwood, Luke Crang R/R, Stefan Nielsen, Dan Greenwood, James Sarjeant, Ryan Terry-Daley, Martin Knuckey.

CRADLEY: Josh Bates, Luke Chessell, Max Clegg, Nathan Greaves, Steve Worrall R/R, Tom Perry, Danny Phillips.


23/06/14

HEATHENS AT THE DOUBLE

CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger is gunning for a points bonanza and cup progression in Tuesday’s double header with Scunthorpe and Mildenhall at Monmore (7.15pm).
The National League leaders face a raw Stags side who are blooding the youngsters this season and a bumper win for the home side is expected.  And Heathens are hoping to reach the Knockout Cup semi-finals with a win over old rivals Mildenhall – they already hold a 10-point lead from the first leg.
Said Pottinger: “We won’t be complacent and we won’t allow our standards to slip, we will go for it in both meetings.  “It’s nice to be top of the league, but there is a long way to go and anything can happen.  “Mildenhall will give us a test. We always have good meetings against them and the boys are well and truly up for the challenge. It would be nice to go through but just because we have a cushion from the first leg it doesn’t mean we will be taking it easy!”
Admission prices for 30 heats of speedway are 14 adults, 10 concessions and 2 children.
Gates open at 5pm for any fans who wish to watch England’s final World Cup game against Costa Rica before the racing begins.

CRADLEY: Paul Starke, Matt Williamson, Max Clegg, Nathan Greaves, Steve Worrall, Tom Perry, Danny Phillips.

SCUNTHORPE (NL): Steve Jones, Arron Mogridge, Danno Verge, Ryan MacDonald, Sam Chapman, Liam Sanderson, Reece Downes.

MILDENHALL (KOC): Joe Jacobs, Connor Coles, Dan Halsey, Brendan Johnson, Josh Bates, TBC, Connor Mountain.


23/06/14

HEATHENS AT COVENTRY ON FRIDAY

CRADLEY have agreed to visit Coventry on Friday in the second leg of the Travel Plus Trophy.
Will Pottinger's side will take an eight-point lead to Brandon after a 48-40 win at Monmore on April 1 as they bid to retain the trophy. The away leg was abandoned after six races back in March.
Heathens will be without Paul Starke, Steve Worrall and Matt Williamson for the new date due to Premier League commitments and club bosses are working to book guests.


 

16/06/14

PAIRS CHAMPS TO TEST HEATHENS

CRADLEY race only their third home National League meeting of the season on Tuesday – and they’re up against a jubilant Stoke side (7.30).
The Potters are fresh from a stunning National League Pairs success at Mildenhall on Sunday when Ben Wilson and ex-Heathens star Jon Armstrong pipped the home duo to the post.
Plenty of Stoke fans are set to make the short trip down the M6 to cheer their side on at Monmore in what promises to be a good meeting.
  “Congratulations to Stoke on their victory in the Best Pairs, they fully deserved it,” he said.  “They have got a much changed team compared to last year and have started this season in good form, so we’ll have to be at our best if we are to get the maximum three National League points on offer.”
Heathens are fresh from Saturday’s win at Plymouth which means they have still only lost one league match so far.
Said Pottinger: “The margin of victory at Plymouth on Saturday could have been even greater with Paul Starke, Max Clegg, Tom Perry and Danny Phillips all suffering falls and Nathan Greaves had a broken chain in heat 4.  “Also, only two points were gained from Steve Worrall’s rider replacement rides, so the result could have been a near cricket score if we would have had a full team!”
Heathens co-boss Gary Patchett will reveal the first names booked for the prestigious FAST Golden Hammer on July 29 in his programme notes on Tuesday.

CRADLEY: Paul Starke, Matt Williamson, Max Clegg, Nathan Greaves, Steve Worrall, Tom Perry, Danny Phillips.

STOKE: Ben Wilson, Chris Widman, Ben Hopwood, Lee Payne, Jon Armstrong, Rob Shuttleworth, Adam Kirby.


15/06/14

STOKE WIN PAIRS

RESULT and scorers from Sunday's National League Pairs at Mildenhall:

GROUP A
STOKE 21: Ben Wilson 12, Jon Armstrong 9; BUXTON 16: Liam Carr 8, Tony Atkin 8; KING’S LYNN 9: Scott Campos 2/Marc Owen 7; COVENTRY 8: Ryan Terry-Daley 2, Luke Crang 6.

GROUP B
MILDENHALL 18: Joe Jacobs 9, Dan Halsey 9; KENT 15: Simon Lambert 9, Ben Morley 6; CRADLEY 15: Max Clegg 4, Steve Worrall 11; DEVON 6: Richard Andrews 2, James Shanes 4.

FINAL
STOKE 17: Ben Wilson 8, Jon Armstrong 9; MILDENHALL 16: Joe Jacobs 12, Dan Halsey 4, KENT 12: Simon Lambert 9, Ben Morley 3; BUXTON 9: Liam Carr 5, Tony Atkin 4.


12/06/14

 

HEATHENS WISH ASH WELL

CRADLEY Heathens have joined the list of well wishers for youngster Ashley Morris after his horrifying crash in Wolverhampton's meeting at King's Lynn last night.
Morris, who spent four seasons with the Heathens and was skipper of their grand slam winning side last year, has some slight bleeding on the brain and is being kept in hospital in Cambridge. He's expected to miss 6-8 weeks of racing.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: "I'm sure I speak on behalf of every Heathens fan in wishing Ash all the very best.
"He will always go down as a legend with this club and you never know what the future holds, perhaps in a higher level we may get to see him in our colours again.
"Ash has always been a delight to deal with and he was a magnificent skipper of our side which won everything possible last season.
"Our very best wishes to Ash for a speedy and comfortable recovery."

     

11/06/14

CRADLEY’S big guns have been warned to expect a big challenge from former British Under 21 Champion Ben Wilson when Stoke visit Monmore next Tuesday.  And the Potters include Heathens asset Jon Armstrong, who raced for the club in 2010 and 2011 and is still popular with supporters.  It’s a welcome return to home league racing for the Heathens, who have only had four meetings at their Monmore base all season thanks to rain.
They’re expecting a good turnout as speedway-starved fans look to see their side in action again.
Boss Will Pottinger said: “Stoke obviously have a good top end with the likes of Ben Wilson and Armo and our lads will be on their guard.“I expect this to be a competitive meeting with Stoke looking to come here and put on a good show. I’m sure they will bring some supporters down the M6 with them too.
 “From our perspective we will just be looking to put three more league points on the board to maintain our push for the play-offs.“The lack of meetings has been frustrating although the lads have been busy with their other league clubs, but as a club we have been inactive which is a shame.” Before Tuesday, Cradley head to Plymouth on Saturday to face league newcomers Devon with a 1.30pm start.  They will be without Steve Worrall who is riding for Edinburgh and the rider replacement facility will operate. Tom Perry starts at reserve.  And on Sunday Heathens go to Mildenhall for the National League Pairs Championship and will be represented by Worrall and Max Clegg.
Paul Starke is unavailable due to a fixture clash with Somerset.  “It’s obviously disappointing for us to be without Starkie in the Pairs but Max can provide good support to Steve I’m sure,” said Pottinger.  “It’s frustrating for all of us when we have riders missing, but that’s the way it is and we have to get on with it.”


HAMILL NIGHT TICKET UPDATE

CRADLEY have announced only standard 10 tickets are remaining for the evening with club legend Billy Hamill next month.
All 25 VIP passes have been sold for the event, which has attracted the backing of Motor Market in Cradley Heath.
Hamill will appear for the evening on stage with broadcaster and joint Cradley owner Nigel Pearson at the Copthorne Hotel, Level Street, Brierley Hill on Sunday, July 27.  And he will be joined by former Heathens riders Alan and Andy Grahame, Anthony Boyd, Mark Robinson, Troy Pratt and his dad Colin, the former Dudley Wood boss.
Pearson said: “It’s shaping up to be a great night with Billy and friends. We are also expecting former Heathens riders Lewis Blackbird and Adam Roynon, who Billy has taken an interest in, to attend.  “All the VIP tickets have sold quickly but there is currently good availability on the standard tickets, I’m really looking forward to it and so is Billy.”
Tickets are available online at cradleyheathens.co and go to shop, as well as the track shop on race nights and from the club shop at Printworx on Quarry Bank High Street between 10am-3pm except Wednesdays.  And for those fans who won’t be at Mildenhall for the Pairs, former Heathens favourite Lewis Blackbird will be making an appearance at Prinworx on Sunday from 2pm onwards.


05/06/14

CRADLEY favourite Matt Williamson will be visiting the site of the club's former home this Saturday - and meeting supporters!
Williamson, who has rocketed up to the main body of the team from reserve in his first season with the club, will be at the club's fun day organised by the Ollie Ommer children's club.  It all takes place at St John's Church Hall, Dudley Wood, between 1-4pm this Saturday (June 7).
There will be activities for the children, a bouncy castle, craft stalls, tombola, cakes and soft drinks available as well as Williamson available for autographs and pictures - official Cradley merchandise will also be on sale.
Said Williamson: "This is another great way for me to learn more about the history of this brilliant club by visiting the area where they once raced.  "I'm also pleased to give up my time and travel there because the fans are amazing. I look forward to seeing everyone for a fun afternoon."
 


05/06/14

NL PAIRS LINE-UP

THE line-up and groups have been declared for the National League Pairs at Mildenhall on Sunday June 15.
They are as follows:
GROUP A:
COVENTRY: Oliver Greenwood & James Sarjeant
STOKE: Ben Wilson & Jon Armstrong
KING’S LYNN: Darren Mallett & Lewis Rose
BUXTON: Liam Carr & Tony Atkin
GROUP B:
CRADLEY: Max Clegg & Steve Worrall
MILDENHALL: Joe Jacobs & Daniel Halsey
KENT: Simon Lambert & Ben Morley
DEVON: Tim Webster & James Shanes


04/06/14

CRADLEY APPOINT TONY MOLE

  CRADLEY Heath Speedway are delighted to announce British Speedway President Tony Mole is to link up with the club to take charge of their new track project.
The club believe Tony has an unequalled record in bringing the sport back to areas of the country which have been starved of speedway for years.  And although the Heathens are thriving at their shared Wolverhampton base, the management members remain determined to take them to a new home.
Promoter Gary Patchett said: “Tony will need no introduction to our supporters after all but bringing the club to a new home in Colley Gate nearly 10-years ago and his success in bringing defunct clubs back to the sport is unparalleled.  “Tony’s brief will be to advise on any site possibilities but with a specific focus on the potential site we have had on the radar for some time.”
Mole was the man responsible for taking the sport back to Workington in 1999 and Birmingham in 2007. He has also rescued struggling clubs down the years like Hull, Oxford and Stoke.
Based in Kidderminster, Mole remains a regular visitor to Cradley meetings at Monmore Green and was on the terraces at Dudley Wood in his younger days.

