Newcastle Diamonds

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Newcastle Diamonds
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Club information
Track address Brough Park Stadium
Fossway
Byker
Newcastle upon Tyne
Country England England
Founded 1929
Team manager England George English
Team captain Ludvig Lindgren
League Premier League
Website www.newcastlediamonds.co
Club facts
Track size 300 metres (330 yd)
Track record time 61.0 seconds
Track record date 24 October 2010
Track record holder Denmark Kenni Larsen
Current team
Rider CMA
England Lewis Kerr 7.54
England Steve Worrall 7.46
Sweden Ludvig Lindgren 7.12
Sweden Anton Rosen 6.69
Australia Christian Henry 6.24
England Lewis Rose 4.15
Denmark Simon Nielsen 3.36
Total 42.56
Major team honours
Provincial League Champions 1964
National League Champions 1976, 1982, 1983
Premier League Champions 2001
National League Knockout Cup Winners 1976, 1982
Premier League Knockout Cup Winners 2010
Premier Trophy Winners 2010
Premier League Playoff Winners 2010
Premier Shield Winners 2011
Supernational Winners 1982, 1983
Gold Cup Winners 1991, 1992
National League Fours 1976, 1982, 1983
National League Best Pairs Winners 1975
Northern Cup 1938
Individual Honours
World Champions Ivan Mauger - 1968
National League Riders Championship Joe Owen - 1976, 1982
Provincial League Riders Championship Ivan Mauger - 1963, 1964
Premier League Riders Championship Kenni Larsen - 2010

Newcastle Diamonds are a motorcycle speedway team who compete in the British Premier League. The club has a reputation of importing young foreign talent and have given starts to the British careers of six times World Champion Ivan Mauger, three times World Champion Ole Olsen, 1974 World Champion Anders Michanek and three time World Champion Nicki Pedersen. Former Speedway Grand Prix riders Kenneth Bjerre and Bjarne Pedersen also started their British careers with the Diamonds.[1]

The Brough Park stadium is primarily used for greyhound racing with the speedway track built in the centre. In 1992 rider Wayne Garratt died in hospital after crashing at the track, the fourth person to do so since 1946, including Chris Prime in 1978.

2011 season[edit]

Season overview[edit]

Performance in national competitions[edit]

Competition Result Notes
Premier League 12th 46 points.
Knockout Cup Semi Finalists Beat Rye House (89-77) in Round 1. Beat Somerset (97-83) in Quarter Final. Lost to Glasgow (93-87) in the Semi Final.
Premier Shield Champions Inaugural champions, defeating the previous seasons league winners, Edinburgh Monarchs 94-89 on aggregate.
Premier League Riders Championship 11th Represented by Mark Lemon (1, 1, 0, 2, 1) = 5.
Premier League Pairs Quarter Finalists Represented by Derek Sneddon (for Mark Lemon Injury) and Stuart Robson. Eliminated on 17 points, finished 3rd in Group A. Scorers: Sneddon (3, 0, 0, 0), Robson (2, 4, 4, 4).
Premier League Fours Qualified / Withdrew Qualified for the competition, however had to withdraw due to rider injuries.

2011 team and statistics[edit]

Greensheet averages[edit]

Rider M H A R P 2011 2010 +/-
Australia Mark Lemon Injury 9.18
Scotland Derek Sneddon 5.47
England Joe Haines 5.30
Denmark Rene Bach 8.75
Denmark Claes Nedermark 6.26
England Kyle Newman 4.02
England Richie Worrall 3.22
Also Rode
England Stuart Robson Injury 8.85
England Jason King Injury 5.07
Slovenia Matej Ferjan 7.00
Czech Republic Lubos Tomicek 4.70

Note: British riders have 2.5% reduction on their 2010 averages.
Also Rode:
Released., Injury Injured., Ferjan died on 22 May 2011.[2]

2011 fixtures / results[edit]

