Belle Vue former promoter dies

SPEEDWAY: John Perrin, the Belle Vue promoter from 1988 to 2005, has died suddenly at his Salford home. He was 68.

He was a leading member of the consortium which saved the club by taking it to its current home at the Kirkmanshulme Lane greyhound track after the famous old Hyde Road stadium had been sold by the late Stuart Bamforth in 1987.

Subsequently, he became the Aces’ figurehead promoter during the 1990s and through the turn of the century before selling the club to Midland businessman Tony Mole.

John, who led the Aces for 17 years, will be credited by many as the man who kept the famous old club alive. His greatest success as promoter was when the Aces won the League championship in 1993 with a shock win at Wolverhampton.

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