Dudley Heathens Archive

2011

 

26/01/11

ROYNON DELIGHTED TO JOIN HEATHENS

ADAM Roynon says he can’t wait for the new Speedway season to start after joining National League success story Dudley Heathens.
Roynon will start the season on a 7.70 average and he will make his Heathens debut on Tuesday, April 12 when the former Cradley club face the USA tourists at Wolverhampton’s Monmore Green Stadium.
The former Great Britain squad member said: “I’m really excited by this and I can’t wait to meet the fans.
“It’s all about winning races and building my confidence and that’s what I intend to do for the Heathens.
“I’ve heard all about their reputation and the big following they have so I’m looking forward to coming along to the special night they are having on February 25 and meeting some of them.
“I’ve been working harder than ever before this winter to get things ready, not just on the physical side but on my schedule and my machinery. I’m really looking forward to riding for the Heathens, for Redcar in the Premier League and whatever meetings I might get with King’s Lynn as a member of their Elite League squad.
“I plan to ride in Denmark on some Wednesdays too, so riding at Wolverhampton on a Tuesday for Dudley works in really well for me.”
Tickets are selling fast for the Dudley Wood Tribute Night, featuring rare film of the great days of Dudley Wood Stadium and the personal appearance from Roynon who will be available for autographs and pictures with fans.
The event takes place at Cradley Heath Liberal Club on Friday, February 25. Tickets are available via paypal at the club’s online shop at dudleyspeedway.com or telephone 07717 242957. Fans can also order by post with cheques payable to HSSC and sent to HSSC, 2 Caernarven Way, Dudley DY1 2TR.
 

9th February 2011

DARRYL RITCHINGS GETS HIS CHANCE

DUDLEY Heathens have promoted teenager Darryl Ritchings into their starting line-up for the new season.
Ritchings, 16, spent last season patiently waiting for his chance as the team's stand-by rider but was also hit by injury and bike problems.
Now he's been handed a full 2011 team spot and will start the campaign in one of the vital reserve spots on a 3-point average.
He joins skipper Jon Armstrong, big winter signing Adam Roynon and Ashley Morris in the side - and fans' favourite Tom Perry should be confirmed soon.
Said Darryl: " I can't wait for the season to start, I'm really looking forward to joining the Heathens again this season as last year I was No. 8.
"The amount of support the team recieved when I competed in two meetings was awesome, plus the more meetings I watched the support grew.
"I Just hope I can score some points to help the heathens grab some silverware!"
 

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11th February 2011

PERRY CONFIRMED

HEATHENS hero Tom Perry has finalised his new deal to ride for the club for a second successive season.
Perry, 17, was rider-of-the-year last season, his first as a speedway rider after making a sensational switch from Grass track racing.
Now he is aiming to take his career up another level after pledging his future to the former Cradley club just a few days before his 18th birthday (February 22). He will sign a full professional contract with the club at that time.
The deal has been made possible with the help of former Cradley riders Mark Robinson and Anthony Boyd who have come to the rescue with transport arrangements for the youngster.
Said Perry: "I'm determined to make a career out of Speedway and feel I made a good, solid start last season.
"People tell me I need to improve my starting which is fair enough, but I don't think the management want me to because they like the entertainment factor when I have to race from the back!
"The support was amazing last season and I'm pleased to be back. The team is looking good and I would like to thank all the people who are helping me out and all those who have made it possible so far for me to ride Speedway. And what a great club to ride for!"
Perry joins skipper Jon Armstrong, Adam Roynon, Ashley Morris and Darryl Ritchings in the starting line-up and the club, who will ride all their home meetings at Wolverhampton next season, have also agreed deals with two more riders who will be announced later this month to complete the line-up.
* THE Dudley Wood Tribute night on February 25 at Cradley Heath Liberal Club is now a complete sell-out.
Over 200 fans and riders will pack the venue for a Q and A with management and new signing Adam Roynon, who will also unveil the 2011 racejacket with a one-off production for the nioht which will be signed and auctioned.
And top referee Tony Steele will present a fascinating show of rare cine footage from Dudley Wood, including items from the first season in 1947. It promises to be a great night for Cradley and Dudley fans.
* HEATHENS fans are set to travel in big numbers to Telford Ice Rink this Sunday, Febraury 13, for the indoor racing featuring 2010 Dudley skipper Lee Smart.
Heathens Speedway Supporters Club will also have new merchandise on sale.
Smart will ride for England, manageed by Heathens boss Will Pottinger, against the Rest of the World at 3pm and he will then be gunning for the British Open title in the evening session (7.30).
Admission at the Shorpshire rink is available on the day.

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1st March 2011

THE NEW RACEJACKET FOR 2011

 

 

For those who were not at the Tribute Night on Friday 25th February here is the new 2011 racejacket.


Also, the next date for the diary, this time at the River Rooms, Stourbridge. Meet the 2011 Heathens
All the team has promised to be there just one week before the start of the 2011 season to sign autographs or to have your photographs taken with them etc.


A great idea from our sponsors Dudley Building Society. They are introducing a new account for Heathens fans.

{click on the pictures for a more readable flyer}

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5th March 2011

HEATHENS TO GET MONMORE PRACTICE

DUDLEY Heathens riders have been handed the opportunity to get in some much needed pre-season laps at Wolverhampton's pre-season practice next week.  And that means the former Cradley club and their team of youngsters will be rubbing shoulders with the likes of top Grand Prix star Freddie Lindgren, GB World Cup ace Tai Woffinden and Wolves legend Peter Karlsson on Tuesday, March 16. Practice starts at 6pm but Heathens riders are likely to feature from 7pm.
All seven Heathens riders have been invited to take part and a hefty following of fans from the Dudley / Cradley area are sure to make the short trip across to see their favourites in action. It's a valuable exercise for the riders as Dudley will again be using Monmore Green as their home track for the new season as they continue their search for a new venue closer to their former Dudley Wood home.
Team manager Will Pottinger said: "This is a great opportunity for my riders to get some practice in on their adopted home track. All the boys are up for the new season and we can't wait to get the bikes on the track and get racing.
"It's good timing for us with our first meeting against the USA Tourists coming up on Tuesday, April 12."
All seven Heathens riders will mix with supporters at a special 'Meet the Heathens' night in Stourbridge just seven days before the first meeting.
Skipper Jon Armstrong will be joined by Adam Roynon, Tom Perry, Richard Franklin, Ashley Morris, Darryl Ritchings and Luke Chessell on Tuesday, April 5, at the River Rooms in Stourbridge. Doors open at 7pm and the riders will be introduced at 8pm.
Admission is just 2 on the door with all money raised to be shared amongst the riders to help with their pre-season preparations.

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20th March 2011

CHESSELL SET TO WIN FITNESS BATTLE

NEW Dudley Heathens signing Luke Chessell has vowed to start the season on time - despite suffering a broken bone in his wrist.
Chessell has had to turn down the chance to race in Saturday's British Under-21 Semi-final at Stoke because of the injury sustained in practice.
But he's told Heathens boss Will Pottinger that he should be fit and raring to go for the opening meeting against the USA tourists at Wolverhampton on Tuesday, April 12.
Said Pottinger: "Luke crashed and went to hospital to look at the damage and he was told a small bone had been broken.
"It's close to the little finger and he has assured me he will be ready to race on April 12."

 

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1st April 2011

HEATHENS GET TOGETHER

DUDLEY Heathens speedway riders have enjoyed a day of team bonding with the new season just days away.
The former Cradley club, who open the doors at their adopted Monmore Green home in Wolverhampton next Tuesday against the USA tourists, had a Go-Kart competition at Full Throttle Raceway in Stourbridge which was won by Tom Perry, who races regularly on four wheels.
And in the evening they were presented with their racejackets, and a cheque from an anonymous sponsor, on stage at a packed River Rooms for a special pre-season function.
Team manager Will Pottinger said: "Everyone enjoyed the day, the karing was great and it was no surprise Tom won it because he goes karting quite often.
"And it was also no surprise to see so many people at the River Rooms on the night. We would like to thank Phil Jasper for his hospitality, he is a keen supporter of the club and it was also a chance for the supporters to mix with the riders.
"Now we're all itching to get started in a challenge match at Stoke on Saturday and the big one next Tuesday at Wolverhampton when we are hoping to gain some revenge over the USA team after they beat us on opening night last year."


JON Armstrong is now a fully-fledged Dudley Heathens rider after the club completed a deal with Newport.  Armstrong, the new skipper of the former Cradley club, will lead his side into action as a Heathens asset this season.  The vastly experienced Mancunian looked set to be left on the sidelines by the Heathens at one stage during the winter but the fans response made the club think again.
Chairman Nigel Pearson said: “We are delighted to make Jon a club asset. He said all winter this was the club he wanted to race for and we made an enquiry about buying him.  “Thankfully everything has been agreed with Newport and Armo is now a true Heathen in every sense of the word!”  Armstrong himself is delighted to be a permanent Heathens rider in time for the new season.  “It’s great for me,” he said. “I’ve been telling them all winter that Dudley was the first choice club for me, it was so amazing to be a part of it last year.  “And having ridden at the old Dudley Wood track I know all about the passion of the Cradley fans. I’m delighted.”
 

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4th April 2011

MEET THE HEATHENS!

HEATHENS fans are set to turn out in force to meet the riders proudly wearing the green, red and white for the 2011 season on Tuesday night.
The club have arranged a 'Meet the Heathens' night at the Rivers Rooms, Mill Race Lane in Stourbridge and all money raised on the door and through the raffle will be split between the seven riders.
It's going to be a hectic day for the Dudley riders as they take to the track in the afternoon - but not a speedway track!
On the suggestion of new signing Adam Roynon the riders will do battle on the Go Kart circuit in a team bonding exercise before meeting guests and media at 5pm.
Doors open to the general public at 7pm and the evening will start at 8pm, hosted by Heathens presenter Ian 'Porky' Jones.
Club chairman Nigel Pearson said: "I thought it was great when Adam called me and suggested the Go Karting in the afternoon and our team manager, Will Pottinger went ahead and sorted it.
"I guess it's one way of getting to know each other but I dare say there will be a bit of rivalry on the track as well!
"We must remind fans that the capacity for the River Rooms is 340 and we expect it to be full. It's just 2 on the door and all the money goes to the riders to help with their running costs."

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13th April 2011

EVANS TO MAKE HEATHENS RETURN

BARRIE Evans will be back in Dudley Heathens colours for one day only this Sunday.
Evans, who had a brief spell with the club last season, has agreed to deputise for close friend Jon Armstrong who is out with a rib injury.
Armstrong was forced to pull out after his first ride in the Travel Plus Trophy win over the USA tourists at Monmore on Tuesday.
Evans is a former Mildenhall rider but this season he has joined the new Hackney Hawks side who share their home meetings between Rye House and Lakeside.
Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: “Jon was in a lot of pain after his first ride because he twisted awkwardly and we now know he won’t be fit for Sunday.
“Barrie was very quick to accept our invitation to ride for us again, he enjoyed his time with us last season despite all his mechanical problems.
“It’s going to be a hard meeting on Sunday but hopefully we can pull off a good result and take something from there.”
Heathens will check on Armstrong’s fitness ahead of next Tuesday’s National Shield first leg clash at home to Buxton over the weekend.

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18th April 2011

EVANS TO GUEST AGAIN

DUDLEY Heathens have once again called on the services of their former rider Barrie Evans to deputise for injured skipper Jon Armstrong in Tuesday’s National Shield first leg clash with Buxton at Monmore Green. Armstrong remains on the sidelines with a rib injury and Evans,who notched 9+2 for the former Cradley club in their agonising 45-44 National League defeat at Mildenhall on Sunday, is only too pleased to help.
Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: “Barrie had a tough time with bike problems during his time with us last season but he did a solid job for us at Mildenhall and we’re pleased to ask him back for Tuesday.  “It’s nice for us to have a home meeting so soon after losing a last heat decider, all the boys are desperate to get back into action as quickly as possible.  “And with the first national silverware on the line, we want a handy lead from the first leg to take to Buxton on Sunday.”

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MATCH PREVIEW

DUDLEY Heathens are on a revenge mission when they chase the first National League silverware of the season against Buxton at their adopted Wolverhampton home on Tuesday (7.30).  The former Cradley club face the Hitmen, who denied them a league and cup double last season, in the first leg of the National Shield with the return in Derbyshire this Sunday.  Boss Will Pottinger is looking for a handy first leg lead from the Monmore meeting to take to the Hi Edge Raceway for the second leg.  He said: “Buxton had a fantastic season last year and thoroughly deserved their success, even though it was at our expense!  “This is our chance to hit back and we will be looking for revenge. We need a good lead from our home leg and hopefully we can achieve that on Tuesday.  “And we hope our brilliant supporters will turn out in force to get behind us. The new lads were amazed by our support last week and at Mildenhall on Sunday, it makes a massive difference.”  Heathens have included Hackney’s Barrie  Evans as a guest replacement for the injured Jon Armstrong who is hoping to be ready to return on Sunday.
Buxton include former Heathen Ben Taylor who was so unlucky last season when he sustained a wrist injury in his first race of the historic opening meeting at Birmingham and missed the rest of the season.
Admission is just 10 adults, 6 concessions and 2 children with a 28-page full colour souvenir programme available for 2.
HEATHENS: Barrie Evans, Richard Franklin, Tom Perry, Ashley Morris, Adam Roynon, Darryl Ritchings, Luke Chessell.
BUXTON: Ben Taylor, Dean Felton, Luke Priest, Robert Branford, Adam Allott, Ryan Blacklock, John McPhail.

