Mildenhall Fen Tigers

The Mildenhall Fen Tigers are a British speedway team, currently riding in the National League.[1]

Mildenhall Fen Tigers
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Mildenhall Fen Tigers
Club information
Track addressMildenhall Stadium
Hayland Drove
West Row
Mildenhall
CountryEngland
Founded1975
Team managerMalcolm Vasey
Team captainRyan Kinsley
LeagueNational League
Websitewww.mildenhallfentigers.co
Club facts
ColoursOrange and Black
Track size260 metres (280 yd)
Track record time49.68
Track record date14 July 2013
Track record holderSteve Boxall
Current team
Rider CMA
England Ryan Kinsley 8.00
England Jason Edwards 7.53
England Luke Ruddick 6.67
Australia Matt Marson 5.48
England Sam Bebee 4.62
England Elliot Kelly 3.62
England Nathan Ablitt 3.00
Total 38.92
Major team honours
National League (BL Div 2) Champions1979
National League Fours Champions1984, 1987
Conference League Champions2003, 2004
Conference League KO Cup Winners2003, 2004
Conference League Trophy Winners2000, 2002, 2004
Conference League Fours Winners2004
National League Knock Out Cup2011, 2012
National League Champions2012
National League Fours Champions2012
National League Pairs2012
National Trophy2012, 2018

HistoryEdit

 
Mildenhall Stadium

The original track was built in 1971 on farm land owned by Terry Waters, with chef Bernie Klatt the driving force behind establishing speedway in Mildenhall.[2] Klatt had been the head chef at the officers club at the nearby air force base, and later established a restaurant at the track.[2] The track moved to a second area on the same farm in 1973.[3] After running as a training track, the Mildenhall team entered the New National League in 1975.

The club moved up to the Premier League in 2006 after twelve seasons in the Conference League when new promoter Mick Horton took over.[4] In 2007 Stadium owner Carl Harris formed Fen Tigers Limited with the intention of selling the company shares to the fans. Lifelong supporter Simon Barton bought a major shareholding in the club until the promotion sold to Keith & Jonathan Chapman in August 2008.[5][6] Team manager Laurence Rogers was replaced with former Tigers rider Richard Knight. At the beginning of the season the club struggled to find a sponsor, so uniquely, the fans collectively sponsored the team.[7]

RidersEdit

2019 seasonEdit

Previous seasonsEdit

Extended content

2015 team

2014 team

2013 team

2012 team

2011 team

2010 team

2009 team

2008 team

Also Rode:

2007 team

Also Rode:

2006 team

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bamford, Robert (2008). Methanol Press Speedway Yearbook 2008. Methanol Press. ISBN 978-0-9553103-5-5.
  2. ^ a b Butt, Randall (1980) "Dream Come True", Speedway Star, 15 November 1980, p. 7
  3. ^ "Fen Tigers are Ready", Speedway Star, 2 November 1974, p. 14
  4. ^ Bamford, Robert (1 March 2007). Tempus Speedway Yearbook 2007. NPI Media Group. ISBN 0-7524-4250-3.
  5. ^ "Lynn promoter takes over Tigers". BBC. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008.
  6. ^ "Stars buy Mildenhall speedway". Lynn news. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008.
  7. ^ "Speedway fans become club sponsor". BBC. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008.

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