04/06/14

NEW DATE FOR DOUBLE HEADER

HEATHENS are pushing ahead with plans for the restaging of their double header with Scunthorpe and Mildenhall on Tuesday, June 24.  And club bosses have already made arrangements for early entry to the stadium for those fans wanting to see England’s World Cup game which kicks off at 5pm – it will be shown in the Monmore bar.
Club chairman Nigel Pearson said: “There are still a couple of issues which need to slot into place before we can confirm this, but it’s looking like it will happen.  “As a massive sports fan myself, I love the idea of watching the football and then two speedway meetings immediately afterwards. I anticipate the England game to end at 7pm and then our double header can start at 7.15. What a night!”

Cradley are at Plymouth on Saturday, June 14 (1.15) in National League action and their next home meeting is on Tuesday, June 17 – against rivals Stoke, also in league action.

Steve Worrall and Max Clegg will represent the club at the NL Pairs at Mildenhall on Sunday, June 15 (3.30). Paul Starke is unavailable thanks to a re-arranged Premier League fixture.


 

03/06/14

HEATHENS WASHED OUT BY WEATHER

Tonight's scheduled double header against Mildenhall and Scunthorpe has been postponed after a heavy shower left the Monmore Wood circuit Waterlogged.

The Heathens management have announced a provisional re-staging date of Tuesday June 24 for both meetings to be raced.


03/06/14

HEATHENS AIM FOR DOUBLE TOP

CRADLEY continue the defence of both the league and cup with a big double-header at Monmore tonight (7.15).
And they’ve been warned to be on their guard for the visit of Mildenhall who have booked two track specialists for the cup tie which is first up – followed by a league meeting with Scunthorpe.
Stefan Nielsen and Simon Lambert come in for Joe Jacobs and Brendan Johnson respectively – and with British Under 21 champion Josh Bates out they can use rider replacement for him.  Heathens are at full strength for 30 heats of racing with Tom Perry making his return from a broken collarbone. They defend a handy 10-point lead against Mildenhall.  Boss Will Pottinger said: “The Mildenhall team looks interesting. We will need to concentrate and work hard to get the job done.”
Heathens have booked Leicestershire rider Lee Geary as cover as Heathens face the prospect of 30 heats of racing.
Admission prices are 14 adults, 10 concessions and 2 children for the two meetings – and a bumper crowd is expected as Heathens are defending both the league and cup.

CRADLEY: Paul Starke, Matt Williamson, Max Clegg, Nathan Greaves, Steve Worrall, Tom Perry, Danny Phillips. Stand-by: Lee Geary.

MILDENHALL: Stefan Nielsen, Josh Bates R/R, Dan Halsey, Connor Coles, Simon Lambert, Jack Kingston, Connor Mountain.

SCUNTHORPE: Steven Jones, Ryan MacDonald R/R, Arron Mogridge, Michael Neale, Sam Chapman, Danno Verge, Reece Downes.
 

02/06/14

PERRY TO GO FOR IT!

CRADLEY have been handed a major boost ahead of their gruelling double-header at Monmore on Tuesday (7.15).
Tom Perry has set the meetings as his comeback date after a weekend fitness test – four weeks after suffering a broken collarbone.   And in an ironic twist, Perry will be at reserve as he remains on last season’s average because he hasn’t done enough meetings.
Heathens face rivals Mildenhall with a 10-point cushion in their Knockout Cup tie at 7.15 and then tackle Scunthorpe in a National League fixture at approximately 9pm.
Perry is desperate to be back racing regularly and sees Tuesday as a big night both for him and the club.  He said: “I had a spin at the weekend and, to be honest, I came off after about 12 laps and landed on the shoulder and felt the muscles.  “But that was down to the track and I had no problem with the collarbone. I’ve got good movement and I’m ready to give it a go, but just felt it better to come back on Tuesday after a couple of days rest.  “Hopefully all will be good and I can get through both meetings.”
Heathens have booked Leicestershire rider Lee Geary as cover as Heathens face the prospect of 30 heats of racing.

Admission prices are 14 adults, 10 concessions and 2 children for the two meetings – and a bumper crowd is expected as Heathens are defending both the league and cup.

CRADLEY: Paul Starke, Matt Williamson, Max Clegg, Nathan Greaves, Steve Worrall, Tom Perry, Danny Phillips. Stand-by: Lee Geary.

MILDENHALL: Stefan Nielsen, Brendan Johnson R/R, Dan Halsey, Connor Coles, Josh Bates, Jack Kingston, Connor Mountain.

SCUNTHORPE: Steven Jones, Ryan MacDonald R/R, Arron Mogridge, Michael Neale, Sam Chapman, Danno Verge, Reece Downes.


29/05/14

PERRY TO RETURN AFTER HIS INJURY

  Cradley favourite Tom Perry is hoping to be back on a bike at the end of this week for a fitness test.  If he comes through it he will be facing the daunting prospect of two meetings in one night at Monmore 'Wood' next Tuesday.  Heathens face Mildenhall in the return leg of their Knockout Cup tie with a ten point lead to defend - and this is followed immediately by Scunthorpe in a National League Clash.
Perry suffered a broken collarbone when making a guest Premier League appearance for Ipswich three weeks ago and admits he is desperate to get back racing again. He said: "I'm planning to have a practice at the end of the week before making a decision, both for Cradley and for my Elite League club Leicester.  " I've got good movement in the shoulder, I'm feeling pretty good about it all and I'm hoping I can be back next week. "I know I've got to be careful, though because I can't risk further damage.  That said, I'm just desperate to get back out there and ride my bike.  "I took delivery of some new stuff last week and did a lot of work on it, so I'm really prepared for the comeback.  I just want to get back riding for both Cradley and Leicester. "It's ironic Leicester are at Wolverhampton on Monday and then the following night we have a double header for Cradley against both Scunthorpe and Mildenhall."
The action will start at the earlier time of 7.15pm next Tuesday with the Mildenhall meeting first and Scunthorpe following immediately afterwards.
Boss Will Pottinger said "It will be a feast of racing and we are looking forward to it.  We have some catching up to do with our fixtures. "It would be good to have Tom Perry back but he knows he needs to be sure he is 100% ready for his return.
I wouldn't want him to risk any further damage. "Next Tuesday will be four weeks since his crash."

29/05/14

HAMILL INVITES FRIENDS TO BIG NIGHT

CRADLEY riders past and present are set to be special guests at the Billy Hamill evening on July 27.
Riders from the Dudley Heathens era including Adam Roynon and Lewis Blackbird have been invited - and invites are going out to Alan Grahame, Colin and Troy Pratt, Scott Smith, Anthony Boyd and Mark Robinson from the Dudley Wood era.
The event, which has almost sold out of the 25 VIP tickets, is set to pull in a bumper audience at the Copthorne Hotel, Brierley Hill. Standard tickets are 10 and the event starts at 8pm.
There will also be Hamill souvenirs available - including limited edition replica Cradley 1995 race jackets signed by Hamill to commemorate the last season at Dudley Wood. There are 20 being produced.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson will host the night and he said: "There's great interest in this and when I talked to Billy about it he specifically requested invites go out to guys from the Cradley days.    "It will be a great night and I would urge fans to snap their tickets up quickly to avoid disappointment."

Tickets are available from the Cradley club shop on race night or at Printworx, High Street, Quarry Bank - or from the the website shop cradleyheathens.co and go to ticket section.
 


28/05/14

CLUB STATEMENT

  CRADLEY bosses have revealed how they are in deep discussion over the 2015 season already.  And the three-pronged management team are refusing to rule out an application to move into a higher level of league racing after five years in the National League.
Heathens claimed a clean sweep of honours last season and have so far stormed to some massive wins against King’s Lynn, Kent, Buxton and an impressive away win over Mildenhall.
They face their bitter rivals the Fen Tigers at Monmore next Tuesday in the second leg of their Knockout Cup tie in the first part of a double header – Scunthorpe follow immediately afterwards in a league meeting.  And club chairman Nigel Pearson said: “The management team are already planning towards 2015. We want to assure our supporters we remain as ambitious as ever for this club to continue to be successful.  “The team have been magnificent this season so far, but there is a long way to go and we know anything can happen.  “We have already had in-depth talks about the way forward from here, with or without a new track of our own. All options are being considered at this stage, including riding at a higher level but there are certain conditions which need to be met for that to happen.  “I think we are all agreed, however, that if this team goes on to win the National League title for a second successive season it would be almost impossible to stay in the league for a sixth season – we would have to step up.”

26/05/14

CRADLEY HEATHENS v KENT KINGS, PREVIEW

CRADLEY are back at their adopted Monmore Green track for the first time in a month when they face Kent in National League action on Tuesday (7.30).  And boss Will Pottinger says the Kings, in their second season of National League racing, will provide a tough test for his Heathens side.
He said: "This will be a tough test for us, particularly as we are still without Tom Perry because of his broken collarbone.  "Hopefully the rest of the boys can step up to the plate and help us out. We know Kent have some big scorers and it's important for us to put in a solid all-round display.  "It's frustrating having a lack of home meetings, but now we have three in two weeks with a double header next week, bring it on!"
Fans are reminded tickets for the evening with Billy Hamill are available from the track shop on Tuesday. Only four VIP tickets remain for the event at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill on Sunday, July 27 - standard tickets are 10.

CRADLEY: Paul Starke, Tom Perry R/R, Max Clegg, Nathan Greaves, Steve Worrall, Matt Williamson, Danny Phillips.

KENT: Simon Lambert, Benji Compton R/R, Ben Morley, Luke Chessell, David Mason, Luke Harris, Danny Ayres.


22/05/14

WILL WARNING

Cradley boss Will Pottinger insists his riders cannot afford any complacency over the next two Tuesdays
Heathens face three meetings on two nights, starting with the visit of Kent in National League action on May 27th.  Then they will be staging a double header on Tuesday June 3rd - but the order of meetings is currently to be confirmed.  They will be up against Scunthorpe in a league match and will also race the second leg of their Knockout Cup tie with Mildenhall on the same night.
Admission prices have been set at 14 adults, 10 concessions and 2 children for 30 heats of racing.
Heathens went to Mildenhall and pulled off a stunning 10-point win on Sunday with big hitters Steve Worrall and Paul Starke in brilliant form.  Boss Will Pottinger said:" We were chuffed with the performance, everyone put in a shift and did really, really well.  "Mildenhall is a tough place to go so to leave with a ten-point lead was a superb result and full credit to the lads for a top performance.  "It was a great result really and I think it sends a message out to the rest of the teams that we mean business again this year.  "We have got to stay focused and give a proffesional performance in the second leg though because it's not over yet.  "It was a very promising performance but we can't afford to take our foot off the gas because they are still a strong side who can cause problems.  "We will need to be at our best and hopefully the lads can put in another performance like that to make sure we comfortably make it through to the next round.  "Before that we've obviously got to face Kent, and they have a pretty strong side this year, We've been riding well so far at home this year so hopefully we can have another strong showing to come away with all three points in that meeting."

