Birmingham Brummies

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Birmingham Brummies
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Club information
Track address Perry Barr Stadium
Birmingham
Country England
Founded 1928, 2006
Closed 1986
League National League
Website www.birminghambrummies.co
Club facts
Colours Yellow and Red
Track size 292 metres (319 yd)
Track record time 56.6
Track record date 25 June 2008, 2 July 2008
Track record holder Jason Lyons & Kevin Doolan
Current team
Rider CMA
England Adam Ellis 8.90
England Tom Perry 8.21
TBC
TBC
England Alex Wilson 3.00
England Harvie Banks 3.00
England Zach Wajtknecht 3.00
Total 26.11
Major team honours
Div 2 Anniversary Cup Winners 1948
Div 2 National Trophy Winners 1948
Midland Cup 1953/54/55
British League Div 2 Champions 1974
British League Div 2 KO Cup 1974
National League Champions 1975
Midland Shield 2007
Premier League Pairs 2009
Premier League Fours 2010

Birmingham Brummies are a British speedway team, who competed in the Elite League from 2011 until they folded part way through the 2014 season, and now in the National League. The team was originally formed in 1928 until they closed for the first time in 1986. Then in 2006 the club was brought back into British Speedway.

History[edit]

1928–1986[edit]

Birmingham had two teams in the Southern League of the inaugural season of British speedway in 1929. One was based at Perry Barr Stadium and the other was based at Hall Green Stadium. The Hall Green team, known during their time as Birmingham Bulldogs, closed in 1938. Speedway continued at Perry Barr Stadium until 1983 before moving to Bordesley Green until closing in 1986.[1] Although Birmingham did win trophies during their initial spell in Speedway these achievements were often dwarfed by the success of fellow West Midlands Speedway teams, the Wolverhampton Wolves, Coventry Bees and Cradley Heathens.

2006-Present[edit]

After 20 years away from the sport Birmingham were reformed in 2006 and then accepted into the Premier League in 2007. The first meeting of the new era, the Alan Hunt Memorial, took place on 21 March 2007. In a successful first season the team finished in second place in the league table, and runner-up in both the Premier Trophy and the Young Shield, despite having only two members of their own team actually fit to ride. During the majority of their time in the Premier League they were captained by Australian Jason Lyons who went on to become extremely popular at the club and is now a member of the club's Hall of Fame.

Birmingham were accepted into the Elite League for 2011 and finished their first season in ninth place out of ten. Ahead of their second season in the top flight they retained the services of the previous season's star performers Danny King and Ben Barker as well as adding Speedway Grand Prix star Bjarne Pedersen. Although Pedersen's time at Birmingham was an unhappy one the team made a big improvement on their first season in the Elite League, finishing in 3rd place and achieving a spot in the play-offs. The 2013 season was filled with success, with the Brummies finishing in 1st place in the Elite League and achieving a place in the Elite League Grand Final.[2] They found themselves outclassed in the final, losing out on aggregate 104-79 to the Poole Pirates, who were inspired by Greg Hancock.[3]

Despite the success of the 2013 season there were regular reports of turmoil behind the scenes at the club, and at the end of the season team manager Phil Morris walked away from the club. The off season was a difficult time for the club, with captain Danny King handing in a transfer request, although he was later convinced to stay. Once the season began the troubles only intensified, and on 14 July 2014 it was announced that the club would cease to operate.[4] The team was taken over later that year by Tony Mole and entered into the National League for 2015.[5]

Perry Barr Stadium[edit]

Perry Barr Stadium (also known as Perry Barr Greyhound Stadium) is the home track of the Birmingham Brummies, located on Aldridge Road in Perry Barr, Birmingham. The stadium was originally constructed for an athletics club, the Birchfield Harriers. Since then its facilities have also been used by the Birchfield Cycling Club and also Aston Villa Football Club, whose second and third teams would train at the stadium in the 1930s and 1940s.

During World War II the stadium was requisitioned by the government and used by the Home Guard. And it was soon after the conclusion of the war that Birmingham Brummies rode at the stadium for the first time. The club initially rode on a Saturday evening, which resulted in Floodlights having to be added to the stadium.

Having been reformed in 2006 Birmingham returned to the stadium, which at this time is now primarily being used for greyhound racing on both Friday and Saturday nights.

2014 Team[edit]

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2013 Team[edit]

2012 Team[edit]

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2011 Team[edit]

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2010 Team[edit]

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2009 Team[edit]

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2008 Team[edit]

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2007 Team[edit]

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Club honours[edit]

  • Division 2 Anniversary Cup Winners - 1948
  • Division 2 National Trophy Winners - 1948
  • Midland Cup - 1953, 1954, 1955
  • British League Division 2 Champions - 1974
  • British League Division 2 Knock-Out Cup - 1974
  • National League Champions - 1975
  • Midland Shield - 2007
  • Premier League Pairs - 2009
  • Premier League Fours - 2010

Notable riders[edit]

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