MILDENHALL FEN TIGERS 49 CRADLEY
CRADLEY team boss Will Pottinger admitted he was “extremely
proud” of his side as they went down with a fight in the National Trophy final.
The Heathens were facing almost Mission Impossible at Mildenhall after losing
the first leg at home by 12 points last week. It was no surprise that the
Fen Tigers completed the double with a 49-41 win but Pottinger’s lads made the
home side battle all the way. Pottinger said: “It was always going to be
the impossible job for the boys. Mildenhall are undoubtedly the team of the year
and deservedly so.
CRADLEY HEATHENS 39
MILDENHALL FEN TIGERS 51
CRADLEY’S National Trophy hopes are all but over after a
crushing 51-39 defeat at the hands of Mildenhall at Monmore. And they were
undone by two familiar faces after former favourites Drew Kemp and Max Clegg
came back to haunt them.
Kemp scored 15 while two-time title winner with Heathens Max Clegg romped to a
The night got off to a far from ideal start when skipper Alfie Bowtell slid off
into bend two and was disqualified, but had team-mate Jason Edwards to thank for
a quick lay-down directly behind him. Edwards picked himself up and was able to
split the Mildenhall pair in the re-run with Clegg taking the chequered flag as
the visitors drew first blood.
BIRMINGHAM skipper Tom Bacon stormed to a 15-point maximum as he won Cradley’s
F.A.S.T Golden Hammer individual. It was a keenly fought contest at
Monmore Green which went down to the final set of heats. Both Bacon and
former Heathens’ favourite Danny Ayres had made a series of impressive gates to
win all four of their opening rides before meeting in Heat 18. And while
it was Ayres who made the best gate in that one, it was the Brummies man who
showed no fear to squeeze through a gap around the outside off bend number two
to send the Perry Barr fans home happy.
(picture - Steve Feeney)
BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES 45
CRADLEY HEATHENS 45
CRADLEY secured their passage into the National Trophy Final -
but they were taken all the way by Birmingham in a 45-45 draw at Perry Barr.
The Heathens were always favourites with a strong line-up in all departments
whilst the Brummies continue to struggle with injuries and absences – but the
home side put up a terrific fight in a derby thriller. Tom Bacon and James
Shanes took the battle to the visitors with a string of impressive wins, several
of them from the back on a spectacular night of racing in front of a big crowd.
2018 CRADLEY HEATHENS
Jason Edwards, Kyle Bickley, Jordon Jenkins, Drew Kemp,
Will Pottinger (Team Manager) Adam Roynon (Captain),
TO BE CONFIRMED
Ladbroke Stadium, Sutherland Avenue
Wolverhampton WV2 2JJ
HEATHENS RACE ON!
CRADLEY HEATHENS will race for the National Trophy next year.
The nomadic club have entered the competition for the first time to ensure the
world famous name survives into a ninth season since their relaunch. All
home meetings will be raced at Wolverhampton’s Monmore Green Stadium after
making the decision not to take Birmingham up on the offer to race at Perry
Barr. Manager Will Pottinger has already pledged his commitment to stay in
charge of the team and will be looking to use a settled squad of riders.
It means Heathens won’t be in the National League - but fans will have the
chance to follow their team and there is also the prospect of the prestigious
Golden Hammer individual continuing. [Read More]
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 the Liberal 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 2017 REVIEW
Sponsored once again by team partners Motor
Market and Dudley Stroke Association the Heathens competed in
the National League. Racing meetings at Monmore Green and Perry
Barr. The team looked good on paper and their first match
against Kings Lynn at Perry Barr seemed to show their potential
with a 61-29 win. However the Young Stars withdrew from the
league and the score expunged from the table!
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