 The Heathens riders will be introduced to fans at the club's official season launch on Friday, March 9.
Every team member will be invited to the function at Cradley Heath Liberal Club, High Street, Cradley Heath and there will also be live music from talented local artist and Heathens fan Neil Davidson.
Admission is 3 for Heathens Supporters Club members and 3 non-members. 8pm start.

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19th April 2011

HEATHENS V BUXTON

DUDLEY Heathens have given themselves a chance of winning the National League Shield with a hard fought 53-37 win over Buxton at Wolverhampton on Tuesday.  Locally based teenager Ashley Morris scored a stunning 15-point maximum for the former Cradley club including back-to-back wins in the last two races to swing the tie heavily in Heathens’ favour.  New signing Adam Roynon continued his fine start to his Heathens career by dropping just one point to an opposing rider in five outings.  And guest Barrie Evans did a good job in place of the injured Jon Armstrong with a handy 9+1 contribution.  But Buxton threatened to keep it close with some determined racing from Adam Allott (10) and Rob Branford (8) and it needed three successive maximums to sway the tie in Heathens’ favour.  Boss Pottinger said: “I’m pleased with a 16-point lead because it was looking close for a big part of the meeting and we threw some points away.  “But to go to Buxton with an advantage like this gives us hope and encouragement that we can win the Shield which would be a great start to the season for us.  “And I’m really pleased for Ash (Morris), he was brilliant all night and Adam did a fantastic job for us again.”
The return is at Buxton’s Hi-Edge Raceway this Sunday at 3pm.
DUDLEY 53: Ashley Morris 15, Adam Roynon 13+1, Barrie Evans 9+1, Darryl Ritchings 6+1, Richard Franklin 5+1, Tom Perry 4, Luke Chessell 1.
BUXTON 37: Adam Allott 10, Rob Branford 8, Luke Priest 6+2, Ben Taylor 4, Dean Felton 4, John McPhail 4, Ryan Blacklock 1+1.


25th April 2011

HEATHENS WIN NATIONAL LEAGUE SHIELD

DUDLEY Heathens conquered last year’s treble winners Buxton Hitmen to claim the National League Shield on Sunday.
And the former Cradley club did it in style with a 46-44 win on the day to win by 18-points on aggregate and claim their first official national title since Cradley won the Premier League Fours in 1995.
Winter signing Adam Roynon continued his fairytale start to his Heathens career with an unbeaten 11+1 score from four outings and guest rider Byron Bekker, in for the injured Jon Armstrong, did a fine job with 8.
Heathens had one hand on the silverware after their 53-37 win at Wolverhampton in Tuesday’s first leg but refused to take victory for granted and worked hard for their points, watched by a big number of travelling fans.
Boss Will Pottinger said: “It’s fantastic to win our first piece of official silverware, everybody did a great job in the team and thanks to our guest Byron Bekker for a great job.
“The reserves scored well and Adam was fantastic. To win on the day is a real bonus for us.”
HEATHENS: Adam Roynon 11+1, Byron Bekker 8, Ashley Morris 7, Richard Franklin 6+1, Tom Perry 6+1, Luke Chessell 5+1, Darryl Ritchings 3+2.

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25th April 2011

GREAT SUPPORT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY HEATHENS: National Shield winners Dudley share the glory with their fans. Picture: IAN CHARLES

JUBILANT Dudley Heathens boss Will Pottinger has paid tribute to the club's army of fans after winning the National Shield at Buxton on Sunday.
A big number of supporters made the trip to Derbyshire from the Cradley area to see a Heathens side lift their first official silverware since Cradley won the Premier League Fours in 1995.
And Pottinger says the new riders in the side have admitted they are stunned by the amazing support, both home and away. He said: "Riders like Adam Roynon and Luke Chessell are staggered by the support we get. We took a load of supporters to Stoke, Mildenhall and Buxton and in some cases there were more away fans than home!
"So on behalf of the lads I just want to say thanks for your support. It was nice to win the Shield at Buxton but we look forward to displaying it in front of our home crowd when we face Scunthorpe in our first home league meeting at Wolves next Tuesday (May 3)."  Dudley Heathens continue to be the best supported club in the National League despite relying on neighbours and rivals Wolverhampton for a home track as they continue their search for a new home in the Dudley and Sandwell area.
 

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30th April 2011

BIRMINGHAM MATCH PREVIEW

DUDLEY Heathens have booked Belle Vue star Byron Bekker to guest for the injured Adam Roynon in their challenge match at Birmingham on Sunday (6.30).   Roynon suffered a broken femur in Redcar's defeat at Ipswich and Heathens bosses are awaiting further details regarding the length of time he is likely to be out.   Birmingham have given the club permission to use a guest replacement but in league and cup meetings they are left with no choice but to use the rider replacement facility.   Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: "It's good for us to be riding against a Birmingham team and I'm sure we will take plenty of support across there.   "We are still waiting for further news on Adam but in league situations we would be a bit exposed using rider replacement for a rider of his quality over a long period of time."We may have to use that facility in Tuesday's home league meeting with Scunthorpe and then we have a two week gap to look at the options."

BIRMINGHAM: Jack Hargreaves, Jake Knight, Steve Worrall, Mark Baseby, Paul Starke, Stefan Nielson, Lewis Blackbird.
HEATHENS: Jon Armstrong, Richard Franklin, Tom Perry, Ashley Morris, Byron Bekker, Darryl Ritchings, Luke Chessell.

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1st May 2011

HEATHENS LOSE TO THE BULLS

HEATHENS were hit by a late burst from the Birmingham Bulls as they were beaten in a challenge match at Perry Barr on Sunday.
The visitors trailed by just five points with four heats to go, but they conceded three 5-1s in the last four heats as the home side made the final score more emphatic – despite Ashley Morris winning a tactical ride in the penultimate race.
Heat wins were thin on the ground for the Heathens as the home side dominated in that department with Jack Hargreaves scoring a full 15-point maximum.  Heathens’ other race winners were Darryl Ritchings in Heat 2 and Richard Franklin in Heat 11, with four of their riders finishing with identical totals of 5+1, and skipper Jon Armstrong took five rides on his return from injury.

BIRMINGHAM 53: Jack Hargreaves 15, Steve Worrall 10+2, Paul Starke 8+1, Stefan Nielsen 8, Mark Baseby 7+2, Lewis Blackbird 3, Jake Knight 2+1.

DUDLEY 39: Ashley Morris 11+2, Byron Bekker 7, Richard Franklin 5+1, Tom Perry 5+1, Darryl Ritchings 5+1, Jon Armstrong 5+1, Luke Chessell 1+1.
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2nd May 2011

SCUNTHORPE PREVIEW

DEPLETED Dudley Heathens are calling on their big army of fans to roar them on in their opening home National League meeting of the season.
The former Cradley club have suffered the loss of key rider Adam Roynon with a broken femur and will operate the rider-replacement facility when they face Scunthorpe at Monmore on Tuesday (7.30).  Boss Will Pottinger will share Roynon’s four programmed rides amongst his colleagues with every member of the team eligible to cover.  He said: “It’s a massive blow to lose Adam and it leaves is very much weaker for this meeting on Tuesday.  “Scunthorpe are at full strength and we are going to need to be on our toes. It’s going to take a massive effort from all the lads and we need the supporters to be right behind us.  “It’s a tough prospect for us and every one of our team will need to be at their best if we are to win. It should be a good night of racing.”  Roynon, meanwhile, is hoping to leave hospital in Ipswich today after having surgery on Saturday to pin his femur.

HEATHENS (v Scunthorpe, Monmore Green, Tuesday 7.30): Jon Armstrong, Richard Franklin, Tom Perry, Ashley Morris, Adam Roynon R/R, Darryl Ritchings, Luke Chessell.

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4th May 2011

HEATHENS 47 - SCUNTHORPE 43

JON Armstrong gave his best performance in Heathens colours as Dudley edged out a powerhouse Scunthorpe side 47-43 in a National League thriller at their adopted Wolverhampton track on Tuesday.  The skipper notched 17-points from a possible 18 in a majestic display which inspired his colleagues to keep the Saints at bay.  Heathens went into the meeting without star man Adam Roynon and the visitors were also able to call on the services of trump card Richie Worrall for seven outings.  But despite the odds clearly being against the former Cradley club they displayed fantastic team spirit to dig deep and pull off a wonderful win.  Boss Will Pottinger said: "In my opinion we have just beaten one of the best teams in the league and whilst it's disappointing that we only got two-points instead of three, we're really happy.  "For Scunthorpe to have Richie Worrall at reserve means they have a massive advantage but I thought we showed great character. We were up against it, but we managed to pull it off and our thanks again go to our supporters for their backing.  "Armo was brilliant and he won the meeting for us, but everyone played their part and our 5-1 with Armo and Ash (Morris) in the last race was well deserved."  Scunthorpe were angry with the decision to exclude Steve Worrall from Heat 15, with the scores level at 42-42. However, video evidence proved referee Tony Steele was correct and Heathens completed a well deserved win.
Club bosses Pottinger and Nigel Pearson are in the market for a new signing to replace Roynon and an announcement could be made this week.

HEATHENS: Jon Armstrong 17, Ashley Morris 13+1, Richard Franklin 7+2, Tom Perry 6+2, Luke Chessell 2+1, Darryl Ritchings 2. Adam Roynon R/R.
SCUNTHORPE: Richie Worrall 15+2, Steve Worrall 12, Gary Irving 7, Greg Blair 3, Ashley Birks 2+1, Stefan Nielsen 2+1, Adam Wrathall 2.

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4th May 2011

HEATHENS MAKE THE CHANGES

DUDLEY Heathens have snapped up Great Britain Under-21 international Kyle Newman.
  Newman, 19, will replace the injured Adam Roynon at the former Cradley club and will make his debut in the mouthwatering Knockout Cup clash witb Belle Vue at Wolverhampton on Tuesday, May 17.  And he brings with him a fine pedigree at this level having won the title with both Weymouth and Bournemouth and also won the cup two years ago.  He rides for Newcastle in the Premier League and proved to be their matchwinner at the weekend when he scored 11+1 in their narrow victory over Sheffield.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “I’m delighted to welcome Kyle to the club. I saw a fair bit of him at Birmingham last season and our club partner, Gary Patchett, speaks very highly of the lad.  “I was only talking to Kyle last week when I was at Newcastle with Sky and he asked how things had been going for us at Dudley and here we are, one week later, working together!”  Pearson admits a second team change will need to be made to get Heathens under the points limit. He said: “It’s just unfortunate that someone else in the side will have to go. We are taking our time on this one before making a decision but it will have to be made before our Knockout Cup tie with Belle Vue on May 17 at Monmore Green.  “We don’t feel ready to make a change and whoever leaves can count themselves very unlucky at this stage of the season.  “I think every Heathens fan understands that we cannot go through the summer with rider-replacement for Adam, it would put too much pressure on the rest of the boys. “Adam will be visiting us at Monmore Green for one of our home meetings in the not too distant future.”

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5th May 2011

HEATHENS MAKE ANOTHER CHANGE

TEENAGER Danny Stoneman has joined Dudley Heathens as part of their team reshuffle.  Stoneman, 19, has been riding for Mildenhall as cover for the unavailable Cameron Heeps but was stood down for this weekend and will make his Heathens debut on May 17 in the Knockout Cup against Belle Vue.  Luke Chessell has been released from the former Cradley club after struggling for form and confidence.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: "Once we announced the signing of Kyle Newman to replace Adam Roynon it was obvious someone else would have to go and Luke is the unlucky rider.  "We cannot fault Luke for his effort, he has tried his heart out. We wish him well for the future and hope to see him fixed up elsewhere soon.  "Our club partner, Gary Patchett, took a call from Danny Stoneman's camp saying they would prefer to take up the option of a team place with us rather than waiting for Mildenhall to decide if they wanted him - and even then it was only short-term to cover for Cameron Heeps.  "And Danny has already scored points this season, including 3+1 for Mildenhall against ourselves when we met at West Row.  "He also scored 2+1 against us for Bournemouth at Poole last season and he has the potential and bottle to improve. Hopefully that improvement will shine through with us."
It means Heathens will be handing a debut to two riders when they face Belle Vue at Monmore Green on May 17 with both Newman and Stoneman in the side.  Pearson has also clarified the eligibility of Newman who will now be riding in all three leagues. As well as Heathens meetings he will be racing for Newcastle in the Premier League and Poole in the Elite.  Said Pearson: "Before announcing the signing of Kyle we checked with Graham Reeve at the SCB, I also personally checked with a leading referee, plus we had the support of Matt Ford at Poole and George English at Newcastle because we wanted to be sure they were happy with this move. Both are also BSPA management committee members.  "I also double-checked with Peter Morrish, the National League co-ordinator, and there is no rule to prevent a young British rider appearing in three different leagues. We have done this in a professional and manner by going through the correct channels."

