Newcastle Riders
2010-2019

 
 

George English    Mark Lemon    Ludvig Lindgren   Kenni Larsen   Lubos Tomicek   Kyle Newman   Richie Worrall  
Rene Bach  Jason King Stuart Robson   Christian Henry

 
 

 
 
Newcastle Speedway
 
Courtesy of The Match Day Mag
 
A great photo by Steve Brock
 

 
 

The Trophy Winning
2010 Team

 

Courtesy of Steve Brock

 

Rene Bach, Anders Anderson, Jason King, The ever-smiling Kenni Larsen, Deek Sneddon, Dakota North and Mark Lemon

 

 
 

Kenni Gets The "Bumps"

 
Courtesy of Colin Poole
 

Kenni Larsen gets the bumps and a pensive looking Dakota North.  Dak will remember his first full season.  He promises to make a step up next season into the 2011 Diamonds line up

 

 
 
Rene & Kenni
 

Courtesy of Colin Poole

 
 
Kenni Larsen Brightest Diamond In 2010
 

Courtesy of Colin Poole

 
Kenni Larsen gets the thumbs up as our best rider from 2010 but he was chased hard by Rene Bach and Mark Lemon.  Kenni recorded some impressive heat times and was often 2 seconds quicker than the rest.
 

 
 

Steve Brock Photography

 
  Steve Brock Photography
 
To be able to do a website like this I have had to ask for permission to use photographs taken by a number of professional photographers.  Steve Brock has bent over backwards to help the site with his excellent photos of the Diamonds.  The following photos are from the lens of Steve, donated free for the cause and I am very happy to add here a link to Steve's website.  Please visit his site if you want to buy photo's or hire Steve's services
 

 
 

2010 Season

 

Kenni Larsen

 
 
 
Kenni Larsen during 2010 became one of the most popular riders ever to don the diamond.  Kenni became the PL riders champion and ended the season as track record holder, he consistently clocked times a couple of seconds faster than anyone else in most of his races.  In heat 15's he often "won" the match for us and with team mate Rene Bach celebrated heat 15 5-1's with a number of different "goal celebrations" clucking like a chicken in one of them.  Kenni will go on to greater things as the Elite League beckons him, but we will never forget the young man that entertained us at number 1 in 2010.
 
 

Kenni Wins 2010 PLRC

 
 
 
 

Kenni with Ivan Mauger 2010

 
Kenni Larsen says:-  Hi John. Here are my words about my time at Newcastle.
 
In 2008 I was on a track in Denmark, with my Little brother Victor. Victor was riding that day.
A guy came over to me and started talking, and told me that he knew me and Victors dad "Peter Larsen" about 30 minutes later he asked me what my name was, I said "Kenni"
He then Replied "Kenni Larsen?" and I answered him "Yes Why"  he said "I am over here to find you" ain't it funny that he knew my dad and was looking for me, but didn't know that I was he's friends son. This Person Was Richard Juul. I then decided to go to Newcastle and try to see if I was good enough, so I did the 5 last meetings for Newcastle in 2008.
My first meeting was at stoke, where I scored 6 then it was Newcastle, where I scored 8, then rye house where I scored 11, then Newcastle where I scored 13, and I finished the season of with a meeting at Newcastle where I scored paid 14. I was over the moon!
 
I came back in 2009 to ride for a full season for the first time, I started out where I finished in 2008, and progressed, and half way through the season I was number one.
this was a very good learning year for me, and I also broke the track record at Newcastle.
In 2010 I went over for the second full season, and everything was twice as good as the year before: New Mechanic (Roy Clark) which was brilliant for me, me and Roy just clicked from the first minute. I also lived at Roy's which produced many funny hours. My workshop at Jackie Campbell, which was the best workshop i could think off. Jackie helped me with everything in the workshop and even when I wasn't there to clean the bikes she did them for me, and they were just SPOT ON!. Jackie wasn't just someone that helped me in the workshop, she was also driving me every where together with Roy. And i could talk with her about everything. Roy and Jackie was like my mom and dad.
we all three went down for the Premier league riders championship and WE WON IT!! this year I also broke the track record again at Newcastle, and at Scunthorpe.
I had 13 maximums this season, both home and away. I ended up with an average over 10 (cma). I also became very good friends with Jesper Olsen and he's family.
Newcastle has been so good for me that they have earned a special place in my heart, both fans and the people that helped me.
 
