Home Contact Us Stadia Pix Articles All About You Riders to Remember
DVDs Books Pictures Archive Dream Teams Programme Generator
It's All About You: Richard Goodwin
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1990
Your Feedback
Where Were They Then?
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1989
Plus Points
Your Feedback
Track Pix: UFA
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1988
New Book: Bert Harkins Biog.
Your Feedback
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1987
Your Feedback
It's All About You: Colin Hodgson
Plaque for Road Bikes
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1986
Plus Points
Your Feedback
Riders to Remember: Wal Morton
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1985
Your Feedback
It's All About You....Paul Davey
2018 NZ Championship
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1984
Plus Points
Your Feedback
It's All About You: Fred Pallett
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1983
Plus Points
Your Feedback
South African Tour 1951
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1982
Plus Points
Your Feedback
DVD: Coventry Memories
New Hope at Oxford?
Hope Exhausted for Dons
Your Feedback
DVD Review: 101 BIG Moments
Kiwis Overseas Final - 1981
Plus Points
Your Feedback
Review: Speedway at Full Throttle
The Vestry Museum
Your Feedback
Book Review: Backtracking 3
Speedway Specials
Plus Points
Your Feedback
Track Pix: Hertingen
It's All About You: John Hyam
Your Feedback
DVD: Shawn Moran Racing
12th California Reunion
Your Feedback
The Tebbys - Stan and Jim
California 2017 Reunion
Plus Points
Your Feedback
Trouble for Monarchs
Svein Kaasa Cuttings
Your Feedback
What Happened to our "Season"
Riders to Remember: Ray Moore
Your Feedback

Dream Team : Jonathan Reddin

My speedway obsession actually kicked-off at a football match in early '95, Glasgow's Mick Powell and Jesper Olsen rode around Fir Park for some half-time entertainment and, whack, I was addicted.


James Grieves
The Barry Ferguson of Glasgow Tigers speedway, Grievesy. I first attended a meeting at Shawfield in '95 and Grieves was Glasgow's second reserve, the kid of the side that oozed of passion for the club and a desire to fight (lol @ Eriksson) for victory. I remember that race against the experience of Collins and McKinna and I'll never forget that 18-point maximum at Armadale. I mean, you know that you're doing something right when the Monarchs' fans are having a go at you, eh?

Sam Ermolenko
'Sudden Sam' was the best in the business when I first attended the sport and he showed why after just one race at the old Shawfield. The gate, the style, the speed, it was a joy. At Glasgow, we had to make do with his wee brother Charlie who was solid, but he wasn't Sam. Even now, stuck in the commentary box with Kelvin friggin' Tattum, 'Sudden Sam' continues to entertain the speedway world.

George Stancl
The first out-and-out number one that we had at Ashfield, someone that would roll-up to the line and have you thinking; "He's winning this". His gating is sublime and, in my completely fair and un-biased opinion, Stancl's last heat win at Armadale in '02 to snatch victory for the Tigers was the greatest individual spectacle seen in Edinburgh. I was lucky enough to bump into George in a club in Berwick last June where we spent the evening getting in the rounds and having a laugh. A great rider and a superb bloke.

Brian Andersen
This Dane would have looked under more pressure whilst brushing his teeth than he did on a speedway bike, seriously. An excellent rider, I was over the moon when he won the '97 British GP and, when Shawfield held the City of Glasgow International Classic, it was Andersen that interested me more than Hans Nielsen, Chris Louis, Jason Lyons, Ronny Correy and so on.

Shane Bowes
Bowes wasn't exactly superb in the old '95 British League, but he caught my eye and became my first ever speedway hero. I must have got his autograph around fifty times, that's an emphasis on how much of a legend he was. I remember he returned to Shawfield in '96 with Coventry and would have gone through the card hadn't he taken a tumble, which was prone to doing. Extra respect, 'Bowsie'.

Nicki Pedersen
Pedersen was destined to become world champion from the second he took the Premier League by storm as a Diamond of Newcastle back in '98. I caught the Tyne-Tweed derby of that season at Sheilfield and remember watching him lifting and adjusting his bike whilst rounding the massive bends at Berwick to close-in on his opponent. Sheer entertainment and aggression, superb.

Hans Andersen
The whole of English speedway was against him after the '04 World Cup, but he used the hate to power his growth as he's became one of the Elite League's top riders. Actually, Cristiano Ronaldo imitated Andersen's situation after the FIFA World Cup in '06. I've only had the pleasure of seeing the Dane live once, at that infamous World Cup final at Poole, and it was a pleasure.

Submit Your Own Dream Team


This article was first published on 3rd April 2008

[ Use Mobile Version ]


Comment on this Article | Contact Us | Go Back to Main Menu

   Please leave your comments on this article or on the site as a whole