Dudley Heathens Archive
12th December 2009
THE BIRTH OF THE DUDLEY HEATHENS
NATIONAL League newcomers Dudley Heathens will
open the exciting new era of Speedway against the American tourists in April.
Heathens have officially applied for membership to the league and will share their home meetings between Perry Barr Stadium in Birmingham and Wolverhampton's Monmore Green.
Opening night will be on Wednesday, April 7 with Dudley facing up to the American Dream Team at Birmingham - and the first league fixture, subject to acceptance, is set for Wolverhampton on Tuesday, April 13. Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: "It's a lovely irony that we should start the new era against the American boys. Cradley had a fantastic tradition with riders from the USA, including the likes of Bruce Penhall, Bobby Schwartz, Lance King, Billy Hamill and Greg Hancock. "We are delighted to take on the Dream Team who have done such good work in recent seasons, including discovering Chris Kerr who won the Elite League with Wolves last season and will ride for Birmingham in 2010."
Meanwhile season ticket prices have been announced as follows, with a minimum of 11 meetings: Adults £100, concessions £50. These can be ordered in time for Christmas via paypal on the club's website www.dudleyspeedway.com or by post with cheques payable to Dudley Heathens. Sponsorship and commercial opportunities are also available.
Admission prices will be £10 adults, £5 concessions and children aged 15 and under £2. Matchday programme, 'The Heathen', will cost £2.
Pearson and team boss Will Pottinger have met to discuss team plans but nothing can be announced on Heathens riders until the National League have considered their application on January 27.
Said Pottinger: "We had a very productive meeting and we hope to have a very competitive team in our first season as well as entertaining our fans."
16th January 2010
DUDLEY HEATHENS TALK IN
HEATHENS Speedway fans are urged to pencil
Thursday, February 4th into their diary as a date not to be missed. The
newly formed Dudley club, carrying the famous nickname from the great days of
Cradley Heath, have applied for membership to the National League.
The outcome will be known on January 28 - and subject to approval a talk-in will take place on February 4 at Cradley Heath Liberal Club featuring Manager Will Pottinger and Chairman Nigel Pearson.
And the club are also hoping to reveal their first signing for the 2010 season which, subject to National League acceptance, will start with a Challenge Match against the American Tourists at Birmingham's Perry Barr Stadium on Wednesday, April 7.
The evening will also give supporters an opportunity to purchase season tickets which are priced at £100 adults and £50 concessions.
Said Pottinger: “It must be emphasised that, as with everything we have done so far, it is subject to the approval of our application and we are certainly taking nothing for granted as we fully respect the views of the members.
“It’s best to describe us as cautiously optimistic, but we felt it only right for us to publicise this talk-in so people can get it in their diaries and make sure they are there."
Season tickets and commercial enquiries can be made by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the new club telephone number 07717 242957.
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22nd March 2010
Supporters help to promote the Heathens
HSSC, are planning to
spread the word that the Heathens are back, by asking fans to help them.
Attached is a copy of the
advertising banner (A4 size) which we also hope supporters will take around
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24th April 2010
COACH TRAVEL FOR RYE HOUSE & SCUNTHORPE
Coach bookings are now being taken for the away trips
to Rye House on Saturday 1st May and Scunthorpe on Bank Holiday
Monday 3rd May.
travel prices are
£22 Non Members and £21
Then on Bank Holiday
Monday, Heathens fans have the chance to see a double header meeting at
Scunthorpe (6pm Start).
Coach travel prices are
£22 Non Members and £21
You can register your interest by phone, e-mail or complete a booking form at the club shop.
Club Mobile - 07717 218621
HSSC Email: email@example.com
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6th May 2010
Heathens at ASDA
30th May 2010
AN EVENING WITH ARMO & FRED
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4th August 2010
DUDLEY HEATHENS NEW SIGNING
DUDLEY Heathens have moved quickly to boost their National
Speedway League play-off hopes by snapping up Barrie Evans from Mildenhall.
Evans, 26, will replace the injured Jon Armstrong who crashed and suffered a broken arm when making a guest appearance for Newport at King's Lynn on Sunday. Armstrong, who also suffered broken toes, is likely to be sidelines for 4-6 weeks and the former Cradley club felt it would be too long without making a new signing. Evans was a thorn in Heathens' side when he helped Mildenhall to a last gasp win at Monmore Green in May and he scored 12+1 - including victory in the last race decider. Sadly the Fen Tigers have been forced to close down for the rest of the season with financial problems but hopes are high of a return for the West Row club next season.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: "We are very saddened by the demise of Mildenhall and we wish our friends across at West Row the very best of luck in securing a return to the sport next season.
