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Speedway: Colts ‘stoked’ for Good Friday

Posted on Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:26:17 +0000

The Belle Vue ‘Cool Running’ Colts want to make Good Friday a great Friday when they make their first competitive appearance in 2019 against close neighbours Stoke for their local derby.

The new-look National League side hand debuts to Jordan Palin and Ben Rathbone, while Belle Vue debutants Danny Phillips and Leon Flint are eager to make their mark on Mancunian soil.

They will be without club No.4 Paul Bowen, who remains side-lined due to an ongoing shoulder injury, but who will be there to support his team mates. The team will operate R/R for Bowen.

The Potters track former Colts rider Tom Perry at No.1 with solid backing throughout their team as to make this quite the dynamic fixture to open their campaign at the National Speedway Stadium.

Team boss Steve Williams is excited to finally be launching their latest league title bid, saying: “It’s our local derby, with Buxton not racing this season, and the lads are really pumped up.

“On paper, Stoke are an excellent side. They’ve got quite a few capable riders who could potentially prove to be spoilers around our track, especially Tom Perry, who rode for us last season.

“But likewise, we’ve got some very solid lads and some very enthusiastic newcomers who, once they’ve settled in and found their rhythm, I think can and will surprise a lot of people.

“There’s no pressure on the boys. We want them to enjoy racing as much as we hope fans will enjoy watching them. It’s a development league and for us it’s all about bringing these youngsters on.

“We’ll be feeling our way into the meeting but we’ve also got the talent and experience to put in a strong performance, and if we can get a few wins along the way then it’s even better.”

The Cool Running Colts face the Stoke Potters in their first league fixture of the season at the earlier time of 1pm at Manchester’s National Speedway Stadium on Good Friday, April 19.

Tickets are now available online at and at the stadium box office on race day.


Belle Vue ‘Cool Running’ Colts: 1 Leon Flint, 2 Ben Woodhull, 3 Danny Phillips, 4 Paul Bowen R/R, 5 Kyle Bickley (C), 6 Ben Rathbone, 7 Jordan Palin; Team Managers: Steve Williams & Graham Goodwin

Stoke ‘A.R. Richards’ Potters: 1 Tom Perry (C), Shelby Rutherford, 3 Luke Chessell, 4 Luke Priest, 5 Connor Coles, 6 Corban Pavitt, 7 Joe Alcock; Team Manager: Adam Isherwood

Speedway: “No pain, no gain” – Dan Bewley

Posted on Mon, 15 Apr 2019 12:10:21 +0000

Dan Bewley is confident he can pick up from where he left off after making a remarkable recovery from the broken femur that ended his 2018 campaign, but says he’ll be taking it one day at a time.

The 19-year old put in a remarkable performance in the Rentruck Aces’ home clash against Peterborough, scoring 11 points overall and exhibited encouraging signs for a man on the mend.

Bewley has undergone a smorgasbord of rehabilitative treatments since giving up the wheelchair and crutches, and continues to be closely monitored by his doctors.

But true to his unique personality, he was his usual, cheerful self upon his return to the National Speedway Stadium and was far from hesitant to get back on his motorcycle.

Photo by Ian Charles

He said: “I feel really good. Obviously we’ll have to see how it goes in the coming weeks but right now I feel good, I feel strong and I’m excited to get back on the bike after a long time off.

“I’ve done quite a bit over the last few months. Once I had the cast off, I was in the hyperbaric chamber three times a week in Lancaster; a four-hour drive every two days which was a bit of a pain.

“But that’s been a huge help. I’ve also seen Steve Williams near Wolverhampton for ultrasound treatments and there’s a place near Rybnik I’ve been to that specialises in complex fractures.

“I tried to do a few wheelies, to see if I can still do them! But on a serious note, I was just happy to be back on the track with the team. They’re a good  set of lads with a great deal of potential.”

The Rentruck Aces commence their Premiership league fixtures this Thursday, April 18 against Ipswich at Foxhall before heading home to Manchester on Easter Monday, April 22 to face Wolverhampton.