RICH JONES


17/05/14

MILDENHALL FEN TIGERS v CRADLEY HEATHENS, PREVIEW

CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger has told his side to keep it close at Mildenhall tomorrow in the defence of their Knockout Cup.
The Heathens head to West Row without the services of Tom Perry who is out with a broken collarbone.
It means they are badly depleted and will be keen to keep the tie alive for the return at Monmore on June 3.
Said Pottinger: “It’s far from ideal missing Tom, he’s on such a low average and we know he is far better than that. Because of the average it restricts us in terms of the rest of the team and who can take his rides, Paul Starke can’t have one.  “But we will go there and give it our best. As always I will be telling the riders to go and try to win, but if not then keep it as close as possible.  “If we can stay close to them then I will feel confident about the return.”

MILDENHALL: Joe Jacobs, Connor Coles, Dan Halsey, Connor Mountain, Josh Bates, Brendan Johnson, Jack Kingston.

CRADLEY: Paul Starke, Tom Perry, Max Clegg, Nathan Greaves, Steve Worrall, Matt Williamson, Danny Phillips.


15/05/14

CHAMP TAI - JOIN THE RIDE!

TAI Woffinden is ready to step up his planning for the big 100,000 charity fund raising project for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
Woffinden wants British Speedway fans to get right behind him and show their support as he prepares for this summer’s cycle ride to coincide with the British FIM Speedway Grand Prix at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
The ride will start on Friday July 11 from a venue near Newport. Further staging posts, where fans can join the ride, will be placed one hour, and half an hour from Cardiff to cater for both age and ability.
All riders will arrive at a Premier Inn location in Cardiff centre where they will be fed and watered before the final few hundred metres to the Millennium Stadium itself.
Once there, Tai and his followers will complete an underground lap of the complex before riding up the pit ramp onto the famous Cardiff track. A lap of that will follow, then a ride up victory lane to the podium where individual photographs will be signed by the World Champion, with his trophy.
All riders will then be able to use organised changing facilities before being allowed to stay and watch the GP practice session, which starts at 3pm.
All in all, a once in a lifetime opportunity for YOU to rub shoulders with Tai and experience the unique aura of this iconic venue.
 
 
The rules are simple. You must be aged 16 yrs and above. You must have a roadworthy bicycle. And, most important, you must raise at least 100 yourself and deliver your raised total on the morning of the ride.
Places are limited to ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE!
Tai is hopeful that four fans from each of the 25 British Speedway clubs will join him in this endeavour. If you would like the chance to participate, please visit the Speedway office at your next meeting, leave your contact details and pay 1 towards the charity to enter the draw.
At a time and date to be announced, Tai himself will conduct an online LIVE draw to select the four fans from each club who will make up the lucky 100 for this magical experience!
And finally, several of Tai's buddies are joining in! Confirmed so far - Belle Vue Promoter CHRIS MORTON and American GP Superstar GREG HANCOCK.

More names to follow soon!

Good Luck!

14/05/14

HEATHENS AT THE DOUBLE!

  CRADLEY have moved quickly to agree a new date with Mildenhall for the home leg of their Knockout Cup clash – and it means a feast of action.
The Fen Tigers, who beat the Heathens in the final two seasons ago, will be back at Monmore on Tuesday, June 3, as part of a double-header with Scunthorpe.  And club officials have announced great-value admission prices for 30 heats of racing - 14 adults, 10 concessions and child prices have been pegged at just 2!
Fans should note the start time has been brought forward to 7.15pm prompt in order to accommodate two meetings.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “We believe this represents a great value night out for supporters and I’m sure we will see a big crowd.  “The lads go to Mildenhall on Sunday in what is now the first leg of the Knockout Cup so we will be looking to keep it close for the return on June 3.  “We will be facing a Scunthorpe side who are inexperienced on the Monmore track and we expect to rattle up a big score – but Mildenhall will be a different matter in the cup tie!”

14/05/14

HAMILL TICKETS NOW ONLINE

TICKETS are selling fast for the evening with Cradley and USA legend Billy Hamill – and they have now been made available online.
Over half the capacity has already been sold to personal visitors to the club shop but as from 11am today (May 14) the are available from the online club website. CLICK HERE to enter the shop.
Hamill, who is one of the most popular riders ever to race for the club, will appear at the Copthorne Hotel, Level Street in Brierley Hill on Sunday, July 27 (8pm).
A very small number of 25 VIP tickets remain – these give priority seating, a photograph with Hamill personally dedicated and signed, and food.
Standard 10 tickets are also available for the event which is expected to sellout. Postage is 1.00 for both the standard and VIP tickets.

Special guests will also be invited for the evening including former Cradley and Dudley Heathens riders.
 


 

13/05/14

HEATHENS v MILDENHALL, PREVIEW

WILL Pottinger is challenging his Cradley riders to grasp the opportunity of extra outings in the absence of Tom Perry - starting in the Knockout Cup clash with Mildenhall at Monmore on tonight, Tuesday (7.30).
Perry is expected to be out of action until early June with a broken collarbone and Pottinger has no choice but to go with the rider replacement facility.
Everyone in the Heathens side apart from Paul Starke can cover for his four programmed rides which means the likes of Steve Worrall, Max Clegg, Nathan Greaves and reserve duo Matt Williamson and Danny Phillips can expect more rides.  Said boss Pottinger: “It’s a big blow for us to lose Tom, particularly as he’s on such a low average. But this gives the rest of the lads an opportunity to step forward and show us what they can do.  “I’m sure the riders welcome extra rides and hopefully we can cover for Tom well until he returns. He’s on a false average, but hopefully when he returns he can get back to his best quickly.  “Once again our fixture list isn’t helping us, we need more meetings – hopefully we can build some lead on Tuesday to take to Mildenhall on Sunday, but it's going to be tough!"
In-form reserve Matt Williamson also misses tonight as he is on Premier League duty with Scunthorpe - his place is taken by Michael Neale.

CRADLEY: Paul Starke C, Tom Perry R/R, Max Clegg, Nathan Greaves, Steve Worrall, Michael Neale, Danny Phillips.

MILDENHALL: Stefan Nielsen, Connor Coles, Dan Halsey, Connor Mountain, Josh Bates, Brendan Johnson, Jack Kingston.


12/05/14

HEATHENS GAIN TOP LEVEL BACKING

CRADLEY Heathens will have the support of European Parliament representative Mike Nattrass MEP at their Knockout Cup clash with Mildenhall at Monmore on Tuesday (7.30).
Cup holders Heathens are looking to secure a handy first leg lead against their deadly rivals to take to West Row for the return on Sunday.  And Mr Nattrass, an Independence from Europe MEP for the West Midlands region, has also moved to pledge his support for the club’s continued efforts to secure a new site to take the world famous side back closer to home.
Cradley Heath were evicted from their Dudley Wood home at the end of 1995 to make way for housing development and have yet to secure a permanent home of their own.
They have been sharing Wolverhampton’s impressive Monmore Green facility since 2010 and won every National League honour available to them last season.   Said Mr Nattrass: “The absence for nearly 20-years now of a track to call their own in the borough of Dudley which is where I completely understand Cradley Heath speedway truly belongs is obviously frustrating.  “It is to this end that I would like to make a pledge to all Cradley supporters as one of their sitting MEP's and also a career Chartered Surveyor, to do absolutely everything in my power to assist this great club in securing first that crucial piece of land, and then as crucially the consent of Dudley Council to construct on it.  “Mr. Pearson (Nigel Pearson) and his fellow directors also have my word on that. Here's looking forward to a great night of racing between two of the top teams in the National League on Tuesday.”
 

10/05/14

RIVALS NAME STAR GUEST

PANTOMIME villain Stefan Nielsen is back with Mildenhall as a star guest to face Cradley at Monmore on Tuesday (7.30).
Nielsen is the man Heathens fans love to hate after he denied them the league title in a controversial last heat decider in 2012.
He comes in for Joe Jacobs, who is riding for Premier League Peterborough.
Cradley chairman Nigel Pearson said: "When I studied the averages I suspected they would go for Stefan and it was no surprise when Chris Louis (Mildenhall boss) confirmed this yesterday.  "It's a sure sign of how much they want to beat us. I'm sure Stefan will be given the traditional welcome on parade, but he's shown before he can handle it.  "I'm predicting a close, hard meeting with lots of great racing on Tuesday. We are without Tom Perry and can only use rider replacement which is tough, but the boys will give it their all."


10/05/14

NATHAN GETS ELITE SPOT

  CRADLEY youngster Nathan Greaves has won a place with Elite League Swindon and will double-up with the Heathens.
The talented teenager, who is a firm favourite with supporters, will ironically partner fellow Cradley man Steve Worrall in the Robins reserve positions.
He will make his debut at Wolverhampton on Monday - and he will be back at Monmore the following night in Heathens colours for the Knockout Cup tie with Mildenhall.
He said: "It's perfect timing for me because I was only saying to my Dad the other day that I needed more meetings, one meeting in two weeks was no good for me.
"It's a big opportunity and I can't wait to get started for Swindon, riding with guys like Troy Batchelor and Peter Kildemand will be a great experience."

09/05/14

STEVIE UP FOR THE CUP

STEVIE Worrall is loving life with Cradley – and he’s revealed how the team have developed a special bond.  Worrall, in his first season with the famous club, has been piling up the points and will be looking for more of the same in Tuesday’s big Knockout Cup tie with Mildenhall at Monmore.  He says team spirit has been good and new friendships have been made throughout the side.  “We've got a really strong team with a good bunch of lads and we've got a great team spirit,” he said.  "We all knew each other as riders but we've got to know each other as friends as well now and I think that you can see that with our performances.  "We've got a quite tough one against Mildenhall in our next meeting, especially without Tom Perry and Matt Williamson, but the way we are riding I'm pretty sure we can get another good result."
Heathens will use the rider replacement facility for broken collarbone victim Perry – and the unattached Michael Neale will deputise for Williamson who is on Premier League duty that night.


09/05/14

CONDOLENCES TO COLIN

CRADLEY Heath Speedway would like to pass on our sincere condolences to legendary former rider and promoter Colin Pratt on the sad loss of his partner Carol.

