NO NATIONAL LEAGUE SPEEDWAY FOR THE
HEATHENS IN 2020
CRADLEY Heathens can confirm they will not be in league racing next season.
Discussions over the structure of the 2020 National League will continue into
December but the club have confirmed they will not be at the tapes following the
The aim is to ultimately return the third tier to a junior development league.
Club director Chris Van Straaten represented the club and withdrew Heathens from
participation in 2020. [Read more]
RIP - ALF SWINGEWOOD
We are sad to pass on the news that the
former director of Cradley Heathens passed away peacefully on 3rd November 2019.
Alf was 87 years old. He was a former director of Black Country Commercials.
He became a director of Cradley Speedway along with Les Pottinger, Sven Heiding
and Tim Rowe to try and save Dudley Wood from closure in 1995.
His funeral was held at Rowley Regis Crematorium on 20th November 2019
CRADLEY captain Max Clegg finally won the prestigious Golden
Hammer event on an emotional night at Monmore. After finishing on the
rostrum three times in the past four years, the Yorkshireman had been left
frustrated by a series of close calls. But he entered his name into the
record books alongside the likes of home favourites Steve Worrall and Lewis
Blackbird in the modern era to send the Heathens faithful home with a smile on
Clegg stormed to a 15-point maximum in the qualifying heats,
before blocking the run of former team-mate Tom Perry in the opening bends of
the Grand Final to take the chequered flag.
are very proud and honoured to have a display of Heathens History in
Cradley Heath Library
If you are passing by please pop in and show your
(Opposite Cradley Heath Sports and Social Club in Upper High Street)
Longtime Heathens fan Colin Jewes has sent us a link to a slideshow
that he has created.
It has some photo's that have previously been unpublished and John
Summerfield has given permission for these to be used.
The slideshow follows the story of the Heathens all through the 60's
with the story of the Heathens with a musical background.
It's AD free and you can 'click' to make it full size. Enjoy!
HISTORY 2018 REVIEW
Limited dates from Monmore Green, so Cradley
could not race in the National League in 2018. However to keep
the Heathens name alive the management decided to race the five
team Northern section of the National Trophy.
The difficult circumstances with riders not being tied to just
the Heathens club for just 10 matches would always cause
difficulties. Cradley were allowed to cherry pick riders
from other clubs.
SIGN THE PETITION
YOUR SUPPORT IS STILL NEEDED -
CLICK HERE TO SIGN!
The petition urging Dudley Council to Bring Back Cradley Speedway is
still valid. Thousands of signatures have now been recorded urging the council
to support the return of the club. Paper and online versions remain active and
anyone wishing to sign or collect further signatures is still encouraged to do
Click here to sign
the online petition or download the paper version
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