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Press Release, Dons Accepted into CL

Barry Pickering Press Officer   Thursday, January 31, 2002  21:00 GMT

Dons accepted into Conference League

Wimbledon Dons have been formally accepted into the 2002 Conference League.

 This follows a successful interview between the Dons management team of David Croucher and Steve Ribbons and the BSPA Management Committee last week.

All systems are go on the team front, and a number of suitable riders are under consideration.

The management has consistently emphasised the importance of getting the right blend of youth and experience for the team, which is reflected by the riders who have already put pen to paper.

The Dons co-promoters are also looking forward to bringing back big-time sport to the people of Merton Borough. Ribbons commented, "With other professional sporting teams looking to move out of the local area, the management of Wimbledon Speedway are asking all the fans of the 'Dons' to follow us in our bid to offer the public a winning and exciting team to be proud of. " "Whether you are a regular attendant of the Stock Cars or the Greyhounds which currently run at Wimbledon Stadium, come along and give us your support."

Over the past few months Croucher and Ribbons have been at pains to explain their philosophy for the speedway club. "We are only the current custodians of Wimbledon Speedway.

The 'Dons' have played a massive part in the history of world speedway and the club is really owned by the fans and the riders, both past and present. The Club IS the fans." Croucher added, " We hope we will be accepted as part of the local community, and to that end, have appointed Paul Coppin, a well known local businessman, to the post of community liaison officer. Paul is charged to take our message to local schools and voluntary organizations and will play a vital role in helping bring in the new fans."

"Many youngsters of today have never seen a speedway rider throw a 500cc motorcycle with NO BRAKES into a bend or experienced the smell of the methanol fuel and the racing oil, that when a bike starts up, is unique to Speedway".

Press & Practice Day

The official launch of the Dons will take place on Thursday 18th April.

This will be the first occasion to see the 2002 team in action, and although not open to the general public, members of the Wimbledon Speedway Supporters Club (WSSC) will be admitted from 2.00pm until around 6.00pm completely free of charge, on production of their membership card.

Ronnie Moore Dinner

 "An evening with Ronnie Moore" is now scheduled for Monday 29th April, when the Double World Champion and the undisputed King of the Plough Lane track flies back to the UK to attend the opening meeting on Thursday 2nd May.

Tickets for the Ronnie Moore Dinner are available through the Stadium at £30 per head.

Numbers are limited and those wishing to attend are asked to put in their applications as soon as possible by either sending a cheque to the Speedway Office, Wimbledon Stadium, Plough Lane, London, SW17 0BL, via the web-site ( or by ringing 0870 7471206.

Apologies for last week It was incorrectly reported that Steve Ribbons spoke to the Director of Communications at Merton Council last week about health and safety issues. The meeting actually discussed community projects, and building a partnership between the Dons and the local council. Plans are underway at addressing the outstanding health and safety issues with the Stadium management and the local council.

END OF PRESS RELEASE Barry Pickering Wimbledon Speedway PRO

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