Joe Screen

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Joe Screen
Personal information
Nationality England England
Date of birth (1972-11-27) 27 November 1972 (age 41)
Place of birth    Chesterfield, England
Current club information
Career status Retired
British league Glasgow Tigers
Career history
UK

Belle Vue Aces
Bradford Dukes
Hull Vikings
Eastbourne Eagles
Poole Pirates
Wolverhampton Wolves
Glasgow Tigers (PL)
Birmingham Brummies
Coventry Bees

Poland
Włókniarz Częstochowa
Unia Tarnów
Marma Rzeszów
ŻKS Polonia Bydgoszcz
Stal Gorzów Wielkopolski
Polonia Piła
KM Ostrów Wielkopolski

Sweden
Getingarna
Dackarna
Team Svelux
Luxo Stars
Valsarna
Vargarna

 
1989-1993, 1998, 2003-2008
1994-1997
1999
2000-2003
2009
2010
2010-2013
2011, 2012
2013


 
1992, 1994-1997
1993
1998-1999
2000
2002
2003
2004

 
1993-1994
1996
1997-2001
2002
2003
2004

Individual honours
World Under 21 Champion
British Champion
British League Riders' Champion
British Under 21 Champion
1993
1996, 2004
1992
1990, 1993
Team honours
British League Champion
Elite League Champion
Elite League KO Cup
Elite League Premiership[clarification needed]
Elite League Four-Team
1993
1997, 2000
1995, 2002, 2005
1994, 2001
1992

Joseph 'Joe' Screen (born 27 November 1972 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire),[1] is a former British international speedway rider. His major speedway honours include winning the World Under-21 Championship in 1993, the British Championship in 1996 and 2004, and the British League Riders' Championship in 1992. Screen also competed in grasstrack and long track racing and is a former British Masters champion.

Career[edit]

Screen began riding motorcycles at the age of four, and gained his early experience on a 50cc motocross bike.[2] After competing in motocross and grasstrack he started to compete in speedway at the age of fourteen.[2]

Screen started his speedway career with the Belle Vue Aces in 1989 in the top tier of British League racing. In 1994 he transferred to the Bradford Dukes, where he spent the next four seasons. A year back at Belle Vue Aces in 1998 was followed by a solitary season with the Hull Vikings. The next four seasons were spent with the Eastbourne Eagles before returning 'home' to Belle Vue in 2003, and enjoying a testimonial season the following year.[3]

After being released by Belle Vue following the 2008 season, Screen joined Elite League champions the Poole Pirates on loan for 2009, after losing 27 lbs in response to concerns over his weight.[3][4] Despite improving his average over the season he was not retained by Poole. After failing to get an Elite League offer he agreed a two year deal with Premier League Glasgow Tigers, but an appeal against his converted 12-point greensheet average was turned down, almost forcing him to retire.[3][5] He was given a lifeline with a short-term deal with Wolverhampton Wolves for 2010, until Adam Skornicki returned from injury.[3][6] His spell with Wolves saw his average drop sufficiently to fit into the Glasgow Tigers team, which he joined in May 2010, signing as a club asset for 2011, when he captained Glasgow to win both the Premier League Championship and the Premier League Pairs (alongside James Grieves).[7][8] He also rode for Birmingham Brummies in the Elite League in 2011 and 2012 in a doubling-up capacity.[3][9] In 2013 he rode for Coventry Bees in the Elite League as cover for the injured Adam Roynon, but after getting injured himself, his tenure there was short-lived.[10]

Screen was the 1993 World Under-21 Champion. He made his debut for England in 1991 but did not ride for the renamed Great Britain team until 2002. Screen has twice been British Champion, in 1996 and 2004. He rode in the Speedway Grand Prix series between 1996 until 2001 (when he had to withdraw after breaking his thigh) and as a wild card in the British Grand Prix in 2002, appearing in 21 Grands Prix and scoring a total of 159 points.[3]

Screen has also been involved in coaching young speedway riders and ran an academy at Buxton.[2]

His grasstrack career included winning both the British 350cc Championship and the British 350cc Best Pairs in 1989, reaching the World Longtrack Final in 1993 and 1994, and British Masters Championship wins in 1992 and 1995.[11]

Screen announced in June 2013 that he would be retiring from racing at the end of the season after 25 years in British league speedway,[12] but a hand injury sustained in August brought his season to a premature end.[13]

World Final Appearances[edit]

Speedway Grand Prix results[edit]

Year Position Points Best Finish Notes
1996 13th 38 8th
1997 19th 8 8th Rode in one meeting
1998 27th 5 12th Rode in one meeting (British GP)
1999 6th 68 4th
2000 16th 34 10th
2002 29th 6 10th British GP Wild Card

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-81-6
  2. ^ a b c Carlisle, Alex (2010) "Joe Screen - Derbyshire's Speedway star", derbyshirelife.co.uk, 29 April 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2013
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Rider Index", speedwaygb.co. Retrieved 20 June 2013
  4. ^ Chard, Phil (2009) "No more big Screen for star Joe", Bournemouth Daily Echo, 16 March 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2013
  5. ^ "Screen’s scream for bosses", The Sun, 11 December 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2013
  6. ^ "Skornicki to sit out season", skysports.com, 28 April 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2013
  7. ^ Swan, Craig (2010) "Speedway ace Joe Screen vows to give Tigers a boost", Daily Record, 14 June 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2013
  8. ^ "Screen joins Poole". Manchester Evening News. 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  9. ^ Pearson, Nigel (2012) "Speedway: Birmingham sign up Joe Screen", Birmingham Mail, 20 July 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2013
  10. ^ Carpenter, Steve (2013) "Bees sign Joe Screen as Adam Roynon recovers from crash", Coventry Observer, 2 April 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013
  11. ^ "Joe Screen", grasstrackgb.co.uk. Retrieved 20 June 2013
  12. ^ "Screen Set to Retire", speedway365.com, 19 June 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013
  13. ^ "Screen Calls it a Day", speedway365.com, 24 August 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013