Carol was a well known figure at Dudley Wood and was a regular visitor to the modern Heathens meetings.

Our thoughts are with Colin and all the family at this sad time. Carol will be very sadly missed by us all


06/05/14

HEATHENS BLOW FOR CLUB CLASH

TOM Perry will miss Cradley’s crucial Knockout Cup clash with rivals Mildenhall next week.
The hugely popular Heathens star crashed when making a guest appearance for Premier League Ipswich on Monday and suffered a broken collarbone.
It means boss Will Pottinger has no choice but to utilise the rider replacement facility with Steve Worrall, Max Clegg and Nathan Greaves expected to cover his rides when they face the Fen Tigers in the first leg at Monmore next Tuesday.
Said Perry: “I’ve been studying the fixtures closely and hopefully I’m not going to miss too many meetings, both for Cradley and for Leicester.  “The doctors in Ipswich told me it’s a clean break which is good, all I can do is let it heal naturally, but it hurts!  “I knew I’d broken it from the moment I landed on the shoulder. I want to be back in three weeks, maybe a month, but hopefully no more than that.”
Heathens will be looking to build up a handy lead next Tuesday – but they will also be without in-form reserve Matt Williamson as he is riding for Premier League Scunthorpe at Peterborough.
That means Mildenhall will also be without top man Joe Jacobs. Replacement riders will be confirmed in due course.


 

30/04/14

CLUB STATEMENT

  CRADLEY Heath Speedway would like to make the following comments following our recent trip to Coventry.
Club partner Gary Patchett, on behalf of the management team, said: “Although I wasn’t at the meeting at Coventry I’ve spoken with my colleagues about what took place after the meeting and we felt that it was necessary to make reference to that.  “Speedway is a family sport and no club has been more successful than ours at attracting youngsters to come and watch. They are the next generation of supporters and without them the sport will die. However, as a parent myself, I would think long and hard about whether I wanted to expose young children to the kind of bad language and poisonous atmosphere that followed last Monday’s meeting.  “Banter between rival supporters, riders and officials is part and parcel of the sport and I appreciate there will be occasions where your emotions get the better of you. Blayne Scroggins may have been guilty of that and only he will know what he intended with his gestures but nothing can defend the actions of certain supporters attempting to scale the fence and take him on. We are all passionate about our teams but please remember it’s a sport, at the end of the day.  “I wouldn’t have found the need to use these notes for this purpose save for the fact that it’s not an isolated incident. We have been taken to task by the authorities over the actions of SOME of our supporters in the past and have to be seen to be proactive in dealing with situations like this.  "We have lofty ambitions for our club which extend beyond and very possibly before securing a site for a stadium of our own. I implore each and every one of you not to jeopardise our ambitions on the track by your behaviour off it

28/04/14

CRADLEY HEATHENS v BUXTON HITMEN, PREVIEW

CRADLEY launch their home National League campaign against Buxton at Monmore on Tuesday – and there’s a host of reasons for fans to be there (7.30).
Heathens are looking to bounce back from the narrow defeat at Coventry, their first setback of the season, last Monday when they face the Hitmen.  And every supporter will be presented with a free colour team print on entry to the stadium – they can then get it signed as there will be a rider autograph session between 6.30-7pm.
The club are also raising funds for former favourite Darryl Ritchings, their 2011 rider of the year, who is recovering from a horror crash at Swindon. All profits from the 50/50 draw will go to the Wiltshire rider.
Also, tickets for the Billy Hamill evening at the Copthorne Hotel on July 27, go on sale for the first time to fans in attendance on Tuesday at the track shop.
Boss Will Pottinger said: “We are looking to bounce back against Buxton and, with all due respect to them, I expect us to do so.  “We didn’t get too excited by our big wins against King’s Lynn and Scunthorpe so we’re not too downhearted about a narrow defeat at Coventry.  “Hopefully we can take out our frustration when Buxton visit and we can pick up a big win.”

CRADLEY HEATH: Paul Starke, Nathan Greaves, Tom Perry, Max Clegg, Steve Worrall, Matt Williamson, Danny Phillips.

BUXTON: Tony Atkin, Sean Phillips, Ryan Blacklock, Tom Woolley, Liam Carr, Stefan Farnaby, Adam Extance.
 

24/04/14

  CRADLEY are producing a free colour team print for every supporter attending next Tuesday’s opening home league meeting with Buxton at Monmore (7.30).
The Heathens are looking to bounce back from Monday’s agonising 46-43 defeat at Coventry in a tense local derby.  And fans can get their print signed by the riders with an autograph session planned between 6.30-7pm when riders will also be happy to have photographs with supporters.
In addition, the club will also be raising money for injured former Heathen Darryl Ritchings by donating the profits from 50/50 ticket sales to the youngster.  And supporters will also have first opportunity to purchase tickets for the evening with Billy Hamill, the 1996 world champion, which takes place at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill on July 27.
Co-boss Nigel Pearson said: "The current crop of riders are extremely popular with the fans and this is an opportunity for supporters to come along and get their poster signed.  "We appreciate the support we get week in and week out and this is just another way of the club giving something back to supporters. The poster will feature the full team and there will be team members available on entry to the stadium before they go for the track walk. "We are also looking at putting other added attractions on at meetings later in the season, at no extra cost to the fans, because we want to show them how much we appreciate their backing and never take it for granted.  "Nobody will ever forget what we achieved here last season, it was wonderful, but I would say the current team is every bit as popular with our fans.  "We have some tough tests ahead this season, but I also expect this side to improve as we progress through the weeks and months."
Buxton have pulled off the surprise signing of Tony Atkin to help them out at the start of the season - and he will supplement their talented crop of young riders.   "We have a lot of respect for Buxton and the way they work on bringing through the youngsters," said Pearson. "They will be most welcome next Tuesday when we will be looking for another home win."

23/04/14

THE BULLET IS BACK!
 

CALIFORNIAN superstar Billy Hamill will make an emotional return to the Black Country this summer.
The Cradley Heath Speedway legend, who raced for the club between 1990-1996, is to appear at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill on Sunday, July 27 for a special evening with fans.
Hamill, who is now the USA team manager, will be in the UK for the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup and has agreed to appear for ‘An evening with Billy Hamill’ which is sure to be a sellout.
Hosted by TV and Radio broadcaster Nigel Pearson, the evening will be packed with stories, opinion and laughter as ‘the Bullet’ recalls his Dudley Wood days, his world title and the characters he met during a glittering career.  He said: “When I discussed the possibility of this night I emphasised my USA duties come first – but I’m delighted to have agreed the date.  “It will be great to be alongside Nige, who started stadium announcing at the same time as I started riding for Cradley all those years ago.  “And it would be great to see as many of the old guys as possible. I’m sure it will be a fun night!”

Tickets are 10 and there are 25 VIP tickets available which includes a private reception with Billy, signed photograph, buffet and front row seats.

The tickets will be on sale for the first time at the Cradley Heath v Buxton National League clash next Tuesday, April 29, at Monmore Green from the track shop. Capacity is restricted to 200 and tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis.
 

 

20/04/14

COVENTRY STORM v CRADLEY HEATHENS, PREVIEW

  CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger is looking for his side to continue their impressive form when they head to Coventry on Monday (7.30).
The Heathens are unbeaten in the early stages of the season but Pottinger admits Monday's short trip to Brandon will be the toughest test so far.
Nathan Greaves is fit after crashing out of the British Under 21 Final at Monmore last week with a thumb injury which means the Heathens are at full strength.  Said Pottinger: "It's so far, so good for us this season but it's very early days.  "I've said there are tougher tests to come and this is one of them. Coventry are a strong side, they pushed us hard in the home leg of the Travel Plus Trophy and they're strongly tipped to challenge for the title.  "It should be a good meeting and I know our lads are very much looking forward to it."
Cradley's next home meeting at Monmore is on Tuesday, April 29 and their first home league outing of the season against Buxton. A free team poster will be handed to fans on entry to the stadium and there will be a rider autograph session between 6.30-7pm.

COVENTRY: Stefan Nielsen, Luke Crang, Oliver Greenwood, Dan Greenwood, James Sarjeant, Ryan Terry-Daley, Martin Knuckey.

CRADLEY HEATH: Paul Starke, Nathan Greaves, Tom Perry, Max Clegg, Steve Worrall, Matt Williamson, Danny Phillips.

15/04/14

THE HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN!

THE hottest ticket in town... that's tonight's super-value British Under 21 Final at Monmore Green in Wolverhampton!
With British youngsters taking centre stage in last night's opening Sky meeting of the season between Poole and Coventry, there's great expectation ahead of tonight's showpiece event hosted by Cradley Heath (7.30).
There will be 22 races featuring 16 of the best young British riders including Heathens duo Tom Perry - in his last year in this competition - and 16-year-old Nathan Greaves.
Wolverhampton's Ashley Morris, who spent four seasons as a Heathens rider, is one of the pre-meeting favourites for the title.  And Alex Harkess, chairman of the British Speedway Promoters' Association, is predicting a great night.
He said: "The youngsters never know when they're beaten. I'm sure the meeting will be action-packed and the admission prices make it the hottest ticket in town!"

Normal National League admission prices apply, making the event unbelievable value for supporters - 11 adults, 8 concessions and 2 children. A special souvenir programme has been produced for 3.
 

14/04/14

CRADLEY BOSS BACKS PERRY

  CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger says Heathens ace Tom Perry will be one to watch in Tuesday’s British Under 21 Final at Monmore Green.
Perry is back with the club after a season on loan to the Isle of Wight and has just found his form in time for the showpiece event.  He is joined by 16-year-old team-mate Nathan Greaves along with a host of former Heathens stars in the field.  Said Pottinger: “A third of the 18 riders who will be on parade are current or former Heathens, which must surely mean that we are doing something right?!  “Picking a winner is a very tough task but I’m sure that the likes of Kyle Howarth, Jason Garrity, Adam Ellis, Joe Jacobs and Ashley Morris will be there or thereabouts.  “This is Tom Perry’s last attempt at this particular championship. We know that Tom is capable of getting into the semi final at least, and as we know from last year, it’s all about what happens in the final.  “Nathan Greaves will be approaching the meeting in a slightly different manner as he has plenty more attempts at this event, so he’ll be looking to enjoy the experience and gain some valuable track time.”
Normal admission prices apply for the event, which features 22 heats. Adults 11, 8 concessions and 2 children. A special souvenir programme has been produced and is 3. Cradley Heath season tickets do not apply for this British Speedway Promoters’ Association event.