"In the meantime we welcome Barrie to the team, we feel he is more than capable of performing to the level we have been getting from Armo.
"He will make his debut at the Isle of Wight next Tuesday and our club partners, Gary Patchett at Birmingham and Chris Van Straaten at Wolves, have offered him some track time before then which is excellent.
"Meanwhile, Armo has had his arm plated and is already talking about getting back on the bike in four weeks. The man is amazing!"
16th October 2010
HEATHENS FANS DIG DEEP TO AID RETURN
suffering supporters of the former Cradley Heathens have had a bumper year
during 2010, following the fortunes of the re-born Dudley Heathens in Speedways
Crowd levels, both home and away have massively exceeded expectations, & despite only competing on a track share basis (at Wolverhampton and Birmingham) in the third tier of the sport, the team are once again up amongst the very best supported in British League Speedway, with attendances the envy of even some Elite League promotions, despite their 14 year absence from the all action racing.
Heathens enter the championship play offs sitting proudly on top of the League
Table, a remarkable achievement, for which manager Will Pottinger, Chairman
Nigel Pearson, and promoters Gary Patchett, and Chris Van Straaten deserve
HSSC press officer Simon Priest was also keen to add that “the fans have also played a massive part, & demonstrated the ongoing passion for the sport in the local area, together with their acceptance of the new generation of Heathens riders, by raising over £2,000 toward their running costs through the 50/50 draw, organised by the Heathens Speedway Supporters Club at home meetings”, as the title suggests, half the proceeds go toward the riders help fund,, the other half to the holder of the winning ticket, with a record payout of £205 to date.
With extensive coverage of the team’s fortunes in local press and media, coupled with the support levels from within the area, hopes are high that the team will finally gain permission to re-locate at a permanent new home within the borough for which they are proud to represent throughout the UK during the March - October Speedway season.
Following the decision to allow nearby Birmingham Brummies permanent planning permission, HSSC chairman Andy Minshall commented that “after extensive testing of the new silencers set for introduction in 2011, local planning officers concluded that noise levels from the Perry Barr track did not give any justified cause for complaint from local residents-despite their close proximity, for our team to progress through the divisions, and recapture former glories, we also need a proper base for Dudley fans to watch THEIR local team”.
After much conjecture during recent years, any questions regarding the continued support for Speedways return to the local area have been well and truly answered, as the return of the once world famous Heathens Speedway team has been the local sporting success story of the year -
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25th October 2010
HEATHENS END OF SEASON PARTY
The much awaited Heathens End
of Season Party is nearly upon us and the final touches are being made to ensure
the night goes off smoothly.
With tickets selling within two weeks of going on sale, those who missed out, should not attempt to attend the event as entrance will only be permitted if a valid ticket is produced.
The event is a total sell out and our allocation has been filled. The Liberal Club has been a major player in helping the club return to the track and we hope you all respect the situation we are faced with.
Also a reminder to anyone travelling from the Old Hill and Blackheath area’s that Reddal Hill Road is currently operating a one way system and is closed to traffic from the island where it connects with the Halesowen Road until the junction with Lawrence lane. Diversions are in place and time should be given for the alternative route given.
Many thanks to you all for your cooperation and many thanks to everyone at the Liberal club who have helped with this event.
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30th October 2010
LEE SMART IS THE NATIONAL LEAGUE RIDERS CHAMPION
HEATHENS star Lee Smart completed
a successful season for club and rider when racing to victory in the National
League Riders Championship at Rye House on Saturday night.
Smart won the crown with a 14-point tally dropping his only point to King’s Lynn’s Simon Lambert who was second on 12. Lambert won his opening four rides but his title hopes were lost when he was excluded after falling on the first bend of heat 19. This left Smart needing to take the chequered flag in heat 20 against Ben Morley, Danny Warwick and Craig Cook, and he did so at the second attempt after Cook had been disqualified for bringing him down in the first running of the race. Buxton’s Adam Allott was third with 11.
Barrie Evans was Dudley’s other representative and he finished seventh with 8 points.
