Sheffield Tigers

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Sheffield Tigers
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Club information
Track address Owlerton Stadium
Penistone Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
Country England
Founded 1929
Team manager Simon Stead
Team captain Kyle Howarth
League SGB Championship
Website www.sheffieldtigers.co
Club facts
Colours Yellow and Blue
Track size 361 metres (395 yd)
Track record time 59.1 seconds (54.66mph)
Track record date 15 October 2010
Track record holder Ricky Ashworth
Current team
Rider CMA
Australia Josh Grajczonek 9.47
England Kyle Howarth 8.62
Denmark Lasse Bjerre 8.42
Australia Todd Kurtz 5.39
England Josh Bates 6.55
Denmark Jan Graversen 5.10
England Georgie Wood 2.00
Total 45.55
Major team honours
British League KO Cup Winners1974
Premier League Champions1999, 2002
Premier League KO Cup Winners2002
Premier Trophy Winners2001
Premier League Fours Champions1999, 2000
Premier League Pairs Champions2010
Conference League Champions2000, 2001
British Speedway Cup (Div 2)1947
Northern Trophy1974, 1979
Provincial Northern League1962, 1963, 1964
SGB Championship2017
SGB Championship Pairs2017

The Sheffield 'Window Centre' Tigers are a speedway team based in Sheffield, England. They currently race in the British SGB Championship and their home meetings take place at Owlerton Stadium which is the fastest track in British speedway and traditionally hold their race nights on Thursdays between March and October.[1] The Tigers are sponsored by the Sheffield Window Centre, promoted by Damien Bates, Peter Mole and Julie Reading.[2]

History[edit]

Owlerton was a purpose built speedway track built in 1929. It operated for most of the pre-war years and re-opened for a short spell in 1945. The team operated in the Northern League of 1946 and in the National League Division Two between 1947 and 50. It closed part way through 1951 and staged open meetings in 1952. The track re-opened in 1960 and has operated most seasons since then. The team has been known as The Tigers apart from part of 1950 when they were known as The Tars. The Tigers alltime leading point scorer is Sean Wilson with 4246 points and the record appearance maker is Reg Wilson with 470 appearances. Their official track record holder is former captain and No.1 Ricky Ashworth with a time of 59.1 seconds.[3]

Riders confirmed for the 2017 season are Josh Grajczonek, Kyle Howarth, Lasse Bjerre, Josh Bates, Todd Kurtz, Robert Branford, Jack Parkinson Blackburn

Club honours[edit]

Current season[edit]

The 2017 season is the 21st consecutive season that the Sheffield Tigers have competed in the Championship (formally Premier League 1997-2016). The Tigers finished 1st having beaten Ipswich Witches 99-81 in the two leg Play Off final.

2017 team[edit]

Also Rode:

Previous seasons[edit]

Notable former riders[edit]

Scotland Bert Harkins

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Potters Will Get Respect". Sheffield Tigers. 2007-04-18. Retrieved 2010-11-10.
  2. ^ Bamford, Robert (2007-03-01). Tempus Speedway Yearbook 2007. NPI Media Group. ISBN 0-7524-4250-3.
  3. ^ "Hungry Tigers edge first leg of Play-Offs". Sheffield Star. 2010-10-15. Retrieved 2010-11-11.
  4. ^ Oakes, P (2006). Speedway Star Almanac. Pinegen Ltd. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0.

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