12/04/14

SCUNTHORPE v HEATHENS, PREVIEW

CRADLEY head to Scunthorpe for their opening National League clash of the season on Sunday with a simple message from boss Will Pottinger… no mistakes!
The reigning champions are big favourites to claim all four points available as Scunthorpe have built a side with the emphasis on giving newcomers competitive experience.  And Pottinger said: “Obviously everyone is expecting a comfortable win but I will be looking for a solid performance from our lads with no mistakes.  “It will be good for the lads to be together once again and get more laps in before we go to Coventry on Easter Monday.”
Heathens fans intending to travel to North Lincolnshire are reminded this meeting is the second part of a double header which starts with the Premier League clash between Scunthorpe Scorpions and Somerset Rebels at 3pm.

SCUNTHORPE: Steve Jones, Ryan MacDonald, Sam Woods, Adam Kirby, Aaron Mogridge R/R, Sam Chapman, Liam Sanderson.

CRADLEY HEATH: Paul Starke, Nathan Greaves, Tom Perry, Max Clegg, Steve Worrall, Matt Williamson, Danny Phillips


11/04/14

GREAVES READY FOR UNDER-21 TEST

CRADLEY youngster Nathan Greaves says he is determined to enjoy the experience of the British Under-21 Final at Monmore next Tuesday.
Greaves won a call-up to the meeting after the withdrawal of reigning champion Robert Branford, having just missed out on automatic qualification from the semi-final at Plymouth.
He said: “I should have qualified that night to be honest. But I was just a bit unlucky I think, so I’m pleased to have got the call. I’m determined to do well but I know what a tough meeting it will be.
“It’s the biggest meeting I will have raced in so far and it’s nice to know the Cradley fans will be behind me. But I’m not going to put any pressure on myself, I’m just going to go out there and enjoy it and see what I can do.”


 

09/04/14

STARKE PAYS TRIBUTE TO LEGEND

CRADLEY skipper Paul Starke paid tribute to one of the club’s true icons in the opening race of Tuesday’s National Shield win over King’s Lynn.
Starke was making his first appearance of the season for the Heathens – and fans of a certain generation were thrilled to see him wearing a white shirt under the famous CH race jacket.
It was in recognition of club legend Ivor Brown, who raced over 300 meetings for Cradley in the Dudley Wood days after joining the club in 1961.
Said Starke: “When the management explained to me what it was all about I was honoured to wear it.  “Apparently Ivor Brown wore a white shirt under his race jacket and it was the CH design which is what the team a wearing this season. I thought it was a nice touch.   “Some of the other lads in the team kept asking what the heck I was doing, but when I explained they thought it was great.”
Brown would have been proud of Starke and his side who romped to a staggering 69-23 win in the first leg of the Shield and are awaiting a date for the return at the Norfolk Arena.

PICTURES: John Hipkiss and Retro Speedway.

08/04/14

WORRALL LOVING HEATHENS FANS!

CRADLEY star Steve Worrall can’t wait to race in front of the club’s loyal fans again tonight when King’s Lynn visit Monmore Green (7.30).
Heathens are chasing a fourth successive National Shield success in the clash between last season’s top two National League sides.
And in an interview in tonight’s match programme Worrall, who was wanted by a host of clubs in the winter, says the fans were why he joined Cradley.
He said: “They are a good bunch of people who I know are crazy about their speedway, and I just can’t wait to ride for a team with such good backing.   “Going there as an opposing rider you always envied the crowd that was there supporting them and the chance to be part of that and have that great support is one of the main reasons why I came here.  “When you have the fans behind you it can give you a real boost, so hopefully with them on my side I can have a really good year individually and the team can do a good job as well.”

Admission tonight is 11 adults, 8 concessions and 2 children and the match programme ‘The Heathen’ – which is 40 pages in full colour – is 2.50 - tonight's front cover is with this update.


07/04/14

HEATHENS v KINGS LYNN PREVIEW

CRADLEY are chasing a staggering fourth successive National Shield success when they face King's Lynn at Monmore on Tuesday (7.30).
The Heathens host the first leg of the tie and are looking for a handy lead to take to Norfolk for the return when a restaging date is finalised.
Skipper Paul Starke makes his first appearance of the season for Cradley who are at full strength for the meeting.
Boss Will Pottinger said: "It will be nice to have Starkey back with us after missing last week against Coventry.  "Ive already said we need to get a useful lead from this meeting to take to King's Lynn for the return, whenever that may be.  "They have some good riders in their team, a couple with a lot of experience so we will need to be on our toes. It should be another good night of racing and I'm sure the fans will be rut behind us."
King's Lynn are without former Heathens man Darryl Ritchings who crashed when riding for Elite League Swindon last week.  Said Pottinger: "Darryl is very popular with our supporters and everyone at the club would like to send him and his family our very best wishes."
Admission prices for Heathens meetings are 11 adults, 8 concessions and 2 children. A 40-page full colour programme is available for 2.50.

CRADLEY HEATH: Paul Starke, Nathan Greaves, Tom Perry, Max Clegg, Steve Worrall, Matt Williamson, Danny Phillips.

KING'S LYNN: Lewis Rose, Darren Mallett, James Cockle, Darryl Ritchings R/R, Kyle Hughes, Josh Bailey, Scott Campos.


05/14/14

BRITISH UNDER-21 FINAL DRAW

THE draw has been made for the British Under-21 Final to be held at Cradley on Tuesday April 15.
In addition to the prestigious national title, there are also five places up for grabs for the World Under-21 qualifying rounds next month.
Great Britain have been allocated two places for the round in Germany and one in Italy for meetings being held on Saturday May 3, and two more for Leicester on Saturday May 10.
Ten of the 16 finalists are riding at the top level of British Speedway in 2014, eight of which have been selected from the Fast Track List, whilst both Kyle Howarth (Coventry) and Robert Lambert (Kings Lynn) are competing in the top five for their respective clubs.
Six of the finalists are also making their British Under-21 Final debuts, two of whom will be amongst the favourites to become Champion in the shape of Lambert and Lakeside’s Adam Ellis.
Host club Cradley have two home riders competing, Tom Perry and Nathan Greaves, and the Heathens’ adopted home of Wolverhampton also have two riders in the Final, Ashley Morris and Joe Jacobs.
GB Youth co-boss Phil Morris said: “We feel that this year’s British Under-21 Final is really open, and it would be very hard to predict a winner.  “Traditionally this is one of the most entertaining meetings of the season as all 16 boys really give it their all.”

DRAW: 1. Nathan Greaves (Cradley), 2. Adam Ellis (Lakeside/Ipswich), 3. Joe Jacobs (Wolverhampton/Peterborough/Mildenhall), 4. James Sarjeant (Coventry/Coventry Storm), 5. Tom Perry (Leicester/Cradley), 6. Kyle Howarth (Coventry/Workington), 7. Ashley Morris (Wolverhampton/Workington), 8. Robert Lambert (King’s Lynn), 9. Josh Bates (Sheffield/Mildenhall), 10. Stefan Nielsen (Belle Vue/Coventry Storm), 11. James Shanes (Devon), 12. Marc Owen (unattached), 13. Dan Greenwood (Swindon/Coventry Storm), 14. Connor Coles (Midlenhall), 15. Jason Garrity (Coventry/Rye House), 16. Jack Kingston (Mildenhall). Reserves: Ryan Terry-Daley (Coventry Storm), Danny Phillips (Cradley).
 


05/04/14

HEATHENS NEED A BIG LEAD

WILL Pottinger is desperate to see his Cradley side build up a handy lead when they face King’s Lynn in what is now the first leg of the National Shield at Monmore next Tuesday (7.30).
Heathens are chasing a fourth successive success in the competition but for the first time they are racing as defending league champions.And following last week’s postponement of the first leg at the Norfolk Arena, Pottinger says his side have to go on the front foot from the start.  “It’s vital for us to build up a handy lead,” he said. “King’s Lynn were our nearest challengers for the league title last season and they’ve built a good side once again.  “We will have a full team available with no fixture clashes so I’m pleased about that and hopefully we can get into them early and build up a lead.”
Meanwhile Pottinger is staying relaxed despite the trade magazine, Speedway Star, making Cradley firm favourite for the league title once again in their survey of journalists around the country.  He said: “We all know anything can happen during the course of a season and we need to just take every meeting as it comes along. It may sound boring but that’s the way it is.  “We know everyone will be out there to beat us because we are the champions and we have such a fantastic following, but it’s all about what shape we are in when September and October comes around.  “We’re looking forward to the season ahead and we just want to get some momentum going from here.”


01/04/14

BIG NIGHT AS CRADLEY RETURN

  CRADLEY Heathens launch their first season of competitive racing since 1995 when they face Coventry at Wolverhampton tonight (7.30).
The Heathens have reverted back to their original name after racing the last four seasons under the Dudley banner.
Cradley were forced to leave their Dudley Wood Stadium when the landowners sold the site for housing development – and now the club are racing at Monmore Green.

Tonight’s meeting is the first leg of the Travel Plus Trophy against their neighbours. Admission is 11 adults, 8 concessions and 2 children. A 40-page souvenir programme is 2.50.

31/03/14

CRADLEY ARE BACK!

ONE of Speedway’s traditional names of the past makes a welcome return to competitive racing on Tuesday when Cradley Heath face Coventry at Wolverhampton (7.30).
Cradley are back in full-time league racing for the first time since 1995 after being known as Cradley and Stoke in 1996 and Dudley Heathens from 2010-2014.  The meeting is the first leg of the Travel Plus Trophy against their rivals from Coventry with debuts for Steve Worrall, Matt Williamson and Danny Phillips.
Club partner Gary Patchett said: “We start 2014 with our rightful name and not before time. We are the Cradley Heathens. Has any club with a new name ever started a speedway season as defending champions?  “The best part of all of this as far as I’m concerned? Never having to read another press release which refers to us as the ‘former Cradley club’. We are the ‘former’ club no more and we are here to stay.  “I’m sure there will be a big crowd to see this historic night against Coventry and hopefully Will Pottinger and the boys can build up a good home win to take to Brandon for the return.”
Cradley welcome James Easter and his Travel Plus Tours operation as meeting sponsors. Travel Plus specialise in value for money, high class speedway tours and are running to all Grand Prix rounds this season and the Speedway World Cup.

CRADLEY HEATH: Ashley Morris, Nathan Greaves, Tom Perry, Max Clegg, Steve Worrall, Matt Williamson, Danny Phillips.

COVENTRY: Stefan Nielsen, Luke Crang, Darryl Ritchings, Dan Greenwood, James Sarjeant, Ryan Terry-Daley, Martin Knuckey.
 

31/03/14

NEW-LOOK HEATHEN

  CRADLEY Heath Speedway are breaking new ground with their biggest ever programme this season - starting on Tuesday night against Coventry at Monmore.