RESULT: Lee Smart 14, Simon Lambert 12, Adam Allott 11, Craig Cook 10, Nick Simmons 9, Ben Morley 9, Barrie Evans 8, Kyle Newman 7, Jay Herne 7, James Cockle 6, Darren Mallett 5, Danny Warwick 5, Gary Irving 5, Gary Cottham 5, Mark Baseby 4, Joe Jacobs 3, Niall Strudwick 0
9th November 2010
2010 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE HEATHENS SUPPORTERS CLUB
We are pleased to announce
details of the 2010 Annual General Meeting of the Heathens Speedway Supporters
Club. It will take place at our adopted home, the Cradley Heath Liberal Club on
the 25th November 2010, 8pm start.
As usual those attending will be presented with the Chairperson’s report as well as being guided through the financial statements.
Other items of note on the agenda for this year's meeting are the re-election of the committee and the latest news update on the continued fight to find a permanent site for a return.
During the night it is hoped that a quiz will be held where prizes will be given for the winners. Memberships will be taken and supporters will again be able to purchase merchandise in time for Christmas. It will also be the day before the Christmas Party tickets go on General sale.
We look forward to seeing you all.
Paul, Andy, Will and Simon
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12th November 2010
HEATHENS YEARBOOK & CHRISTMAS PARTY
SPEEDWAY fans have the chance to get their hands on a permanent souvenir of Dudley Heathens, one of the success stories of the 2010 British season.
The club, born from the ashes of the former Cradley Heath side, finished top of the National League in their debut campaign and pulled in bumper crowds on a regular basis.
Now the club, in association with Pendragon Books, are producing a full colour brochure in time for Christmas. The 2011 Heathens Yearbook will include features, pictures and statistics on all Dudley riders and will be 32-pages in full-colour.
It's an opportunity for fans to get their hands on a true collectors item with a limited print run - and supporters who order up to and including November 28 will have their name included in the brochure!
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: "It's been an amazing year and this is a great way for fans to keep something as a permanent reminder. I've seen some sample pages already and the full colour will be brilliant.
"Supporters can order in advance on the club website and they'll go on public sale for the first time at the Heathens Christmas Party on December 11 when Lee Smart and Ashley Morris, two key members of our 2010 team, will be available to sign copies. We're inviting other riders who are in the country, too."
The Dudley Heathens Yearbook is available for £5 through the official club website www.dudleyspeedway.com and all orders will receive copies postage free.
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27th November 2010
NO CHANGE AT HSSC
It was standing room only for
the supporters club AGM, which was held at the Cradley Heath Liberal Club on
Thursday Night. The members were given details of the club accounts and also a
chairperson’s report from Andy Minshall on the previous twelve months. An update
from the Crash team was also given out along with a video quiz and raffle to
complete the night.
It has been an obviously exciting year for everyone concerned with the on track return of the team, a feeling of togetherness from all aspects of the club has helped make the Heathens (once again) become a major success story of the year. It has also increased the workload of the HSSC committee, who along with helping Dudley Heathens organise social events and promotional days, have also taken on the merchandise sales on behalf of the club. The opportunity to run the club shop has helped increase the supporters clubs financial standing and it is hoped that the funds will be used to assist in any way to enable us achieve the objective into having a track of our own one day.
The clubs treasurer, Paul Partridge had the difficult task of having to compile two sets of accounts. Having a team to support this season has created a bit of a problem because we normally hold our AGM in September, so a year ending set and then a quarter yearly set of accounts were produced to bring them up to the current month. Consequently, the clubs future AGM’s will be held in November to coincide with the end of the speedway season.
After being voted back in for another twelve months the committee will continue to strive to improve on certain aspects of the club. Due to the healthy financial situation the club can look at its supplier base and try to get even better deals and improve services where required. The additional workload is also being considered and although the committee are proud to hold their positions, any assistance either on race nights, promotional days or behind the scenes would be welcomed. If it wasn’t for our family and friends this year, it would not have been possible to run the club shop or the successful 50/50 draw that enabled the riders to receive £2000 to help with their costs.
Subscriptions will stay the same and the rolling 12 month subscription scheme will continue. This enables fans to join at anytime during the season and enjoy twelve months membership. We feel as though this encourages fans to join and help the fight for a permanent home. We do our upmost to try and ensure that the members get value for money and also get them to feel part of something positive. Your support is still needed to raise funds to give us the greatest opportunity of returning to a home of our own. For £4 adults and £2.50 concessions, your voice can be heard and you can be safe in the knowledge that you are doing your bit to secure the future of our team.