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16th May 2011

K.O. CUP DUDLEY v BELLE VUE

DUDLEY Heathens go up for the cup on Tuesday when they face National league newcomers Belle Vue at Monmore Green (7.30).  The former Cradley club will have debuts to new signings Kyle Newman and Danny Stoneman and boss Will Pottinger is hoping his side can build up a handy first leg lead to take to Manchester for the return on June 1.  And the meeting has an added twist as Belle Vue include Jason Garrity, who was a thorn in Dudley’s side when riding for Buxton last season.
Said Pottinger: “This is a massive meeting for us and we will all need to be on form to get a good lead for the second leg.   “It’s so good to have Belle Vue in the league and as soon as we drew them in the cup our fans wanted to know the dates.
“We welcome Kyle and Danny and I’m sure the supporters will gave them a big, traditional Heathens welcome on the parade.  “We need to keep Jason Garrity quiet but that won’t be easy as he’s at reserve and can take seven rides. It’s another tough ask for us but the boys will give it everything.”
Admission is just 10 adults, 6 concessions and 2 children. A Full colour souvenir programme is available for 2 and includes features on Cradley’s Dudley Wood Stadium.
DUDLEY: Jon Armstrong, Richard Franklin, Tom Perry, Ashley Morris, Kyle Newman, Darryl Ritchings, Danny Stoneman.
BELLE VUE: Byron Bekker, Scott Richardson, Kyle Howarth, Karl Mason, Adam McKinna, Chris Widman, Jason Garrity.

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17th May 2011

K.O. CUP DUDLEY v BELLE VUE MATCH REPORT

HEATHENS won a bruising Knockout Cup tie with Belle Vue 45-39 at Monmore Green on Tuesday.
Both Ashley Morris and Kyle Newman were involved in horrific crashes for the former Cradley club but came away relatively unscathed.
Sadly Belle Vue man Kyle Howarth suffered a collarbone injury in a hard fought Heat 14 which saw the fence damaged and the meeting abandoned because of the 10pm curfew.
Once again there was some breathtaking racing in front of a bumper crowd made up of Heathens fans with little travelling support.
Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: "We're pleased to get a six-point lead for the return leg.
"It's hard to say whether we've done enough, but it's nice to have a lead to take up there. We had to work hard for it and credit to all the boys, they've given us everything.
"We had some misfortune along the way but so did Belle Vue. It was a cracking meeting."

HEATHENS: Ashley Morris 12, Jon Armstrong 11, Tom Perry 8+3, Kyle Newman 5, Darryl Ritchings 4+1, Richard Franklin 3+1, Danny Stoneman 2+1.
BELLE VUE: Kyle Howarth 10, Jason Garrity 10, Byron Bekker 8, Adam McKinna 5+2, Scott Richardson 4+2, Chris Widman 1+1, Karl Mason 1.

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31st May 2011

NATIONAL LEAGUE: DUDLEY HEATHENS 49 HACKNEY 41


HEATHENS pulled off the comeback of all comebacks to snatch all three points from a National League thriller against Hackney.
For much of the meeting the home side were up against it against the fast-starting visitors, who had a major weapon at reserve in Shane Hazelden.
With five races to go, Heathens trailed 26-34 – but they then hit the Hawks with three successive 5-1s, two of them involving their own reserve Darryl Ritchings, who enjoyed his best performance in the club’s colours.  A fourth 5-1 would have followed in Heat 14 but Ashley Morris cruelly ground to a halt on the final bend leaving Ritchings to win the race to protect what had become a four point lead.  Dudley needed another 5-1 from the last race to secure maximum points from the meeting – and they got it in dramatic fashion with the impressive Kyle Newman leading from the start, and skipper Jon Armstrong blasting around ex-Heathen Barrie Evans off the final bend to steal second place on the line.   Heathens club partner Gary Patchett said: “We had a talk with the boys at the interval, nobody was happy at that stage, and the response was absolutely remarkable. They pulled it out of the bag superbly, and it was great to see the fans’ reaction.
“We didn’t have a man of the match sponsor this time, but if we had then it would certainly have gone to Darryl Ritchings. His performance was vital, and I’m personally delighted for him.”
HEATHENS 49: Kyle Newman 13+1, Darryl Ritchings 11+1, Jon Armstrong 9+1, Tom Perry 6+2, Ashley Morris 5+1, Richard Franklin 4, Danny Stoneman 1+1.
HACKNEY 41: Shane Hazelden 16, Ben Morley 8+1, Barrie Evans 7+1, Ben Hopwood 5+2, David Mason 5, Brandon Freemantle 0, Marc Owen r/r.

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1st June 2011

KO CUP QUARTER-FINAL 2nd leg: BELLE VUE 39 DUDLEY 52
Dudley win 97-78 on aggregate

DUDLEY Heathens are through to the semi-finals of the Knockout Cup after a magnificent result at Belle Vue on Wednesday.  Conventional wisdom was that Heathens’ six-point first leg lead would come under considerable threat at Kirkmanshulme Lane – but they always had the better of the return fixture.  It was a rock-solid Dudley performance with nine race wins and, also impressively, the only last place amongst their top five came when the otherwise outstanding Tom Perry was disqualified from the last race for bringing down Byron Bekker.  The home side suffered from a host of falls, captain Bekker setting an unhappy tone for them when he came to grief in Heat 1 as the Heathens opened up with maximum points.  The visitors went six points clear with a second 5-1 from skipper Jon Armstrong and Richard Franklin in Heat 5, and by the time the Colts’ top man Jason Garrity won a tactical ride in Heat 11 the tie was already virtually beyond them.  Heathens had it wrapped up in the next race with Perry’s third win of the night backed up by Darryl Ritchings in third place – but they kept the pressure on to ensure they won the meeting as well as on aggregate.
In-form Kyle Newman took Heat 13 after Garrity crashed, and the home side’s miserable night was summed up when Ashley Morris and Danny Stoneman carded a 5-0 in Heat 14 after Adam McKinna fell and Chris Widman ground to a halt.  An awarded 5-1 to the Colts in Heat 15 after the Perry/Bekker tangle was scant consolation for them, with the Heathens now looking forward to a last-four tie.

BELLE VUE 39: Jason Garrity 14+1, Byron Bekker 9+1, Scott Richardson 8, Adam McKinna 6, Karl Mason 1, Chris Widman 1, Kyle Howarth r/r.
DUDLEY 52: Tom Perry 11, Richard Franklin 10+2, Kyle Newman 9, Jon Armstrong 8+1, Ashley Morris 7+2, Danny Stoneman 4+1, Darryl Ritchings 3+1.

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9th June 2011

KO CUP SEMI-FINAL

DUDLEY Heathens have agreed dates for their eagerly-awaited Knockout Cup semi-final showdown with local rivals Stoke.
The former Cradley club will travel to Loomer Road on Sunday, June 26 at 3pm for the first leg with the return at their adopted Wolverhampton home the following Tuesday, June 28, at 7.30.
It means a bumper few days of action for Heathens fans as they go to Newport on June 24 with the British Grand Prix at Cardiff on Saturday, June 25.
Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: "This will be a cracking cup tie, I'm sure of that.
"Stoke have been in fine form of late and they are going to make it very hard for us, but people said that about Belle Vue and look what we did to them!
"It's going to be a great few days for the fans and we are all looking forward to it."
The National League home meeting with Stoke will now take place on a date to be arranged.

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17th June 2011

NATIONAL LEAGUE PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP


DUDLEY Heathens go in search of national silverware when they head to Newport for the National League Pairs Championship on Saturday (7pm).
A big contingent of Heathens fans are set to make the trip to South Wales to back skipper Jon Armstrong and his partner Kyle Newman in the prestigious event.
And manager Will Pottinger believes his duo have what it takes to challenge for glory at the start of a vital phase of the season.
The former Cradley club face the Isle of Wight at their adopted Wolverhampton home on Tuesday before returning to Newport for a National League clash on Friday, June 24.  They then face back-to-back meetings with Stoke in the National League Knockout Cup semi-finals with the first leg at Loomer Road on Sunday, June 26 and the return at Monmore Green on June 28.  Said Pottinger: "It all promises to be an exciting time for the club and it's a big opportunity for us.
"We go to Newport with Armo and Kyle in a confident mood. They both have good experience of the Newport track and they will give it their best, I think we can do well down there."

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19th June 2011

PAIRS REPORT + PERRY PRAISED

DUDLEY Heathens’ hopes of National League Pairs glory were dashed in their final outing of the qualification races at Newport.
Heathens duo Kyle Newman and Jon Armstrong made an excellent start to the meeting by taking maximum points over Buxton, although they were put under pressure by conceding a 5-4 to Stoke in Heat 6, Newman winning the race but Armstrong being kept at the back.  However, they recovered well to take another maximum against the Isle of Wight, and they appeared in control of the group when Stoke surprisingly dropped points to the same opponents in Heat 16.  But Armstrong and Newman both missed the gate in their clash with Mildenhall in Heat 18, and there was no way through with Newman falling on the last bend as he attempted a last-gasp passing move.
That opened things up for Stoke again, and the Potters duo of Simon Lambert and Tim Webster took it with a 7-2 over Buxton to top the group, and they then defeated hosts Newport in the Final to win the meeting.

Group A: Newport 26, Scunthorpe/Sheffield 22, Belle Vue 17, Hackney 15, King’s Lynn 10.
Group B: Stoke 23, Mildenhall 21, Dudley 20 (Kyle Newman 11, Jon Armstrong 9), Buxton 13, Isle of Wight 13.
Final: Stoke beat Newport.

HEATHENS youngster Tom Perry scored a creditable seven points in Saturday’s European Under-19 semi-final in Krosno, Poland.
Perry finished ninth overall in the meeting although he would have been three places higher but for a fall in his first ride when he was holding a clear second place.
GB youth boss Phil Morris reported back: “Tom did himself very proud and I was delighted with his commitment. The meeting will have been great experience for him.
“The track was very big, and it became very bumpy after heavy rain at the start of the meeting, but Tom finished very well with five points from his last two races."

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20th June 2011

ISLE OF WIGHT PREVIEW

DUDLEY Heathens aim to continue their push for the National League play-offs when they face Isle of Wight Islanders at their adopted Monmore Green home on Tuesday (7.30).  The former Cradley club are unbeaten in five outings on home shale and the meeting signals the start of a hectic spell for the team.
They head to Newport on Friday, then face Stoke in the Knockout Cup Semi-Final on Sunday with the return at Wolverhampton next Tuesday and a league trip to King’s Lynn the next night.  That’s five meetings in nine days for the Heathens in a vital phase of their season.  Boss Will Pottinger said: “We need to start this busy spell for the boys with a win on Tuesday and we will be going for it.  “We made really hard work of our last home meeting against Hackney and we cannot afford a repeat of that.
“The Islanders have some good riders with lots of experience like Nick Simmons and Lee Smethills so we will have to be on our toes.   “If we can get three points from this meeting then we will have plenty of confidence to carry forward to Newport on Friday.”
Admission is just 10 adults, 6 concessions and 2 and the programme is 2. it includes a feature on the Dudley-Wolves Trophy, plus a look back at a memory meeting and columns from boss Pottinger and chairman Nigel Pearson.
HEATHENS: Jon Armstrong, Richard Franklin, Tom Perry, Ashley Morris, Kyle Newman, Darryl Ritchings, Danny Stoneman.
ISLE OF WIGHT: Paul Starke, Rob Smith, Lee Smethills, Brendan Johnson, Nick Simmons, Ross Walter, Gary Cotham.

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22nd June 2011

ISLE OF WIGHT RESULT

HEATHENS are within a point of the National League leaders after a thumping 59-34 win over the Isle of Wight at Monmore Green on Tuesday.
Kyle Newman romped to an unbeaten 11+1 haul but it was a solid all-round team performance as the former Cradley club, watched by their ex-promoter Tim Rowe, gave their best display of the season.  Skipper Jon Armstrong led by example with 13+1 and Richard Franklin continued his impressive form with 9+2 which included a rare appearance in Heat 15.  And once again a bumper crowd turned out to back the side with the green, red and white colours out in force.
Boss Will Pottinger said: “I’m pleased, very pleased. We all rode very well and it sets us up nicely for some important meetings over the next few days, starting at Newport on Friday.  “We have picked up points in all six league meetings so far and if we can keep the scoreboard ticking over then we will reach the play-offs. Then anything can happen!”
HEATHENS: Jon Armstrong 13+1, Kyle Newman 11+1, Richard Franklin 9+2, Ashley Morris 9+1, Tom Perry 8+1, Darryl Ritchings 6+1, Danny Stoneman 3+1.
ISLE OF WIGHT: Rob Smith 10, Gary Cotham 8+1, Nick Simmons 7, Brendan Johnson 4+1, Paul Starke 3, Lee Smethills 2+1, Ross Walter 0.

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23rd June 2011

NEWPORT PREVIEW

HEATHENS are looking to go top of the National League table for the first time this season when they head to Newport on Friday (7.30).
The former Cradley club have gained at least a point from all six of their league outings so far this season.  And they're at full strength and have named an unchanged riding order after Tuesday's demolition of the Isle of Wight at Monmore Green.  Boss Will Pottinger said: "We are all looking forward to the Newport trip with many Heathens fans continuing their weekend at Cardiff for the GP the following day.  "It will be tough because Newport are a good side on their own track and they have a powerful top two in Jay Herne and Todd Kurtz, but we're riding well right now and I would like to think our solid all-round scoring could serve us well and we can get something from the meeting."

NEWPORT: Jay Herne, Tom Young, James White-Williams, Matt Bates, Todd Kurtz, Richard Andrews, David Gough.
HEATHENS: Jon Amrstrong, Richard Franklin, Tom Perry, Ashley Morris, Kyle Newman, Darryl Ritchings, Danny Stoneman.