I hope you can use it. And  I wish you everything good in the future. I'll come to Newcastle sometime this season and say hi.
 
Kenni Larsen 
March 2011
 

 
 

Mark Lemon

 
The Aussie oil painting that is "Lemo!"
 
Mark Ian John Lemon (born 12 February 1973) Mark Lemon came to us in 2009 as a bit of a spent force.  What a mistake his previous promoters made as Mark soon learned the quickest way around our track.  He reeled off a number of maximums and combined so well with Kenni Larsen in heats 13 and often 15 too to notch up maximum heat wins at the end of matches when the match result depended on him.  A great Diamond in 2010.  Lemo was with us until 2012 when he was released as he didn't figure in the team plans any longer.
 
 
"Lemo" celebrating a race win with a wheelie
 
 
Mark Lemon getting the treatment!
 
 
 
 

Mark leading Brummie Steve Johnson

 
Australian Lemo became Newcastle's first signing for 2012.  2011 was a bad year injury wise for Mark.  He fell heavily on his right shoulder and had to have surgery to repair the break but still managed to average over 9 points.  Here is his shoulder x-ray!
 
 

Hey Mark lets hope the screws don't rust!  You must be the only rider in the world with an x-ray amongst his action photos?  The winter break will help Mark overcome the 2011 injury.

 
More of Mark Lemon
 

 
 

Rene Bach

 
 
RenÚ Bach (born 7 June 1990, in Hjordkaer, R°dekro) joined the Diamonds in 2009 and stayed until 2011.  Everyone I know likes Rene and we all would welcome him bach!
 
 

Rene at Rye House

 
My personal favourite diamond in 2010.  Rene kept missing the gate and had to chase the opposition for a couple of laps. He usually overhauled the leader with a breathtaking swoop around the outside.  He was just one step behind his Danish team mate Kenni Larsen.  Denmark have a great future with these two young riders. All Rene has to do is brush up on his Starting technique and he could follow previous diamond Nicki Pedersen and become world champion, but look out Rene, Kenni Larsen will be up there too.
 
 

Rene Bach had a serious injury at Newcastle on 10th April 2011 in which he suffered a number of broken bones.

Rene was coming from behind as usual, having missed the gate.  The accident took place entering bends 3 and 4 at Newcastle, he found himself on the inside of Rye House rider Jordan Frampton, Frampton clipped Rene's back wheel and sent Rene at full speed into the Newcastle safety fence.  A lengthy delay with the St John ambulance on the track indicated all was not well with Rene.  We found out later he had badly broken his leg.  Rene Bach is the crowds favourite as he often misses the gate and has to come from behind. He usually overtakes at speed around the outside but this time he overtook Frampton at speed on the inside and ended up in the fence.  Boos from the crowd as Jordan made his way back to the pits were unjustified as this was simply a racing incident with no one really to blame.  As 2011 wears on we will learn more about Rene's injury and comeback time.  I will hope with fingers crossed that his injury it isn't as bad as I fear it is and when he comes back he isn't in fear of pleasing the crowd with his blasts from the back. Rene Bach is a nice lad, a special rider and is irreplaceable in the team. Good luck Rene.
 
 

A Typical Shot Of Rene Overtaking On The Outside

 
 
More on Rene on 2000-2009 page
 

 
 

Jason King

 
 
Jason Gary King (born 13 April 1985 in Maidstone Kent) Jay rode for us 2008 and 2009 captaining the side.  He married local girl Jill and settled on Tyneside.  Jay has been very unlucky with injuries which appears to have brought his career to a premature end.