Date Match Comp Res. P Top Scorer Notes / Guests / Injuries
Team Change: Signed Lubos Tomicek for King Injury
19 March Berwick Bandits vs Newcastle Diamonds TTW 43-50 - M. Lemon 15 (5)
20 March Newcastle Diamonds vs Berwick Bandits TTW 49-44 - M. Lemon 14 (5) Won Tyne/Tweed Trophy, Agg. 94-92
25 March Edinburgh Monarchs vs Newcastle Diamonds PS 44-46 - S. Robson 13 (5)
27 March Newcastle Diamonds vs Redcar Bears CHAL 45-44 - S. Robson 13+1 (5)
1 Apr Scunthorpe Scorpions vs Newcastle Diamonds PL 47-42 1 M. Lemon 12 (5)
S. Robson 11+1 (5)
2 April Rye House Rockets vs Newcastle Diamonds PL 44-46 3 M. Lemon 12 (5)
3 April Newcastle Diamonds vs Edinburgh Monarchs PS 48-45 - S. Robson 14 (5) Won Premier Shield, Agg. 94-89.
10 April Newcastle Diamonds vs Rye House Rockets PL 50-43 3 M. Lemon 13 (5) Bach Injury Broken tibia and fibula in right leg,[3] possible further injuries to ribs and collarbone.[4]
Newman Injury Wrist.[5]
14 April Redcar Bears vs Newcastle Diamonds CHAL 57-33 - M. Lemon 13 (6) r/r for Bach returned 6 points.
Adam McKinna for Newman - 1 point.
16 April Leicester Lions v Newcastle Diamonds PL 52-43 0 S. Robson 12+1 (5) Kevin Doolan for Bach - 11 points.
17 April Newcastle Diamonds v Leicester Lions PL 50-40 3 M. Lemon 15 (5) Andrew Tully for Bach - 6+3 points.
Adam McKinna for Newman (World U21's) - 1+1 points.
Team Change: Matej Ferjan for Bach Injury.[6]
Team Change: Claes Nedermark for Tomicek (released).[7]
24 April Glasgow Tigers v Newcastle Diamonds PL 50-43 0 M. Lemon 14 (5) Worrall Injury. Withdrew after 1 ride.
25 April Newcastle Diamonds v Glasgow Tigers PL 41-49 0 R. Worrall 10+4 (7) Lemon Injury. Double break in collarbone.[8]
29 April Somerset Rebels v Newcastle Diamonds PL 53-43 0 S. Robson 11+2 (5) Sergey Darkin for Lemon - 6+1 points.
1 May Newcastle Diamonds v Sheffield Tigers PL 49-44 2 S. Robson 18 (5) Kevin Doolan for Lemon - 9+1 points.
14 May Rye House Rockets v Newcastle Diamonds PLKOC 39-39 - S. Robson 11 (4) Leigh Lanham for Lemon - 9 points.
Ferjan r/r (Hungarian Championship) - 4 points.
Abandoned after Heat 13 (rain).
15 May Newcastle Diamonds v Rye House Rockets PLKOC 50-38 - S. Robson 10+3 (5) Jason Lyons for Lemon - 8+1 points.
Team Change: Jason King for Ferjan (died).
29 May Newcastle Diamonds v Redcar Bears PL 42-47 0 S. Robson 11 (5) Mark Lemon returned from injury. Jason King returned for his first match since August 2010.
5 June Newcastle Diamonds v Somerset Rebels PL 48-45 2 S. Robson 14 (5)
16 June Sheffield Tigers v Newcastle Diamonds PL 52-39 0 S. Robson 11+1 (5) Lee Complin for Lemon - 7+1 points.
19 June Newcastle Diamonds v Plymouth Devils PL 52-40 3 C. Nedermark 11+2 (5) Jason Lyons for Lemon - 6 points.
23 June Ipswich Witches v Newcastle Diamonds PL 47-44 1 S. Robson 17 (5) Leigh Lanham for Lemon - 8 points.
1 July Edinburgh Monarchs v Newcastle Diamonds PL 53-39 0 S. Robson 13 (5) James Grieves for Lemon - 9 points.
2 July Workington Comets v Newcastle Diamonds PL 51-42 0 K. Newman 17+1 (7) Jason Lyons for Lemon - 10 points.
Robson Injury withdrew after one ride.
3 July Newcastle Diamonds v Scunthorpe Scorpions PL 49-45 2 C. Nedermark 14 (6) Jason Lyons for Lemon - 12+1 points.
r/r for Robson - 9 points.
7 July Redcar Bears v Newcastle Diamonds PL 59-34 0 D. Howe 15 (6) David Howe for Lemon - 15 points.
r/r for Robson - 10 points.
King Injury.
10 July Newcastle Diamonds v Edinburgh Monarchs PL 52-43 3 J. Lyons 15 (5) Jason Lyons for Lemon - 15 points.
Aaron Summers for Robson - 11+1 points.
r/r for King - 7 points.
16 July Newport Wasps v Newcastle Diamonds PL 48-42 1 S. Robson 10+1 (5) Cory Gathercole for Lemon - 7 points.
r/r for King - 7+2 points.
22 July Somerset Rebels v Newcastle Diamonds PLKOC 46-44 - K. Newman 15+2 (7) David Howe for Lemon - 3+1 points.
r/r for King - 7+2 points.
24 July Newcastle Diamonds V Somerset Rebels PLKOC 53-37 - K. Newman 15+2 (7) Jason Lyons for Lemon - 4+2 points.
r/r for King - 9+2 points.
Sneddon Injury - withdrew after 2 rides.
30 July Berwick Bandits v Newcastle Diamonds PL 49-43 1 J. Lyons 14 (5) Jason Lyons for Lemon - 14 points.
Thomas Jorgensen for Sneddon - 2 points
r/r for King - 4 points.
31 July Newcastle Diamonds v Workington Comets PL 54-39 3 K. Newman 12+2 (7) Jason Lyons for Lemon - 10+1 points.
Jan Graversen for Sneddon - 4+1 points
r/r for King - 6 points.
Robson Injury - punctured lung and broken ribs.[9]
Nedermark Injury - knees.[10]
Entire top five of the team injured.
Team Change: Rene Bach to return from injury
Team Change: Joe Haines signed for King.[11]