Tickets for the action at the National Speedway Stadium are available at the stadium on race day, or right now at

Photo by Ian Charles

Speedway: Bjerre – Teamwork is Key

Posted on Tue, 09 Apr 2019 12:26:59 +0000

Returning Belle Vue Ace Kenneth Bjerre says team work is at the heart of the new-look Rentruck Aces septet and could provide the key to their ongoing efforts in their Premiership campaign.

The Danish international was disappointed to be left out of the club’s team-building plans in 2018 but made the perfect start to the new year with a full 15-point maximum at Peterborough last week.

Belle Vue’s number 5 Kenneth Bjerre

He hopes to “recapture the enjoyment of coming to work” at the National Speedway Stadium and is confident he can put his affinity for the Mancunian circuit to good use once again.

He said: ‘I’m very happy to be back at Belle Vue. I was gutted not to be in the team last year but that’s all part of the game. I’m looking forward to the new season and I can’t wait to begin.

“I had some good meetings here on the occasions I was able to ride. I really enjoy coming to work here so hopefully it will be just as much fun as I remember being a full-time home rider again.

“We’ve a solid group of guys at the core of this team and two gifted rookies at reserve, who we know are capable of big things, so I think this is going to be a good year for this team.

“There’s a real sense of unity between the boys. Everyone is helping everyone and pitching in where they need to. There’s a strong sense of team work and I think that will be the key for us.”

The Rentruck Aces take a 6-point advantage into the second leg of their Premiership Supporters’ Cup clash with the Panthers on Wednesday, April 10 as they target the win in their first home meeting.

Tickets are available on the night at the stadium, or online at

Pictures by Eddie Garvey


Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces: 1 Max Fricke (C), 2 Steve Worrall, 3 Dan Bewley, 4 Ricky Wells, 5 Kenneth Bjerre, 6 Dimitri Berge, 7 Jaimon Lidsey; Team Manager: Mark Lemon

Peterborough ‘Crendon’ Panthers: 1 Rohan Tungate, 2 Lasse Bjerre, 3 Bradley Wilson-Dean, 4 Charles Wright, 5 Hans Andersen (C), 6 Aaron Summers, 7 Ben Barker; Team Manager: Carl Johnson

Aces kick off 2019 season with away win

Posted on Tue, 02 Apr 2019 09:28:45 +0000

Belle Vue got their 2019 season off to the best possible start as they opened the new Premiership Supporters’ Cup competition with a 48-42 away win at Peterborough on Monday night.

Skipper Max Fricke and Danish star Kenneth Bjerre both went through the card unbeaten, whilst there was a superb British debut for young Australian newcomer Jaimon Lidsey who weighed in with an impressive 7+1.

The Aces were given a boost just 48-hours before the meeting when teenage starlet Dan Bewley was given the all-clear by doctors to resume racing seven months after a horror crash at Workington left him with a leg broken in 5 places, as well as a broken arm and broken wrist.

Not surprisingly, the Cumbrian youngster picked up just a single point, having only sat back on a bike last week.

Meanwhile there was an eve-of-season blow for Peterborough when their planned signing of ex-Belle Vue rider Craig Cook fell through at the last minute. Cook was expected to take the Peterborough No.1 jacket, but a disagreement on contract terms saw him replaced by Aaron Summers.

Belle Vue got off to a flying start as Fricke smashed the 9-year-old East of England Showground track record in heat 1, and the reserve duo of Lidsey and Dimitri Bergé hammered home a 5-1 win to put the Aces 6 points up after two races.

The scores remained tight with Fricke and Bjerre piling up the race wins for the Aces. Lidsey teamed up with Steve Worrall for a 5-1 win in heat 8, only for the home side to hit back with a maximum in the next.

Dmitri Berge leads Jaimon Lidsey: Picture Hayley Bromley

Belle Vue retained a 6-point lead going into the final two nominated races, where a unique feature of the new Supporters’ Cup competition allows fans to select the riders for the penultimate race via a Twitter vote, with the team managers able to select the final race from those not chosen for heat 14.

The fans opted for Lidsey and Worrall, who went down to a 5-1 defeat, allowing Peterborough to close the gap to just 2 points.