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24th June 2011

NEWPORT RESULT

DUDLEY Heathens went to the top of the National League table at a wet Hayley Stadium on Friday night gaining a 36 all draw after the meeting was abandoned after twelve races due to rain, the result standing.  The Heathens where four points adrift after the opening four races after home pairing Jay Herne and Richard Andrews gained maximum points in the opening heat over Richard Franklin and Jon Armstrong in the opening heat. An exchange of 4-2’s in the next three races saw the Heathens trailing 14-10. Armstrong and Franklin then reduced the deficit to just two points as the Heathens pairing gained a 4-2 heat advantage with the rain getting increasingly worse.
The Heathens took the lead for the first time in heat eight with a maximum heat win from Franklin and reserve Danny Stoneman over Richard Andrews to give the Heathens a 25-25 lead at the midway point of the meeting. Newport gained a maximum of their own in heat ten as Tom Perry fell on the second lap and then Ashley Morris came to grief on the final lap, Morris pushing for the consolation point as the Hornets regain the lead. The Hornets extend their lead with a 4-2 in heat eleven with Franklin splitting the Newport pairing of Todd Kurtz and David Gough after Armstrong comes to grief at the starting line leaving the Heathens trailing 35-31.
Tom Perry and Darryl Ritchings levelled the scores in heat twelve with a 5-1 heat win over Richard Andrews and David Gough as proceedings were called to a halt with continuing rain leaving the referee to alternative but to abandon the meeting giving the Heathens a hard fought 36 all draw.
Heathens club chairman Nigel Pearson commented “On behalf of all the team I’d like to thank the many Heathens supporters that travelled down and supported the team and to the riders for their superb efforts on a difficult track which took the club to the top of the National League table. There is a great togetherness within the team and it puts us in a buoyant mood ahead of our difficult cup semi final matches against Stoke in the coming week.”

Newport 36: Todd Kurtz 9, Jay Herne 9, Richard Andrews 7+1, Matt Bates 5+1, James White-Williams 3+1, Tom Young 2+1, David Gough 1

Dudley 36: Darryl Ritchings 7+1, Richard Franklin 7, Kyle Newman 6+1, Ashley Morris 6, Tom Perry 4+1, Danny Stoneman 3+1, Jon Armstrong 3

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26th June 2011

STOKE v DUDLEY

DUDLEY Heathens have a mountain to climb if they are to reach the Knockout Cup Final after going down by 30-points in Sunday’s first leg at Loomer Road.
Heathens were on the back foot right from the start of a meeting which was delayed by nearly two hours due to the non-arrival of the paramedic. When the action got underway, Heathens were hit by four Stoke 5-1s in four races, with both Kyle Newman and Danny Stoneman suffering mechanical breakdowns.  When skipper Jon Armstrong went for double points in Heat 5, he beat Stoke’s Gareth Isherwood but the two Dudley riders finished in the wrong order with Richard Franklin second for a 4-3 rather than a 5-3.   Heathens had to wait until Heat 11 for their first race win of the meeting, Armstrong taking the flag although by that stage they were 29-points adrift.
Two more advantages followed for the Potters with James Sarjeant clearly out to impress against his former club as they went 57-22 up, and at that stage there looked no way back for the Heathens.  They did, though, give themselves a glimmer of hope in the last two races by taking five points off that deficit, first with a tactical ride win from Ashley Morris in Heat 14 who held off Sarjeant’s strong challenge.  And Heathens finished with a 4-2 from Newman and Morris, split by Simon Lambert, leaving them 62-32 down at the end of the first leg and with much work to do in Tuesday’s return fixture at Monmore Green.

STOKE 62: James Sarjeant 12+2, Simon Lambert 11+1, Tim Webster 11, Jaimie Pickard 9+1, Gareth Isherwood 8+1, Tony Atkin 7+2, Ben Reade 4+2.

DUDLEY 32: Ashley Morris 11, Kyle Newman 9, Jon Armstrong 6+1, Richard Franklin 3, Tom Perry 1, Darryl Ritchings 1, Danny Stoneman 1.

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29th June 2011

HEATHENS FAIL TO TAKE A POINT AT KINGS LYNN
 

JON Armstrong stormed back to top form for the Heathens at King’s Lynn on Wednesday…  but he couldn’t prevent a 48-41 defeat.
The former Cradley club failed to take a point for the first time this season but they remain top of the National League.
Heathens went into the meeting without the in-form Kyle Newman who was called into the Elite League for Poole – and the added pressure on the other riders proved too much.  Inspirational skipper Armstrong was at his brilliant best with a 16+1 haul from six outings and was only beaten in the last race.  But there was a lack of consistency from the rest of the side who found the meeting one step too far after a gruelling schedule of four matches in six days.  The Norfolk side secured victory on the night with a shared 3-3 in the penultimate race but Heathens still had a chance of pinching a point.  But Kyle Hughes won the decisive Heat 15 to frustrate the Heathens and their loyal band of followers.  Boss Will Pottinger said: “I was particularly pleased to see Armo back on form, he was awesome for us tonight.  “It’s a shame we couldn’t take a point from the meeting but I think anyone with any knowledge of the sport will admit we would have got something out of it if we had Kyle with us.
“Darryl (Ritchings) also gave a positive display on his first visit to the track and Tom (Perry) looked more like the rider we know he can be. We have to take the positives from the performances of the young riders and hope we can get something at the Isle of Wight next Tuesday when we will be back to full strength.”

HEATHENS: Jon Armstrong 16+1, Ashley Morris 8+1, Tom Perry 7+1, Darryl Ritchings 7+1, Richard Franklin 2, Danny Stoneman 1+1, Kyle Newman R/R.

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30th June 2011

HEATHENS MAKE THE CHANGES

HEATHENS have made two team changes in time for their trip to the Isle of Wight next Tuesday. Richard Franklin has been told to sit out the next month at least with a torn ligament in his knee after aggravating it in his opening ride at King’s Lynn. He could yet need surgery.  And reserve Danny Stoneman has been released by the former Cradley club and replaced by Adam Portwood who celebrates his 16th birthday on Friday (July 1).
The club have also signed Brendan Johnson from the Isle of Wight and he will make his Heathens debut as a replacement for Franklin back at his former club!
Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: “Richard’s injury is a blow, he also has a cist at the top of the knee as well as the ligament damage and he was hoping to put the operation off until the end of the season.  “We have been very fortunate to have Brendan on board so quickly, we were thinking about him during the winter and he is a former British Under-18 Champion. 

 

“The management also decided to cast an eye towards the future with Adam Portwood at 16-years of age and we have to start looking at working with our own riders rather than trying to find riders from elsewhere all the time.  “Adam and ourselves will see how it goes and talk again at the end of the season regarding the future.  “In the meantime we wish Danny Stoneman all the very best and hope he gets fixed up elsewhere as soon as possible. We thank him for his efforts.  “It’s been a hectic day but we are looking forward to welcoming Adam and Brendan and I am sure the Heathens fans will make them particularly welcome at our next home meeting against Newport at Wolverhampton on Tuesday, July 12.”

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4th July 2011

IOW ISLANDERS v DUDLEY HEATHENS

DUDLEY Heathens aim to get their play-off push back on track when they go to the Isle of Wight on Tuesday (7.30).
The former Cradley club failed to score a league point for the first time this season when they went to King’s Lynn last Wednesday.
And they have two new riders making their debut with reserves Adam Portwood and Brendan Johnson riding at reserve. Darryl Ritchings moves into the main body of the team.  Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: “The lads are really looking forward to this meeting and I’m sure Adam and Brendan will settle in very quickly.  “I know Brendan is particularly keen to have a good meeting as he was released by the Islanders only last Thursday so it’s ironic that he makes his debut for us back there.  “And Luke Chessell will be equally as keen to do well as he started the season with us but is now at reserve for the Islanders. It was unfortunate that we were forced to release Luke when we were hit by injuries.”

ISLE OF WIGHT:  Nick Simmons, Gary Cottham, Danny Warwick, Rob Smith, Paul Starke, Charlie Saunders, Luke Chessell.
HEATHENS: Jon Armstrong, Darryl Ritchings, Tom Perry, Ashley Morris, Kyle Newman, Adam Portwood, Brendan Johnson.

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5th July 2011

IOW v DUDLEY RAINED OFF

LOYAL Dudley Heathens Speedway fans have been praised by club bosses after making the long trip to the Isle of Wight on Tuesday - without seeing a race!
A big number of supporters made the trip to Portsmouth and across the Solent to cheer their riders on but the rain proved too much and referee Graham Flint pulled the plug at 8pm, 30-minutes after the scheduled start time.   It left frustrated fans facing the prospect of a long journey back to the Black Country, a fact not lost on Heathens boss Will Pottinger.  He said: "Once again our fans were brilliant, they stayed patient after making the long journey and were keen to see the meeting go ahead.  "We were also keen to see it happen and gave it time, but the track and general conditions got too much and we will now work with the Islanders to establish a new date."
Meanwhile Heathens are to issue a statement on Wednesday morning with some exciting breaking news for fans, although it is not relating to a new stadium.
An official club press release will be issued at 8am and fans are urged to keep in touch with local and regional media for the news.

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6th July 2011

LEGENDS BACK ON TRACK!

SPEEDWAY legends Jan O Pedersen and Sam Ermolenko will roll back the years with a special Cradley v Wolves matchrace series later this month.
The World Champions from 1991 and 1993 respectively will do battle for the River Rooms Trophy at Dudley Heathens’ staging of the FAST Golden Hammer at Monmore Green on Tuesday, July 26 (7.30).
And that means it will be the first time Heathens legend Pedersen has appeared on a bike since a broken back ended his career back in 1992. It will also be the perfect way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his title glory in Sweden. Ermolenko, meanwhile, rode in Adam Skornicki’s testimonial back in March and still rides the bike superbly. He is regarded as Wolverhampton's greatest ever rider it means fans attending the event will get 20 races plus the three match races for just 10 adults, 6 concessions and 2 children. “I’ve bought a bike from Nicki Pedersen and I’ve done some laps in Poland,” said Jan O, now 48. “I would love to start racing competitively again but I wanted my first rides in England to be in front of the Cradley fans. “People tell me the Dudley meetings are attended by mainly Cradley fans and, like everyone else, I really hope it results in some success in the search for a new track, whether it be sooner or later “I’m really looking forward to coming over and spending some time in England, I hope to be there for a week.” Fans can also get up close and personal with Pedersen, one of the sport’s most popular riders, at a special evening at Cradley Heath Liberal Club the following Friday, July 29. ‘An Evening with Jan O Pedersen’ will feature a Q and A session hosted by Heathens and Wolves presenter Ian ‘Porky’ Jones and admission is 3 to Heathens Supporters Club members and 3 to non-members.
Heathens Chairman Nigel Pearson says the clash of the champions is the club’s way of showing their thanks to the loyal fans who have once again turned out in force this season. He said: “It’s so exciting to see Jan O back on a bike. I can’t predict a winner over three races because I saw Sam at Adam Skornicki’s testimonial and I thought he looked excellent. “Jan O and Sam are doing this for expenses only and they are also supporting the good work of Dudley Stroke Association in promoting the FAST message through the meeting. That’s Face, Arms, Speech, Time dial 999 when suspecting stroke symptoms.  And this is our thanks to our supporters who turned out in force at Stoke and were kept waiting for two hours when the paramedic didn't arrive and then swelled the terraces again for the second leg when we were 30-points down. Quite simply, we have the best fans in the sport."



 

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10th July 2011

HEATHENS GET GB CALL-UP

DUDLEY Heathens riders dominate the Great Britain squad for next month’s European Under-19 Team semi-final in Sweden.  The event takes place in Eskilstuna on Saturday August 6 where the young Brits will be up against the hosts, Denmark and Germany.  The Young Lions Management Team of Phil Morris and Neil Vatcher have selected Dudley star Ashley Morris as their skipper and will be joined by fellow Heathens Tom Perry and Brendan Johnson. Mildenhall’s Joe Jacobs completes the four-man team with Richard Franklin named as reserve.  Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “For the Heathens to provide three of the four starting line-up team members plus the reserve is quite remarkable.  “And I have to say it’s not bad for a club which often gets accused of a win at all costs attitude.
”It underlines the fact that we are working closely with youngsters this season and for Ash to be named skipper of Great Britain Under-19’s is a fantastic honour.
“Congratulations to Ash, Tom, Brendan and Rich, it’s a terrific moment in their career and I hope they feel proud. We at Dudley Heathens are proud and we wish them well, along with Joe Jacobs, for the event.”  Morris and Perry will be on hand at the evening with Jan O Pedersen on Friday, July 29, at Cradley Heath Liberal Club when there will be some auction items available for fans to bid and back their trip financially
Anybody who is interested in sponsoring any of the Heathens riders can email info@dudleyheathens.co for further information.
 

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WIN exclusive matchday football tickets for two at Wolverhampton Wanderers - be wined and dined at the Molineux courtesy of Wolverhampton Skips!
All you have to do is play PREMgoals! Proceeds will be supporting Heathens teenage star Ashley Morris in his second full season. Ashley will kindly be donating a sum to promise dreams, acharity who raise money for seriously or terminally ill children.
Bryan from Wolverhampton skips has kindly donated the top prize.  All you have to do is guess how many premiership goals are scored. Easy!
Justin Morgan of motorcycle essentials is fronting the project, which can help with Ashley’s ongoing costs of competing. For full details Justin can be found underneath the bus shelter at Monmore Wood or by email ash-racing@hotmail.co.uk. It costs 10 (that’s just 26p per game) to play!

