Dudley join National League

DUDLEY'S application to join the National League has been accepted.The Heathens, carrying the nickname of the famous old Cradley Heath speedway team, will come to the tapes in April with their home matches shared between Birmingham's Perry Barr and Wolverhampton's Monmore Green.

DUDLEY'S application to join the National League has been accepted.

The Heathens, carrying the nickname of the famous old Cradley Heath speedway team, will come to the tapes in April with their home matches shared between Birmingham's Perry Barr and Wolverhampton's Monmore Green.

Club chairman Nigel Pearson said: "This is a wonderful boost for us all. Ever since we announced the plans for the new club we have been keeping our fingers crossed and now it has become reality.

"I must emphasise this would not be possible without the wonderful support of Chris Van Straaten at Wolverhampton and Gary Patchett at Birmingham who are both very keen to see the Heathens find a new home eventually.


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"But they are also firm believers in giving younger riders an opportunity and that's something both team manager Will Pottinger and myself are keen to do. Our first signing will reflect that.

"It's not Cradley, but it's the next best thing. Heathens fans have a league team to support for the first time since 1996."

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Opening-night for the Heathens has been set for Wednesday April 7, when the touring USA Dream Team will visit Perry Barr, with their first meeting at Wolverhampton the following Tuesday.

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