Dream Team : Steve Andrews
My dad first took me to Cradley when I was seven years old in 1968. I was immediately "hooked" so we went virtually every week thereafter. My first "hero"
was Bernie Persson in 1969, I also liked Bob Andrews, in fact looking back i liked them all really. Up until Cradley closed down I spent many years following
the team home and away, hardly ever missing a meeting. I had been to all the British tracks and numerous venues abroad for World Championship events including
I remember the buzz around town whenever Ivan Mauger was coming to town, he was almost unbeatable around Dudley Wood and virtually everywhere he went. I also saw
him win his sixth and final World title in Poland in 1979.
The rider all Cradley fans loved to hate. I would never have included him in a "dream team" in the days when he rode for Wolves and then Coventry and can't say I
even liked him in those days but, looking back now, he was a great rider. Strewth - I've just surprised myself for including him !!!!
Bernie Persson/John Boulger
I can't split these 2, I used to love seeing Bernie lower the colours of the 2 above which he managed sometimes
and he nearly gave us long suffering Cradley fans a World Champion in 1972. And I was absolutely thrilled to bits when Johnny B was "allocated" to Cradley in
1974 as a replacement for Bernie, he stayed for 3 seasons and was magnificent.
From about 1975 onwards "Super Simmo" was almost unbeatable around Dudley Wood and really should have won the World Championship.
My all time favourite Heathen, a fantastic bloke and a great little Speedway rider. I was at Odsal on that very sad day in 1989. A large action picture of Erik
still adorns my office wall. A massive thanks to Dan McCormick for bringing this bundle of Danish dynamite to Cradley in 1979 when Wolverhampton were hoping to
This guy just oozed charm and charisma and was a brilliant Speedway rider, a real Champion. Again thanks to our promotor at the time, Dan McCormick, for
transforming the Heathens from a mickey mouse team into a team that the entire country would be envious of.
It's great to see Greg Still putting on a show in the Grand Prix's. Another wonderful and extremely popular Heathen, such a shame he was forced to move on
after the demise of Cradley.
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This article was first published on 9th September 2010
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