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12th July 2011

DUDLEY HEATHENS v NEWPORT HORNETS

HEATHENS kept their National League play-off push on track with another three-point haul at Monmore against Newport.  The home side controlled the match after taking a 5-1 in the first race, but the Hornets have two of the league’s top riders in their ranks so Dudley were never likely to run away with the contest completely.  Todd Kurtz and Jay Herne duly took several race wins, but there were some fine efforts on the Heathens side to take points away from them, youngster Darryl Ritchings being involved in the Heat 1 maximum over Herne as he performed well on his elevation to the main body of the team, with a spectacular fourth-to-second effort in Heat 10 another highlight.
Tom Perry also enjoyed one of his best nights of the season and clocked the fastest time of the night in Heat 9 when he led Kurtz home, and there was an encouraging debut from Brendan Johnson with two race wins at reserve.  Heathens led by 16-points after Heat 12 before Newport put themselves back in contention for a point with an 8-1 in the next race when Kurtz won for double points.  There was high drama in Heat 14 when Johnson was penalised by referee Graham Flint for delaying the start, after twice moving at the gate, and with the Hornets’ Matt Bates then failing to beat the two-minute time allowance there was the unusual sight of two riders going from the 15-metre handicap.  Ashley Morris won the re-run with Johnson third to ensure all three points for the Heathens, and Kyle Newman then managed to split Herne and Kurtz in Heat 15 with Perry always in close attendance in a fine end to the meeting.  Heathens now move on to Belle Vue on Wednesday evening (8pm) naming an unchanged side as they return to a venue where they notched a 52-39 win in the Knockout Cup earlier in the season.    [detailed result]

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13th July 2011

BELLE VUE COLTS v DUDLEY HEATHENS

MATCH ABANDONED AFTER HEAT 12 - RESULT STANDS

HEATHENS crashed to a 53-15 defeat at Belle Vue on Wednesday in a meeting cut short because of a time curfew at the Manchester track. The former Cradley club saw Tom Perry, last season's rider of the year, taken to hospital for precautionary x-rays on a neck injury but he does have full movement.  Both Kyle Newman (arm) and Ashley Morris (shoulder) also suffered injuries and withdrew from the meeting.
Heathens ran out of riders and were well beaten on the night.  An update on the injured riders will be issued when more information becomes available and the club would like to thank the fans who made the trip north to support their side.      [detailed results]

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18th July 2011

ADAM ROYNON BACK FOR HAMMER

HEATHENS hero Adam Roynon has confirmed he will make his comeback at next week’s FAST Golden Hammer.  Roynon, who was almost unbeatable in a brief spell with the club before suffering a broken femur three months ago, will race for the prestigious title on Tuesday, July 26 at Monmore Green, Wolverhampton.  And he insists he is determined to win the meeting, which also includes a Cradley v Wolves matchrace series featuring world champions Jan O Pedersen and Sam Ermolenko for the River Rooms Trophy.  Said Roynon: “I’ve been back on a bike at Redcar in a private training session and, to be honest, it felt like I’d never even been away.  “The Hammer will be my comeback meeting and I can’t wait. I want the title but with the likes of Kyle (Newman) in the line-up it will be tough!  “And I’m really excited about the prospect of seeing Jan O and Sam in their match races. It’s going to be a big night!”
Other riders in the field, which is supported by Dudley Stroke Association, include Newport’s highly rated Todd Kurtz, Hackney’s sensation Shane Hazelden, popular Belle Vue star Byron Bekker and Scunthorpe’s impressive brothers Steve and Richie Worrall.
Admission prices for the event have been pegged at just 10 adults, 6 concessions and 2 children. The traditional old Cradley Heath Pork Sandwich van will also be on site.

HAMMER LINE-UP: Jon Armstrong, Darryl Ritchings, Tom Perry, Ashley Morris, Kyle Newman, Brendan Johnson, Adam Roynon, Richard Franklin (All Heathens), Byron Bekker (Belle Vue), Jack Hargreaves (Mildenhall), Adam Allott (Buxton), Richie Worrall, Steve Worrall (Scunthorpe / Sheffield), Shane Hazelden (Hackney), Todd Kurtz (Newport)

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20th July 2011

FRANKLIN RETURNS + JAN O GOING FOR THE WIN

RICHARD Franklin is fit and ready to return to competitive racing - less than three weeks after undergoing knee surgery!
The Dudley Heathens star will return in next Tuesday's Golden Hammer individual event at Monmore Green and will take his place in the next National League meeting on August 2.  Heathens have allowed Brendan Johnson to switch to Newport after the Welsh club came in with an offer of a team place.
Boss Will Pottinger said: "We didn't want to stand in Brendan's way when he had the offer of a team place on the table.
"It's a shame he only did two meetings for us and we would like to thank him for his efforts on our behalf. He made a good impression with us all and perhaps we will have the chance to work together again in the future.  "It's good news to have Rich back and I'm sure he will be looking for plenty of points in the Hammer."
Johnson has been invited to ride in the Hammer despite leaving the club and is sure to get a good reception from Heathens fans.

COMEBACK man Jan O Pedersen insists he wants victory over deadly rival Sam Ermolenko at next week’s FAST Golden Hammer… to say thanks to Cradley fans.
Pedersen, 48, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his World title glory by wearing a specially commissioned Cradley Heath racejacket in the match race series against Wolves legend Ermolenko at next Tuesday’s event at Monmore Green.  He said: “The Cradley fans were always brilliant with me and made me feel at home. My career ended with so much unfinished business and when Cradley lost their stadium it was the end of an era.  “Now I want to win against Sam to get a Cradley win over Wolves and put a smile back on the faces of the fans. I’m coming over from Denmark this weekend and I’m looking forward to catching up with so many familiar faces.” 

The full line-up for the FAST Golden Hammer, supported by Dudley Stroke Association, has now been revealed.
The full line-up is as follows: Adam Roynon (Dudley), Shane Hazelden (Hackney), Darryl Ritchings (Dudley), Richie Worrall (Scunthorpe / Sheffield), Kyle Hughes (King’s Lynn), Kyle Newman (Dudley), Tom Perry (Dudley), Adam Allott (Buxton), Steven Worrall (Scunthorpe / Sheffield), Richard Franklin (Dudley), Byron Bekker (Belle Vue), Todd Kurtz (Newport), Brendan Johnson (Dudley), Jon Armstrong (Dudley), Ashley Morris (Dudley). River Rooms Trophy: Jan O Pedersen (Cradley) v Sam Ermolenko (Wolves).
The action starts at 7.30 and admission prices have been pegged at just 10 adults, 6 concessions and 2 children. A special souvenir full colour magazine has been produced for 3 which is sure to become a collector’s item. Season tickets are also valid.

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26th July 2011

HUGHES WINS THE HAMMER

KING’S Lynn’s Kyle Hughes was the winner of the FAST Golden Hammer in front of a packed house at Monmore Green.  Hughes proved to be the most consistent performer in a wide-open event in which the main contenders all took points off each other, with the crowd enjoying some terrific action.  And the winner revealed afterwards that the big event win means he now feels paid back for the biggest disappointment of his career – when he lost the 2009 National League Riders’ Championship with a chain failure on the final bend.  Hughes was joined on the rostrum by Buxton’s fast-starting Adam Allott, who won four races on his way to 12 points, and Newport youngster Todd Kurtz who matched Allott’s score but had one fewer race win.
Top Heathens performer was Tom Perry who looked very quick on his way to double figures and was left to rue a stoppage when he led his first race as Jack Hargreaves and Jay Herne tangled – and in the re-run, Hughes took the win over Perry.  Adam Roynon made a largely successful comeback from injury with seven points from his first three rides, although he sat out his final outing as a precaution after coming to grief in his fourth.
Meanwhile, the Legends’ series went the way of former Wolves star Sam Ermolenko, who got the better of Heathens’ Jan O Pedersen 3-0, although that didn’t prevent the Dane from receiving a rapturous reception as he appeared on a British track for the first time in nearly 20 years.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “It was a fabulous night, and I have to say an absolutely awesome crowd. A massive thanks to everyone for turning out, I hope they all enjoyed it and again it shows what we’re trying to do here.  “Congratulations to Kyle as the meeting winner, but well done to all the riders and it was particularly pleasing to once again be able to work alongside the Dudley Stroke Association to promote the FAST message.”

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28th July 2011

JAN O FEVER

JAN O fever continues to sweep across the Black Country.  Heathens legend Jan O Pedersen will follow up his appearance in Tuesday's FAST Golden Hammer with a special 'Evening with Jan O Pedersen' at Cradley Heath Liberal Club on Friday, July 29.   And fans are urged to arrive early if they don't have a ticket already as only a limited number of seats will be available for people who arrive on the night.  Said Pedersen: "I am still buzzing after Tuesday night, it was such a special moment for me and a moment I never thought would ever happen again. To ride in a Cradley racejacket in front of the Cradley fans was unbelievable and I thank everybody for their welcome and good wishes for my wife and I.  "Sam (Ermolenko) can still ride to a very high standard and I'd like to thank him for taking part. I know what I have to do to get up to speed and I plan to do some more practice at Wolverhampton next week before I head home to Denmark."
There will be an auction on Friday night including a Cradley racejacket worn by Jan O on Tuesday and a one-off canvas print of him on his way to his world title in 1991. And there will also be items up for grabs to raise money for Heathens duo Tom Perry and Ashley Morris as they prepare for next week's trip to Sweden with Great Britain Under-19's. 
Heathens bosses have also ordered a reprint of the Golden Hammer programme which sold out 10-minutes before the start on Tuesday. There will be 100 available on Friday and at Tuesday's National League clash with Mildenhall with Jan O available to sign them.

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28th July 2011

ROYNON RETURNS

ADAM Roynon has rejoined Dudley Heathens after making his comeback from injury.  Roynon will make his return for the former Cradley club at Stoke on Saturday in the National League Fours Championship.  He'll ride alongside skipper Jon Armstrong, Ashley Morris and Richard Franklin. Tom Perry is unavailable as he is on Grass Track duty in France.  Said Roynon: "I was a bag of nerves at the Golden Hammer on Tuesday and I was pleased to get the first ride out of the way.  "I feel ready to return, I took a knock to the elbow but the good thing was my leg was fine."
The news means Kyle Newman stands down in accordance with the agreement struck with the club back in April.
Heathens Chairman Nigel Pearson said: "Kyle has been a credit to the Heathens and to himself. We could have kept him and brought Adam back to replace someone else but that would be a win at all cost attitude and Kyle is also busy with Newcastle and Poole.  "He will be invited to our end of season presentation night as our guest and he is also hoping to come to a home meeting to say farewell to the fans. He is welcome back at Dudley Heathens anytime along with his father. They will always be friends of the club."

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30th July 2011

HEATHENS WIN NATIONAL LEAGUE FOURS

DUDLEY Heathens are celebrating their first major silverware after clinching the National League Fours championship at Stoke on Saturday.
Heathens overcame Buxton to win the National Shield earlier in the season but the Loomer Road event featured eight of the ten National League clubs, and it was Dudley who came out on top.  Heathens made short work of their semi-final, qualifying comfortably with Mildenhall as the two sides proved too strong for the Isle of Wight and Hackney.  Mildenhall won the group with Heathens two points behind, although a fall for Adam Roynon when leading his second ride more than accounted for the difference, and it had no significant effect on Dudley’s progression.  They were joined in the Final by Belle Vue and Stoke which made for a strong line-up – but a solid effort from the Heathens saw them finish three points clear.  Roynon, who only returned from a broken leg last Tuesday, won both of his rides, and they went into the last race one point ahead of Stoke with Belle Vue a further point back.  The pressure was on Ashley Morris in what turned out to be a three-man race as Mildenhall’s Cameron Heeps crashed out – and Morris made a fabulous start to head home Adam McKinna and Jaimie Pickard to the delight of the Heathens fans.
  Jubilant team boss Will Pottinger said: “Nights like this make everything worthwhile. It was very tense, but Ashley was brilliant to win it for us in the last race.  “It was nice for us to celebrate with our fans, once again they were brilliant!”
Heathens will parade their silverware at their next home meeting, when they face Mildenhall in the National League at Monmore Green on Tuesday.

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2nd August 2011

HEATHENS TAKE A BEATING AT HOME

DUDLEY Heathens favourite Ashley Morris was taken to hospital with concussion as his side saw their unbeaten home record shattered by Mildenhall.
Morris was involved in a first-bend accident with the Fen Tigers’ Lewis Blackbird in Heat 9, and having fallen heavily he required lengthy attention although he was talking to medics before being taken from the circuit, and the latest news appears encouraging.  Morris’s withdrawal came on a night when the Heathens suffered, quite literally, ‘heeps’ of problems – the biggest of which was that Mildenhall’s 15-year-old sensation Cameron Heeps adapted to the track on his first visit in sensational fashion to bag a bumper 20-point haul at reserve.
With Jack Hargreaves putting his extensive Monmore experience to good use, the Fen Tigers always had control of the meeting as things went wrong for Dudley, with the returning Adam Roynon taking no fewer than three falls, and skipper Jon Armstrong being unable to win a race.  Heeps’ one defeat of the night was inflicted by Tom Perry in one of the races of the season, the Heathens man having to twice squeeze through an almost impossible gap to get the better of his opponent in Heat 12, but the Fen Tigers had the win in the bag with a race to spare.
Dudley Chairman Nigel Pearson said: “It’s a disappointing result of course, but whatever level of the sport you race at if you have a reserve who can score you 20 points from seven rides you’re going to be in with a great chance.  ”Ashley’s injury didn’t help us and fingers crossed things don’t look too bad there, but congratulations to Mildenhall who deserved their win.  “I have to say the race with Tom Perry and Cameron Heeps must have been worth the admission money alone, and we now have to put this night behind us and focus on our meetings ahead because we are still very much in the play-off battle.”