The club have teamed up with partners Curtis Sport to produce a stunning 40-page full colour B5 production packed with comment, interviews, history, pictures... And of course the all-important race card.

'The Heathen' will be available for 2.50 on entry to the stadium.

28/03/14

HEATHENS HAVE PLENTY IN RESERVE

CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger says his side have plenty in reserve for a successful season.
The Heathens launch their home programme back at Wolverhampton on Tuesday when they face Coventry in the Travel Plus Trophy.  And Pottinger believes the signings of Matt Williamson and Danny Phillips could prove crucial as the club look to defend their National League clean sweep.  He said: “As we know, having at least one strong reserve is vital to any successful team but we feel that in Danny Phillips and Matt Williamson we’ve got two.   “We were slightly surprised Mildenhall didn’t pick up Danny Phillips after he guested for them a few times last season so when we found out he was available we snapped him up straight away.  “When he did ride in the National League last year he scored plenty of points and looked more than capable of making the step up.  “He’s a much better rider than his 3.00 average suggests so hopefully we can see that ability translate to plenty of points.  “The same applies to Matt Williamson really, who is coming in benefitting from a year of experience at Buxton and having done a lot of practicing over the winter months.  “He’s made a lot of progress in a short space of time in the sport and we’ll be hoping that development can continue.  “We feel that we have two of the strongest reserves in the National League once again and we’re just hoping that proves to be the case.”
Heathens have called former favourite Ashley Morris up to replace unavailable skipper Paul Starke for Tuesday’s meeting which is set to pull in a bumper crowd with the return of the famous Cradley Heath name.
 


26/03/14

KINGS LYNN v CRADLEY POSTPONED

WEDNESDAY'S scheduled National Shield match between King's Lynn and Cradley at the Norfolk Arena has been postponed because of a waterlogged track. A new date will be announced in due course.

 


26/03/14

GREAVES PROMOTED

  CRADLEY youngster Nathan Greaves has won a call-up to the British Under-21 Final on his home track next month.

Greaves qualified as reserve for the April 15 event via last weekend’s semi-final at Plymouth but has now been promoted to the main event after reigning champion Robert Branford pulled out as he will not be in the UK at the time.

Mark Owen moves up to first reserve with Ryan Terry-Daley joining him on stand-by.

25/03/14

KINGS LYNN YOUNG STARS v CRADLEY HEATHENS, PREVIEW

CRADLEY return to the scene of the greatest moment in the modern era when they face King’s Lynn at the Norfolk Arena on Wednesday (7.30).
The Heathens won their first National League title in dramatic circumstances last October – but this time they are gunning for the National Shield.
Joe Jacobs, who made a fine Elite League debut for Wolves on Monday, replaces unavailable Heathens skipper Paul Starke as a guest replacement.
It’s the first leg with the return at Wolverhampton on Tuesday week, April 8 – and boss Will Pottinger insists his side are going for the win at Lynn.  He said: “We’ve got a good guest in Joe and I’m really pleased he can come in and do the job for us.  “All the boys just want to get going after the frustration of the abandoned match at Coventry on Friday.  “I know it’s over two legs, but just like the Play-off Final last year we are going there to win on the night, not to just keep it close. We will see how it goes, but obviously if we are unable to win on the night the next priority is to keep it as close as possible.”
Heathens youngster Nathan Greaves goes into the meeting on the back of winning the opening round of the British Youth Championship at Scunthorpe on Saturday and he will partner guest Jacobs in the opening race

KING’S LYNN: Lewis Rose, Darren Mallett, James Cockle, Darryl Ritchings, Kyle Hughes, Josh Bailey, Scott Campos.

CRADLEY HEATH: Joe Jacobs, Nathan Greaves, Tom Perry, Max Clegg, Steve Worrall, Matt Williamson, Danny Phillips.


23/03/14

BRITISH UNDER 21 SEMI RESULT

RESULT and scorers from Saturday's British Under-21 semi-final at Plymouth:

James Sarjeant 15, Jack Kingston 11, James Shanes 11, Darryl Ritchings 10, Dan Greenwood 10, Connor Coles 9 (all qualify for Final), Nathan Greaves 8, Marc Owen 8 (reserves), Danny Phillips 7, Ryan Terry-Daley 7, Ben Morley 5, Connor Mountain 5, Tom Woolley 5, Rob Shuttleworth 4, Danno Verge 1, Ryan MacDonald 1, David Holt (res) 0.


22/03/14

COVENTRY STORM 18 CRADLEY HEATHENS 18

CRADLEY saw their 2014 campaign get off to a disappointing start as their Travel Plus Trophy clash with Coventry was abandoned due to rain.
A heavy downpour at 5pm left the Brandon circuit in a damp state - and the riders appeared to visibly struggle to keep control when the action got underway.
When Heathens reserve Danny Phillips hit the deck in the initial running of heat four it prompted some extensive track grading - and after two more races littered with falls both sides agreed to bring an early halt to proceedings with the scores tied at 18-18.
A disappointed Will Pottinger admitted the right decision was eventually made despite their frustrations – and he says they will now turn their attentions to Wednesday as they travel to King’s Lynn for the National Shield first leg.
The Cradley team boss said: “Of course it’s disappointing to see the first meeting rained off but the riders safety is obviously paramount. “It’s a long season and you don’t want to see anyone hurt this early in the campaign. Hopefully we can get it re-arranged, but in the meantime we are all just looking forward to King’s Lynn on Wednesday.”

Coventry 18: Oliver Greenwood 6, Ryan Terry-Daley 3+1, Luke Crang 3, James Sarjeant 2, Dan Greenwood 2, Stefan Nielsen 2, Martin Knuckey 0

Cradley 18: Matt Williamson 5, Steve Worrall 4+1, Ashley Morris 3, Nathan Greaves 3, Tom Perry 2, Danny Phillips 1, Max Clegg 0

Abandoned after 6 heats due to track conditions – Result does NOT stand


20/03/14

ASH RETURNS FOR OPENER

  CRADLEY race into a new season with a revamped side at Coventry in the first leg of the Travel Plus Trophy on Friday (7.30).
And the Heathens, who completed a National League clean sweep last season, will have title winning hero Ashley Morris back in the side for the unavailable Paul Starke.
Morris will also ride in the return at Monmore on April 1 with Starke facing up to missing the first three meetings of the Cradley season.
Boss Will Pottinger is looking for a good start from his revamped side who have been able to retain only Max Clegg, Nathan Greaves and Starke from last season’s Grand Slam winners.
He said: “We’ll be looking to hit the ground running again this season and get off to a good start like we did last season.  “We’ve got a couple of challenge matches against Coventry for the Travel Plus Trophy which will provide some vital track time for the lads, and then once the National League season kicks off we’ll be trying to make sure we get off to a strong start.  “We just can’t wait to get going now and although we have the target on our backs we’ll be trying to set out stall out early and show we will be one of the teams to beat again.”

COVENTRY: Stefan Nielsen, Luke Crang, Oliver Greenwood, Dan Greenwood, James Sarjeant, Ryan Terry-Daley, Martin Knuckey.

CRADLEY: Ashley Morris, Nathan Greaves, Tom Perry, Max Clegg, Steve Worrall, Matt Williamson, Danny Phillips.

13/03/14

HEATHENS WELCOME CURTIS-SPORT

CRADLEY Heathens will race into the season with a new-look programme after joining forces with Aldridge-based publishers Curtis Sport.
The club, whose impressive publication finished second in Speedway Star's programme awards last year, are going to a bigger version (B5) which will be a great souvenir for all Heathens supporters.  And Curtis Sport owner Stuart Curtis has revealed why he was so keen to link up with the National League champions.
He said: "I went to Cradley as a youngster and remember the greats like Bruce Penhall and Erik Gundersen. I'm thrilled to be linking up with the club, I've been watching their results closely and was delighted when they won the league title last season."
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: "As a club we take great pride in our programme, our loyal supporters like what we do and I'm sure they will like this even more. We are continually setting high standards and we will strive to produce the best ever Heathens programme in 2014.  "We would also like to thank Curtis Sport for their support and backing of the club and welcome Stuart and his team on board."
The new, bigger programme will be full colour throughout with new designs and features and will cost 2.50.
 


12/03/14

SIGNED RACE-JACKET AUCTION

  A SIGNED Cradley Heathens speedway race jacket will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Mayor of Dudley’s charities.
The Heathens, who won the National League and Cup double last year, have made the kind charity gesture as they get ready for the tapes to go up on their new season.
The jacket, signed by the 2014 team, will go on auction on internet site ebay this week to help raise money for White House Cancer Support in Dudley and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.  And the auction offers a genuine collector’s item for speedway fans as the new season’s race jacket features the old ‘CH’ initials which were first used by the club in the 1940s.
Councillor Alan Finch, Mayor of Dudley, said: “We are very grateful to the Heathens for this kind donation which we hope will help raise plenty of funds for the charities. We wish the Heathens well with the new season as they look to defend their league and cup crowns.”
Cradley Heathens promoter Gary Patchett, said: “I’m sure there are plenty of Heathens fans in the area and indeed across the world who will be keen to get their hands on the signed race jacket. We hope the auction will help raise good money for two worthy causes.”
This season’s team, Paul Starke, Steve Worrall, Tom Perry, Max Clegg, Nathan Greaves, Matt Williamson and Danny Phillips, have all signed the jacket.
The Heathens success on the track was celebrated by Dudley Council last year when the team were invited for a special reception with the Mayor. The Mayor presented the Heathens with a glass award to recognise their success along with an outstanding achievement certificate to mark the Heathens success through the decades.
The Dudley Heathens won the National League in 2013 which is the third tier of speedway in Britain. Last year also marked the 30th anniversary of the 1983 the Cradley Heathens side which won the top flight league and cup double.
To bid for the race jacket which is item number 191098375383 people should visit www.ebay.co.uk
The jacket will go on sale from 6pm tomorrow (Thursday March 13) and will be open for ten days, with the auction closing on Sunday March 23.

 

12/03/14

HEATHENS BACK ON TRACK

CRADLEY’s new look 2014 side were put through their paces for the first time as they took to the track at their Monmore Green base.
Having been presented to the clubs’ supporters and linking up as a team for the first time last weekend, the seven men tasked with defending the Heathens’ National League title returned to the shale.
New signings Steve Worrall, Matt Williamson and Danny Phillips all quickly made themselves at home at their new track as they put in plenty of laps.
Meanwhile, returning riders Tom Perry, Paul Starke, Max Clegg and Nathan Greaves all benefitted from some priceless track time before the season kicks off against Coventry in the Travel Plus Trophy on March 21.
And Greaves in particular was thrilled with how comfortable he felt on the bike having initially struggled to get to grips with the tricky Monmore Green circuit during his debut campaign.
Said Greaves: “It felt great to be back out there – I know I had my problems at Wolverhampton last year but I felt a lot more confident and a lot more relaxed. It went really well and I just can’t wait to get going again now.”
 


