Workington Comets

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Workington Comets
Workington comets logo.png
Club information
Track address Derwent Park Stadium
Country England
Founded 1970, 1999
Closed 1981
Team manager Tony Jackson
Team captain Ty Proctor
League SGB Championship
Club facts
Colours Blue and White
Track size 364 metres (398 yd)
Track record time 60.9 seconds
Track record date 12th August 2017
Track record holder Craig Cook
Current team
Rider CMA
Denmark Rene Bach
Denmark Rasmus Jensen
Australia Ty Proctor
England Daniel Bewley
Denmark Nicolai Kindt
Australia Mason Campton
England Kyle Bickley
Major team honours
Premier League Fours Champions2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009
Young Shield2008, 2009, 2010

Workington Comets is a speedway club based in Workington, Cumbria. Their track is at Derwent Park Stadium, which they share with Workington Town Rugby League Football Club.[1]

They compete in the British SGB Championship. The club's most notable rider is Carl Stonehewer, who still holds the record for the most Comets appearances and remains the only Premier League rider to qualify for the Speedway Grand Prix series.

The Comets have won the Premier League Four-Team Championship four times, in 2001, 2004, 2006[2] and 2008. The club also won the Young Shield in 2008.[3] The Derwent Park track record is 60.9 seconds, set by Craig Cook on 12 August 2017.

In 2012, former owner Keith Denham revealed he had sold the club to local businesswoman Laura Morgan, who took over the club from the 2013 season. Morgan appointed club team manager Tony Jackson as co-promoter as well as her brother Steve Whitehead. Morgan used her own money which she received as compensation for a car accident - which left her paralysed from the chest down - to complete the takeover. Morgan, of Crosby, Maryport, who has been a fan of speedway since the 1970s was keen to return glory to the Cumbrian side.

2016 Team[edit]

2015 Team[edit]

Also rode:

2014 Team[edit]

Also rode:

2013 Team[edit]

Also rode:

2012 Team[edit]

2011 Team[edit]

2010 Team[edit]

(Adam Roynon - Released)

(John Branney - Released)

2009 Team[edit]

Also Rode:

Adam Roynan (Injured)

Luke Priest (Released)

Charles Wright (Out For 28 Or More Days)

2008 Team[edit]

2007 Team[edit]

Also Rode

2006 Team[edit]

2005 Team[edit]

Also Rode

Change of Ownership Following 2007 Season[edit]

At the end of the 2007 season, the club was sold by founding promoter Tony Mole to local Workington businessman Keith Denham.[4][5] Some of the rider assets have not been purchased and have been transferred to the Birmingham Brummies retained list. Riders who were not included in the sale were James Wright, Rusty Harrison, Mattia Carpanese, Lee Derbyshire, Charlie Venegas, Charlie Ermolenko and James Mann, the latter six riders having all retired from British speedway at that time.[6]


Young Shield[edit]

Winners : 2008, 2009, 2010

Premier League Four-Team Championship[edit]

Winners : 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008,2009

Premier League Pairs Championship[edit]


  1. ^ Bamford, R & Jarvis J.(2001). Homes of British Speedway. ISBN 0-7524-2210-3
  2. ^ Bamford, Robert (2007-03-01). Tempus Speedway Yearbook 2007. NPI Media Group. ISBN 0-7524-4250-3. 
  3. ^ "Workington Comets beat Berwick to win speedway's Young Shield". News and Star. 30 October 2008. Archived from the original on 17 September 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "My Plans for the Comets". News and Star. 1 November 2007. Archived from the original on 13 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  5. ^ "I'll rev up the Comets". News and Star. 31 October 2007. Archived from the original on 13 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  6. ^ "Wrighty may ride off to the Elite". News and Star. 2 November 2007. Archived from the original on 13 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 

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