Wolverhampton Wolves

Wolverhampton Wolves are a British speedway team based in Wolverhampton, England. They are sponsored by Parry's International Travel, and signed a deal with owner Dave Parry (previous speedway rider for the Wolverhampton Wolves) for the 2008 season onwards. The team is managed by Peter Adams and the promoter of the club is Chris Van Straaten.

Wolverhampton Wolves
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Club information
Track addressMonmore Green Stadium
Wolverhampton
CountryEngland
Founded1928/1951
Team managerPeter Adams
Team captainRory Schlein
LeagueSGB Premiership
Websitewww.wolverhamptonwolves.co
Club facts
ColoursOld Gold and Black
Track size264 metres (288.7 yd)
Track record time52.69
Track record date29 August 2016
Track record holderNiels-Kristian Iversen
Current team
Rider CMA
Australia Sam Masters 7.35
Sweden Jacob Thorssell 7.33
Australia Rory Schlein 6.65
Australia Nick Morris 5.38
United States Luke Becker 5.27
Australia Ryan Douglas 4.66
United States Broc Nicol 4.00
Total 40.64
Major team honours
Elite League Champions2002, 2009, 2016
Premier League KO Cup Winners1996
Provincial League Champions1963
Provincial Midland League1962
British League Champions1991
Premier League Champions1996
Gold Cup1997
Midland Cup1973

HistoryEdit

Current team performances in Speedway's First Division since 2013[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Teams no longer participating in the league are not included on the graph. When a team's figure rises from zero, that indicates having moved up to the Premiership after the previous season

The club was founded in 1928 racing at Monmore Green, and after a brief flirtation with speedway, saw its last pre-war meeting in 1930. It was 20 years later that the sport returned to the town.

During 1948 and the post-war optimism, record crowds were attending speedway events up and down the country. With towns keen to cash in on the boom, Wolverhampton's stadium owners applied to the local council for a track to be re-built at the original site. Australian Arthur Simcock set the ball rolling and was granted permission to promote speedway in Wolverhampton and finally his dream came true on 14 October 1950. The first to test the new track were some visiting Norwich riders, en route to a meeting. They declared themselves satisfied. Officially once again founded in 1951, known as the Wolverhampton Wasps, the racing keen fans saw a Wolverhampton team defeat Sheffield 58-26 (old 14-heat formula). With all parties happy, Wolverhampton were admitted into Division Three of the National League of the same year.

However the winter of 1952/3 was a tumultuous one for speedway in the Black Country. Cradley Heath had endured a tough season in the Second Division, but meanwhile Wolverhampton had enjoyed a solid Third Division campaign. Due to the events at Cradley, a merger took place between the two promotions and saw a new formed team racing in the Second Division at Monmore Green. (Dudley Wood closed and didn't hear the roar of speedway bikes until 1959). Wolverhampton were pleased with this 'promotion' and saw the only meeting where supporters had been 'locked out'. It was reported 12,000 fans turned up with many more scaling the walls. The first meeting against Stoke in their new form saw the Potters demolished 52-32.

This was however short lived and the side was thumped home and away in the early part of the 1954 season. A decision was made by the promotion and in early May of the same year, Wolverhampton closed its doors to speedway. It wasn't until 1961 when the sport returned to the venue again. Since 1965 Wolverhampton have competed in the top tier of British speedway with the exception of 1981 (second tier) and 1982/3 (inactive).

The Wolverhampton Wolves were the Sky Sports Elite League champions in 2002. They regained the champion status in the 2009 season, beating the Swindon Robins 95-90 on aggregate in the 2009 play-offs.[8]

On 10 August 2015 Swindon Robins rider Darcy Ward broke the track record time held by Tai Woffinden. Darcy's new record time 53.45 seconds. Then on 29 August 2016 Niels-Kristian Iversen broke the track record again with a time of 52.69 seconds.

The team had a title success in 2016, beating the top of the table finishing Belle Vue Aces. After winning by an 18-point margin at home in the first leg by beating the Belle Vue Aces 54-36, the second leg was a win for Belle Vue of 50-42, meaning victory for the Wolves by a 10-point margin with the aggregate scores 96-86.

OlympiqueEdit

Wolves host the Olympique annually.

RidersEdit

2019 teamEdit

Previous seasonsEdit

Extended content

2018 team

2017 team

2016 team

2015 team

2014 team

2013 team

2012 team

2011 team

2010 team

Doubling-up between Premier and Elite League.
AS Covering for Adam Skornicki.

2009 team

Also Rode:

Doubling-up between Premier and Elite League.
Sustained a neck injury during an individual event in May 2009.

2008 team

Also Rode:

2007 team

Also Rode:

2006 team

2005 team

2004 team

1975 team

Notable ridersEdit

 
George Hunter with Gary Peterson
 
Finn Thomsen and Ole Olsen

Individual HonoursEdit

World ChampionshipEdit

World Under-21 ChampionshipEdit

Long Track World ChampionshipEdit

British Speedway ChampionshipEdit

British League Riders' ChampionshipEdit

Elite League Riders' ChampionshipEdit

Australian ChampionshipEdit

Danish ChampionshipEdit

United States ChampionshipEdit

British Under 21 ChampionshipEdit

British Under 19 ChampionshipEdit

South Australian ChampionshipEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Elite League 2013 Table
  2. ^ Elite League 2014 Table
  3. ^ Elite League 2015 Table
  4. ^ Elite League 2016 Table
  5. ^ Premiership 2017 Table
  6. ^ Premiership 2018 Table
  7. ^ Premiership 2019 Table
  8. ^ Bamford, Robert (1 March 2007). Tempus Speedway Yearbook 2007. NPI Media Group. ISBN 0-7524-4250-3.

External linksEdit