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 Post Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:53 am 
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I caught a bit of the World Championships last night and it must be over 40 years since I last went to Cradley Heath to watch live Speedway.

I can't say that the sport has changed that much in all that time, like everything else, more commercialised, scantily clad women flaunting themselves cheerleader style between the races, but couldn't actually see what bikes they ride nowadays although did spot a Suzuki label on one riders leathers.

Back in the day, I think most if not all riders rode JAWA bikes from Czechoslovakia, but I have no idea what they ride today although, they seem to have added some kind of mud flap over the rear wheel to stop the shale flying into your ice-cream as it used to do at Cradley Heath.

Does anyone from here follow or watch this sport and go to either Wolverhampton or Cradley Speedway or, perhaps they don't even exist any more? The top riders of my day all seemed to be Scandinavians I think Peterson was our top club rider, but I might be wrong. I recall one very large bloke that we youngsters used to congregate around who had this really long green and white scarf covered in club speedway badges and who used to start all the supportive chants - he's probably long gone by now.

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Wht go to Cradley when you could watch Hasse Holmqvist and Ole Olson at Wolves?

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Wht go to Cradley when you could watch Hasse Holmqvist and Ole Olson at Wolves?


Cradley Heath was a mere bus ride from my home in K'Ford so I used to do a Wolves home game, bus it back home, get my bag of chips, await the Sporting Pink, freshen up and get the bus to Cradley.

Ain't the Wolvo Speedway out at Monmore Green or somewhere which if my geography is correct, is the Stafford side and the complete other side of town from my direction - would have meant two buses minimum.

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Wht go to Cradley when you could watch Hasse Holmqvist and Ole Olson at Wolves?


Cradley Heath was a mere bus ride from my home in K'Ford so I used to do a Wolves home game, bus it back home, get my bag of chips, await the Sporting Pink, freshen up and get the bus to Cradley.

Ain't the Wolvo Speedway out at Monmore Green or somewhere which if my geography is correct, is the Stafford side and the complete other side of town from my direction - would have meant two buses minimum.


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Moscow Wolf wrote:
knocker knowles wrote:
Wht go to Cradley when you could watch Hasse Holmqvist and Ole Olson at Wolves?


Cradley Heath was a mere bus ride from my home in K'Ford so I used to do a Wolves home game, bus it back home, get my bag of chips, await the Sporting Pink, freshen up and get the bus to Cradley.

Ain't the Wolvo Speedway out at Monmore Green or somewhere which if my geography is correct, is the Stafford side and the complete other side of town from my direction - would have meant two buses minimum.


Monmore is on the Bilston side of town (the City now). You could have walked it.

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Wht go to Cradley when you could watch Hasse Holmqvist and Ole Olson at Wolves?


Cradley Heath was a mere bus ride from my home in K'Ford so I used to do a Wolves home game, bus it back home, get my bag of chips, await the Sporting Pink, freshen up and get the bus to Cradley.

Ain't the Wolvo Speedway out at Monmore Green or somewhere which if my geography is correct, is the Stafford side and the complete other side of town from my direction - would have meant two buses minimum.


Monmore is on the Bilston side of town (the City now). You could have walked it.


Is that where they race the dogs as well? Don't know that part of the town/city at all TBH. So where are the Horse races at? I always used to join in the laughter without knowing why when the Public Announcement would tell the away fans that their coaches were at the Racecourse. I could only assume it was a long walk. :?

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Is that where they race the dogs as well? Don't know that part of the town/city at all TBH. So where are the Horse races at? I always used to join in the laughter without knowing why when the Public Announcement would tell the away fans that their coaches were at the Racecourse. I could only assume it was a long walk. :?


Monmore Green for Dogs and Speedway, Dunstall Park up the Stafford Road for the gee gees. I think you can see Dunstall Park from the upper Steve Bull - something to remember if the match is boring and there's a race meeting on. 10-15 minutes walk from the Molineux if you are fit.

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I havent been in years but watch the gp's on eurosport. Used to go all the time but since the gp's got big alot of the big riders choose not to race over here. They are slowly coming back now.


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Is that where they race the dogs as well? Don't know that part of the town/city at all TBH. So where are the Horse races at? I always used to join in the laughter without knowing why when the Public Announcement would tell the away fans that their coaches were at the Racecourse. I could only assume it was a long walk. :?


Monmore Green for Dogs and Speedway, Dunstall Park up the Stafford Road for the gee gees. I think you can see Dunstall Park from the upper Steve Bull - something to remember if the match is boring and there's a race meeting on. 10-15 minutes walk from the Molineux if you are fit.