But that left the unbeaten Fricke and Bjerre available to team manager Mark Lemon for the final race, and the pair duly obliged by romping to victory to give the Aces a 48-42 win.

Aces scorers: Kenneth Bjerre 15, Max Fricke 14+1, Jaimon Lidsey 7+1, Dimitri Berge 6, Steve Worrall 5+1, Dan Bewley 1+1, Ricky Wells 0.

The two teams meet again on Thursday at Belle Vue’s National Stadium (7.30pm) when Aces’ fans get to see their 2019 team in action on home shale for the first time. The Aces will be looking for another 3 points to strengthen their position in the Cup group, which also includes Wolverhampton.

New reserve Jaimon Lidsey and Aces manager Mark Lemon: Picture Hayley Bromley

Doyle ‘doubles up’ with second Peter Craven title

Posted on Mon, 01 Apr 2019 08:30:40 +0000

Jason Doyle stormed to a second consecutive victory on Saturday night in Belle Vue’s prestigious season opener, the Peter Craven Memorial, becoming the first rider since Jason Crump to do so.

Rentruck Aces skipper Max Fricke and Kenneth Bjerre dominated the scoreboards with 13 points from their five qualifying rides, putting them into the grand final and into contention for the trophy.

2017 world champion Doyle took a detour via the semi-final, along with Rory Schlein, David Bellego and Matej Žagar, before he made his way to the tapes for the final together with Schlein.

He was untroubled in the final four laps of the night while his comrades batted fervently behind him to ensure their podium finish, with Bjerre and Fricke taking second and third respectively.

Doyle said: “Crumpy [Jason Crump] was a legend to win the Peter Craven twice in a row and for me, to lift this historic trophy for the second time in my career I am very honoured.

“Hopefully it’s the shape of good things to come this season. Unfortunately, after my win last year, things didn’t quite go to plan so I’ll be taking things slowly this time. It’s a long season after all.

“It’s always a buzz riding here [at the National Speedway Stadium]. It’s a great race track and we certainly had some great heats. Hopefully I can come back next year and make it three wins!”

Returning Rentruck Ace Kenneth Bjerre took silver medal on the night after an epic battle with Fricke and Schlein, saying: “I really wanted the win tonight but Jason [Doyle] was on fire.

“He made a good start and was quick all night. It was a good way for me to start the year. It wasn’t the win I wanted but I’m happy with my performance and am excited for the season.”

Belle Vue skipper Max Fricke brought home the bronze after an emphatic display from start to finish. He said: “It’s been a good night with some great racing. I’m happy with third spot.

“It’s a good start to the season for me. It’s nice to come back after time off and have a good meeting. Well done to all the boys who took part, they absolutely smashed it.”

Max Fricke (R) and Kyle Howarth (B) in action during the Peter Craven Memorial meeting at Belle Vue’s National Speedway Stadium, Manchester. (Credit: Eddie Garvey | eg13multimedia) ©eg13multimedia

Meanwhile the Belle Vue Aces are in their first action of the season this evening.

The East of England Showground is the setting for Belle Vue’s very first team outing of the season as the Rentruck Aces travel to the home of the Peterborough Panthers on Monday, April 1.

The meeting launches the Premiership Supporters’ Cup, and they head to the EOES targeting a big performance ahead of the return fixture at the National Speedway Stadium on Thursday April 4.

The PSC enables supporters to interact and play an active role in the meeting itself, with a public vote via each club’s Twitter account deciding the two teams’ Heat 14 representatives.

The Rentruck Aces have been boosted by Dan Bewley’s return to the shale while Aaron Summers replaces Craig Cook in the opposing 1-7, after the latter’s deal with the club collapsed.

Club No.2 Steve Worrall said: “Peterborough is a fantastic race track, not unlike our own in many respects and I think we’re all looking forward to seeing top flight racing return there.

“Most of our guys go very well there. It’s new to a couple of them but we’re all quick learners in this team and everyone will no doubt pitch in to help. I think it’ll be close but we have a good chance.

“The Panthers have a side that enjoy getting out in the dirt so it’ll be exciting to see what the outcome is, but I’m confident we can go there and do as good a job as we know we can.”