Although Jason is not named in the starting 7 riders for 2012 he is currently unsigned by any other team.  Perhaps he will figure if any of our 7 riders suffer an injury or a lack of form.  I hope J is fixed up as he is too good a rider to sit out the season
Jay has been in touch he says: "I had only ridden Newcastle once before I signed in 2008 and from what I remember I didn't get that many points. After my winter relocation up north, I had a chat with George English and we quickly agreed a deal for me to join the diamonds.

It took me a few weeks to get dialled in at Brough, but once I did, I had the best season of my career and followed that up again in 2009 when I was made captain.
2010 was to turn out to be a year of mixed fortunes for me. I had an average start but the team were flying and won our first piece of Silverware in the PL Trophy. Sadly, that was the only one of the three I was able to collect as I ruptured my knee ligaments in a crash at Glasgow in August. I missed the end of 2010 and what would turn out to be most of 2011 (apart from 8 terrible meetings).
Newcastle own my contract so I hope to be part of the diamonds once again, but for now (2012), it looks like I will have to find another club. I'm not fixed up for this season yet and it looks like I will start the season on the sidelines, but I hope something will turn up early on!"

John says: Yes Jason let's hope you are back in the diamonds team soon and hitting big scores

 
 
Jason was the sole Englishman in the diamonds 2010 side.  He started the season well then his season went haywire. J suffered a loss of form then crashed heavily, being sidelined for the last few weeks of the season.  Rider replacement for Jason was no substitute for a fit Mr King.  Lets hope 2011 is a better year for him.  It wasn't!  At the time of writing this (2014) It appears Jason's riding days may be over?  Such a pity!
 

 
 

Derek "Deek" Sneddon

 
 
Derek Sneddon born 27.07.1982, Falkirk, Scotland has had two spells with the Diamonds 2002 and 2009-2011
 
 
Mr Popular, riders like Derek are a necessity in every team.  The fans loved the guy and engaged themselves in a guessing game would Deek win, finish last or fall off?  So he was inconsistent but so what, his delighted celebrations of heat wins woke the crowd up.  Lets hope the rest of his career is good for the "wee scotsman"  Even though he will be riding against us!
 

 
 

Dakota North

 
 
Dakota Max "Dak" North (born 4 August 1991).  He came to us 2010.  This young Aussie is headed for the top.  He can gate and also will have a blast when needed.  Rumour has it that he is headed south next season 2011.  What a shame that our fans will not see him improving every week.  Yes he moved on after just the 2010 season.
 
 

 
 

Adam McKinna

 
 
Adam Kenneth McKinna, Born 17 August 1986, Crewe, Cheshire.  Adam came to us in 2006 and featured in and out of the team for a few years.  He never Made it in the Premier League unfortunately.
 
 

 
 

Anders Andersen

 
 
 
Anders was signed as a 2010 mid season replacement for injured Adam McKinna.  The Dane had his moments but did not do enough to elbow Adam out of the 2nd reserve position.  Good luck Anders we do not expect to see you back in 2011
 

 

2010 Premier Trophy Winners Celebrate With The Fans

 
 
The team are swamped by fans on the greyhound track. This is the Premier Trophy and George English is now starting to rival Ian Thomas as the teams most successful promoter ever.  Looking at the fans I recognise most of the Smith family, familiar faces home and away. 
 
 

George gets a round in at long last and the riders celebrated by pouring it over his head!

