Welcome to the official website of British Speedway's Isle of Wight 'Wightlink Warriors & Wizards' teams who race at the Andrew Younie Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde from April to October on either Tuesday or Thursday evenings. Please check our fixtures page for up-to-date race events and follow us on social media for our latest news and meeting coverage wherever you are. We would like to welcome you on a race night to the Andrew Younie Stadium, if you live on the mainland full details of prices can be found on our home page along with the transport special offers in our travel section.
Isle of Wight Speedway has been giving fans of motorcycle motorsport a home on the Island since 1996, albeit with a break from the end of the 2013 season until 2016. With a purpose built stadium on Ashey Road, Ryde, we host approximately 20 speedway home meetings a year during the National League Speedway season between April and October.
After a successful 2016 re-launch of the sport on the Island, followed by two solid seasons on and off track, preparations are already in hand to bring the Warriors back to the tapes for a fourth consecutive year in the National League of British Speedway. Don’t forget to bookmark our channel and please visit our internet home again soon.
BARRY BISHOP : COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR
Barry Bishop has a long association with speedway having been a rider, including for the Wight Wizards, owner of My First Skid Speedway School, and is a life time fan of speedway and grass track racing. Barry was a submariner for 14 years before leaving the military to start work in the City of London. He now lives just outside Chipping Norton with his partner Lisa and their four children.
MARTIN WIDMAN : OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Martin Widman has been involved in speedway for a number of years, starting out as a fan at Sheffield when in his youth. An occasional supporter while he moved around during his career in the Royal Air Force, but later picking it back up seriously as a Leicester and Long Eaton supporter in the 80’s and 90’s. All that was overtaken as his family grew up but the crucial point came with his middle child, Chris, expressing more than a passing interest in wanting to become a speedway rider. His career has progressed well and has resulted with Chris becoming a firm favourite on the Island riding for the Warriors.
ROB DYER : PRESS OFFICER & ANNOUNCER
Rob Dyer has been attending speedway since 1968 and has an excellent knowledge of the sport at all levels having travelled across the UK and Europe to watch meetings. He has provided live commentary on various productions, and is a very accomplished interviewer. Rob came on board with the Warriors at the beginning of the 2017 season as race day announcer, and soon took on the role of press officer once the season began.
ANDY HAGUE : MEDIA MANAGER
Andy lives in Poole with his wife Nelly and daughters Erica and Sophia. He spent most of his life as an entertainer, singer/musician which took him all over the world fronting bands and as a solo act. On August 5th 2013 whilst at home, his life was to suddenly be turned upside down. Andy suffered a major stroke, one which he was very lucky to live through. Along with other challenges, he has relearned to walk and talk again, and is still adapting to a different way of life. A speedway fan since his first meeting at Poole in 1990, during his recovery along with his brother Paul, they created SPEEDWAY PORTAL. Providing the Warriors Channel within the Portal was his first step inside our sport and has now become a part of the Warriors off track team.
IAN GROVES : DESIGN & OFFICIAL TRACK PHOTOGRAPHER
Ian came on board with the Warriors as official track photographer from day 1 of speedways return to the Island. Rarely missing a meeting, his images soon captured not only the action, but all the local and national press. He extended his role in 2016 to help behind the scenes with design ideas and implementation, and is now the 'go to' guy for Warriors designs and promotional products.
ANGIE COOPER : SPONSOR & HOSPITALITY MANAGER
Angie was born on the Island and grew up in East Cowes before moving to Ryde 20 years ago. She is married to Warriors mechanic Ryan, and has two teenage sons. Although her background is in childcare, she has achieved an Honours Degree in Education & Training and has put this to good use in her role with the club. Angie was introduced to speedway by Ryan almost 5 years ago as he was heavily involved with the Isle of Wight team, and has totally fallen in love with the sport!
Licensed Promoters: Barry Bishop & Martin Widman
Venue: The Andrew Younie Stadium, Smallbrook, Ashey Road, Ryde, Isle Of Wight, PO33 4BH
Running April to October on Tuesday or Thursday evenings
5:30pm Entry : 5:45pm Pit Access : 6:45pm Rider Parade : 7pm Tapes Up
Club Telephone: 03335 774458
Team Manager: Jackie Vatcher
Volunteer Coordinator: Sandra Hinchcliffe
Clerk of the Course: Kevin Shepherd
SCB Recorder: Chris Golding
Track Curators: Martin Widman, Barry Bishop & Arthur Joy
Machine Examiners: Ricky Neale, Rob Snow & Andy Perring
Environmental Marshal: Colin Whitlock
Pit Marshal: Andy Perring
Start Marshal: Chris Cass
Medical Cover: British Red Cross
Paramedic: Gareth Ward
Announcer: Rob Dyer
DJ: Phil Lynch (Cloud 2 Entertainments)
Health and Safety: Martin Widman and Colin Whitlock
Track Length: 385 Metres
Isle of Wight Speedway Track Record:
Stefan Nielsen : 66.1 heat 1 on 13/04/2017 : The Vince Mapley Memorial Trophy
Programme Printer: Willow Design and Print
THE PREMIER LOUNGE
THE WARRIORS RETREAT
Our facilities boast The Premier Lounge Bar which is situated on the first floor of the main building, on the 2nd bend near the main entrance, serving soft and alcoholic drinks along with hot food. (The Lounge bar is also available to hire for private functions). The Warriors Track Shop is situated on the grass banking on the 1st bend next to The Warriors Retreat food outlet. Along the home straight we have a 440 seater covered Grandstand with our sweet stall in front of the referee and announcers box. We have a fantastic viewing area with wheelchair access for our disabled fans situated on the 1st bend in front of The Warriors Retreat, along with reserved disabled parking if booked in advance by contacting the club.
First Meeting at Smallbrook: May 13th 1996: Island Individual Championship.
Leagues: Premier League 1997-2008 : National League 1996-97, 2009-13, 2016 to present.
(In 1997 Skegness moved to complete their Premier League fixtures at Smallbrook and rode as the Isle of Wight)
1998: Young Shield Champions
2001: Young Shield Champions
2002: Premier League Riders Champion: Adam Shields
2002: Pairs Champions
2003: Knock Out Cup Champions
2007: Four Team Tournament Champions
2007: Pairs Champions
2013: National League Trophy Champions
2018: National League Rider Champion: Ben Morley
CONTACT THE WARRIORS
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The Andrew Younie Smallbrook Stadium, Ashey Road, Ryde, Isle Of Wight, PO33 4BH.