Simon Stead

Simon Trevor Stead (born 25 April 1982)[1] is a British speedway team manager and former rider.

Simon Stead
Simon Stead (Mar 08).jpg
Born (1982-04-25) 25 April 1982 (age 38)
Sheffield, England
NicknameSteady
NationalityUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Websitewww.simon-stead.co.uk
Current club information
Career statusRetired
Career history
1998, 2002Peterborough Panthers
1998Buxton Hitmen
1999–2002Sheffield Tigers
2000Lublin (POL)
2001–2002Ornarna (SWE)
2003Gasarna (SWE)
2003–2004Workington Comets
2003–2004Wolverhampton Wolves
2005–2007, 2015Belle Vue Aces
2006Toruń (POL)
2007Gniezno (POL)
2008–2009Coventry Bees
2008Bydgoszcz (POL)
2009Ostrów Wlkp.
2008Masarna Avesta (SWE)
2009–2012Swindon Robins
2013–Sheffield Tigers
2013King's Lynn Stars
2014Leicester Lions
Individual honours
2001, 2002, 2003British Under 21 Champion
2014Premier League Riders Champion
Team honours
2006Elite League Pairs Champion
2003Premier League Pairs Champion
2008Craven Shield winner
2012Elite League Champion

Career SummaryEdit

Born in Sheffield, Stead started his career at local track Sheffield Tigers before riding for Buxton Hitmen, Peterborough Panthers and Workington Comets.[2] Stead signed for Belle Vue Aces prior to the start of the 2005 season and had three seasons with the club. In those three seasons he progressed from a reserve to a heat leader. For the 2008 season Stead joined the Coventry Bees on loan. In 2009 he signed a contract which involved him moving from Coventry to the Swindon Robins. He re-signed with Sheffield Tigers in 2013 with the option of doubling up with King's Lynn Stars, his season was cut short by a broken leg sustained while practising in June, and signed for Sheffield Tigers again in 2014 doubling up with Leicester Lions.[3]

Stead was British Under-21 Champion three times in the years 2001/2002 and 2003 and won the 2006 Elite League Pairs Champion along with then teammate Jason Crump. He also won the Premier League Pairs Championship with Carl Stonehewer in 2003.[4]

Stead was given the wildcard spot for the 2006 British Speedway Grand Prix and scored 3 points from 5 rides.[4] He was also chosen to represent Great Britain in the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Speedway World Cup.

In 2017, Stead moved in to team management, and won the SGB Championship with Sheffield Tigers. In 2018 he took on the team manager role for both Tigers and Leicester Lions. In September 2019 he was appointed as joint team manager (with Oliver Allen) of the Great Britain speedway team.[5]

Speedway Grand Prix resultsEdit

2006 Speedway Grand Prix Final Championship standings
(Riding No 16)
Race no. Grand Prix Pos. Pts. Heats Draw No
4 /10   British SGP 15 3 (0,0,0,2,1) 16
  permanent speedway rider
  wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve
  rider not classified (track reserve who did not start)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-81-6
  2. ^ Oakes, P (2006). Speedway Star Almanac. Pinegen Ltd. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0.
  3. ^ "Lions Complete with Stead", speedwaygb.co, 14 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b Bamford, Robert (1 March 2007). Tempus Speedway Yearbook 2007. NPI Media Group. ISBN 0-7524-4250-3.
  5. ^ "GB Team Managers Revealed", gbspeedwayteam.com, 21 September 2019. Retrieved 21 September 2019

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