 
 

2010 Premier Trophy
Winning Side

 
 
 

 The 2010 "Play Offs" Final
Newcastle v Sheffield

 
 

Kenni Larsen, Adam Mckinna and Tiger Casper Wortmann

 
 

Casper Wortmann, Rene Bach and Josh Auty

 
 

Ricky Ashworth, Kenni Larsen, Hugh Skidmore and Deek Sneddon blast off from the starting gate

 
 

An excellent photo showing that Brough has as least 3 riding lines. R-L Stuart Robson, Ricky Ashworth and Hugh Skidmore.  Sunderland's Stuart Robson is a fans favourite in Newcastle.  We all want him to ride again for Newcastle.  Hopefully 2011 will be the year Stuart returns to his native north east.

 
 

Newcastle Win The "Play Off" Tie Against Sheffield

 
 

Another great photo from Steve Brock.  Football type quote"The Boys Done Well"

 
 
Diamonds Win The Play Off
 
 

Newcastle's 2 captains Deek and Jason with Sheffield's Neil Machin.  Diamonds win the Play Off

 
 

Stuart Robson (Guest) Jason King, Kenni Larsen, Rene Bach, Dak North with Adam Mckinna and Derek Sneddon with the Play off trophy

 

 
 

2010 Promotion Play Off's
Newcastle (Premier League) v
Ipswich (Elite League)

 
 

David Howe (Guest), R Miskowiak, Richie Hawkins and Adam McKinna

 
 

Rene Bach beaten from the gate by Scott Nichols.  Diamond Rene needs to make the gate against opponents before he can move up to the Elite League.  Rene was excellent in 2010 but we think he needs to stay with the diamonds in 2011 before joining the Elite riders  Scott Nichols showed his class in the Play Offs.

 
 
Danny King Scott Nichols, Kenni Larsen and Rene Back at the back.  The Elite League boys showed our team how to win. Ipswich ran out winners at Brough by two points but won the return leg down in Suffolk quite comfortably.
 
 

Ales Dryml, Derek Sneddon, Danny King and Rene Bach. 2010 was a great year for the diamonds we may have lost the Play off against Ipswich but not by very much.  The Premier League is where Newcastle belong and hopefully we can do well again in 2011.

 
 

Newcastle & Ipswich Riders

 
 

 
 
2011 Newcastle
 
 
Richie Worrall, Mark Lemon, Stuart Robson and Rene Bach and kneeling Kyle Newman, Lubos Tomicek and Derek Sneddon
 
Jason King has not yet recovered from his leg injury and as the rules do not allow us the Rider Replacement facility or a guest the promoters have had to sign another man to take J's place.  The "new" rider is the Czech Republics Lubos Tomicek who last rode for us in 2005
 
 

Lubos Tomicek

 
 
 

Lubos in blue and fellow Czech Pepe Franc in red

 

 
 

Claes Nedermark

 
 
 
This 21 year old Dane came into the side as a replacement for Lubos Tomicek/Jason King.  He will remain in the side until Jason is fit. Look out J if Claes is good you may not get your place back.  Its a hard life in the Premier League 2011.
The latest in a long line of Danish talent to grace the Diamonds race Jacket.  Ned is usually a fast gater something that has been lacking in Newcastle colours of late.  He needs to improve his coming from the back though, to up his 2011 average.
 
Claes turned out in his first year with us (2011), to be a lightning quick gater and good around the first two bends.  If he was in the lead after the second bend he was usually fast enough to win the heat.  Not so good at overtaking though, will he be invited back in 2012?  watch this space
 

 
 

Kyle Newman

 
 
Kyle Newman DOB 14th December 1991 lives: Weymouth came to Newcastle in 2011.
 
 

Kyle became a very popular diamond in 2011.  He managed double figure scores from the reserve berth.  Please come back in 2012 Kyle

 

 
 
Richie Worrall
 
 
Richie's trophy count goes +1 with this one.  It is the Julian Barnett memorial trophy which is raced for every year and has it's origins in the 1960s
 
 

Richie Worrall (born 23 September 1991). Richie in his Scunthorpe days.  Richie signed on with Newcastle for 2011 and was the least experienced Newcastle rider in 2011 However he raced to many heat wins against far more experienced riders. The older Worrall twin was with us for 3 years and in 2013 he decided to move on to further his career.  We wish Richie well and thank him for the past three years with us which have seen him rise from a three-point reserve to become our No 1.ö

 
 
Kyle and Richie rode together as Newcastle reserves in 2011.
 
