Joe Screen

Joseph 'Joe' Screen (born 27 November 1972 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire),[1] is a former British international speedway rider. His major speedway honours include winning the World Under-21 Championship in 1993, the British Championship in 1996 and 2004, and the British League Riders' Championship in 1992. Screen also competed in grasstrack and longtrack motorcycle racing and is a former British Masters champion.

Joe Screen
Joe Screen.jpg
Born (1972-11-27) 27 November 1972 (age 47)
Chesterfield, England
NationalityEngland England
Current club information
Career statusRetired
British leagueGlasgow Tigers
Career history
UK
1989-1993, 1998, 2003-2008Belle Vue Aces
1994-1997Bradford Dukes
1999Hull Vikings
2000-2003Eastbourne Eagles
2009Poole Pirates
2010Wolverhampton Wolves
2010-2013Glasgow Tigers (PL)
2011, 2012Birmingham Brummies
2013Coventry Bees
Poland
1992, 1994-1997Włókniarz Częstochowa
1993Unia Tarnów
1998-1999Marma Rzeszów
2000ŻKS Polonia Bydgoszcz
2002Stal Gorzów Wielkopolski
2003Polonia Piła
2004KM Ostrów Wielkopolski
Sweden
1993-1994Getingarna
1996Dackarna
1997-2001Team Svelux
2002Luxo Stars
2003Valsarna
2004Vargarna
Individual honours
1993World Under 21 Champion
1990, 1993British Under 21 Champion
1992British League Riders' Champion
1996, 2004British Champion
Team honours
1992Elite League Four-Team
1993British League Champion
1994, 2001Elite League Premiership[clarification needed]
1995, 2002, 2005Elite League KO Cup
1997, 2000Elite League Champion

CareerEdit

Screen began riding motorcycles at the age of four, and gained his early experience on a 50cc motocross bike.[2] After competing in motocross and grasstrack he started to compete in speedway at the age of fourteen.[2]

Screen started his speedway career with the Belle Vue Aces in 1989 in the top tier of British League racing. In 1994 he transferred to the Bradford Dukes, where he spent the next four seasons. A year back at Belle Vue Aces in 1998 was followed by a solitary season with the Hull Vikings. The next four seasons were spent with the Eastbourne Eagles before returning 'home' to Belle Vue in 2003, and enjoying a testimonial season the following year.[3]

After being released by Belle Vue following the 2008 season, Screen joined Elite League champions the Poole Pirates on loan for 2009, after losing 27 lbs in response to concerns over his weight.[3][4] Despite improving his average over the season he was not retained by Poole. After failing to get an Elite League offer he agreed a two-year deal with Premier League Glasgow Tigers, but an appeal against his converted 12-point greensheet average was turned down, almost forcing him to retire.[3] He was given a lifeline with a short-term deal with Wolverhampton Wolves for 2010, until Adam Skornicki returned from injury.[3][5] His spell with Wolves saw his average drop sufficiently to fit into the Glasgow Tigers team, which he joined in May 2010, signing as a club asset for 2011, when he captained Glasgow to win both the Premier League Championship and the Premier League Pairs (alongside James Grieves).[6][7] He also rode for Birmingham Brummies in the Elite League in 2011 and 2012 in a doubling-up capacity.[3][8] In 2013 he rode for Coventry Bees in the Elite League as cover for the injured Adam Roynon, but after getting injured himself, his tenure there was short-lived.[9]

Screen was the 1993 World Under-21 Champion. He made his debut for England in 1991 but did not ride for the renamed Great Britain team until 2002. Screen has twice been British Champion, in 1996 and 2004. He rode in the Speedway Grand Prix series between 1996 until 2001 (when he had to withdraw after breaking his thigh) and as a wild card in the British Grand Prix in 2002, appearing in 21 Grands Prix and scoring a total of 159 points.[3]

Screen has also been involved in coaching young speedway riders and ran an academy at Buxton.[2]

His grasstrack career included winning both the British 350cc Championship and the British 350cc Best Pairs in 1989, reaching the World Longtrack Final in 1993 and 1994, and British Masters Championship wins in 1992 and 1995.[10]

Screen announced in June 2013 that he would be retiring from racing at the end of the season after 25 years in British league speedway,[11] but a hand injury sustained in August brought his season to a premature end.[12]

World Final AppearancesEdit

Individual World ChampionshipEdit

World Pairs ChampionshipEdit

World Team CupEdit

World CupEdit

Individual Under-21 World ChampionshipEdit

Speedway Grand Prix resultsEdit

Year Position Points Best Finish Notes
1996 13th 38 8th
1997 19th 8 8th
1998 27th 5 12th
1999 6th 68 4th
2000 16th 34 10th
2002 29th 6 10th

World Longtrack ChampionshipEdit

Finalist

  • 1993 -   Muhldorf - 11th (9pts)
  • 1994 -   Marianske Lazne - 12th (8pts)

Grand-Prix

  • 2000 - 16th (20pts) 1 app

British Masters Grasstrack ChampionshipEdit

First

Second

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-81-6
  2. ^ a b c Carlisle, Alex (2010) "Joe Screen - Derbyshire's Speedway star", derbyshirelife.co.uk, 29 April 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2013
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Rider Index", speedwaygb.co. Retrieved 20 June 2013
  4. ^ Chard, Phil (2009) "No more big Screen for star Joe", Bournemouth Daily Echo, 16 March 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2013
  5. ^ "Skornicki to sit out season", skysports.com, 28 April 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2013
  6. ^ Swan, Craig (2010) "Speedway ace Joe Screen vows to give Tigers a boost", Daily Record, 14 June 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2013
  7. ^ "Screen joins Poole". Manchester Evening News. 2008. Retrieved 22 January 2009.
  8. ^ Pearson, Nigel (2012) "Speedway: Birmingham sign up Joe Screen", Birmingham Mail, 20 July 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2013
  9. ^ Carpenter, Steve (2013) "Bees sign Joe Screen as Adam Roynon recovers from crash Archived 16 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine", Coventry Observer, 2 April 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013
  10. ^ "Joe Screen", grasstrackgb.co.uk. Retrieved 20 June 2013
  11. ^ "Screen Set to Retire", speedway365.com, 19 June 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013
  12. ^ "Screen Calls it a Day", speedway365.com, 24 August 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013