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3rd August 2011

STOKE 61 DUDLEY 34

DUDLEY are facing a massive pair of upcoming home matches after struggling on the road again at Stoke on Saturday.  Heathens’ Monmore fixtures against Belle Vue and Stoke on the next two Tuesdays have both become crucial encounters in their bid to reach the end-of-season play-offs.
They sit one place outside that zone at present having been beaten at Loomer Road, with the Potters going top of the table thanks to their victory.  As at Scunthorpe on Friday, it all went wrong for Heathens – without the injured Adam Roynon – in the early stages, with the Potters racing into a 26-10 lead despite Richard Franklin’s success in Heat 2.   When Ashley Morris went for double points in Heat 7 he was limited to four points by Jaimie Pickard, and Stoke wrapped the meeting up with two 5-1s and a 4-2 in the next two races to move 44-18 in front.
Heathens did enjoy some success in the closing stages, with skipper Jon Armstrong re-discovering his form to partner Darryl Ritchings to a big 8-1 in Heat 11.
Armstrong was victorious again in the final race with Morris defeating Pickard for a Heathens 4-2, although that wasn’t enough to stop the Potters from going through the 60-point barrier.
[results in detail]

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4th August 2011

STONEMAN RETURNS

DANNY Stoneman has rejoined Dudley Heathens – just a month after he was axed!  Stoneman, 19, replaces Adam Portwood who will be invited to fill the club’s number eight slot for the remaining weeks of the National League season.  Heathens are keen to develop their own assets for the future as they continue their bid for a new stadium and Stoneman will return to the side for next Friday’s trip to Scunthorpe.  Said boss Will Pottinger: “We’ve taken a look at Adam and we just feel he needs more time in practice rather than in a competitive league situation.  “His attitude is first class and he has an open invite to come and practice after our meetings and we would like to include him in our squad as the number eight.  “Danny jumped at the chance to rejoin us. When I saw him at Rye House last month he told me he would love to ride for us again, there were no hard feelings when we released him because he understood what we were trying to do.  “We believe he is the best rider available on a three-point average, he knows the club and knows the Monmore Green track so we welcome him back.  “And if he can do a steady job for us, he may well force his way into our thoughts for next season.”

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11th August 2011

SCUNTHORPE MEETING PREVIEW

DUDLEY Heathens face three meetings in five days which could prove vital in their bid to reach the National League play-offs.
The former Cradley club head to Scunthorpe on Friday before making the short trip to Stoke on Saturday and then facing Belle Vue in a mouthwatering Monmore Green clash on Tuesday.
Heathens welcome Danny Stoneman back into the side after he was brought back last week by club bosses to replace rookie Adam Portwood.
Boss Will Pottinger said: “August is a massive month for us and we will go to Scunthorpe and try and get something from the meeting.
“Obviously we want to win there, but if we cannot do that then we will be looking for a point to add to our league tally, but they are a very powerful side.”
Scunthorpe have recently added Lee Smethills to their side but they will be without Gary Irving who is on Premier League duty.

SCUNTHORPE: Gary Irving R/R, Lee Smethills, Steve Worrall, Richie Worrall, Ashley Birks, Adam Wrathall, Stefan Nielsen.
HEATHENS: Jon Armstrong, Darryl Ritchings, Tom Perry, Ashley Morris, Adam Roynon, Richard Franklin, Danny Stoneman.

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13th August 2011

SCUNTHORPE MATCH REPORT

DUDLEY Heathens suffered a night to forget at the Eddie Wright Raceway as they were well beaten by the powerful Scunthorpe Saints.
Heathens got off to the worst possible start with the home side dropping just one point in the first seven races, leaving the scoreline at a mountainous 34-7, and by that stage Adam Roynon had been ruled out of the meeting still suffering from his leg injury.
With more Scunthorpe advantages following, the score advanced to 48-11 before Heathens, to their credit, managed to stem the tide.
And the most encouraging factor was the performance of the recalled Danny Stoneman at reserve, who was competitive throughout and gained a thoroughly deserved race win in Heat 14 as part of a 5-1 with Ashley Morris.
That, however, was the Heathens’ only win of the night as they had no real answer to either Ashley Birks or Steve Worrall, both of whom rode to six-ride maximums for the home side.
Will Pottinger’s men will be hoping for much better when they travel to another of the league’s strongest sides, Stoke, on Saturday.

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13th August 2011

ROYNON RULED OUT

ADAM Roynon has been ruled out of the Dudley Heathens’ tough trip to Stoke tonight (7.30pm).  Roynon aggravated his leg injury during the 63-28 defeat at Scunthorpe on Friday, and his rides will be covered by the rider-replacement facility with all other members of the Heathens team eligible for an extra outing.
Team boss Will Pottinger is anxious to see a positive reaction from his team at Loomer Road, as they go up against the Potters who put them out of the Knockout Cup earlier in the season.  Pottinger said: “It was a massive disappointment for us last night but the one positive was the return of Danny Stoneman and his 10+1 score.  ”It will be tough tonight without Adam, they are a top team and all we can do is go there and give it our very best.”

STOKE: Simon Lambert, Tim Webster R/R, James Sarjeant, Tony Atkin, Jaimie Pickard, Ben Reade, Gareth Isherwood.

DUDLEY: Jon Armstrong, Darryl Ritchings, Tom Perry, Ashley Morris, Adam Roynon R/R, Richard Franklin, Danny Stoneman.

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14th August 2011

HEATHENS SIGN JAMIE COURTNEY

  DUDLEY Heathens have added Jamie Courtney to their side in time for Tuesday’s vital National League clash with Belle Vue at Monmore Green.  Courtney, 23, takes the place of Adam Roynon who is struggling with the leg injury he sustained back in April and pulled out of Friday’s trip to Scunthorpe.  But the former Cradley club have left the door open for Roynon to return once he feels fully fit to resume racing.  Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “We felt we had to do something because we had two poor results over the weekend which, in turn, hit confidence within the team, “We still have a great chance of qualifying for the play-offs but to do that we need to win our home meetings, starting on Tuesday.  “I spent a lot of time over the weekend talking to Will Pottinger (team manager) and he feels the rider replacement facility puts too much pressure on the other riders so we moved to sign Jamie.  “I talked to his Dad, the former rider Mark, who was in Sweden for the Grand Prix over the weekend and he tells me Jamie is well and truly up for the challenge.  “Tuesday is now a massive meeting and we have the best supporters in the league. At this time, more than ever, the boys need their backing.”

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15th August 2011

HEATHENS CALLED FOR TEAM MEETING

DUDLEY Heathens will hold behind-closed-doors talks with their riders ahead of Tuesday’s vital National League clash with Belle Vue at Monmore Green (7.30).
Club bosses are worried about the loss of form shown by the team and admit they are now facing a real scrap to make the end of season play-offs.
They’ve set the riders a target of winning all five of their remaining league outings – four of them at their adopted Wolverhampton home.
Chairman Nigel Pearson said: “The results at Scunthorpe and Stoke were unacceptable and I would like to offer a sincere apology to the wonderful fans who spent good money on travelling to support the team.  “But we must take a reality check here. At Stoke we had five English teenagers plus Jon Armstrong and mistakes are going to be made.  “And this time two years ago the prospect of a Heathens team in league racing was nothing but a distant dream, yet here we are going into a massive phase of the season still with a chance of making the top four. We finished top last year, we have won the National Shield and National League Fours titles this year and had an unbelievably successful Golden Hammer event.  “We have four successive home meetings on Tuesday nights from here on and we need the backing of the best fans in the league. We couldn’t do this without them.  “We will have a chat with the boys to try and get to the bottom of their problems before the Belle Vue meeting on Tuesday, but the management are united in backing the boys. We are in this together and we will do whatever we can to get into the top four.  “The club has a great feeling of togetherness, the management work well together and the riders have developed genuine friendship. We will be looking to bounce back on Tuesday.”

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16th August 2011

ARMO LEADS THE HEATHENS IN THIS THRILLER

DUDLEY Heathens kept their National League Play-off hopes alive with a sensational 46-44 win over Belle Vue in a Monmore thriller on Tuesday.  The former Cradley club were inspired by skipper Jon Armstrong who notched 13 from his five rides, including a stunning last race to win the match.  Heathens were 35-31 down on a night of excellent racing from both sides but managed to take it to a last heat decider with 4-2 wins in Heats 12 and 14.  With the scores level at 42-42, Belle Vue’s Kyle Howarth took the lead with Armstrong second and debut boy Jamie Courtney keeping Adam McKinna at bay in third. Armstrong steadily made up ground on Howarth and passed him coming off the final turn to win the race, and the match, on the line to send the crowd wild.  Said Armstrong: “That’s more like it. It’s been a tough time for all the lads but don’t write us off just yet, we’re going to keep battling all the way.  “The fans were brilliant, I take a lot of the blame for the recent loss of form because I haven’t been leading from the front in the first race, but I certainly feel I am getting back to my best.”
Heathens will be looking to keep the play-off push going in their next meeting against local rivals Stoke at Monmore next Tuesday, August 23.

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23rd August 2011

MATCH REPORT

DUDLEY Heathens suffered a 64-27 thrashing at the hands of National League title hopefuls Stoke at Monmore on Tuesday.  And despite the loss of reserve duo Danny Stoneman (arm) and Richard Franklin (shoulder) in their first ride, there is no doubt the Potters were the better side.  The only joy which came the way of the former Cradley club was Jon Armstrong’s six-points as a tactical ride and a fine win by Ashley Morris in his fourth outing.  Club bosses are sweating on the fitness of their reserves ahead of next week’s home meeting with Buxton and an update will be issued later on Wednesday.  Stoke covered superbly for Tim Webster, who was unavailable, scoring 9+1 from his four riders which was far superior to his effort in the cup tie at Monmore back in June.  Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “We are all gutted by this defeat but naturally our first thoughts are with the injured boys and we hope they will be fit for next week.  “But there were also other areas of the team where we were outclassed and we have to offer our congratulations to Stoke.  “We would like to say thanks to our wonderful fans once again, they could have gone home well before Heat 15 but they stayed with us. That’s why the lads came out to applaud the supporters afterwards, they appreciate the backing.   “As a gesture of thanks, we are offering free admission to children at next Tuesday’s home meeting with Buxton, which we are absolutely desperate to win after this recent run of results.”

[Detailed results]

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24th August 2011

FRANKLIN OUT FOR SEASON

IN-FORM Dudley Heathens reserve Richard Franklin is out for the rest of the season with a broken shoulder.  Teenage ace Franklin crashed out of the home defeat by Stoke on Tuesday in his first ride and went to his local hospital in Coventry.  The news means Heathens bosses can only use a rider who is currently unattached to cover for Franklin, or make another new signing.
Chairman Nigel Pearson said: “We took a heavy beating last night but that pales into insignificance when you get news like this from hospital.  “The pain got worse for Rich and he went straight to his local hospital when he left the stadium. We feel so sorry for him because he’s chipped in with some big scores at reserve and was heading back to the main body of the team.  “Our best wishes go to Rich and we hope to see him back at one of our home meetings to support the boys.  “In the meantime we are going to spend the next 24-hours looking at what we can or cannot do to plug the gap, but it’s going to be tough.”

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28th August 2011

KIDS GO FREE

DUDLEY Heathens are urging parents to give their youngsters a free sample of the thrills and spills of National League Speedway this Tuesday.  Heathens bosses are admitting all children to the league clash with Buxton for free in the final week of the school holidays.  And with adult admission pegged at 10 it represents a great opportunity for a family night out.   Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “We are still all coming to terms with last week’s defeat by Stoke but we have to move on from that and this is our way of thanking the fans once again.  “It’s the last week of the school holidays in this area so it’s a great opportunity for the family to come and enjoy a real value for money night out.  “And you can be sure our boys will be desperate to put right what went wrong last week!”
Heathens are only entitled to use an unattached rider to cover for injured reserve Richard Franklin and Tom Hill, the former Isle of Wight man, has got the call after impressing at practice.   Franklin moves into the main body of the team for September which means the rider replacement facility is available with Darryl Ritchings moving back to reserve.

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29th August 2011

DUDLEY SPEEDWAY: IT'S MAKE OR BREAK FOR HEATHENS

HEATHENS Speedway chairman Nigel Pearson says it’s a make-or-break week for the club in their bid to reach the National League play-offs.  And he reckons only one place is up for grabs with Stoke, Mildenhall and the joint Scunthorpe / Sheffield team favourites to finish in the top three. That means the final spot is wide open and Pearson admits current form suggests the former Cradley club are the underdogs.
Heathens face Buxton in a vital home meeting at Monmore Green on Tuesday before heading to the Isle of Wight on Thursday – and nothing less than two wins will do.  Said Pearson: “You have to be realistic and say we are the outsiders for the play-offs right now.  “We have lost our key reserve to injury (Richard Franklin) and the rest of the boys were off the pace last week against Stoke.  “I can assure our supporters our pride has been battered by that defeat. But all the boys are up for it against Buxton on Tuesday, we know it’s going to need a big effort to get into the top four but we are going for it.  “We’re the underdogs and if we don’t make it then I can assure our fans it won’t be for the want of trying. We need them to stay with us.”