The 2019 Belle Vue Aces


Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces: 1 Max Fricke (C), 2 Steve Worrall, 3 Dan Bewley, 4 Ricky Wells, 5 Kenneth Bjerre, 6 Dimitri Berge, 7 Jaimon Lidsey; Team Manager: Mark Lemon

Peterborough ‘Crendon’ Panthers: 1 Rohan Tungate, 2 Lasse Bjerre, 3 Bradley Wilson-Dean, 4 Charles Wright, 5 Hans Andersen (C), 6 Aaron Summers, 7 Ben Barker; Team Manager: Carl Johnson

Belle Vue Speedway prepares for 2019 season

Posted on Mon, 25 Mar 2019 14:54:31 +0000

Ahead of the start of the 2019 season we caught up with Belle Vue Aces & Colts riders and management about their hopes for the new season.

Clegg’s Column: Breathing

Posted on Fri, 01 Mar 2019 09:11:34 +0000

Breathing is the first thing we do when we are born and the last thing we do before we die, but how much importance do we give to breathing?

We can stay alive for long periods without eating (three weeks), drinking (three days) but if we can not breathe, we die within three minutes.

So, what is the physical and psychological role of the breath? What are the benefits of good breathing?


1. Keeps us alive.

Here are the two respirations occurring in our bodies which keep us alert and alive:

External respiration: We breathe at a rate of about 12 to 15 times per minute. This phenomenon is called external respiration or simply breathing.

Internal respiration: At the tissue and cellular level, this respiration feeds the cells in the tissues with oxygen. The oxygen is carried to the cells by the blood. It arrives at the capillaries which exchange it into carbon dioxide. The de-oxygenated blood is then transported through the veins until it reaches the heart, where it is once again pumped out to the lungs. Then cycle repeats again and again.

2. Keeps our muscles relaxed. Each breath has a distinctive role. One of the roles of our exhalation is to relax and calm. To some degree we can reduce tension, tightness, discomfort and pain by learning how to use our exhalations efficiently.

3. Your blood pressure lowers and slows down the heart rate. As your muscles let go of tension, your blood vessels dilate, and your blood pressure can return to a normal level.

4. Detoxification improves. Good breathing habits help the lymphatic system function properly, which encourages the release of harmful toxins. This cleanses the body and allows it to direct its energy to more productive functions.

5. Helps to keep all our systems healthy Respiratory, circulatory, nervous, digestive, urinary, lymphatic. All these depend on our breath!


6. Endorphins are released which help with pain relief. Deep breathing triggers the release of endorphins, which improves feelings of well-being and provides pain relief.

7. Balances our nervous systems. We can directly influence the autonomic nervous system with its three branches: sympathetic nervous system (conscious bodily functions), parasympathetic nervous system (unconscious bodily functions) and enteric nervous system (called the second brain – gastrointestinal tract functions).

8. Reduces anxiety, stress and panic. Some situations may cause heart palpitations, lightheadedness, chest discomfort and shortness of breath. Consequently, the mind responds to the attack by causing further symptoms of anxiety and panic. We can control the effects with simple breathing techniques which rebalance your focus on yourself and away from the source of stress and, through the exercises, regulate your heart, your breathing and your mind.

9. Helps on sleep disorders and insomnia. Breathing exercises can help you to sleep. Calm, deep breathing helps to override the sympathetic nervous system (fight-or-flight response) and switch on the parasympathetic system (ability to relax) which can then take control of our body and mind. The result is a slower heart rate, quieter breathing and a greater sense of calm.

10. Develop the 4-7-8 breathing technique by following the video

SAVED BY THE BELL: New home for Ashton Albion Amateur Boxing Club

Posted on Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:26:16 +0000

Ashton Albion Amateur Boxing Club has gotten up off the canvas following the knockout blow that they were to lose their Albion Mill home.

Founder and senior coach Wayne Heywood was given the devastating news just two weeks ago that they would have to vacate their current premises and began a desperate search for a new gym.

He appealed to the public of Tameside to help him find a new home after a quarter of a century on Penny Meadow.

