Full name: Stephen Collins
Career Record with Cradley
[Taken from the Cradley Speedway Riders Database includes all matches]
1982 British Grasstrack Champion
League Cup winners medal 1984 (Cradley)
Steve was signed by Colin Pratt as the man to complete his new-look 1984 team. It was a surprise at the time that the younger brother of then Heathens heatleader Phil, was not under contract at Leicester, where he had been enjoying frequent second-half action. So he started the '84 season at reserve in the British League alongside Dane, Finn Jensen. However, a combination of Cradley's poor bottom end and Steve's inexperience saw him loaned out to National League Arena Essex in May.
When the new Green Sheet Averages were issued in August, Collins was brought back into the side to replace Mike Wilding, but for the most part he failed to produce what was expected of him and mustered just a string of low scores. There were good signs though and many people rated Steve's potential, more so than ever after his 9+1 score against Exeter in August. It turned out to be easily the youngster's best return in Cradley colours. An arm injury late season hampered his progress further, but he still did enough to warrant a recall in 1985.
|Steve's second season at the Wood failed to deliver what was promised, and it was decided to loan him out to Birmingham for the last few weeks of the season. He had managed to remain in the Cradley side for six months, but his confidence gradually disintegrated and the tough British League proved to be too much in the end. He wasn't recalled to the team in 1986, but was instead replaced by then Heathens junior Paul Fry.|
Steve still lives locally with his young family in Stourbridge, West Midlands.