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31st August 2011

ARMSTRONG INJURY UPDATE

HEATHENS Speedway skipper Jon Arsmtrong has suffered a broken bone in his back after his Heat 13 spill against Buxton.  The popular Mancunian has full movement in his body and the bone is stable and further encouraging news is that he is breathing normally and has recovered his voice.  Now the former Cradley club are set to put the finishing touches to a signing to replace ‘Armo’ for the final few meetings of the season.
Club Chairman Nigel Pearson said: “It’s good news about Armo, though he has been in a lot of discomfort he is expected to make a full recovery. “I know he is very grateful for all the good wishes of the Heathens fans and I sincerely hope he will be well enough to pay us a visit at one of our remaining home meetings.  “In the meantime, we go to the Isle of Wight on Thursday and we have agreed terms with a rider to stand in for Armo for our remaining meetings and we should be in a position to announce that in our preview of the meeting.”

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31st August 2011

NEWMAN RETURNS

KYLE Newman has agreed to return to Dudley Heathens for the remaining weeks of the season – starting at the Isle of Wight on Thursday (7.30).  The talented British youngster was a massive hit with Heathens fans during his previous spell with the club earlier this season when he did 10 matches as cover for Adam Roynon. Now he will step into the number one racejacket vacated by unlucky skipper Jon Armstrong who suffered a broken bone in his back during Tuesday’s defeat by Buxton.  Heathens co-promoter Gary Patchett said: “Whilst all our thoughts are obviously with Armo and his family, we would like to place on record our thanks to Kyle for agreeing to come back into the side.  “He always said he would help us out again if we needed him and this is a great move. I’m sure our supporters are looking forward to seeing him back at Monmore ‘Wood’ against King’s Lynn next Tuesday.  “The team looks stronger now because we head to the Island with Richard Franklin moving into the main body of the team and so we can use the rider-replacement facility for him with Darryl Ritchings moving back to reserve.  “The lads are feeling pretty down right now but we will go to the Isle of Wight to give it our best and then see if we can ruin King’s Lynn’s play-off hopes at home next Tuesday. HEATHENS: Kyle Newman, Richard Franklin R/R, Tom Perry, Ashley Morris, Jamie Courtney, Darryl Ritchings, Danny Stoneman.

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1st September 2011

NEWMAN INJURED

Kyle Newman returned to the Heathens side with a stunning performance - but was then struck by the club's injury jinx.  Newman notched 11-points from his opening three rides in the 42-33 defeat at the Isle of Wight before he was involved in a horrifying spill.  The former Cradley club had restored pride with a hard working display including a 7-2 tactical win from Newman and Darryl Ritchings in Heat 11.  But disaster struck in Heat 13 when Newman was chasing Nick Simmons and clipped his back wheel with both riders hitting the fence at high speed. Simmonds was badly dazed and Newman was taken to hospital complaining of back pain.  Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: "Obviously our thoughts are with Kyle because it was an awful crash and our best wishes to Nick Simmons too.  "We've been through a tough time and it just wasn't meant to be. We all feel dreadful about Kyle just as we did about Armo on Tuesday.  "It was a good display by the boys, they all got stuck in and they can feel proud of their efforts.  "We also want to say thanks to the fans who travelled down in big numbers, it's very much appreciated."

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2nd Sptember 2011

NEWMAN OUT OF HOSPITAL

HEATHENS hero Kyle Newman is back at his Dorset home after being released from hospital on the Isle of Wight in the early hours of the morning.
Newman, in his first meeting back with the club as cover for injured skipper Jon Armstrong, has escaped with bad bruising after a horror crash with Nick Simmons in Heat 13 of the 42-33 defeat at the hands of the Islanders.  He had x-rays on various bones but they came back clear and he was able to make his way home.  Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: "This news is a relief to us all, although Kyle feels like he's done 20 rounds with Mike Tyson!  "The crash was awful and it was on one of the fastest parts of the track. There was a hush around the stadium, that's how shocking it was.  "It came about because Kyle was giving it his all, desperate to pass Nick Simmons. He was brilliant for us last night, both on the track and in the pits with the rest of the boys.  "It's important for him to rest up at home and I will be speaking to his Dad Keith again later in the day."

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5th September 2011

DUDLEY v KINGS LYNN PREVIEW

ADAM Allott, who was a thorn in Dudley’s side last week, has been named in their team for Tuesday’s National League clash with King’s Lynn at Monmore (7.30).  Allott scored a 15-point maximum against the Heathens when riding for Buxton last week and has agreed to stand in for the injured Kyle Newman.  Newman crashed on his return to the club as cover for the injured Jon Armstrong at the Isle of Wight last Thursday and is still in some discomfort although he didn’t suffer any broken bones.  It’s a meeting Heathens are desperate to win after a nightmare run of injuries which have wrecked their play-off charge.  Said boss Will Pottinger: “Kyle wanted to race but he needs a few more days rest and we thank Adam for coming in and helping us out.  “And it goes without saying we hope he can do as well for us as he did against us last week! He’s a real trapper.
 “And we’re changing the riding order to move Ashley Morris to number five with Jamie Courtney at four to see if that changes things.
“It’s a big meeting for us, as our last league meeting of the season we are desperate to win it!”

HEATHENS: Adam Allott, Richard Franklin R/R, Tom Perry, Jamie Courtney, Ashley Morris, Darryl Ritchings, Danny Stoneman.

KING’S LYNN: Lewis Blackbird, Jake Knight R/R, Lewis Kerr, Oliver Rayson, James Cockle, Tom Stokes, Scott Campos.

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6th September 2011

DUDLEY 57 KINGS LYNN 39

HEATHENS rounded off their National League programme for 2011 with a resounding home win – with several of their riders recording big scores.
The 57-39 victory over King’s Lynn moves Heathens above the Young Stars in the National League table after a blustery night at Monmore with both teams deserving credit for continuing after a heavy mid-meeting downpour.  Adam Allott proved to be the perfect choice of guest for the Heathens, the Buxton regular storming to four straight wins, and the Heathens’ engine-room was also in good working order with reserve Darryl Ritchings picking up the man-of-the-match award.  King’s Lynn’s top duo of skipper James Cockle and guest Lewis Blackbird both won tactical rides to leave them in with a chance of snatching a point in the closing stages, but back-to-back Dudley 5-1s in Heats 13 and 14 made it safe for the home side before Cockle edged out Ashley Morris in a cracking battle in the last race.
Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: “It’s a good way to finish our league programme after a tough run recently, and now we’re looking forward to the challenge matches to complete the season.  “Adam was a brilliant guest, but all of the boys rode well and I’d also like to thank the track staff for their efforts in making sure we got the meeting on."

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7th September 2011

ROBBO'S SHOCK RETURN

FORMER Cradley rider Mark Robinson is on the comeback trail and will make a fairytale appearance in Heathens colours at their next home meeting. Heathens, now riding under the Dudley banner at their adopted Monmore Green home in Wolverhampton, will face Birmingham in a Midland Challenge clash on Tuesday, September 20. 
Cradley born and bred Robinson, now 43, rode almost 70 meetings for the club during their Dudley Wood days between 1990-92.  Before becoming a rider he would work as a volunteer at the old stadium, sheeting the Greyhound track and cleaning the terraces.  He’s been back on a bike regularly this season with several practice sessions at Rye House and impressed Heathens bosses at Monmore after last week’s home meeting with Buxton.  He said: “When the Heathens were revived as a team and in a league competition last year it meant the world to me and I often thank the people who have made it possible, every genuine Cradley fan is living the dream.
“When the old place went for housing it broke thousands of hearts throughout the area and I thought that was it for speedway and me. “But I have been back on a bike away from the area and I’m starting to feel on the pace and feeling good.

 I feel as though I’ve been getting better and better throughout the weeks at Rye House and I enjoyed my practice at Wolverhampton.  “They came to me afterwards and suggested I ride in the Birmingham meeting and I just know I’m going to be a nervous wreck. I never, ever thought I would ever be riding in a Heathens racejacket again. “In fact, like many Cradley fans, I never thought we would ever see a Heathens team back racing again but thanks to the management they have made it possible for us."
Normal admission prices apply for the Birmingham meeting and Heathens season tickets are valid.
And the final home meeting of the season sees four Heathens riders - Kyle Newman, Tom Perry, Ashley Morris and Darryl Ritchings - included in the Great Britain Under-21 side for their clash with the USA on Tuesday, October 11.
Once again normal admission prices apply for this international event but Heathens season ticket holders will be charged at the discount price of 6 adults and 3 concessions.
Heathens are also sending a team to Leicester this Sunday for the Ivor Brown Trophy and they include Coventry’s Ryan Fisher as skipper alongside Heathens regulars Tom Perry, Ashley Morris and Darryl Ritchings.

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10th September 2011

MATCH PREVIEW

HEATHENS step up to Premier League standard racing for the first time since their revival when they go to Leicester on Sunday (7pm).
American ace Ryan Fisher has accepted the chance to skipper the former Cradley club and is the latest in a long line of statesiders to represent the famous Black Country side.  He's joined by Sheffield and Coventry star Josh Auty and hard riding Pole Tomasz Piszcz.
Heathens regulars Jamie Courtney, Ashley Morris and Tom Perry are included with Darryl Ritchings travelling with the squad as their No.8 squad member.  The teams will be racing for the Ivor Brown Cup in memory of one of Cradley's all-time great riders who also rode for Leicester.
Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: "I'm looking forward to our visit to Leicester which I've heard good things about.
"No league titles will be decided so there's no pressure on any of our riders and hopefully everyone can have some fun and enjoy the match."
HEATHENS: Ryan Fisher, Jamie Courtney, Kyle Newman R/R, Tomasz Piszcz, Josh Auty, Ashley Morris, Tom Perry, Darryl Ritchings (No.8).

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11th September 2011

LEICESTER 51 - DUDLEY 39

AMERICAN ace Ryan Fisher romped to a 13+1 haul for Dudley Heathens in their 51-39 defeat at Leicester in the Ivor Brown Cup on Sunday. Fisher was making a guest appearance from Elite League Coventry and a slip in Heat 15 prevented him from going through the card.  He received handy support from Josh Auty with 11 and reserve Tom Perry was good value with his 8+1 score.  Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: “Leicester just had too much strength in-depth and they deserved their win.  “I’m sure every Heathens fan could tell Ryan Fisher was a class above and as a friend of our former riders Billy Hamill and Greg Hancock I am sure his appearance in our colours went down well.  “I would have liked to have given Darryl (Ritchings) more races but the jump up to Premier League standard racing is massive and I’m sure he has benefited from being with the team.”
Heathens are next in action when they face Birmingham in a West Midlands Challenge clash at Wolverhampton on Tuesday, September 20.

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20th September 2011

HEATHENS 50 - BIRMINGHAM BULLS 46

DUDLEY signed off their last team match of the season with a 50-46 Challenge match victory over Birmingham Bulls at Monmore Green.  Ashley Morris took the plaudits by top-scoring with 11, but the real hero of the night was comeback man Mark Robinson who marked his track return after 20-years with a 7+2 score.   The 43-year-old rolled back the years and even tasted victory when taking the chequered flag in Heat 8.  The meeting was raced in difficult weather conditions, but the Heathens held off a late Bulls fightback to register a well-deserved victory.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “We’d like to thank the riders for giving it their best in tricky race conditions and to the supporters for turning out after what has been a poor day weather wise.  “Both teams gave it their best on the track and served up some good racing for the big crowd and we thank them again for continuing to turn out in huge numbers all season.  “It’s been another enjoyable campaign and we’ll be back bigger and better next year.”
The final Heathens action of the season will be in three weeks time at Monmore Green when Team GB U21s take on USA.

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7th October 2011

HEATHENS YOUNGSTERS FACE AMERICANS

DUDLEY Heathens riders dominate the Great Britain Under-21 side for their clash with the USA at Wolverhampton next Tuesday, October 11.
Kyle Newman, Ashley Morris, Tom Perry and Darryl Ritchings have all been called up by GB boss Phil Morris and they are joined by ex-Heathen Brendan Johnson, Belle Vue’s Jason Garrity and Stourbridge-born Stoke Potter Jaimie Pickard.  And Heathens boss Will Pottinger says it will be a proud night for the club when the tapes rise on the international challenge.  He said: “This will be a fantastic experience for the guys and for Darryl (Ritchings) in particular to make his debut for the Under-21 side. It’s well deserved because he’s had a good season for us.  “It will be a case of taking a back seat for myself and I can just enjoy the meeting without the pressure of team management and it’s a meeting I’m very much looking forward to.  “It’s also the last chance Heathens fans have got to see the lads in competitive action this season so we should be looking at a good crowd.  “Ashley, Tom and Kyle fly out to Australia shortly afterwards so it’s a great way to bring the curtain down on the season for us.”
Heathens bosses have confirmed normal admission prices will apply for next Tuesday’s meeting - 10 adults, 6 concessions and 2 children.
And Heathens season ticket holders will be admitted at the discounted rate of 6 adults, 3 concessions. A souvenir programme will also be available for just 2.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson and boss Will Pottinger will meet the fans at a special winter forum at Cradley Heath Liberal Club next month.
The duo will be taking questions from supporters on Friday, November 25 – and they want to hear who fans would like in their 2012 team.
Admission is 2 on the door and it starts at 8pm.

