|Track address||Brough Park Stadium
Newcastle upon Tyne
|Team manager||George English|
|Team captain||Ludvig Lindgren|
|Track size||300 metres (330 yd)|
|Track record time||61.0 seconds|
|Track record date||24 October 2010|
|Track record holder||Kenni Larsen|
|Major team 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.
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.
- 1 2011 season
- 2 2010 season
- 3 2009 season
- 4 Previous teams 2006-2008
- 5 Club honours
- 6 Notable Newcastle riders
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Performance in national competitions
|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 ) 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
|Matej Ferjan †||7.00|
|Lubos Tomicek ‡||4.70|
Note: British riders have 2.5% reduction on their 2010 averages.
Also Rode: ‡ Released., Injured., † Ferjan died on 22 May 2011.
2011 fixtures / results
|Date||Match||Comp||Res.||P||Top Scorer||Notes / Guests / Injuries|
|Team Change: Signed Lubos Tomicek for King|
|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 Broken tibia and fibula in right leg, possible further injuries to ribs and collarbone.
|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 .
Team Change: Claes Nedermark for Tomicek (released).
|24 April||Glasgow Tigers v Newcastle Diamonds||PL||50-43||0||M. Lemon 14 (5)||Worrall . Withdrew after 1 ride.|
|25 April||Newcastle Diamonds v Glasgow Tigers||PL||41-49||0||R. Worrall 10+4 (7)||Lemon . Double break in collarbone.|
|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 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.
|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 - 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 - punctured lung and broken ribs.
Nedermark - knees.
Entire top five of the team injured.
|Team Change: Rene Bach to return from injury
Team Change: Joe Haines signed for King.
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)
Season overview: triple champions
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.
Performance in national competitions
|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
|Anders Andersen ‡||27||12||15||123||72||3.00||3.00||-|
All match averages
The following averages take into account all matches including Knockout Cup and Playoffs.
Number of maxima
|Kenni Larsen||8||4||2||14||6 (3H, 3A)|
|Rene Bach||2||6||8||3 (3H)|
|Mark Lemon||2||2||3||1||8||16 (14H, 2A)|
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.
The following are the riders fastest times around the Brough Park track.
Note: Kenni Larsen set the current track record as 61.0 on 24/10/10.
2009 team and statistics
Previous teams 2006-2008
- 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 Four-Team Championship Winners - 1976, 1982, 1983
- National League Best Pairs Winners - Tom Owen & Brian Havelock (1975)
Individual honours (as a Newcastle rider)
- 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)
- Sport Newcastle Team of the Year - 2010, awarded ahead of the Championship League winning football side Newcastle United.
Notable Newcastle riders
Highest averaged rider
- 1997: Paul Bentley 8.81
- 1998: Nicki Pedersen 9.97
- 1999: Jesper Olsen 9.68
- 2000: Bjarne Pedersen 9.70
- 2001: Bjarne Pedersen 10.16
- 2002: Kenneth Bjerre 8.61
- 2003: Bjarne Pedersen 10.17
- 2004: Jason Lyons 10.13
- 2005: James Grieves 8.78
- 2006: Josef Franc 8.34
- 2007: Josef Franc 8.42
- 2008: Josef Franc 7.89
- 2009: Mark Lemon 9.17
- 2010: Kenni Larsen 10.00
- 2011: Stuart Robson 9.43
Rider of the Year
As nominated by supporters:
- 2011: Stuart Robson
- 2010: Kenni Larsen
- 2009: Mark Lemon
- 2008: Jason King
- 2007: Sean Stoddart
- 2006: Christian Henry
Hall of fame riders/managers
There are currently three inductees in the Diamonds hall of fame:
80th anniversary series
In 2009 to commemorate the Diamonds 80th anniversary a series of 50 cigarette cards were produced by the club. Riders included:
- Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5
- Bamford, R.(2004). Speedway Yearbook 2004. ISBN 0-7524-2955-8