HSSC would like to place on record our thanks to the anonymous member who donated £100 to club funds. It’s a fantastic gesture and one that will be spent wisely.
Considerations are also being given to making the club into a limited company, a trust or discuss ways of creating a community club that could bring in different kinds of funding. Work on these projects will continue and discussions with CRASH will also be held to choose the best option.
Special thanks were given to
both Phil and Steve Johnson for their hard work in continuing to run the
Cradleyspeedway.co.uk website. In the last week, the site has received over
500,000 hits, which is amazing considering our time in the wilderness. In the
dark years, the website helped to keep the fans informed of events and if it had
not been around it is unlikely that HSSC would be in existence.
Bob Edwards on behalf of CRASH, also gave an update of the fight for a site. The on track exploits have given the CRASH team a much needed boost and consequently discussions continue with local councils.
As stated at the meeting and in this weeks speedway star, a glowing report of thanks was given to the supporters club from Nigel Pearson on behalf of all at Dudley Heathens. The efforts of everyone this year has been amazing, from the hard work of the promotion and risk they took on the project, to the fans who have proved that you do not need to have an Elite league side to support, as long as the club is professional and the on track entertaining is there, the fans will come out in force. Congratulations everyone
So, its business as usual and we are all looking forward to another exciting year in 2011. If any HSSC members would like to see a copy of the club accounts, wish to volunteer to help in anyway they think they can, or to join the supporters club, then please get in touch with us either at Heathens08@googlemail.com or our new mobile number of 07766745681.
Thanks for your support
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12th December 2010
MORRIS CONFIRMED FOR 2011
DUDLEY Heathens have unveiled hot teenage prospect Ashley Morris
as their first signing for the 2011 season.
The Wolverhampton-based youngster made a good impression with club bosses last season and he is also likely to double-up with a Premier League club to continue his development.
Heathens bosses have also confirmed they are set to hold talks with 2010 rider of the year Tom Perry within the next week.
Morris admits it will be a hectic season for him as he prepares to race in two leagues.
He said: “My plan is to be doing both leagues again next year from the start of the season, and I want it to be a big year for me and the team. Right now I'm getting the bikes ready, then I'll have a bit of a break when everything's ready and I'll get some time to relax because it's going to be a very hectic year in 2011.
“The longer I stay off the bike the more eager I will be to get back on it at the start of the season!”
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16th December 2010
SMART NOMINATED FOR SPORTS AWARD
HEATHENS Speedway fans are urged to place their vote for skipper
Lee Smart in the chase for a major regional award.
Smart has been nominated as one of four contenders for the Dudley News Sports Personality of the Year - and the voting is open now.
The Wiltshire-based rider, who has been ruled out of next season's plans because his average takes him above National League standard, enjoyed a stunning season with the former Cradley club and led them to the top of the table. He also won the National League Riders' Championship in October and dedicated his success to Heathens fans.
He's also been unveiled as the latest rider to appear in the Telford indoor ice spectacular on Sunday, February 13, where he will ride in an England team managed by Heathens chief Will Pottinger.
Dudley chairman Nigel Pearson said: "It's terrific for the club that we have a nomination in the awards and it would be a real feather in our cap if Lee was to win it. We are the biggest supported sporting team in the Dudley News circulation area, nobody else comes close. It's just a shame we don't have a stadium within that area but an award like this would send another subtle message to the relevant people within Dudley Council.
"And I'm delighted to see Lee lining up at Telford, our supporters club (HSSC) will be there with a merchandise stand too so there is sure to be a big presence of green and red in Shropshire on that day. I'm planning to go along myself to support Lee."
Fans can vote for their hero at the Dudley News website, www.dudleynews.co.uk and the closing date is midday on Monday, January 10.
And supporters who wish to follow Smart at Telford can get their tickets in advance by the following methods: Credit Card Hotline 0845 155 9966 ext 1, General Enquiries 07857 140778, email firstname.lastname@example.org or by post: Telford Ice, 27 Upper Chirk Bank, Chirk, Wrexham LL14 5EB. Cheques should be made payable to 'Telford Ice' and please enclose a stamped addressed envelope.
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