 
The Worrall Twins
 
 
This is Richie with Steve and no I cannot tell which is which!
 

 
 

2011 Starting Team

 
 

Stuart Robson, Richie Worrall, Kyle Newman, Deek Sneddon, The Lord Mayor of Newcastle presenting the Tyne Tweed trophy to the Sapphire Diamonds, Mark Lemon, Rene Bach and Lubos Tomicek.  Lubos is back in the team awaiting the return of Jason King (Then we will have to wait and see if Lubos keeps J out of the side.)

 

 
 

Matej Ferjan

 
 
April 2011: Newcastle Diamonds have signed Slovenian rider Matej Ferjan as cover for the injured Rene Bach.  Matej seemed happy to be with us according to our management during his brief spell with Newcastle, but then in May 2011 tragic news broke: "Matej Ferjan, 34, was reportedly found dead in his van at his home address in Poland yesterday morning."  I don't know the reason(s) that his life was ended this way and if I did know I wouldn't record them here anyway.  It is enough to say rest in peace Matej
 

 
 
Stuart Robson
 
 
Every team should have a Robbo in their line up and Stu has been a Diamond 3 times.  We were very pleased to bring back the popular "Mackem" to captain our team.
Stuart Anthony Robson Born 8th November 1976, Sunderland.  His spells at Brough Park are as follows: Newcastle (1993, 1994, 2003, 2011-2014) Robbo starts 2011 on a near 9 point average and with Mark Lemon also around the 9 point mark there will be friendly rivalry between these two to be top at the end of the season.  Lets hope both reach 9 points again.  If only Stuart could gate consistently he would be a ten point man!
 

 
 

Christian Henry

 
 

Christian Henry: Date of Birth : 22 Feb 1981. at Sydney, New South Wales, Oz. South Australia's Christian Henry. Starting his second spell with the Diamonds on an average of 5.45.  Capable of putting two points on that average.  Another decent gater which is so important to Newcastle and Christian can overtake too.

 
 

 
 

Ludvig Lindgren

 
 
Ludvig Lindgren (born September 23, 1990 in Írebro, Sweden)  new arrival for 2012.  Ludvig is the younger brother of Freddy Lindgren.  Ludvig along with Christian Henry and Claes Nedermark will vie for the 3rd heatleader role.  The best of the 3 will likely be at no 4 in our line up.  Ludvig is proving to be the best of the 3 and is riding at the more difficult number 5 position.  He is proving to be a heat leader not a good gater but is good at coming from behind.  If he continues in the second half of the season like he has done up to now (July 2012) then Newcastle's chances of success in 2012 are good.
Ludvig says:  I was born 23 September 1990 in Írebro, Sweden. I started to compete at the age of 9 in the 80cc class. But started to ride motorbikes when I was about 5.  I started my English career in wolves 2008 doing late season riding for them my first full year was 2009 for Birmingham when they were in premier league. 
John says: I asked Ludvig: When you started at Newcastle did you think you could be our number 1 rider? I think you can be our number 1. 
Ludde says: Of course I think that I can be your number one and I won't be happy until I am
J
ohn says: What do you expect from 2012?
Ludde says:
I expect a lot from us we are a strong side and I think we can go all the way.
 

 
 
George English Jnr
 
I asked George English if he would contribute something for the website.  He declined saying my website was not the "official" history of Newcastle Speedway.  I agree that it isn't official and I understand his point of view even if I do not agree that it should be a problem for him to contribute.
 
