Birmingham Brummies are a British speedway team founded in 1928. They were inaugural members of the Southern League in 1929. The team have twice finished runner-up in the highest tier of British speedway, during the 1952 Speedway National League and 2013 Elite League speedway season. After four years in the National League, in 2019 they moved up to the second tier of British speedway in the SGB Championship.
|Track address||Perry Barr Stadium|
|Team manager||Laurence Rodgers|
|Team captain||Ashley Morris|
|Colours||Yellow & Red|
|Track size||292 metres (319 yd)|
|Track record time||56.6 seconds|
|Track record date||25 June 2008 & 2 July 2008|
|Track record holder||Jason Lyons & Kevin Doolan|
|Major team honours|
Birmingham had two teams in the Southern League of the inaugural season of British speedway in 1929. One was based at Perry Barr Stadium and the other was based at Hall Green Stadium. The Hall Green team, known during their time as Birmingham Bulldogs, closed in 1938. Speedway continued at Perry Barr Stadium until 1953. The Brummies reopened in 1971 at Perry Barr before closing at the end of 1983. The Brummies then opened at the Wheels Project at Bordesley Green in 1985 racing for two seasons in the National League before closing in 1986. Although Birmingham did win trophies during their initial spell in Speedway these achievements were often dwarfed by the success of fellow West Midlands Speedway teams, the Wolverhampton Wolves, Coventry Bees and Cradley Heathens.
After 20 years away from the sport Birmingham were reformed in 2006 and then accepted into the Premier League in 2007. The first meeting of the new era, the Alan Hunt Memorial, took place on 21 March 2007. In a successful first season the team finished in second place in the league table, and runner-up in both the Premier Trophy and the Young Shield, despite having only two members of their own team actually fit to ride. During the majority of their time in the Premier League they were captained by Australian Jason Lyons who went on to become extremely popular at the club and is now a member of the club's Hall of Fame. The club when re founded was sponsored by Richard Meredith of Mercom Water Products
Birmingham were accepted into the Elite League for 2011 and finished their first season in ninth place out of ten. Ahead of their second season in the top flight they retained the services of the previous season's star performers Danny King and Ben Barker as well as adding Speedway Grand Prix star Bjarne Pedersen. Although Pedersen's time at Birmingham was an unhappy one the team made a big improvement on their first season in the Elite League, finishing in 3rd place and achieving a spot in the play-offs. The 2013 season was filled with success, with the Brummies finishing in 1st place in the Elite League and achieving a place in the Elite League Grand Final. They found themselves outclassed in the final, losing out on aggregate 104-79 to the Poole Pirates, who were inspired by Greg Hancock.
Despite the success of the 2013 season there were regular reports of turmoil behind the scenes at the club, and at the end of the season team manager Phil Morris walked away from the club. The off season was a difficult time for the club, with captain Danny King handing in a transfer request, although he was later convinced to stay. Once the season began the troubles only intensified, and on 14 July 2014 it was announced that the club would cease to operate. The team was taken over later that year by Tony Mole and entered into the National League for 2015. Under the stewardship of Mole and Drury The Brummies would crown a superb season back on track by winning the National League title. The Brummies defended their National League title in 2016, beating Eastbourne in a two leg play off, the play off system having been controversially introduced for this season. they would also win the National Trophy to crown a superb double.
Ahead of the 2017 season owner Tony Mole announced that he will be walking away from the sport after the 2017 season, after 31 years promoting in the sport. The Birmingham Brummies had their future secured when they were bought by David and Peter Mason toward the end of the 2017 season.
Perry Barr StadiumEdit
Perry Barr Stadium (also known as Perry Barr Greyhound Stadium) is the home track of the Birmingham Brummies, located on Aldridge Road in Perry Barr, Birmingham. The stadium was originally constructed for an athletics club, the Birchfield Harriers. Since then its facilities have also been used by the Birchfield Cycling Club and also Aston Villa Football Club, whose second and third teams would train at the stadium in the 1930s and 1940s.
During World War II the stadium was requisitioned by the government and used by the Home Guard. And it was soon after the conclusion of the war that Birmingham Brummies rode at the stadium for the first time. The club initially rode on a Saturday evening, which resulted in Floodlights having to be added to the stadium.
Having been reformed in 2006 Birmingham returned to the stadium, which at this time is now primarily being used for greyhound racing.
Riders previous seasonsEdit
- Division 2 Anniversary Cup Winners - 1948
- Division 2 National Trophy Winners - 1948
- Midland Cup - 1953, 1954, 1955
- British League Division 2 Champions - 1974
- British League Division 2 Knock-Out Cup - 1974
- National League Champions - 1975
- Midland Shield - 2007
- Premier League Pairs - 2009
- Premier League Fours - 2010
- National League Fours - 2015
- National League Champions - 2015, 2016
- National Trophy Winners - 2016
- Steve Bastable
- Nigel Boocock
- Eric Boothroyd
- Arthur Browning
- Bruce Cribb
- Stan Dell
- Jason Doyle
- Alan Grahame
- Andy Grahame
- John Hart
- Phil Herne
- Alan Hunt
- Danny King
- Zdeněk Kudrna
- Wilbur Lamoreaux
- Jason Lyons
- George Major
- Ron Mountford
- Hans Nielsen
- Arthur Payne
- Billy Sanders
- Sören Sjösten
- Graham Warren
- Ray Wilson
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- "Elite League Table 2013". Speedway365.com. Archived from the original on 21 July 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
- "Elite League Grand Final: Poole Pirates complete thrashing of Birmingham Brummies". Skysports.com. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- "Birmingham Brummies – Weightlifting Group".