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Mildenhall Fen Tigers

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mildenhall Fen Tigers
Mildenhalltigers.jpg
Mildenhall Fen Tigers
Club information
Track addressMildenhall Stadium
Hayland Drove
West Row
Mildenhall
CountryEngland
Founded1975
Team managerMalcolm Vasey
Team captainTBC
LeagueNational League
Websitewww.mildenhallfentigers.co
Club facts
ColoursOrange and Black
Track size260 metres (280 yd)
Track record time49.68
Track record date14 July 2013
Track record holderSteve Boxall
Current team
Rider CMA
England Jason Edwards 7.53
England Luke Ruddick 6.67
England Jordan Jenkins 6.55
England Sam Bebee 4.62
England Elliot Kelly 3.62
England Sam Hagon 3.00
England Arran Butcher 3.00
Total 34.99
Major team honours
Division 2 Champions1979
Division 2 Pairs Winners1987
Division 2 Fours Winners1984, 1987
Division 3 Champions2003, 2004, 2012, 2021
Division 3 KO Cup Winners2003, 2004, 2011, 2012
Division 3 Pairs Winners2012
Division 3 Fours Winners2004, 2012
Division 3 Trophy Winners2000, 2002, 2004, 2012, 2018

The Mildenhall Fen Tigers are a British speedway team, founded in 1975 and currently riding in the National Development League.[1]

History

Mildenhall Stadium
Mildenhall Stadium

1971–1989

The original track was built in 1971 on farm land owned by Terry Waters, with chef Bernie Klatt the driving force behind establishing speedway in Mildenhall.[2] Klatt had been the head chef at the officers club at the nearby air force base, and later established a restaurant at the track.[2] The track moved to a second area on the same farm in 1973.[3] After running as a training track, the Mildenhall team entered the New National League (division 2) in 1975.[4]

The team competed in division 2 for 15 consecutive seasons from 1975 to 1989. Their best season was the 1979 National League season, where the team won the league title.[5]

1990–2005

The team disbanded after the 1989 season but the track remained open from 1990 to 1991. The 1992 season started with fixtures in the Gold Cup and league before the team withdrew from the 1992 British League Division Two season. The club finally found some stability in 1994 when they joined the third tier of British speedway. They had 12 seasons in division 3 and won the league and cup double twice during the 2003 Speedway Conference League and 2004 Speedway Conference League.[6]

2006–present

The club moved up to the Premier League in 2006 when new promoter Mick Horton took over.[7] He also formed a junior side called the Mildenhall Academy that rode in the 2006 Speedway Conference League.

In 2007, Stadium owner Carl Harris formed Fen Tigers Limited with the intention of selling the company shares to the fans. Lifelong supporter Simon Barton bought a major shareholding in the club until the promotion sold to Keith & Jonathan Chapman in August 2008.[8][9] Team manager Laurence Rogers was replaced with former Tigers rider Richard Knight. At the beginning of the season the club struggled to find a sponsor, so uniquely, the fans collectively sponsored the team.[10] Following thwe 2008 season the club dropped back down to the third division.

In 2010, the team withdrew from the league and had their results expunged but the following season they bounced back by winning the Knockout Cup. The 2012 National League speedway season was even better as they won the league and cup double, although finishing 2nd in the regular season table they won the play off final.[11] In 2021, the team competes in the third division for the 12th consecutive season and ran out the champions for the fourth time since 2003.[12][13]

Season summary

Extended content
Year and league Position Notes
1975 New National League season 19th
1976 National League season 13th
1977 National League season 8th
1978 National League season 12th
1979 National League season 1st Champions
1980 National League season 7th
1981 National League season 8th
1982 National League season 2nd
1983 National League season 2nd
1984 National League season 2nd
1985 National League season 15th
1986 National League season 7th
1987 National League season 2nd
1988 National League season 13th
1989 National League season 16th
1992 British League Division Two season N/A withdrew, results expunged
1994 British League Division Three 5th
1995 Academy League 5th
1996 Speedway Conference League 7th
1997 Speedway Conference League 5th
1998 Speedway Conference League 3rd
1999 Speedway Conference League 5th
2000 Speedway Conference League 2nd
2001 Speedway Conference League 8th
2002 Speedway Conference League 3rd
2003 Speedway Conference League 1st Champions & Knockout Cup winners
2004 Speedway Conference League 1st Champions & Knockout Cup winners
2005 Speedway Conference League 4th
2006 Premier League speedway season 13th
2006 Speedway Conference League 7th junior team called the Mildenhall Academy
2007 Premier League speedway season 12th
2008 Premier League speedway season 16th
2009 National League speedway season 9th
2010 National League speedway season N/A withdrew, results expunged
2011 National League speedway season 4th Knockout Cup winners
2012 National League speedway season 2nd Champions (won PO) & Knockout Cup winners
2013 National League speedway season 3rd
2014 National League speedway season 4th
2015 National League speedway season 7th
2016 National League speedway season 6th
2017 National League speedway season 5th
2018 National League speedway season 1st lost in PO final, National Trophy winners
2019 National Development League speedway season 5th
2021 National Development League speedway season 1st champions

Riders previous seasons

Extended content

2019 team

2015 team

2014 team

2013 team

2012 team

2011 team

2010 team

2009 team

2008 team

Also Rode:

2007 team

Also Rode:

  • England Jamie Smith
  • Czech Republic Mario Jirout

2006 team

References

  1. ^ Bamford, Robert (2008). Methanol Press Speedway Yearbook 2008. Methanol Press. ISBN 978-0-9553103-5-5.
  2. ^ a b Butt, Randall (1980) "Dream Come True", Speedway Star, 15 November 1980, p. 7
  3. ^ "Fen Tigers are Ready", Speedway Star, 2 November 1974, p. 14
  4. ^ Rogers, Martin (1978). The Illustrated History of Speedway. Studio Publications (Ipswich) Ltd. p. 129. ISBN 0-904584-45-3.
  5. ^ "British League Tables - British League Era (1965-1990)". Official British Speedway website. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Year by Year". Speedway Researcher. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  7. ^ Bamford, Robert (1 March 2007). Tempus Speedway Yearbook 2007. NPI Media Group. ISBN 978-0-7524-4250-1.
  8. ^ "Lynn promoter takes over Tigers". BBC. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008.
  9. ^ "Stars buy Mildenhall speedway". Lynn news. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008.
  10. ^ "Speedway fans become club sponsor". BBC. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008.
  11. ^ "Mildenhall Fen Tigers on brink of grand slam". ITV. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  12. ^ "National League table". Speedway GB. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  13. ^ "FEN TIGERS ARE CHAMPIONS". Speedway GB. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
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