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Cycle Speedway Teams Down the Ages

Dorset: Poole Crusaders

About the team

Track was at Baiter Park, Newfoundland Drive, Poole.

This was opened in April 1981, and the new clubroom facilities opened in 1987, marking the designation of Poole as a National Centre.

Team were the original Poole Comets, from Wimborne Road.

General Manager: Graham Sutton.

Club Secretary: Colin Sutton.

PRO: Gordon Day.

Raced in the Western League 1981/82.

Individual Honours.

1980 Ade Gale(16) came runner-up in British U18 at New Mills after a run-off with Calvin Stevens(Sandwell). The winner was Chris Madden(17) Crawley.

1985 Martin Gale(16) won the British Under 21 Individual at King George V Playing Field, Grays, Essex, runner up John Cordery(16) Basildon, 3rd Tim Snook(16) Blakenham.

1987 Martin Gale(17) won the British Under 21 Individual at Crofton Wheels Centre, Exeter, runner up Darren Demmery(17) Bristol St George, 3rd Nicky Collins(16) Bristol St George.

1987 Martyn Hepworth(19) won the British Individual Championship at Newfoundland Drive, Poole, runner up Geoff Patman(18) Bristol, 3rd Norman Venson(17) Whitley, 4th Dennis Hubble(17) Thurrock.

1987 Martyn Hepworth(20) won World Individual Championship at Hellesdon Community Centre, Norwich runner up Andy Barnes(16) Poole, 3rd Andy Harris(15) Sandwell, after a run off with Geoff Patman(Bristol), Paul Shipley(Sandwell) and Dave May(Norwich).

1988 Martin Gale(16) won British Individual Championship at Slater Street, Leicester, runner up Andre Cross(16) Norwich, 3rd Alan Miller(15) Bristol, after a run-off with Andy Harris(Sandwell) and Glyn Whale(East London).

1989 Martin Gale(20 max) won British Under 21 Individual at Newfoundland Drive, Poole, runner up Dave Hemsley(19) Leicester, 3rd Terry Norman(16) Stockport, 4th Craig Harcourt(16) Sandwell.

1990 Martyn Hepworth(16) won British Individual Championship at Hellesdon Community Centre, Norwich(2nd time), runner up Tim Snook(16) Ipswich, 3rd Mark Griffiths(15) Wednesfield, after a run-off with Dave Hemsley(Leicester) and Jim Varnish(Wednesfield).

1997 Pete Young won the British Individual Championship.

Team Honours.