Note: Top scorer in italics, indicates a full or paid maximum.
Fixtures: TTW: Tyne/Tweed Trophy, CHAL: Challenge, PS: Premier Shield, PL: Premier League
Coloring: Green: Won, Red: Lost, Yellow: Draw, Blue: Lost, but still gained league points (PL matches only)

2010 season[edit]

Season overview: triple champions[edit]

The 2010 season was a very successful campaign for the Newcastle Diamonds. Although the Edinburgh Monarchs dominated the League, it was the Diamonds that took most silverware of the season by winning the Premier League Play-Offs (Against Sheffield Tigers), the Premier Trophy (Against Birmingham Brummies) and the Premier League KOC (Against Edinburgh Monarchs). The Diamonds also found success in the Super7even events, when the Dane Kenni Larsen won the Premier League Riders Championship to add a fourth honour to the clubs successful season. Fellow Dane Rene Bach encountered further success away from the club by helping Denmark to win the under 21 world cup with a 15-point maximum, and by winning the Danish Under 21's Championship. In recognition of their achievements the team was awarded the prestigious 'Team of the Year' award by Sports North-East, shortly before the 2011 campaign commenced, ahead of the Championship League winning football side Newcastle United.[12]

Performance in national competitions[edit]

Competition Result Notes
Premier League Runners Up Finished second on 58 points. Won away at Glasgow (37-53), Newport (44-46), Redcar (40-50), Sheffield (43-47), Somerset (42-48), Stoke (42-48). Picked up one point from King's Lynn (51-45) and Workington (47-43). Won all home matches apart from Edinburgh, which they lost by 41-51.
Premier Trophy Champions Only lost one match in the entire competition - Glasgow at home (43-47). Unbeaten away. Finished top of the Northern Group on 20 points. Defeated King's Lynn Stars 103-81 in the Semi-Final, and the Birmingham Brummies 104-80 in the Final to win the trophy.
Knockout Cup Champions Beat Scunthorpe 100-80 in Round 1, Redcar 100-80 in the Quarter Finals, Birmingham 96-85 in the Semi Finals, and Edinburgh 91-88 in the Final.
Premier League Playoffs Champions Defeated Birmingham 92-90 in the Semi Finals, and Sheffield 101-89 in the Final. Went on to lose to the Ipswich Witches in the promotion / relegation battle 110-76.
Premier League Riders Championship Champions Represented by Kenni Larsen and Rene Bach who was awarded a wildcard spot for been the highest averaged rider, after all clubs were allocated one place. Larsen won the competition with a total of 16 points, and Bach finished 4th with 13. Scorers: Larsen (3, 3, 3, 2, 2, 3), Bach (3, 3, 3, 3, 1, 0 ).
Premier League Pairs Quarter Finalists Represented by Mark Lemon and Kenni Larsen. Eliminated on 20 points, the same as Somerset who advanced to the semi final, as they had previously won the Somerset vs Newcastle Heat 6-3. Scorers: Larsen (4, EF, 3, 3), Lemon (3, 3, 0, 4).
Premier League Fours Semi Finalists Represented by Mark Lemon, Kenni Larsen, Rene Bach, Jason King, and reserve Dakota North. Finished third in Group A. Scorers: Larsen (3, 1) Lemon (3, 3) Bach (EF, EF) King (1, 1) North (DNR).

2010 team and statistics[edit]

Greensheet averages[edit]

The following averages take into account league and trophy matches only, excluding playoffs, semi-finals, and finals. These averages are used for team building purposes and riding order.