10/03/14

TRACK TIME FOR HEATHENS

  CRADLEY Heath’s 2014 riders will take to the track for a full team practice at Wolverhampton on Tuesday.

The Heathens have been invited to Monmore Green as guests of Wolverhampton at their press and practice night and should be on track after 7.30pm.

Supporters are welcome to attend and are asked to make a minimum donation of 1 at the entrance to the stadium.

Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: “We’ve been unable to get a team practice anywhere because of the wet weather although a lot of the lads have been out on an individual basis.

“It will be good to get the lads together and as always we thank Wolverhampton Speedway for allowing us the time on their track.”

10/03/14

CRADLEY GO RETRO!

CRADLEY have gone retro with their new race jacket unveiled to a sellout crowd at the weekend.
Heathens boss Will Pottinger displayed the traditional CH bib, used at Dudley Wood in the halcyon days of the 60s by legendary names like Ivor Brown and Harry Bastable, at a packed Cradley Heath Liberal Club. And Heathens chiefs have been inundated with messages from fans who have given the move the thumbs-up. 

Said Pottinger: “The new race jacket has gone down really well and there’s a lot of interest in it. It’s the first time a Cradley team have been in competitive league racing since 1995, although they were known as Cradley & Stoke a year later.  “A lot of supporters have been in touch to say how the new race jacket has made them happy and that’s great from our point of view.”  The revamped 2014 Heathens were presented to over 170 fans at the Liberal Club for the season launch and over 1,400 was raised to be shared between the riders.  Said Pottinger: “It was a remarkable total and at this time of year when riders are busy organising their equipment I’m sure the money will come in handy for them.  “Some of the lads were a bit nervous but it was a great night and thanks to everyone who came along.”

The new range of Cradley merchandise was also well received by supporters and the club have now become the only speedway team in the UK to have a presence on the high street.

Printworx of Quarry Bank have handed over a large part of their premises to sell Cradley merchandise and the shop is open Monday – Saturday apart from Wednesdays.

The club are also planning to have a presence at several events throughout the year to promote the sport, including Netherton Boat Show and Old Hill Festival.

Heathens launch their home campaign against Coventry at Wolverhampton on Tuesday, April 1 in the second leg of the Travel Plus Trophy – the first leg is at Brandon next Friday, March 21.
 
 
 

PICTURED: Heathens boss Will Pottinger with the new retro race jacket. PICTURE BY JOHN HIPKISS.
 


09/03/14

 2014 MERCHANDISE NOW AVAILABLE

  THE Cradley Speedway online shop has today launched their brand new stock of merchandise ahead of the 2014 season.

The items were also on display at last night’s successful Season Launch at Cradley Heath Liberal Club and they included; Team Jackets, Team Hoodies, Body Warmers, Zoodies, Polo Shirts, T-Shirts – plus also ‘Retro’ Gundersen T-Shirts!

Other items are also available to buy online – including the 2014 Cradley Heathens Yearbook, priced at just 4.00. The Yearbook features rider profiles on all the team, pictures, history and lots more.

You can check them all out plus other new items by clicking here.

 

20/02/14

TOM PERRY'S MILESTONE

Cradley ace Tom Perry admits it has been a whirlwind four years as he prepares to celebrate a big milestone this week.
The local youngster celebrates his 21st birthday this week, and having joined the Heathens back in 2010 as a 17 year-old, he admits it has been quite a journey.  Arriving at Monmore with a rich grasstrack pedigree. Perry has transformed from a raw youngster to one of the National League's top performers.
After looking back on a remarkable few years he revealed he is aiming to come of age on the track in 2014. And he is hoping a return to parent club Cradley will enable him to reignite his career following an injury-plagued 2013 with the Isle of Wight.  Said Perry "The last four years have been an absolute rollercoaster really. "When I first joined Dudley back when I was 17, I could never have really predicted how crazy it would have been. "There have been lots of ups and downs but it's all been a learning curve to get to where I am now, and overall it's been a pretty successful few years for me. "Hopefully there will be many more good times to come and I can go a long way in the sport. "It's my 21st birthday this week which is a pretty big milestone ahead of what is going to be a really big year for me and my career. "I just hope I can have a good year, avoid injury and get back to where I know I can be. "All the bikes and stuff are coming along well ahead of the new season and things are coming together. "I've got a few final preparations to make but overall things are looking good with not long until the season starts."
Meanwhile Perry believes the Cradley management have put together a strong side capable of defending their National League title.  He added: " At Cradley our team is looking pretty strong for the new season. "There's a good mix of experienced riders who you know will score points, some young riders who could prove really good signings, and a few guys on bargain averages. "The side looks to have a pretty good balance and I definitely think we are capable of being there or thereabouts at the end of the season."
Perry will celebrate his birthday on Friday 21st with an event at Cradley Heath Liberal Club which is sure to be well attended.  And next Wednesday he will be a guest of duo Kelvin Tatum and Nigel Pearson at there special event at the Cleveland Arms, Stow Heath Lane in Wolverhampton - close tom Monmore Green.  Admission will be available on the door priced 5.00   (RICH JONES)
 


06/02/14

FAREWELL TO THREE CRADLEY HERO'S

It is with deep regret that I pass on the news that three of Cradley's hero's have passed away recently Frank Holmes (right) passed away on 26th January.  Frank rode for Cradley in 1964. He rode 16 matches for us that season his best score was at Newport in April that year with 5 paid 8 from 4 rides.

Nick Nicholls (left) was one of my childhood hero's, he was always immaculate in his shiny black leathers.  He had twelve appearances for the Heathens in 1962 his best performance was actually his last, Nick went through the card with a maximum 12 points and a win in the scratch race final. He raced at Exeter two days later in the Provincial League Riders Championship Round and crashed heavily  receiving serious head injuries which finished his career.
He rode for Brafield, Belle Vue, Oxford and had seven years with Coventry before joining The Heathens in the Provincial League. He rode for England five times during his 13 years in the sport.
(see riders A-Z - Nick Nicholls)

Mike Letch (far right) passed away last November. He was by far the most remarkable person I have ever heard of, he started his short speedway career in the second halves at Dudley Wood in 1970 where he made 11 appearances in the junior races. He rode at Rye House in the Ace of Hearts meeting on 16th August that year. He had a terrible crash which resulted in spinal injuries with a T6 vertebrae fracture he had full movement in his upper body but paralysed from the waist down , from then on he was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
However Mike re-newed his pilot's licence in 1974 and flew in aeronautical competitions and races for twelve years. From 1976 he raced wheelchair marathons and road races which took him round the world about 40 times! Including eleven Australian Championships. He retired from that in 2001 in Japan after 130 marathons! He then became one of only two disabled scuba diving instructors the world! Mike was just 65.
What a remarkable man.

God Bless you all, thank you so much for the wonderful memories.


05/02/14

SKIPPER STARKE TO LEAD CRADLEY

PAUL Starke will lead Cradley into the defence of their National League title.
Starke, from Malvern, was a big hit in his first season with the club last year and he takes over from Ashley Morris, who is no longer available for National League racing.
He admits Morris will be a hard act to follow - but he's excited by the challenge.  He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to get the chance to be captain this year, and it’s a real honour.  “As a club we had a great season in 2013, so I have big shoes to fill but if I can take over the role Ashley (Morris) did then I’ll be chuffed.  “Last year we had an incredible year, so to try and emulate what we did is going to be a real challenge.  “But we look like we have a strong team, and we have a few riders who could make big strides in the sport at the moment.  “Personally I’ll be looking to just help as much as I can as captain and try to score as many points as possible at No.1 to take some pressure off the lower order.  “It’s nice to have some people pushing me in the team as well with Steve Worrall and Tom Perry both capable of challenging for the No.1 race jacket as well.  “I want to be at No.1 all season so I’ll have to be on the top of my game, and hopefully that friendly competition will help all of us."
Meanwhile Cradley's Travel Plus Trophy 1st Leg trip to Coventry has reverted back to the original date of Friday, March 21 with the return at Cradley's Wolverhampton home on Tuesday, April 1.
 

03/02/14

HEATHENS SHOP NEWS

  CRADLEY are set to have a presence on Quarry Bank High Street – with a new club shop.
Printworx have taken over the club’s merchandise after Heathens Speedway Supporters Club stepped down because of pressure of time.
Heathens Chairman Nigel Pearson said: “This is a great opportunity for the club to have a presence in Quarry Bank, close to the old stadium.  “Printworx have some great ideas on merchandise and I am sure it will prove to be extremely popular.   “They have a hard act to follow, however, because the guys at HSSC did a fantastic job for four years. As a management we all said we would have preferred to have kept things as they were, but we understand what a massive commitment the shop was for the people involved.”

New merchandise will be available for the first time at the club’s season launch night on March 8.

29/01/14

NL CUP DRAW AND EVENT DATES

 

THE draw has been made for the early rounds of the 2014 National League Knockout Cup.

ROUND 1:
Devon v Kent

ROUND 2:
Devon/ Kent v Stoke
Scunthorpe v King’s Lynn
Cradley v Mildenhall
Buxton v Coventry

The dates and venues have also been announced for the National League Major Events. As follows:

National League Pairs
@ Mildenhall – Sunday June 15.

National League Fours
@ Coventry - Sunday August 10

National League Riders Championship
@ Rye House – Sunday September 28


24/01/14

HEATHENS ARE SAFE ASSURES CHAIRMAN

CRADLEY Speedway bosses insist the future of the club is safe, whether they are successful with a new track or not.  The club held talks last week to try to move the project along, with one piece of land in particular on the radar. The reigning National League champions are preparing for their fifth season since their relaunch, riding home meetings at Wolverhampton in front of bumper crowds.   Chairman Nigel Pearson said: “We had a management meeting last week because, to be totally frank, we are concerned by the lack of progress we have made on a new track.
“We drew up an action plan of what needs to be done next and more meetings will follow.   “There is one piece of land which we were told last week should meet planning requirements, although it won’t be plain sailing. We’ve been looking at it for over a year.  “But to get to that stage we need to gain the necessary co-operation from the landowners and until we make progress on that score there is nothing more we can do.
“This is a vital year for the management to make some progress on this venture. If we don’t get to take this further then I would have to say it’s our last throw of the dice for a new track.
“Where we go from there would be down to the supporters. The fans are the reason why we are going into our fifth season when initially we said we would give it three years.  “If the fans want a team to support then we will continue to run the club at Wolverhampton in the event of no track of our own.  “It’s quite simple in my eyes. Back the team, back the club and we will continue to do everything we can to promote a positive and professional image of Cradley Heath Speedway.   “There have been some supporters expressing concern that we will close down if we don’t get a new track. Again, that’s down to the fans and the amount who still want to see their team in action.   “At the same time, I also acknowledge we cannot stay at National League level for ever. The main reason we are at this level is because we need to be a financially viable operation in the event of us presenting our business plan to landowners.  “If, however, that option was taken away from us then we would have to think again.”
Heathens have reported impressive season ticket sales, with many applications from fans who have never had one before.