Luckily for Wayne, he had a number of people in his corner who were looking out for him. Nick Worrall, of Ashton Quality Cars, put him in touch with Ashton-based businessman Mike Craven who had the perfect place for the community club.

Mike Craven, Wayne Heywood and Nick Worrall

The new space is located on Dean Street, close to the centre of Ashton in a space that’s roughly twice as big as their current home. The new gym will be located in the old Barrett and Co Mineral Water premises.

However, the hard work is just beginning for Wayne, who now needs to raise £30,000 to transform the building from a disused shell into a gym capable of developing the next generation of Tameside fighters.

Wayne described how quickly the agreement took place: “I went and met him (Mike Craven) virtually within a couple of hours of me ringing him and went and had a look around the premises. 

“They’ve been empty for between eight and 10 years so as you can imagine there’s no electric in, no gas in, it’s a bit of a tip but the potential is absolutely massive.”

The possibilities of the new location is huge for the club, but they need money and expertise to get it up and running. 

Wayne said: “I was begging for premises last time I was here and this time I’m begging for funding really. 

“I’ve had a few people who’ve jumped on board already.

“I’ve put my begging out on social media and the response has been fantastic, I can’t thank people enough. The objective now is to raise between £25-£30,000 and to sort these premises out. It’s a lot of money, I appreciate that, but I think it’s do-able.”

Despite the huge task ahead, Wayne is excited about what the move could mean for the future of the gym: “Id say it’s nearly double the size of the current place. It’s all on one level as well which is better because obviously where I am at the present I’ve got the ring on the top floor and my main gym is on the ground floor. This gives me chance to keep my eye on everyone now. I’m excited, it’s brilliant.

“At the moment I’ve got between 30 and 40 kids in. With the new property I can take even more in and I can do more classes than I do at the moment. It might make the wife happy, it might not because I don’t see her as it is!

“I’m excited because the potential is massive. The kids are getting excited now asking when are we moving in? It can’t just happen overnight, I wish it could.”

At a training session on Monday night the children said they were very excited about the move and told the Reporter how much they enjoy the sessions. 

Charlie Milligan, 13, said: “I enjoy it because it’s like a second family almost, it’s a good place to be. It keeps us fit and healthy and looking forward to the future. I think the new gym has a lot of potential and if we do end up raising a lot of money we can afford new equipment towards our training.”

Wayne leads the kids in a sparring session

The new premises need a complete overhaul including building the new ring, setting up the gym equipment and fitting out changing areas and toilets.

It will be a huge undertaking for Wayne, but he says he’s already had offers of help and donations coming in. 

“We are a voluntary organisation so we welcome anyone that’s willing to give us a hand,” he said.

“I’ve had inboxes saying give us a shout Wayne and we’ll jump in and give you a lift, but donations of anything are welcome. We’ve got to put toilets in – or renew them – you can understand what state it’s in. To be fair he’s had the roof done so it’s all dry.”

Former Manchester City footballer David White has donated a signed copy of his autobiography to help Wayne raise funds and he’s had people dropping off funds at Albion Mill as the community rallies behind him.

Nick Worrall from Ashton Quality Cars is also helping Wayne to source much needed funds for the new space. 

He’s hoping to put on a benefit night soon and told the Reporter: “We’re going to try and do a couple of functions, possibly – if I can get onto Tameside Council – get the Town Hall and I have a few friends that are quite good singers. Hopefully I’ll get on to them to do a fundraising do with charity auctions and things like that.”

Mike Craven owns the building that the gym is moving into and said it’s good to see the historic building back in use. 

He said: “I’ve owned the building for about 25 years or so. It used to be the old Barrett pop building in Ashton. I had a printing company originally in there. The upper floors have been empty for about seven or eight years. Like you do you store rubbish, but when Nick approached me it was the opportunity to give it a clear out.”

If you can help Wayne please get in touch on 07769 536 820 or 0161 339 2675 or donate online at

Curzon unbeaten in 2019

Posted on Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:12:57 +0000

Curzon Ashton continued their glittering start to 2019 with a third successive victory at league strugglers Nuneaton Borough.

