Len Silver pays tribute to a Swedish great PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Monday, 15 February 2021

olle nygren.pngKENT promoter Len Silver has paid tribute to Swedish legend Olle Nygren who has passed away at the age of 91.

Nygren, who finished third in the 1954 World Final at Wembley, enjoyed a British career spanning over two decades including multi-year spells with Wimbledon, Norwich, West Ham and Ipswich.

Silver said: “In his younger days he was one of the top sportspersons in Sweden and was often seen on Swedish TV where his opinion was considered important on all sorts of subjects. 

“Here in UK he became known as one of the prime trainers of young riders and he was involved in the rise of many of our stars.

“We have lost a great man and my condolences to his family at this sad time.”

PLYMOUTH have pulled off the biggest signing in their history by agreeing a deal with Australian legend Jason Crump.

The 45-year-old is set to become the first multi-Individual World Champion to subsequently race at Championship level in the UK, nearly 30 years on from his previous appearances in British Speedway’s second tier.

Gladiators promoter Mark Phillips said: “It was an ambitious move to attract Jason to Plymouth. He has been a pleasure to deal with.

“He will be basing himself and his family in the South West during the summer and I’m sure sports fans will want to see the spectacle of racing that the Plymouth track offers.

 “I want everyone in speedway to be talking about Plymouth. I have big ambitions for the club.

“The signing of Jason Crump and Bjarne Pedersen shows our intention to establish the Plymouth Gladiators in the Championship League.” 

BELLE Vue have secured an extension of their title sponsorship deal with principal partner James Briggs Ltd for the new Premiership season.

The Oldham-based company were set to back the Aces through their BikeRight brand for the cancelled 2020 campaign, and that arrangement will continue for the return of league racing this year.

Club CEO Adrian Smith said: “We are thrilled to be able to announce our continuing partnership with James Briggs Ltd and are very excited to have them on board again in 2021.

“Last year was a challenging time for businesses worldwide and I am proud of all of the Belle Vue team that contributed to our being able to stage the amount of Speedway that we did.

“Our partners and sponsors were a vital part of us being able to race last year and we are massively grateful to all at JBL for their incredible ongoing support of our club.

“We, in turn, are committed to supporting them by bringing value to their brands; James Briggs Ltd, Hycote and in particular BikeRight which will again be the title sponsor of the Belle Vue Aces.”

BRITISH Speedway’s Championship Knockout Cup ties have been arranged with reduced travel in mind.

Club bosses met at the weekend to discuss the format of the competition and it was agreed ties would be arranged with geographical consideration for the two-leg clashes.

Eight clubs will do battle in the first round for a place in the quarter-finals where they will be joined by Berwick, Glasgow, Scunthorpe and Leicester.

League newcomers Plymouth, who have hit the headlines by signing triple World Champion Jason Crump and Danish World Cup winner Bjarne Pedersen, will face South Coast rivals and fellow new boys Poole.

And Kent, who are also new to the league with British icon Scott Nicholls in their side, will face Eastbourne.

British Speedway Promoters Ltd Chairman Rob Godfrey said: “We all agreed it made sense to avoid a straight draw and to try and keep ties as geographically convenient as possible.

“This has created some fascinating ties. Once we know the four semi-finalists a further discussion will take place to establish who races who.

“These are unprecedented times and we feel certain riders, sponsors and fans will fully understand why and how we have done this.”

Reigning league champions Leicester will face Scunthorpe in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile the Championship league fixtures are due to be released later this week.

Edinburgh v Newcastle
Redcar v Birmingham
Plymouth v Poole
Eastbourne v Kent

ROUND TWO (Quarter-Finals):
Edinburgh / Newcastle v Redcar / Birmingham
Plymouth / Poole v Eastbourne / Kent
Berwick v Glasgow
Scunthorpe v Leicester

Ties to be decided over two legs.



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