Taken from the Cradley Heath speedway database - includes all matches
|BRITISH CAREER: (2008) Rye House II;
(2009) Scunthorpe II; (2010-11) Dudley.
CLUB HONOURS: National Shield winner: 2011 [Dudley]; Four-Team Championship winner: 2011 [Dudley].
|Richard's speedway career started as Coventry's mascot in 2008, he
signed for Rye House later that season. Then in 2009 he joined
Scunthorpe, in July Richie sustained back and pelvic injuries in a crash
at Kings Lynn whilst representing Great Britain's Under-21 side against
Autralasia. Another rider locked up in front of him and he was sent over
the handlebars. He was replaced in the side but was back within a
He was sidelined again later in the season when he went into hospital for an appendix operation.
In February 2010 Rich was named in the Dudley Heathens team. He started the season well and at the end of April scored paid 14 from 5 rides against his former team Scunthorpe beaten only by Benji Compton from the Saints. Rich took an injury to his throat at Kings Lynn and was kept in hospital overnight with damage to his windpipe, nine days later he was back for the match against Scunthorpe. Again the Heathens their lost key reserve with concussion after a crash in the second race during their league fixture at the Isle of Wight on 2 September but, six days later, he happily received the all-clear from his doctor to resume riding. And he marked his return to the side that evening by top-scoring with an excellent haul of 10+3 points, as the Heathens defeated Plymouth in a National League fixture at Birmingham’s Perry Barr raceway.
He settled in well at both Perry Barr and Monmore Green but is away scores were inconsistant.
2011 was a complete contrast he settled in to be a good second string
both at home and away, with scores of 10 paid 12 from 5 rides at Belle
Vue in June, then 10 paid 12 from 7 rides at Monmore against Mildenhall
in August. He also scored 10 from 5 rides against Belle Vue in August.
On 30 July, he was a member of the Dudley side that came through the semi-final stage of the National League Four-Team Championship at Stoke’s Loomer Road raceway, prior to taking victory in the final ahead of Belle Vue, the Potters and Mildenhall, as the Heathens added to their early-season National Shield success.
However, Franklin was ruled out for the remainder of Dudley’s season after suffering a broken shoulder in the Heathens’ home defeat by Stoke on 23 August. He crashed out in heat two of the National League fixture and received the news after visiting his local hospital in Coventry.
His racing opportunities were limited in 2012, but he jumped at the chance of joining his hometown club for next season in a full transfer from Scunthorpe as Coventry enter the National League for the first time.
Co-boss Blayne Scroggins said: “Richard comes on board as a Coventry asset, and it’s good news for us. He was keen to come to Coventry being a local lad, and we’re really pleased to sign him.
Richard rode around 5 matches for Coventry Storm but failed to make an impact with an average of 2.2