Mark Bradshaw’s side fell a goal behind in the early stages but staged a brilliant comeback to claim what was, in truth, a comfortable victory.

Yusifu Ceesay put the hosts ahead after picking up a loose ball inside the box and smashing beyond Cameron Mason in goal.

It was a gift of a goal for Nuneaton, but one which sparked the visitors into action. Curzon responded well to the set back and drew matters level from the penalty spot in the 21st minute. The referee was left with no choice but to award the spot kick after Olly Thornley was man-handled inside the box when making a run from a corner. Oliver Crankshaw stepped up and sent the ‘keeper the wrong way.

The Nash were the better side from this point but they were made to wait until the 66th minute to take the lead. Luke Wall forced a decent stop from the ‘keeper, but Lewis Reilly was quickest to react to the rebound and poked home from close range.

Jono Hunt put the game beyond doubt in the 77th minute after nodding home a deep cross at the back post, although Nuneaton did pull one back in the 88th minute when a seemingly aimless cross found its way to the back post for Miles Addison to slide home.

Curzon were never in danger of squandering the lead and they put the game to bed in the dying seconds. After racing through on goal, John Mcattee was brought down recklessly, leaving the referee with no option but to award another penalty. Luke Wall stepped up and dispatched the spot kick to make the final score 4-2.

Wild extends unbeaten run to four matches as interim manager

Posted on Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:01:17 +0000
Oldham Athletic 0-0 Forest Green Rovers
Football: EFL League Two

Interim manager Pete Wild  extended his unbeaten run to four matches with a goalless stalemate against play-off favourites Forest Green Rovers.

Oldham entered the game on the back of a shock 2-1 victory at Fulham in the FA Cup six days earlier, but they were unable to break down the Forest Green defence in a game of massive proprtions at Boundary Park.

Latics were five points outside the play-offs while the visitors, whose owner Dale Vince has made the national headlines after a spat with Bolton Wanderers’ chairman Ken Anderson, were sixth in the table and unbeaten in five.

Despite Oldham’s giant killing it was the side from Gloucestershire who had the better chances in the first-half. Less than two minutes had elapsed when Tahvon Campbell’s header was cleared off the line by defender George Edmundson.

Goalkeeper Daniel Iversen, who saved a penalty at Fulham in the final ten minutes, was forced into a fine stop by George Williams, before Reece Brown unleashed a shot which hit the crossbar and post.

Chris O’ Grady had a great chance to put Oldham ahead, but after finding himself one-on-one with the visitors’ ‘keeper, he could only fire over the bar.

Latics were fortunate to be on level terms at half-time, but they came out for the second 45 with more intent and purpose. Mohamad Sylla, a French midfielder who signed for the club last week, was unable to steer home Gevaro Nepomuceno’s cross from close range, while Johan Branger-Engone also forced a decent stop from Montgomery in goal.

Both sides had chances to grab a winner in the final ten minutes, but Iversen saved well from Shawn McCoulsky’s shot and Nepomuceno forced a comfortable stop from Montgomery.

Following the game, Wild spoke to IFollow Latics about the result. “I’ve said in the changing room, and one thing you get from me is honesty, maybe I was a little bit over cautious in the first half” he said.

“We paid them the respect they deserved, but maybe I was too cautious in sitting off and letting them step out.

“They were a very good footballing side and they’re excellent at what they do, so on reflection a little bit of learning for me.”

Despite having chances to take all three points in the second-half, Wild was pleased to take a draw against a side who he believes are ‘one of the best’. “We got we a grip of the game and playing probably ten yards higher I felt we came into in the game more, but I think it was a fair result in the end” he said.

“I took the shackles off in the second half, I had to make a change with Chris (O’Grady) having to come off injured.

“We looked more of a threat and we had some chances to win it, but it was a fair result.”

Oldham return to action on Saturday at Macclesfield Town. The Silkmen are currently three points from safety, although they are enjoying a mini-rivial under manager Sol Campbell.

Attendance 4194 (160 Away)

Picture by Eddie Garvey (Chris O’Grady eyes the ball)

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