The Peterborough Panthers are a British speedway team based in Peterborough, England. They were the Elite League champions in 1999 and 2006, and they have won the Premier League Four-Team Championship on five occasions.

History

On 24 November 2010 following changes to the rules for rider averages made at the Annual General Meeting of the BSPA, the Peterborough Panthers and Coventry Bees walked out of the meeting.[1] As a result, on 27 November 2010 the BSPA omitted both teams from the 2011 Elite League for failing to declare their intent to compete in the 2011 league at the AGM.[2][3] The decision was the subject of a legal challenge by both clubs.[4] On 17 February 2011, it was announced by the BSPA that both Coventry and Peterborough would not be competing in the 2011 Speedway Elite League. Both clubs rejected an offer from the BSPA issued on 31 January 2011, which would have permitted both clubs to continue with their proposed legal action (including claims for compensation from any losses) whilst resuming their league membership with immediate effect.[5] On 15 March 2011 it was announced that both the Coventry Bees and Peterborough Panthers would be part of the 2011 Elite League season.[6] However this was not officially confirmed by the BSPA despite announcements by Peterborough and Coventry bees co-promoter, Allen Trump. On 8 April 2011, the BSPA officially confirmed both teams had returned to the Elite League for the 2011 season.[7]

The team had a record Elite League victory on 23 August 2013, beating Coventry Bees by 70 points to 20.[8]

In 2017 Panthers won the SGB Championship Fours at their home track.[9]

Riders

2020 team

Previous seasons

2019 team

Also rode:

2018 team

Also rode:

2017 team

Also rode:

2016 team

Also rode:

2015 team

Also Rode

2014 team

Also rode

2013 team

Also rode

All honours

Elite League

League Champions (2) – 1999 & 2006. Play Off’s (6) – 2002, 2003 2004, 2006, 2007 & 2010. Knockout Cup Winners (2) – 1999 & 2001. Knockout Cup Runners Up (1) - 2002. Craven Shield Winners (1) – 1999. Craven Shield Runners Up (1) – 2001. Elite Shield Winners (1) – 2007. Premiership Runners Up (1) – 1997. 4TT Champions (1) – 1997. Midland League Runners Up (1) - 2009. League Riders Champions (2) – J Crump 1999 & R Sullivan 2000. British Champions (1) – M Loram 2001. British U21 Champions (1) – D Howe 2000.

Premier League

League Champions (1) – 1998. League Runners Up (1) – 1996. KO Cup Runners Up (2) – 1996 & 1998. Young Shield Runners Up (1) - 1998. 4TT Champions (1) - 1998. 4TT Runners Up (2) – 1995 & 1996. League Riders Champion (2) – G Cunningham 1998; Ulrich Ostergaard 2015. Pairs Champions (1) – G Cunningham & B Woodifield 1998.

British League (Div 2) – Seasons (9)

League Champions (1) – 1992. Ko Cup Winners (1) – 1992. Ko Cup Runners Up (1) – 1972. Premiership Winners (1) – 1993. 4TT Champions (1) – 1992.

National League – Seasons (16)

4TT Champions (4) – 1977, 1978, 1988, 1989. Gold Cup Runners Up (1) – 1991. League Riders Champion (1) – I Barney 1984.

Notable riders

References

  1. ^ "Coventry Bees speedway future under threat". BBC Sport. BBC. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
  2. ^ "British Speedway Statement". British Speedway Promoters' Association. 27 November 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Coventry Bees' Elite League exit confirmed by BSPA". BBC Sport. BBC. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Bees and Panthers launch legal challenge". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
  5. ^ "British Speedway Statement". British Speedway Promoters' Association. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Peterborough and Coventry allowed back in Elite League". BBC Sport. BBC. 15 March 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  7. ^ "BSPA confirm return of Coventry Bees and Peterborough". BBC Sport. BBC. 8 April 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Panthers Power to Record Win", speedwaygb.co, 24 August 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013
  9. ^ "Fours Glory for Panthers", speedwaygb.co, 6 August 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017

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