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Sheffield Tigers

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Sheffield Tigers
Club information
Track addressOwlerton Stadium
Penistone Road
South Yorkshire
Team managerSimon Stead
Team captainKyle Howarth
LeagueSGB Premiership
Club facts
ColoursYellow and Blue
Track size361 metres (395 yd)
Track record time59.1 seconds (54.66mph)
Track record date15 October 2010
Track record holderRicky Ashworth
Current team
Rider CMA
Australia Jack Holder
Poland Tobiasz Musielak
France David Bellego
England Lewis Kerr
England Kyle Howarth
England Adam Ellis
England Dan Gilkes *
Major team honours
Div 1 Knockout Cup1974
Div 1 League Cup2022
Div 2 Champions1999, 2002, 2017 [1]
Division 2 Knockout Cup1939, 2002
Div 2 Pairs Champions2010, 2017, 2018
Div 2 Fours Champions1999, 2000
Premier Trophy Winners2001
Div 2 British Speedway Cup1947
Div 3 Champions2000, 2001, 2011
Northern Trophy1974, 1979
Provincial Northern League1962, 1963, 1964
Sheffield Window Centre 'Tigers' 2016
Sheffield Window Centre 'Tigers' 2016

The Sheffield 'Tru Plant' Tigers are a motorcycle speedway team based in Sheffield, England. They currently race in the British SGB Premiership, and their home meetings take place at Owlerton Stadium. The Tigers traditionally hold their race nights on Thursdays between March and October.[2] The Tigers are sponsored by Tru Plant, promoted by Damien Bates, Peter Mole and Julie Reading.[3]

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Owlerton was a purpose built speedway track built in 1929. The team were inaugural members of the English Dirt Track League and Northern league the following season. In 1930 they rode as the Sheffield Blades.[4]

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 1950. The team won their first trophy in 1947, after winning the British Speedway Cup (Div 2).[5]

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.[6][7] The team has been known as The Tigers apart from part of 1950 when they were known as The Tars and 1930 when they were the Blades. Sheffield won the Premier League (speedway's second division) twice during the 1999 Premier League speedway season and the 2002 Premier League speedway season. They also won the Knockout Cup in 2002 to complete the double. The club's junior side the Sheffield Prowlers also won silverware winning the Conference League in 2000 and 2001.

The SGB Championship 2017 season was the 21st consecutive season that the Sheffield Tigers competed in division 2. The Tigers finished in 1st place having beaten Ipswich Witches in the two leg Play Off final 99–81.

In 2019, the club won their fourth historical league title winning the SGB Championship 2017 after finishing top of the regular season table and winning the playoffs. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) the 2020 season did not take place. The club topped the SGB Premiership 2022 table but lost in the play off final to Belle Vue Aces, which foiled the chance for the club to win their first ever top tier league title. However, they did gain compensation by winning the League Cup.[8]

The Tigers all-time 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.[9]

Club honours

Notable former riders

Full seasons summary

Extended content
Year and league Position Notes
1929 Speedway English Dirt Track League 9th
1930 Speedway Northern League 7th
1931 Speedway Northern League 3rd
1933 Speedway National League 8th
1938 Speedway National League Division Two 7th
1939 Speedway National League 3rd+ +when season was suspended
1946 Speedway Northern League 2nd
1947 Speedway National League Division Two 2nd British Cup Div 2 winners
1948 Speedway National League Division Two 4th
1949 Speedway National League Division Two 2nd
1950 Speedway National League Division Two 10th
1951 Speedway National League Division Two N/A withdrew, results expunged
1960 Provincial Speedway League 4th
1961 Provincial Speedway League 7th
1962 Provincial Speedway League 7th
1963 Provincial Speedway League 4th
1964 Speedway National League 8th
1965 British League season 11th
1966 British League season 11th
1967 British League season 9th
1968 British League season 4th
1969 British League season 6th
1970 British League season 7th
1971 British League season 4th
1972 British League season 4th
1973 British League season 2nd
1974 British League season 4th Knockout Cup winners
1975 British League season 5th
1976 British League season 17th
1977 British League season 13th
1978 British League season 8th
1979 British League season 13th
1980 British League season 17th
1981 British League season 10th
1982 British League season 5th
1983 British League season 10th
1984 British League season 5th
1985 British League season 2nd
1986 British League season 4th
1987 British League season 4th
1988 British League season 6th
1991 British League Division Two season 5th
1992 British League Division Two season 10th
1993 British League Division Two season 9th
1994 British League Division Two season 9th
1995 Premier League speedway season 14th
1996 Premier League speedway season 18th
1997 Premier League speedway season 10th
1998 Premier League speedway season 5th
1999 Premier League speedway season 1st champions
2000 Premier League speedway season 4th
2001 Premier League speedway season 3rd
2002 Premier League speedway season 1st champions & Knockout Cup winners
2003 Premier League speedway season 2nd
2004 Premier League speedway season 8th
2005 Premier League speedway season 3rd
2006 Premier League speedway season 2nd
2007 Premier League speedway season 4th PO final
2008 Premier League speedway season 8th
2009 Premier League speedway season 9th
2010 Premier League speedway season 4th PO final & Premier League Pairs
2011 Premier League speedway season 2nd
2012 Premier League speedway season 12th
2013 Premier League speedway season 12th
2014 Premier League speedway season 12th
2015 Premier League speedway season 5th
2016 Premier League speedway season 6th PO final
SGB Championship 2017 1st champions
SGB Championship 2018 11th
SGB Championship 2019 6th
SGB Premiership 2021 4th PO semi final
SGB Premiership 2022 2nd PO finalist, League Cup winners

Season summary (juniors)

Previous seasons


  1. ^ "Tigers win League Cup". British Speedway. Retrieved 5 November 2022.
  2. ^ "Potters Will Get Respect". Sheffield Tigers. 18 April 2007. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
  3. ^ Bamford, Robert (1 March 2007). Tempus Speedway Yearbook 2007. NPI Media Group. ISBN 978-0-7524-4250-1.
  4. ^ "BRITISH LEAGUE TABLES - PRE-WAR ERA (1929-1939)". Official British Speedway website. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Year by Year". Speedway Researcher. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  6. ^ "BRITISH LEAGUE TABLES - POST-WAR ERA (1946-1964)". Official British Speedway website. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  7. ^ Rogers, Martin (1978). The Illustrated History of Speedway. Studio Publications (Ipswich) Ltd. p. 129. ISBN 0-904584-45-3.
  8. ^ "Tigers win League Cup". British Speedway. Retrieved 5 November 2022.
  9. ^ "Hungry Tigers edge first leg of Play-Offs". Sheffield Star. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  10. ^ Oakes, P (2006). Speedway Star Almanac. Pinegen Ltd. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0.
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