1980 British Under 18 Team Champions, beating Horspath 101-75 at Sandwell.

1981 Runners up British Senior Team Championships, losing to Wednesfield Aces 102-104 at Airport Road, Bristol.

1982 British Senior Team Champions. beating Birmingham Monarchs 97-81 at Thurrock.

1983 British Under 15 Team Champions, beating Halifax 102-75 at Broadhurst Park, Manchester.

1984 British Senior Team Champions, beating Wednesfield Aces 95-78 at Airport Road, Bristol

1984 Runners up British Under 18 Team Championships, losing to Bristol St George 78-97 at Airport Road, Bristol.

1984 British Under 15 Team Champions, beating Bristol St George 94-81 at Airport Road, Bristol.

1985 Runners up British Senior Team Championships, losing to Thurrock 84-89 at Sandwell.

1985 British Under 18 Team Champions, beating Norwich 94-81 at Sandwell.

1985 British Under 15 Team champions, beating Bristol St George 96-79 at Sandwell.

1986 British Under 21 Team Champions, beating Whitley 94-78 at Thurrock.

1986 British Under 18 Team Champions, beating Wednesfield Aces 90-87 at Basildon.

1986 British Under 15 Team Champions, beating Wednesfield 113-64 at Thurrock.

1987 British Senior Team Champions, beating Wednesfield Aces 87-85 at Sandwell.

1987 Runners-Up British Under 21 Team Championships, losing to Bristol St George 87-92 at Leicester.

1987 British Under 18 Team Champions, beating Wednesfield Aces 89-87 at Sandwell.

1988 British Senior Team Champions, beating Wednesfield Aces 89-82 at Heckmondwike.

1988 British Under 18 Team champions, beating Sandwell 90-85 at Heckmondwike.

1988 British Under 15 Team Champions, beating Stockport 90-89 at Tameside, Manchester.

1989 British Senior Team Champions, beating Whitley 98-81 at Easton Sports Centre, Bristol.

1989 British Under 21 Team Champions, beating Ipswich 104-71 at Southampton.

1989 British Under 18 Team Champions, beating Ipswich 99-77 at Easton Sports Centre, Bristol.

1989 British Under 15 Team Champions, beating Stockport 99-81 at Southampton.

1990 British Senior Team Champions, beating Bristol St George 87-83 at Thurrock.

1990 British Under 21 Team Champions, beating Sandwell 100-78 at Thurrock.

1991 British Senior Team Champions, beating Wednesfield Aces 90-89 at Thurrock.

1991 British Under 21 Team Champions, beating Sandwell 95-79 at Thurrock.

1992 Runners-Up British Senior Team Championships, losing to Wednesfield Aces 83-93 at Heckmondwike.

1993 British Senior Team Champions, beating Leicester 88-86 at Thurrock.

1993 Runners up British Under 15 Team Championships, beaten by North Park(Norwich) 85-88 at Thurrock.

1994 British Under 18 Team Champions, beating North Park(Norwich) 100-99 at Sandwell.

1994 British Under 21 Team Champions, beating Ipswich 90-88 at Sandwell.

1995 Runners-Up British Senior Team Championships, being beaten by Wednesfield Aces 86-87 at Sandwell.

1995 British Under 19 Team Champions, beating Southampton 96-82 at Sandwell.

1996 British Under 19 Four Team Champs runners up, losing to Wednesfield 39-54 at Newport. 3rd place Hethersett 37, 4th place Astley & Tyldesley 29.  

Club Honours.

The 1982 British Senior Individual Final was held at Baiter Park, Poole. The Referee was Mr John Mealing(Essex). The winner was John Watchman(Manchester) with 18 points, runner-up was John Goodyear(Somersham-Suffolk) after a run-off with Les Bowden(Manchester), both riders scoring 16 points. Other scorers: Ian Gill(Thurrock-Essex) 15, Kevin Sutton(Somersham) 14, Geoff Patman(Bristol) 14, Allan Miller(Bristol) 13, Paul Dyson(Halifax) 13, Phil Pilbrow(Norwich) 12, Phil Clark(Crawley-Sussex) 12, Jim Varnish(Birmingham) 12, Andy Franks(Stoke) 11, Ade Gale(Poole) 11, Malcolm Lane(Crawley) 8, Ian Swaine(Crawley) 7, Jeff Weaver(Carrs Wood-Cheshire) 6.

The 1982 British Under 18 Individual Final was held at Baiter Park. The Referee was Mr Dave Massey(Avon). The winner was Tim Snook(Great Blakenham-Suffolk) with 17 points, runner-up was Andy Taylor(Sandwell-West Midlands) on 15 points, 3rd was John Cordery(Basildon-Essex) after a run-off with Alan Martin(Horspath-Oxford) 4th and Calvin Stevens(Wolverhampton) 5th, all three riders scoring 14 points. Other scorers: Mark Giles(Coventry) 13, Mark Brennan(Horspath) 13, Steve Cox(Horspath) 12, Nick Harvey(Birmingham) 12, Shawn Hall(Havant-Hants) 12, Dave Frith(Whitley-Warks) 12, Dave Lunn(Heckmondwike-West Yorks) 12, Jon Best(Birmingham) 12, Paul Docker(Wednesfield) 11, Colin Reeve(Mercia-West Midlands) 8, Sean O'Neil(Hellingly-Sussex) 7.

The 1987 British Senior Individual Final was held at Baiter Park, Poole. The Referee was Mr Dave Hunting(Suffolk). The winner was Martyn Hepworth(Poole) on 19 points, runner-up was Geoff Patman(Bristol) with 18 points, 3rd was Norman Venson(Whitley-Warks) after a run-off with Dennis Hubble(Thurrock-Essex), both riders scoring 17 points. Other scorers: Allan Miller(Bristol) 16, John Cordery(Basildon-Essex) 12.5, Dave Parsons(Wednesfield) 12, John Goodyear(Ipswich-Suffolk) 11.5, Andre Cross(Norwich) 10, Paul Ogden(Tameside) 10, Ian Gill(Thurrock) 9, Alan Guest(Wednesfield) 9, Julian Hardy(Poole) 9, Andy Harris(Sandwell-West Midlands) 9, Steve Harris(Swindon) 9, Neil Mason(Leicester) 8.

