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Desy

Sheffield Tigers speedway

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Has been around for quite a few years and I think the season before last had been going for 100 years.

Have you got any memories of the riders you watched, liked, hated.

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I've never been - but have heard it a few times in the Sheffield area !

How busy does it get (say compared to greyhound racing there) ?

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Sheffield are in the middle tier of british speedway. mainly have good up and coming riders . Sheffield is one of the fastist tracks in the country eg 4 laps in 69 seconds. The season starts on 15th march 7.45pm against wolverhampton in the top division in a challange match. gets about 3,000+ but the circuit is only open from the 3rd bend to the second and is £12.

The best thing is that the kids can talk to the riders and they all don't have ego's unlike footballers.

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How long has speedway played a part in Sheffield sport ?

Has it always been at Owlerton ?

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Yes it has but as I said it will be in it's 103 year later this month.

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Who have been the big stars for Sheffield ?

And are there any famous faces you can see down there ?

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Jack winstanley

Tommy Roper

Clive featherby

Arnie Haley

Jack Kitchen

ronnie rolfe

Derrol Mebin

Reg wilson

Doug wyer

Shawn Moran

Kelly Moran

Lars gunstaed

Steve Johnson

Derrol Keats

Robbie Kessler

Simon stead

Carl stnoehewer

Andre Compton

Jamie Birkinshaw

Steve cope

jim airey

sam ermalenko

KYLE LEGAULT one of the best up and comers that sheffield have let go this season

Charlie Monk

Alan Moggeridge

And one of the best none Sheffield riders ever to never ride(well not that often James Grieves)

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A mate I went to junior school with was speedway mad while all the other lads were into following one of the two Sheffield football teams. He passed his 11 plus and I didn,t so we went our seperate ways. About four years ago I got back in touch through Freinds reunited and we got together on one of my trips home. Well it turns out his dreams became reality and he grew up to ride for the Tigers. His name is Philip White, I don't know how succesful he was during his career. He is now a pilot for British Airways.

Also Neil Machin the Promoter/ owner of the Tigers is a big friend of my best mate and fellow ex pat over here. I am sure if I ask him he could get some information for the site.

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A mate I went to junior school with was speedway mad while all the other lads were into following one of the two Sheffield football teams. He passed his 11 plus and I didn,t so we went our seperate ways. About four years ago I got back in touch through Freinds reunited and we got together on one of my trips home. Well it turns out his dreams became reality and he grew up to ride for the Tigers. His name is Philip White, I don't know how succesful he was during his career. He is now a pilot for British Airways.

Also Neil Machin the Promoter/ owner of the Tigers is a big friend of my best mate and fellow ex pat over here. I am sure if I ask him he could get some information for the site.

Phil white was ok but he never really made it above second string (that is the next one down from heat leader). He had a few good years at Owlerton.

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Couple of things Desy. firstly Speedway has been going since 1929 tso it is actually 78 years this year. Secondly, you're being a bit unfair on Phil White!! Phil may have been a second string in the BL (Equivalent of EL and the top tier), but at the level we operate at now he was most definitely a heat leader! Some of those names you mention as top riders couldn't hold a candle to Phil!!

Still it IS the greatest sport in the world with some of the nicest people you would ever want to meet!

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Couple of things Desy. firstly Speedway has been going since 1929 tso it is actually 78 years this year. Secondly, you're being a bit unfair on Phil White!! Phil may have been a second string in the BL (Equivalent of EL and the top tier), but at the level we operate at now he was most definitely a heat leader! Some of those names you mention as top riders couldn't hold a candle to Phil!!

Still it IS the greatest sport in the world with some of the nicest people you would ever want to meet!

Sorry about how many years sheffield had been going. But I stated what Phil White was not what he should have been now.

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I used to go a lot back in the 70s the likes of Jim Airey, Begnt Larsson, Arnie Haley, Bob Paulson etc, can anyone remember the combination of smells on the warm summer evenings coming from Bassetts and the old Sunblest Bakery nearby to the Stadium mingled with the smell of burning fuel from the bikes??. Here's a couple of pics taken during the 70s there a bit grainey but you can make out most things.

:rolleyes:

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Don't forget the Roast Pork sandwiches

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Everybody who 'remembers' Sheffield Speedway from years gone by..... Get to Owlerton this Thursday............Tapes up at 7:45pm........The smell and thrill is still there.........but where are you??????????? ;) . New Year, New season. Relive your past and you will be bittn by the bug again.....I promise

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SPEEDWAY WAS IN MY BLOOD SINCE THE 50s WHEN I USED TO SIT ON THE HILLS HEADING UPTO SHIRECLIFFE WATCHING IT THROUGH BINOCULARS THAT WERE USELESS.OUR HERO IN THOSE DAYS WAS TOMMY ALLOTT WHO STARTED THE FAMILY OF ALLOTS AND THREE GENERATIONS OF ALLOTTS WHO RODE FOR SHEFFIELD. GUY ALLOTT,NICKI ALLOTT AND ADAM ALLOTT.THIS IS ALOT OF ALLOTTS.

AND WE USED TO RACE AROUND ON OUR PUSH BIKES AND SQUABBLE TO WHO WAS GOING TO BE TOMMY.

ALLTHOUGH JIM AIREY WAS PROBABLY THE CLASSIEST RIDER,THE MORANS, REGIE,ARNIE AND SHAUNIE WERE ENTERTAINERS. BUT THERE ARE MANY,MANY MORE BRILLIANT RIDERS I COULD TALK ABOUT BUT IT WOULD BE NICE TO HERE WHAT THE BEST RACE WAS THAT THEY COULD REMEMBER. MINE BEING IN 1973 WHEN LEICESTER WITH RAY WILSON AND DAVE JESSOP UNBEATEN ON ANY TRACK UPTO THIS POINT CAME UP AGAINST ARNIE AND REG. THE CONTINUOUS PASSING WAS UNBELIEVABLE AND SHEFFIELD GOT A 1-2 WITH A GREAT PIECE OF TEAM RIDING ON THE LAST LAP.

HAS ANYONE SEEN BETTER. STILL GET OVER TO SEE ODD MEETINGS.BEST SPORT IN THE WORLD

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From the Sheffield Star 1972 Sheffield Tigers team.

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From the Sheffield Star 1972 Sheffield Tigers team.

BRILLIANT FLYINGPIG. REMEMBER THEM ALL AND ARNIE AND BERT TOGETHER IN BAR LATER WAS WORTH THE ADDMISION ON ITS OWN.ALLTHOUGH WE LOST BERT AND RIEDER FOR 73 SEASON.ROD HAYNES AND CRAIG PENDLEBURY WERE THE RESERVE PAIRING IN WHAT WAS AGREAT SEASON.

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Super pictures of both speedway action and the team in the 70's - thankyou for making the memories even more 'real'.

Used to go to Speedway with my mate, initially because my mum and dad were concerned about the violence at football matches and there were no such problems at Owlerton.

Have so many memories of the sounds and smells of the sport - watching every race including the second half 'friendlies' and kids events, carefullly filling in our programmes resting on the almost compulsary home made 'speedway boards' painted blue and yellow, watching our heros work on their bikes in the pits and of course the interval chips from the 'hole in the wall' at the rear of the 4th bend stand!

Happy, carefree days!

(PS Can I belatedly apologise to the Tigers reserve rider, Brian Maxted, for joining in the shouts of 'gerooamemaxted' each time he came last in a race - never was quite sure what it meant)!

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