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

History

Mildenhall Stadium

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 in 1975.

The club moved up to the Premier League in 2006 after twelve seasons in the Conference League when new promoter Mick Horton took over.[4] In 2007 Stadium owner 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.[5][6] 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.[7]

Riders

2019 season

Previous seasons

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", , 15 November 1980, p. 7
  3. ^ "Fen Tigers are Ready", , 2 November 1974, p. 14
  4. ^ Bamford, Robert (1 March 2007). Tempus Speedway Yearbook 2007. NPI Media Group. ISBN 978-0-7524-4250-1.
  5. ^ "Lynn promoter takes over Tigers". BBC. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008.
  6. ^ "Stars buy Mildenhall speedway". Lynn news. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008.
  7. ^ "Speedway fans become club sponsor". BBC. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008.

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