21/01/14

SALES NIGHT REMINDER

CRADLEY fans can secure a full season of speedway when the club host another popular season ticket sales night on Thursday.  And it’s the last chance for supporters to take advantage of the discounted prices before the full price comes into effect on February 1.
Tickets will apply for eight home league meetings, National Shield, Travel Plus Trophy, Golden Hammer and Knockout Cup – and possible play-offs if the team are successful.
Prices are currently 120 adults, 85 concessions and 20 for children aged 15 and under – and they will be available from Cradley Heath Liberal Club on Thursday from 8pm with team manager Will Pottinger and co-promoter Gary Patchett in attendance to speak to supporters.
In addition, the club will have a limited number of tickets for the 2014 season launch night available – but the event is heading for a sellout.
All the riders will be on hand on Saturday, March 8, to be presented to the audience and the all-new Cradley race jacket will be unveiled on the night.

Tickets are 5 and all profits from the night, which is also at Cradley Heath Liberal Club, will be shared between the riders.
 

20/01/14

ASHLEY'S GP CHALLENGE

  ASHLEY Morris will always be a Heathens hero after leading the side to the National League clean sweep last season.
And Ashley’s GP challenge game will return for 2014 with Heathens fans encouraged to show their support.
Morris will be donating 2014 merchandise for the winner who collects the most points over the course of the season.
All you have to do is choose a GP rider for each round – it’s that simple. The points your rider scores in the chosen round will be added to your total score, BUT you can only use each rider on one occasion.
For example, if you opt to use Tai Woffinden for Cardiff, he cannot then be picked for another round.
The game has been running for several seasons to support different riders – and Ashley is delighted to be benefiting in 2014, whilst he will also donate some of the funds raised to a local charity.  He said: “I’m donating to Balls to Cancer, a local charity who do some crazy fundraising things so looking forward to having fun with them while raising money for a good cause.”

If you’re interested in playing the cost is just 10 per person. For further details please see Jackie Mason in the lower bar during the Wolves meetings in March and April or e-mail info to -email- the attention of Jackie.

19/01/14

HEATHENS OPEN AGAINST STORM

  CRADLEY’S first home meeting of the 2014 season will take place on Tuesday April 1 – when the Heathens face local rivals Coventry in the second leg of the Travel Plus Trophy.
Will Pottingers’s re-vamped side, who will defend a clean sweep of National League honours this year, are set to visit Brandon on Friday March 21 for the first leg as they look to repeat last year’s victories over the Storm.
Heathens have three new faces in their line-up this season plus the return of fans’ favourite Tom Perry, and it means they will immediately come up against 2012-13 team member Dan Greenwood, who has switched to Coventry over the winter.
For a second year, the clashes have attracted generous sponsorship from Travel Plus Tours, who continue to go from strength to strength under James Easter, and he will be on hand to distribute copies of the company’s 2014 brochure offering trips to several of the sport’s major events.
Chairman Nigel Pearson said: “It’s a great way for us to start the season, and once again we thank James for his support of these meetings. “I’m sure we’ll take plenty of fans to Coventry for our first fixture, and then April 1 is the date for everyone to put in their diaries for the home opener.”

*HEATHENS will once again be staging the British Under-21 Final at their adopted Monmore Green home this season. The meeting, a big success over the last two years, will take place on Tuesday April 15.

15/01/14

HEATHENS BACKERS BACK ON BOARD

CRADLEY Heathens have been boosted by news of main team sponsors and partners staying on board with the club.
Heathens, who will defend their National League title in 2014, will once again carry the identity of Recycled Aggregate Services for a third successive season.
In addition, club partners Motor Market and Ron Homer have also pledged their support to one of British Speedway’s success stories.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “We are thrilled to confirm all three businesses and individuals are back on board for the 2014 season.  “All three are more than sponsors, they are genuine supporters of the team and were roaring the boys on as loud as anyone else when we won the title last season.  “Recycled Aggregate Services also provided help to individual riders last season and their MD, David Burns, is a great character to have around.  “We are very pleased to carry their identity as main team sponsors in the 2014 season and look forward to continuing our excellent relationship.  “Ron Homer is a lifelong Cradley Heath supporter who actually faces quite a commute from his southern base for our home meetings at Wolverhampton.  “He doesn’t do this to advertise a business or anything like that, he does this because he is a genuine supporter of the Heathens and once again we will carry his name on the team race jacket.  “Motor Market are also more than sponsors, although naturally we would urge all Heathens fans interested in buying a new car to pop along and see them.
“Dean and Adam Bridge are Heathens fans who also promote the Heathens brand at their Newtown Lane showroom and offices in Cradley Heath. We are also looking into further promotional work with the guys.”  The new Heathens race jacket and a new range of Cradley merchandise will be launched at the club’s 2014 season launch night on Saturday, March 8, at Cradley Heath Liberal Club.
Tickets, priced 5, are selling fast and all profits from the event, which features all the riders, interviews, photographs, raffle, auction and music, will go to the riders themselves to help with mechanical expenses.


13/01/14

MATT'S THE MAN FOR CRADLEY

MATT Williamson is the final signing to complete Cradley Heath’s team for the new season.
The Bury-based racer made a big impression in 2013 having switched codes from motocross to speedway to race for Buxton.
Williamson's debut campaign yielded a 3.33 average following some encouraging displays - and he will now make the switch to the Heathens where he will line-up alongside Danny Phillips at reserve.  And he believes he has joined the perfect club as he looks to continue his rapid development.
Said Williamson: "Last year wasn't only my first year in the National League, it was my first year riding speedway full stop.  "I was really pleased with how things went and I was happy with my performances, and now I'm looking forward to hopefully doing even better in 2014.  "I felt having been to Dudley as an away rider and seen the whole setup it was a place I'd love to be if I had the chance.  "I'm just over the moon that I've managed to get a ride for the Heathens and I'm really looking forward to the start of the season.  "I think pretty much every single rider in the league would love to be here, and I'm pleased to get the chance.  "We look like we have a strong team as well, so hopefully we can all do a good job and maybe win the league title again."
Williamson and Nathan Greaves – who signed over the weekend - join Paul Starke, Steve Worrall, Tom Perry, Max Clegg and Danny Phillips in the Cradley side which totals 39.92 in rider averages – just within the 40-point limit.
And the riders and management will all be in attendance for the club's official season launch night on Saturday, March 8 at Cradley Heath Liberal Club.

Tickets, priced 5, are on sale now with all profits going to the riders to assist with mechanical expenses. The club will also be unveiling the 2014 Cradley race jacket. Full details are available at the club’s website www.cradleyheathens.co
 

12/01/14

GREAVES AGREES NEW DEAL

  CRADLEY are one rider away from finalising their 2014 team to defend the National League title after agreeing a new deal with teenage ace Nathan Greaves.
The Chesterfield racer joins Paul Starke, Steve Worrall, Tom Perry, Max Clegg and Danny Phillips in the side who will again be racing home meetings at Wolverhampton's Monmore Green on Tuesdays.  And Greaves, 15, is thrilled to be back for a second season with the former Dudley Wood side.
He said: “I'm really glad to be back - I never wanted to leave and I'm proud to be a Heathen again.  “I really enjoyed my first season with the club last year. It was a great year which I don't think any of us will ever forget.  “Hopefully this year can be just as good and I can personally up my average a bit.  “It's going to be a bit more difficult in the main body but I'm looking forward to the challenge.  “It was a bit of a shock really because I was expecting to stay at No.7, but after thinking about it for a bit I think it will be good for me.  “I know I'm capable of scoring some points there and upping my average, so hopefully things come together and I have a good year.”
Greaves and the rest of the Heathens will be in attendance at the club's 2014 launch night on Saturday, March 8.
The event takes place at Cradley Heath Liberal Club and tickets, priced 5, go on sale this week with all profits going to the riders to help with mechanical expenses.

08/01/14

DANNY BOY FOR CRADLEY!

CRADLEY have swooped to make talented teenager Danny Phillips the latest member of their 2014 side.
The Middlesbrough-based 17-year-old will line-up in one of the reserve berths on a 3.00 average for the Heathens as they look to defend the title they won in such spectacular fashion last year.
Having enjoyed appearances with Scunthorpe and Mildenhall in 2012 and 2013 respectively, Phillips is delighted to have now linked up with "the biggest club in the National League".  And he is hoping to make a big impression in the Midlands as he aims to push his career to the next level.  Said Phillips: "I'm over the moon to be riding for the biggest club in the league.  "Cradley seems like such a great club and I'm really happy to have signed with them.
"I want to do better than ever this year, and it would be good to help the Heathens to keep winning as well after they won the league last season.  "Hopefully I can do as well as I did at the end of last season when I was riding for Mildenhall and I can have a good year.  "I'm hoping to add quite a bit to my starting average. I feel like I can improve quite a lot so I'll just work hard to try and score as many points as possible.   "I haven't got much experience riding at Monmore Green but it looks a quite similar track to Belle Vue which I ride pretty well. It might take me a few meetings to get used to it but hopefully I'll get to grips with the track fairly quickly and score plenty of points at home."
 

06/01/14

HEATHENS DIARY DATES

CRADLEY Heathens are hosting another season ticket sales night on Thursday, January 23 at Cradley Heath Liberal Club.
Club officials will be in attendance to meet supporters who wish to take advantage of the early bird prices which expire on January 31 before going to full price.
The club have also confirmed their 2014 season launch party with all the riders will be on Saturday, March 8, at Cradley Heath Liberal Club and tickets will go on sale soon.
Cradley favourite Tom Perry will be a guest of Sky Sports TV duo Kelvin Tatum and Nigel Pearson at a special evening next month.   Perry will preview the new season on stage at the Cleveland Arms, Stowheath Lane in Wolverhampton on Wednesday, February 26.

Tickets are priced 5 and available from 01902 451021 or www.clevelandarms.com


02/01/14

HSSC AGM
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 there
It would be helpful if all members reading this can just put their name in the comment box on the Heathens Speedway Supporters Club Facebook page to confirm you have read this so we can eliminate you from our postal list confirming AGM. 


 

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