Rider M H A R P 2009 2010 +/-
Denmark Kenni Larsen 28 15 13 129 312 8.10 9.67 +1.57
Scotland Derek Sneddon 34 17 17 142 187 4.95 5.27 +0.28
England Jason King 29 13 16 122 177 7.08 5.80 -1.28
Denmark Rene Bach 30 16 14 144 325 7.02 9.03 +2.01
Australia Mark Lemon 33 17 16 159 357 8.09 8.98 +0.89
Scotland Adam McKinna 21 11 10 80 50 3.37 3.00 -0.37
Australia Dakota North 32 17 15 159 185 3.00 4.65 +1.65
Also Rode
Denmark Anders Andersen 27 12 15 123 72 3.00 3.00 -

Note: British riders have 2.5% reduction on their 2010 averages.
Also Rode:
Released., Injury Injured.

All match averages[edit]

The following averages take into account all matches including Knockout Cup and Playoffs.

Rider M R PTS BP TOT CMA
Denmark Kenni Larsen H 24 115 300 10 310 10.78
A 22 101 223 7 230 9.11
46 216 523 17 540 10.00
Scotland Derek Sneddon H 26 112 158 33 191 6.82
A 25 108 103 18 121 4.48
51 220 261 51 312 5.67
England Jason King H 17 73 130 22 152 8.33
A 20 83 98 12 110 5.30
37 156 228 34 262 6.72
Denmark Rene Bach H 25 117 282 21 303 10.36
A 22 105 212 8 220 8.38
47 222 494 29 523 9.42
Australia Mark Lemon H 23 111 282 15 297 10.70
A 23 110 213 8 221 8.04
46 221 495 23 518 9.38
Australia Dakota North H 23 111 155 23 178 6.41
A 22 114 114 12 126 4.42
45 225 269 35 304 5.40
Scotland Adam McKinna H 17 76 59 14 73 3.84
A 16 64 32 10 42 2.63
38 140 91 24 115 3.29
Also Rode
Denmark Anders Andersen H 7 30 21 3 24 3.20
A 8 33 13 3 16 1.94
15 63 34 6 40 2.54

Number of maxima[edit]

Rider H/F H/P A/F A/P TOT Near Maxima
Denmark Kenni Larsen 8 4 2 14 6 (3H, 3A)
Scotland Derek Sneddon 1 1 0
England Jason King 1 1 0
Denmark Rene Bach 2 6 8 3 (3H)
Australia Mark Lemon 2 2 3 1 8 16 (14H, 2A)
Scotland Adam McKinna 0 0
Australia Dakota North 1 1 0
Also Rode
Denmark Anders Andersen 0 0

H/F: Full Home, H/P Paid Home, A/F Full Away, P/A Paid Away. Near Maximum: When the rider only dropped a single point from their rides.

Fastest times[edit]

The following are the riders fastest times around the Brough Park track.

Rider T Date
Denmark Kenni Larsen 61.0 24/10/10
Scotland Derek Sneddon 63.5 22/08/10
England Jason King 62.9 05/04/10
Denmark Rene Bach 61.9 24/10/10
Australia Mark Lemon 62.5 13/06/10
Scotland Adam McKinna 66.3 21/03/10
Australia Dakota North 63.7 30/08/10
Also Rode
Denmark Anders Andersen 65.1 20/06/10
Fastest Visitor
Scotland Andrew Tully 61.5 08/08/10

Note: Kenni Larsen set the current track record as 61.0 on 24/10/10.

2009 season[edit]

2009 team and statistics[edit]

Also rode:

  • Denmark Casper Wortmann (Released)
  • England Steve Boxall (Released)
  • England Craig Branney (Released)

Previous teams 2006-2008[edit]

Released.
Injured.

Club honours[edit]

Team honours[edit]

19 Titles

Individual honours (as a Newcastle rider)[edit]

6 Titles

  • World Champions - Ivan Mauger (1968)
  • National League Riders Championship - Joe Owen (1976, 1982)
  • Provincial League Riders Championship - Ivan Mauger (1963, 1964)
  • Premier League Riders Championship - Kenni Larsen (2010)

Regional honour[edit]

1 Title

Notable Newcastle riders[edit]

Highest averaged rider[edit]

Rider of the Year[edit]

As nominated by supporters:

  • 2011: England Stuart Robson
  • 2010: Denmark Kenni Larsen
  • 2009: Australia Mark Lemon
  • 2008: England Jason King
  • 2007: Scotland Sean Stoddart
  • 2006: Australia Christian Henry

Hall of fame riders/managers[edit]

There are currently three inductees in the Diamonds hall of fame:[15]

80th anniversary series[edit]

In 2009 to commemorate the Diamonds 80th anniversary a series of 50 cigarette cards were produced by the club. Riders included:

References[edit]

External links[edit]