George English Junior was born of speedway fans George Senior and mother Joan English.  Young George spent many seasons involved in supporters club matters with his parents.  In 1994 he became a promoter along with a consortium name of Whiteload Ltd. Members were Dave Rowland, Brian Havelock, Bunter Barnes and George English junior, but at the end of 1994 the Brough Park faithful were without their sport once again as the club closed down for the 7th time as Stadium owner Kevin Wilde decided he did not want speedway at Brough Park.
George was back as promoter in 1997 and with a number of different promotional partners and helpers he has run Newcastle Speedways for 19 consecutive years, at the time of writing this in 2016.  Please continue George!
 
George has been a little bit shy of supplying anything for the history site so I am delighted that he has agreed that I can use his interview with Lawrence Hepple which was shown in the match day magazine for our 2012 opener.  George is a Newcastle Speedway record breaker.  He has been team manager and promoter since 1997 which is by far the longest unbroken spell of speedway in Newcastle.  Well done George and with respect to Darryl Illingworth and a few others, you are probably the reason we are still going.
 
Match Day Magazine Extract
 

Newcastle finished top of the Premier League table in 2012 but lost out in the play-offs so the league title alluded them, they did win silverware however in the shape of the 2012 KO Cup

 
 
2016 Team
 
 
Photo by Steve Brock.  Tero Aarnio, Robert Lambert, Lewis Rose, Ludvig Lindgren, Danny Phillips, Matej Kus and Steve Worrall.  Early season injury to Tero Aarnio, he was replaced by Swede Viktor Palovaara photo below: -
 
 

 
 
2017 Team
 
At a Closed season "talk in" in November 2016 the 7 riders to contest the first meetings of season 2017 were revealed, they are as follows: -
 
Steve Worrall &
Robert Lambert
 
 
What a relief that we have the best Championship Riders back at Brough Park.  They were great in 2016 and surely will improve throughout 2017.  I hope they will not miss too many meetings through other commitments.  When Robert gets out in front he gets close to the Brough Park track record.  He needs to be informed that he needs to go a little faster to claim the record.  Steve is a little slower than Robert but in 2016 for points scored there is nothing to separate the two.  I expect both to put a point on their averages and to lead the team to some silverware.
 
Ludvig Lindgren
 
 
I am very pleased that we could fit Ludde in the 2017 team.  He has the gift of throttle control, his acceleration in attacking the bends is legendary.  2016 was a good year for him and hopefully he can step up a gear in 2017.
 
 
Lewis Rose
 
 
Lewis has been with the Diamonds for a while.  In 2016 he had started to really get into the groove and then he succumbed to a collarbone injury missing the closing weeks of season 2016.  The Newcastle faithful will be ecstatic that Lewis has signed up for another season at Brough, me too!  I think Rosey can rack up the points in 2017 but he will start the season in the tougher main body of the team.
 
 
Ashley Morris
 
 
Roy Clarke calls Ashley the BCB ie The Black Country Blaster the rest of us call Ashley a major prospect.  Ash and Lewis Rose hold Newcastle's future in their hands.  If both lads get amongst the points then Newcastle can look forward to a really good season in 2017.  Ash in my opinion is a top prospect and I forecast a really good year for him!
 
 
Danny Philips
 
 
Danny Philips is an enigma.  He often looks like making it then he rolls out 4 zeros.  The promotion are sticking with him for 2017 but really it is down to the lad finding his feet and winding it on with abandon!  Danny can do it, I think and he must be on a short fuse in 2017.  If he is unable to make the step up then we may need to say goodbye and bring another rider in sooner rather than later.  I hope Danny makes this his breakthrough year but if not than his place should be given to another rider if we can find one that is actual better than Danny.
 
Connor Coles
 
 
Connor DOB 7th September 1994 rode for Mildenhall in 2016.  I believe Connor has ex riders  father and grandfather Michael and Bob Coles in his corner so he must get great support and advice.  Hopefully young Connor will be able to rack up the points.  Newcastle's fans will give the lad time to settle in
 

 
2017 Lets us Pray!!
 

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