Newport Wasps

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Newport Wasps
Newport Wasps
Club information
Track address Hayley Stadium
Queensway Meadows
Newport NP19 4SZ
Country United Kingdom
Founded 1964, 1997
Closed 1977, 2012[1]
League Premier League
Website www.newportwasps.co
Club facts
Colours Black and amber
Track size 285 metres (312 yd)
Track record time 57.37 seconds
Track record date 19 September 2010
Track record holder Kim Nilsson
Major team honours
Provincial League KO Cup 1964
Spring Gold Cup 1974, 1975
Premier Trophy 1999
Conference League 1999

Newport Wasps were a British motorcycle speedway team based in Newport, South Wales. They were the 1999 Conference League champions.[2]

History[edit]

Hayley Stadium

The Wasp logo incorporates the traditional black and amber colours of the City of Newport. The modern incarnation of the team was founded in 1997 but Newport Wasps competed in the top UK league between 1964 and 1976 based at the now-defunct Somerton Park stadium, Newport. The 'Wasps' nickname was dropped after 1972 with the team simply called Newport. Stars of the former team included Australian Phil Crump, father of world champion Jason Crump.[3] The promotion and riders moved to Bristol in 1977 as the Bristol Bulldogs but speedway continued at Somerton Park for one more season in the National League with a team named Newport Dragons.

The reformed team was based at the purpose built Hayley Stadium. The Wasps withdrew from the Premier League in the early part of the 2008 season when their promoter Tim Stone died only to be saved by the Mallett family and rebranded for the 2009 season with Steve Mallett at the helm and his son Nick Mallett joining him as the youngest promoter in British speedway history .[4]

In march 2009 the Wasps and Hornets started the new season with Steve and Nick Mallett but unfortunately finished bottom of the table the only highlight of this season was the hornets mid table finish and them winning the national league pairs with the pairing of Veteran Tony Atkin and New Zealander Grant Tregoning.

In March 2010 the Wasps engaged a minister to lift a supposed gypsy curse on the stadium after a disastrous first season and this led to the first trophy in the modern era after 11 years with them beating Somerset for the seven bridge trophy and the Hornets finished second in the National league only loosing out by injuries in the final meeting.

In 2011 the wasps enjoyed there most successful season finishing in the top end of the table and winning the KOC against league champions Glasgow it is believed by many that this was the best team to represent Newport since the famous 1999 squad.

After a disagreement with the BSPA and ring wood raceway deciding not to follow up plans to run stock cars and destroying the previous fence the club was put up for sale but unfortunately after talks with the only interested party of Phil Morris an agreement could not be reached and On 17 February 2012 promoter Steve Mallett confirmed the club would fold with immediate effect.[5]

The Club shortly after was vandalised and the victim of an arson attack which devastated the stadium leading to it being demolished and redeveloped by owners MCL and speedway was lost to the city once again.

2009 Team[edit]

2008 Team[edit]

2007 Team[edit]

2006 Team[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ceased operating in 2012 - last season competed was 2011
  2. ^ Oakes, P (2006). Speedway Star Almanac. Pinegen Ltd. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0. 
  3. ^ Bamford, R & Jarvis J.(2001). Homes of British Speedway. ISBN 0-7524-2210-3
  4. ^ "Rebels offer deal to Wasps fans". BBC Sport. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  5. ^ Newport Wasps closure

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