The 1987 British Under 18 Individual Final was held at Baiter Park. The Referee was Mr Graham Dent(Greater Manchester). The winner was Dave Hemsley with a 20 point maximum. Runner-up was Mark Short(Bristol St George) on 19 points, 3rd was Richard Lloyd(Birmingham) with 18 points. Other scorers: Calton Clarke(Norwich) 16, Nathan Jolliffe(Weymouth) 14, Darren Tarr(Poole) 14, Geoff Burrell(Leicester) 12, Paul Graham(Chesham-Manchester) 11, Chris Turner(Sheffield) 11, John Weston(Poole) 10, Dave Eustace(Morden-Surrey) 10, Darren Crouch(Great Blakenham-Suffolk) 10, Dave Kenyon(Tameside-Manchester) 9, Mark Rushby(Halifax) 9, Adam Lyons(Thurrock-Essex) 6, Lee Ashman(Birmingham) 6.

The 1989 British Under 21 Individual Final was held at Baiter Park. The Referee was Mr Ian Hodges(West Yorkshire). The winner was Martin Gale(Poole) with a 20 point maximum. Runner-up was Dave Hemsley(Leicester) on 19 points, 3rd was Terry Norman(Stockport-Cheshire) after a run-off with Craig Harcourt(Sandwell-West Midlands), both riders scoring 16 points. Other scorers: Richard Lloyd(Whitley-Warks) 15, Lee Williams(Bristol St George) 14, Nick Collins(Bristol St George) 13, John Weston(Poole) 12, Graham Whitfield(Basildon-Essex) 12, Geoff Burrell(Leicester) 11, Dean Webb(Ipswich-Suffolk) 11, Pete Young(Poole) 11, Adam Bardsley(Poole) 8, Calton Clarke(Spixworth-Norfolk) 8, Andy Woolley(Birmingham) 7, Jason Pratt(Great Blakenham-Suffolk) 6.

The 1991 World Team Cup Final was held at Baiter Park. The referee was Mr Ken Taylor(England). England 76: Craig Harcourt 17, Martyn Hepworth 16, Dave Hemsley 16, Jim Varnish 15, Tim Snook 12. Wales 53: Colin Simmons 14, Dave Murphy 12, Stuart Maccabe 10, Gilbert Davies 9, Darren Busby 8. Ireland 50: Neil Mason 16, Adam Bardsley 15, Martin Gamble 10, Richard Bessant 6, Dave Kilroy 3. Scotland 48: Pete Young 17, Ian Middleton 12, Jason Burke 11, Dave Tulloch 8. Australia 46: Tony Herd 16, Ian Taylor 12, Neil Toye 9, Colin Osborne 9. Holland 25: Roland van Haren 7, Jon Koudijs 7, Marco Honig 6, Paul Hendricks 4, Cody Vogel 1.

The 1991 World Junior Team Cup Final(the first one) was held at Baiter Park. The Referee was Mr Dave Hunting(England). England 70: Scott Nelder 19, Paul Sprague 18, Chris Wheatley 17, Kraig Garland 12, Steven Ward 4. Australia 66: Colin Osborne 26, Jason Croft 22, Lee Collins 18. Scotland 45: Richard Hunt 14, Martin Morris 12, Jay Garriock 10, Stephen Murphy 9. Holland 43: Cody Vogel 23, Patrick Geitenbeek 11, Renco Grob 9. Wales 43: Mark McNeil 18, Ben Groves 11, Kieran Goold 9, Neil Pearce 5. Sweden 32: Michael Printz 10, Andreas Glad 9, Dan Johanson 8, Johan Nilson 5.

The 1991 British Under 21 Individual Final was held at Baiter Park. The Referee was Mr Dave Hunting(Suffolk). The winner was Andrew Jackson(Tameside-Manchester) after a run-off with John Weston(Poole), both riders scoring 17.5 points. 3rd was Andy Palmer(Wednesfield) with 17 points. Other scorers: Lee Pettet(Poole) 16, Richard Lloyd(Dudley-West Midlands) 16, Darren Reeks(Exeter) 13, Dean Webb(Ipswich-Suffolk) 12, Jason Pratt(Great Blakenham-Suffolk) 12, Andrew Cumbers(Spixworth-Norfolk) 11, Calton Clarke(Spixworth) 11, Karl Shephard(Spixworth) 11, Lee Hayter(Poole) 11, Chris Gregory(Horspath-Oxford) 10, Geoff Burrell(Leicester) 9, Phil Howells(Spixworth) 7, Jon Walker(Sandwell-West Midlands) 6, Jamie Hall(Ipswich) 0 inj.

