JON ARMSTRONG

 

Biography...

Full name:   Jon Thomas Armstrong
Birthplace:  
Manchester, UK
Birthdate:  
1st August 1974

 

 


Statistics...

Career Record with Cradley
[Taken from the Cradley Speedway Riders Database including all matches]
 
Year Mat Rid Poi  Bon Total Aver
2010 14 66 137 7 144 8.73
2011 23 99 215 10 225 9.09

 

 

CLUB HONOURS: Four-Team Championship winner: 2004 [Mildenhall], 2011 [Dudley]; Conference Trophy winner: 2004 [Mildenhall]; League Championship winner: 2004 [Mildenhall]; Knock-Out Cup winner: 2004 [Mildenhall].
MAJOR HONOUR: Amateur League Riders’ Champion: 1997.


Profile...

A lengthy career in the sport for the ‘Mighty Midget’ began at Belle Vue in the 1990s and saw him represent a variety of clubs at all three levels of the sport. Joined Weymouth in 2008 but in May during the Conference League Pairs Championship at his home track he suffered a broken tibia and patella tendon and was out for the rest of the season.  He returned to Weymouth in 2009 but after two matches injured his knee at the Isle of Wight.  He was still named in the Wildcats 1-7 but eventually replaced by Benji Compton in August.  His knee problem was so severe he eventually had a private operation which was successful and was ready to join the Dudley Heathens in 2010, initially on loan to cover for the injured Ben Taylor.
He was due to return to the Wildcats but found it difficult to travel from his Northern base and wanted to stay with the Heathens where he was a big hit with the fans for his all action efforts. Newport wanted 'Armo', and tried to purchase his contract, however he crashed at Kings Lynn's Norfolk Arena and broke his arm.  While he was out the Heathens used Barrie Evans to plug the gap but when he was due back in September he broke his finger in a freak accident at home.
 

In February 2011 it was announced that 'Armo', would stay with the Heathens, much to the delight of the fans.  The promoters had agreed a deal with Newport to buy his contract and he became a Heathens asset. 'Armo' said "Having ridden at the old Dudley Wood track I know all about the passion of the Cradley fans - I'm delighted."
Once again though, he was injured in a match against the American Dream Team in April suffering rib damage but was back in May to give his best performance for the Heathens against Scunthorpe with a 17 point haul.
In July he was part of the Heathens top four who won the National League Fours at Loomer Road Stoke beating Belle Vue, Stoke and Mildenhall.  However he was injured again in August when his handlebars struck him in the throat, he also suffered an injury to his back.
That proved to be his last ride for Dudley in 2011.
 

After spending a year out, Jon was signed up by Mildenhall for their 2013 campaign.  He was injured again but almost completed the season riding 25 matches for an average of 8.73.
Fen Tigers chairman Kevin Jolly said, "Jon came back brilliantly after a lay off. His enthusiasm for the club was second to none and he was a rock in most matches.
Stoke have now moved to hand Jon Armstrong a return to the club – having previously represented the Potters at Premier League level.
The Loomer Road outfit expect the experienced Armstrong, who rode for Mildenhall this year, to also bring out the best in the younger members of the side, and have thanked his parent club Cradley for their co-operation in the loan deal.
Armstrong said: “I’ve always liked Stoke and I am sure that I still have the enthusiasm and vigour to make a useful contribution."


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