I think the biggest roars of laughter were when it was lashing it down with rain or perhaps it was because the away support would have to come past the North Bank - not sure really as most away fans travelled by British Rail Specials back then.

So, is Speedway still alive and kicking in Wolvo and Cradley? Don't Coventry have a team also?

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cradley speedway is now a housing estate.it was the best place to be as a kid on a Saturday night.
wolves speedway was always Monday nights and seeing as my mates uncle ran the place weused to get in free.
Coventry speedway was also Saturday nights and was a trek but still used to go when cradley were riding against them.
just as a side note Coventry football club are now looking at redeveloping Coventry speedways Brandon stadium into their next home ground.

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The Heathens folded a few years ago but I think they have re-formed in one of the lower leagues, Wolves have done OK this season considering the injuries they have had although they got tonked by Birmingham in the week. I don't watch much of the British Elite League cos the standard isn't that great although Wolves have 2 riders in the Grand Prix series which is quality, Tai Woffinden and Freddie Lindgren. Poole and Birmingham seem to be able to field teams with massive scorers which I thought the rider average ruling was supposed to try and even out, clever managers I guess.

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Thanks to all for the updates and news. Finally prompted me to go search on Google and looks like Dudley Heathens is the new name, new team still searching for their own track/stadium and sponsored by SKY.

Perhaps out of Darkness, does Cometh Light.

http://www.cradleyspeedway.co.uk/

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If you can get British eurosport MW they have the rights to the GP's, world cup and the European championships.

Actually the European championships on Saturday night caused a stir for the wolves team. When the british fixtures was organised this wasn't seen as an official event. Due to injury and wildcard placement, wolves have got 2 riders in this championship. Friday night wolves was away to Coventry and Freddie Lindgren choose not to race for wolves but to get to Togliatti in time for the practice. Tai Wolfinden who was in the championships actually rode for wolves Friday and then had a race on his hands to get there the next day. He missed practice and was the first time he raced at the track on the night. In the end he came 4th which considering isn't to bad.

Don't no the logistics of it all. But had to fly out early Saturday morning from Gatwick to Russia, then catch another 2 1/2 hour flight. Then it was onto a moto taxi to the ground.


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If anyone is interested Wolves could have the GP champion in there side from Saturday night.

Tai Wolffenden only needs 6 points on Saturday to be crowned champion. The only downside and its quite a big one he has damaged the metal plate which has held his broken collarbone. He crashed out of the Cardiff gp in june and broke his collarbone and had a metal plate inserted. He raced again just 2 weeks later and never looked back. He had a bit of luck when his closest rival crashed out a few weeks ago and that was his season over but Hampel came good in the last 2 meetings and closed the gap to about 15 points. But Tai himself crashed again in the last meeting in the first race. Nothing was said at the time but Tai was clearly in agony and raced on to get 7 points from his next 4 races including one win. After the meeting it was confirmed that Tai had bent the metal plate in his collarbone. He had surgery the next day and is looking to race again on Saturday. Like I said depending on what hampel does Tai at most needs to get 6/7 points to be crowned champion


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Congratulations to Wolves Tai Woffinden, world champion in a difficult season plagued with injuries to many riders, including the previous world champion and his main rival this year. Tai has been riding with a broken collarbone for the latter half of the season so massive respect to him, Woffy Woffy Woffy!

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It was great to see him go out and win it against his closest rival.

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my uncle used to take me sometimes when i was a kid - sam ermolenko always seemed to be on the back page of the e&s

i pretty much hate motorsport generally but not the speedway - the basic premise of it makes it far more exciting than, say, the procession of an f1 race

funny how it's always been so popular in wolves over the years - i couldnt put my finger on why although it seems to have decreased over recent times - many of the meetings i went to were packed out

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IMO its its gone down a lot since the speedway grand prix got big in this sport. The main countries for league racing are Britain, Sweden and Poland. In Sweden and Poland they have 1 race day designated, Poland is a sunday, Sweden is a Tuesday night. In Britain they share the tracks with the greyhound racing so have to race when that's not on. So in Britain. There are a few race nights. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays Fridays and Saturdays. Also on the continent they have squads where as here they pick a 1-7 team and that's who races. So a lot a of the big racers in the sport decided against racing in Britain an raced for a team that had a squad facility. As they was still getting the money but had less travelling to do.

It is a shame really but the sport is starting to claw back a few riders. I think if they went with a squad system in this country that would improve the sport.


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