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10th October 2011

MATCH PREVIEW

DUDLEY Heathens rider Richard Franklin has won a late call-up to the Great Britain Under-21 side for their international challenge with the USA Tourists at Monmore Green on Tuesday (7.30).
It’s a dream come true for Franklin to ride for his country on his home track – especially as he thought his season was over!  Franklin suffered a shoulder injury in August which he thought needed surgery but the damage corrected itself and he has come through a practice session.
Now he will replace Heathens colleague Kyle Newman who suffered a leg injury when riding for Premier League Newcastle on Sunday.  Newman, a big hit with Heathens fans, is in hospital awaiting surgery on a serious wound – but early indications suggest nothing is broken.  GB boss Phil Morris said: “All our good wishes go to Kyle, it’s such a shame for the lad and I know the fans were looking forward to seeing him in action.  “Richard has been in touch with both myself and the Heathens management and, as it’s a Heathens meeting, we have decided to put him in. We welcome him into the team and hope he can do well for us.”  Franklin’s appearance keeps the Heathens contingent up to four as he rides alongside Ashley Morris, Tom Perry and Darryl Ritchings.
Former Heathens Brendan Johnson, who had a brief spell with the club mid-season, is also included along with Stoke duo Jaimie Pickard and James Sarjeant.
Admission is 10 adults, 6 concessions and 2 children with Heathens season ticket holders charged 6 adults and 3 concessions.

* HEATHENS fans can get their hands on a celebratory Greg Hancock world champion poster from the track shop for just 2. Only 100 have been printed.

GB U-21: James Sarjeant (Stoke), Ashley Morris (Dudley), Jaimie Pickard (Stoke), Tom Perry (Dudley), Richard Franklin (Dudley), Darryl Ritchings (Dudley), Brendan Johnson (Newport).

USA TOURISTS: Kenny Ingalls, Mikey Buman, Austin Novratil, Russell Green, Eddie Castro, Rocco Scopellite, Michael Raines.

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11th October 2011

GB U-21 46 USA TOURING TEAM 44

TOM Perry top scored for Great Britain Under-21s as they notched a dramatic last gasp 46-44 win over the USA Tourists in a Monmore Green thriller on Tuesday.  The Dudley Heathens favourite scored 12-points from his five outings and he received useful support from ex-Heathen James Sarjeant who impressed with 10+2.  Workington’s Premier League star Kenny Ingalls was unstoppable with a 15-point maximum for the tourists in a night of great entertainment with a big crowd.
Other Heathens riders Ashley Morris (8+1), Richard Franklin (5+1) and Darryl Ritchings (4) did well for the GB side.  Perry and Sarjeant tucked in behind Ingalls in the decisive Heat 15 for a 3-3 to hand the hosts the win.
GB boss Phil Morris said: “I put the team together with a lot of Dudley Heathens riders because they are a club who base their sides mainly on young British talent which is great.  “I admire them for the way they give British youngsters opportunities and Tom Perry in particular had a great night, it was nice to win. If every club had the same attitude as Dudley it would help.”

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14th November 2011

HEATHENS MAKING PLANS

DUDLEY Heathens are getting down to the business of formulating team plans for the 2012 season.  Club bosses have held in-depth talks to draw up potential line-ups and, to be fair to those riders who are not guaranteed a team place, they have been told five months before the new season to give them every chance of getting fixed up.  Club chairman Nigel Pearson, who will be alongside manager Will Pottinger to discuss all things concerning the club at a Fans Forum on November 25, said: "We have several permutations right now and those who don't figure in them all have been told we cannot guarantee them a spot at this time.  "We refuse to keep riders hanging on only to let them down and we want to see them fixed up elsewhere. This applies to riders who have alrerady represented the club and those who have been in touch from other clubs wanting to join us.  "We are not ruling anybody out for certain at this stage, but we just wanted to be fair to everyone. We will discuss this in more detail at the Fans Forum."
The Forum takes place at Cradley Heath Liberal Club when the first signing of the 2012 team is expected to be unveiled. Admission is 2 and it starts at 8pm.

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17th November 2011

SPEEDWAY PHONE-IN

BBC WM is offering speedway fans the chance to air their opinions on the sport and put their questions to an expert panel.
The West Midlands local radio station will be holding a speedway phone-in on Wednesday 23 November at 8pm.
On the panel will be the Wolverhampton promoter Chris Van Straaten, the Birmingham Brummies team manager Graham Drury, and the Dudley Heathens chairman and Sky Sports speedway commentator Nigel Pearson.
The number to call on the night will be 08453 009956.  BBC WM is on 95.6FM and DAB digital radio in the West Midlands, but fans from outside the area will be welcome to add their opinions and can listen in live online on http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/bbc_wm.

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25th November 2011

ROYNON RETURNS!

DUDLEY Heathens have unveiled the hugely popular Adam Roynon as their No.1 and captain for the 2012 National League season.
Roynon saw his 2011 campaign badly affected by injuries but finished the year in storming form, and comes back to the Heathens on a 9.08 average.  He quickly became a fans’ favourite during his spell at ‘Monmore Wood’ this year, and was pleased to accept the club’s offer of the captaincy.  Chairman Nigel Pearson said: “Adam is a great character and what he deserves above all else is a clear run free of injuries. “If he goes through the season without any problems, I would expect him to add a point to his starting figure and be right at the top of the National League averages.  “He was only able to ride a handful of matches for us last season, but he soon developed a great affection for the club and the fans, and we’re delighted to have him back on board.”  Roynon added: “I’ve been talking to the club since the end of the season, and I’m really pleased to be back riding for the Heathens next year.  “The Dudley fans are something special, and it’s the only club I would ride for in the National League. I’m delighted to be chosen as captain, it’s a role I will be taking seriously and hopefully I will be able to help some of the younger lads in the team too.”
Heathens 2012 season tickets are on sale at the discounted rate before December 31 of 110 adults, 70 concessions and children just 25.
Another signing is also expected to be unveiled at the Liberal Club when HSSC and Heathens hold their joint Christmas Party on Saturday, December 10.

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29th November 2011

ADAM TAKES TO THE ICE

NEW Dudley Heathens skipper Adam Roynon will take to the ice next February.  Roynon has agreed to ride in the Telford Ice Speedway spectacular on Sunday, February 26.  He is sure to have plenty of support from fans of the former Cradley club who greeted the news of his appointment as captain for 2012 with a massive thumbs-up.  Telford promoter Graham Drury said: “Adam is a massive favourite down the road with the Dudley fans and I’m sure they will come along in big numbers. He came to watch last February and told me then he wanted a place this time.”
The event features both afternoon and evening sessions with England Select v rest of the World at 3pm followed by the British Open at 7.30pm.
Ticket details are as follows:
Standing: Adults 15.50, children 5.50. Reserved seating 17.50 adults, 10.50 children. Credit card hotline 0845 155 9966 ext 0.
Postal applications with cheques payable to Telford Ice: 27 Upper Chirk Bank, Chirk, Wrexham LL14 5EB – include a SAE.

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30th November 2011

RITCHINGS RETURNS

HEATHENS rider of the year Darryl Ritchings will pen his new contract with the club in front of the fans next week.  Ritchings and his family will be special guests of the club at their Christmas Party, jointly hosted by Heathens Speedway Supporters Club.  The event takes place at Cradley Heath Liberal Club on Saturday, December 10 and Ritchings will be available for autographs and photographs with fans.
Tickets are now on sale at 3 HSSC members and 5 non-members. These can be purchased via the club’s official website dudleyheathens.co or by calling 07717 242957.
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “Darryl is a massive favourite with our supporters and when we held our fans forum last week everyone in the room put their hand up when we asked if they wanted Darryl back.  “He is what the National League is all about – young, enthusiastic and British. We think it’s a nice touch for him to sign his contract in front of the fans as our skipper Adam Roynon did at the forum.”  The former Cradley club are also planning to announce a brand new signing ahead of the Christmas function.

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5th December 2011

NEW TEAM PARTNER

LIFELONG Heathens fan Ron Homer has joined the club as an official team partner.
Homer, who was taken to the old Dudley Wood Stadium by his parents in the 1940s, will have his name on the club race jacket next season as well as a presence on the club website and in the match programme.  Quarry Bank-born Homer now lives in Middlesex and makes the 240-mile round-trip to all Heathens home meetings at Monmore Green.  He said: “I have helped out with rider sponsorship, in particular Richard Franklin, but now I have decided to take my involvement up a level by becoming a team partner.  “I sincerely hope the Heathens can go on and win the National League title!” 
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: "Ron is a very loyal supporter who is fiercely proud of the Heathens heritage and we are delighted to welcome him on board as a team partner. His loyalty and dedication is typical of what this club is all about."
The former Cradley club have an enexpected vacancy for a main team sponsor. All interested parties should contact the club at info@dudleyheathens.co or by calling 07717 242957.

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6th December 2011

HEATHENS SWOOP FOR BEKKER

BYRON Bekker is on his way to Dudley Heathens for the 2012 National League season.
Bekker, 24, will start the season on a bargain 6.55 average after an injury-ravaged 2011 campaign with Belle Vue and links up with Adam Roynon at the club’s adopted Monmore Green home.  And he’s revealed how he is well aware of the history of the Heathens name thanks to two of his most loyal backers.  He said: “I am helped in the pits and with sponsorship by people who are Cradley through-and-through, Andy and John Tibbetts, and I think they are as pleased as me with this move!  “I wasn’t settled at Belle Vue and my average dropped but I believe I have what it takes to propel myself into a number one position once again.”  Bekker, affectionately known as ‘Boris’, and Roynon will be joined by 2011 Rider of the Year Darryl Ritchings who will sign his contract in front of the supporters this weekend

Ritchings and his family will be at Cradley Heath Liberal Club for the Heathens Christmas Party on Saturday. The event starts at 8pm and Ritchings will put pen to paper on the stage.
Admission is 3 for Heathens Supporters Club members and 5 for non-members but tickets are selling fast. There may be a few remaining by calling the club number 07717 242957.

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7th December 2011

TWO SIGNINGS ON SATURDAY NIGHT

DUDLEY Heathens will introduce their next new signing to supporters in Cradley Heath this Saturday.
The former Cradley club have already revealed skipper Adam Roynon, South African ace Byron Bekker and Rider of the Year Darryl Ritchings for their 2012 team.  Ritchings will be on hand at Cradley Heath Liberal Club, Upper High Street, in Cradley Heath at the Heathens Christmas Party on Saturday from 8pm to sign his contract.  And a brand new signing is making the trip to the Black Country to be introduced to supporters and to have pictures taken for the media.  Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “The team plans are coming together nicely and we are looking forward to meeting up with Darryl as well as the next new signing on Saturday.  “We have reached agreement with the mystery rider and he is excited about traveling to meet the best fans in the league this weekend.”
Admission is 3 to Heathens Supporters Club members and 5 non-members. Following the announcement and photo-call there will be a disco and a late bar.
Tickets are available by calling 07717 242957.

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10th December 2011

NEW FACE FOR HEATHENS

JAMES White-Williams has joined Dudley Heathens from Newport for the 2012 National League season.  The Welshman celebrated his 26th birthday last week and will start the new campaign on a 4.53 average.  He is joined at the former Cradley club by 2011 Rider of the Year Darryl Ritchings who looks set to start next term in a reserve slot.  Said White-Williams: “It’s great for me to secure a move like this and my intention is to show everyone what I can really achieve.  “I was doing well last season until I suffered an injury and that knocked me back but with a full year ahead I know I can put my average up.  “Dudley is a club everyone wants to ride for because of their brilliant support and I’m delighted to have the opportunity.”
Teenager Ritchings is equally delighted to be back for a second full season of league action.  He said: “I’m buzzing about next season, to be honest I’m still shocked by the Rider of the Year award.  The team is looking great and we want to go out and win things next season.”
Heathens chairman Nigel Pearson said: “James is a late developer who has ambitions to make a career out of speedway.  “He is a fast starter and we are looking for him to put at least a point on his average. Former Cradley announcer Laurence Rogers, who is now at Newport, has recommended him and will be helping him on racenight and we would like to thank Laurence for his input.  Darryl is a great lad and the way things are shaping up we expect him to start next season at reserve so hopefully he can be in the points from the start.”
Heathens have now confirmed Adam Roynon, Byron Bekker, Ritchings and White-Williams and they have also confirmed they will hold talks with Ashley Morris and Tom Perry when they return from Australia.

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21st December 2011

2012 DATES CONFIRMED

HEATHENS have confirmed the prestigious British Under-21 Final will be staged at their adopted Wolverhampton home on Tuesday, April 24.
And the club have also agreed to launch the 2012 season with a Staffordshire Cup clash against neighbours Stoke.
Chairman Nigel Pearson said: “Stoke are assembling another superb side following their successful 2011 season and in Ritchie Worrall, Ash Birks and Jaimie Pickard they have a powerful spearhead. “I must admit I was interested in bringing Pickard to our club last season and obviously we have the Chris Van Straaten connection as he owns his contract with Wolverhampton.  “But the numbers game really ruled out Jaimie coming to us this season but he was tremendous in 2011 for Stoke and I wish him all the best.  “I’m sure we will be in for two superb meetings to open the season and both will be a good test for the respective teams. Naturally we would love to win our home meeting and it would be lovely to win over two legs against a top team like Stoke.  "And with the British Under-21 Final in April it means our supporters can look forward to an exciting start to the season."

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