The 1996 World Team Cup Final was held at Baiter Park. The Referee was Mr Dave Hunting(England). England 75: Craig Harcourt 16, Jason Pratt 16, Dave Hemsley 15, Andre Cross 15, Andrew Jackson 13. Scotland 48: Dave Frith 13, Pete Young 10, Martin Elliott 10, Nigel Wragg 9, Elliott Jones 6. Wales 46: Dave Murphy 18, Allan Busby 14, Luke Fox 9, Colin Simmons 4, Gavin Morgan 1. Ireland 46: Richard Bessant 15, Mick Carlisle 10, Steve Perkins 8, Phil Moreton 7, Martin Gamble 6. Australia 43: Bradley Hoppo 13, Neil Toye 12, Aaron Sweetman 12, Jason Jesson 6. Poland 39 : Karol Wlodarczk 12, Damian Wozny 10, Konrad Kurpisz 9, Jacek Wojciechowski 6, Lukasz Kokott 2.

Speedway Riders.

Andre Cross rode for Wimbledon - Sittingbourne and Mildenhall.

Jessica Lamb rode for Plymouth - Sittingbourne and Weymouth.

Riders

1970s.

  • John Bryant
  • John Carry
  • Dave Gravell
  • Rob Haywood
  • Ian Kitcher
  • Derek Knight
  • Don McQuade
  • Martin Ricketts
  • Pete Ross
  • Colin Sanders
  • Graham Stoakes
  • Colin Sutton(capt)
  • Graham Sutton
  • Ken Wiffen
  • Paul Youngman

1980s +.

  • Darren Anderson
  • Adam Bardsley
  • Andy Barnes
  • John Bryant
  • Bob Cartridge
  • Richard Clansfield
  • Leon Comben
  • Steve Cronk
  • Andre Cross
  • Darren Elms
  • Mark Everingham
  • Ade Gale
  • Martin Gale(1984)
  • Nathan Hall
  • Ray Hall
  • Julian Hardy
  • Steve Hardy
  • Tim Harris
  • Glen Hayter
  • Lee Hayter
  • Dave Hemsley
  • Martyn Hepworth
  • Ian Hoare
  • Nick Holdsworth
  • Tim John
  • Colin Johnstone
  • Colin Jones
  • Derek Knight
  • Steve Lacey(1986)
  • Andy Lake
  • Jessica Lamb
  • Arthur Lawrence
  • Mark Lemoignan
  • Paul LeMoignan
  • Dave Murphy
  • Kevin Lowman(1984)
  • Kevin Lyndon
  • Chris McCrow
  • Neil McNally
  • Kevin Marshallsey
  • Simon Merritt
  • Ian Middleton
  • Anthony Nation
  • Lee Pettet
  • Andy Pirrie
  • Chris Potter
  • Andy Read
  • Darren Reeks
  • Mike Ridgeley
  • Chris Roberts(1993)
  • Colin 'Beeker' Rowles
  • Ian Scovell
  • Wayne Skinner
  • Jason Christie-Smith
  • Michael Stevens
  • Dave Strong
  • Aaron Sweetman
  • Paul Syms
  • Darren Tarr
  • Leigh Town
  • Terry Wareham
  • Jason Weaver
  • Jon Weston
  • Colin Wheeler
  • Paul White
  • Andy Whitfield
  • Pete Woodford
  • Rob Woodford
  • Ian Woodhouse
  • Pete Young(1988-2000)

1990s +.

  • Matthew Chappell
  • Richard Chappell
  • Richard Clanfield
  • Julian Hardy
  • Colin Jones
  • Matt Legge
  • Aaron Lowey
  • Kevin Marshallsay
  • Ian Middleton
  • Dave Murphy
  • Lee Pettet
  • Adam Sanford
  • Robin Spicer(2001-02)
  • Darren Tarr
  • Ian Woodhouse
  • Pete Young