On Saturday May 18th, 1968 the Newcastle Colts pulled into Shielfield Park to open the first ever season for the brand new Berwick Bandits in a challenge match, and now almost 50 years later, Newcastle Diamonds are back for the Tyne/Tweed Challenge Trophy (1st leg) this Saturday March 25th at 7.00pm.
This Saturday night at seven sees a very special night for the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) when Shielfield Park opens it's door to celebrate the 50th season of speedway in Berwick by staging the Grant Henderson Tankers sponsored 50th Season Spectacular for one of 16 top racers to win individual glory.
Great news for Berwick Bandits' supporters travelling to this Sunday's Ben Fund Bonanza at Glasgow's Peugeot Ashfield Stadium (Tapes up at 2.00pm) is that their hero Ricky Ashworth will be in attendance.
As the Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope Wooler) pre-season builds magnificently towards what promises to be an event not to be missed, the 50th Season Spectacular event on Saturday March 18th, at 7.00pm, the club can now reveal it has a won a major title sponsor!
The Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (powered by Mike Hope - Wooler) begin their all-important 50th season with a celebration of their first half-century of on-track action come Saturday March 18th with a spectacular individual Championship planned with the traditional 7.00pm start time.
Testimonial Man, and club captain, Kevin Doolan's trip to the Capital was a massive success at the MCN Show, and he too takes up the story in his own words.
"Well that was a BIG weekend racing with some BIG names of motorcycling down at the MCN motorcycle show in London. When all-round motorcycle legend and former speedway rider Peter Boast invited me to be part of his "SLIDE" show racing against legends like John Mc Guinness, Troy Corser, Neil Hodgeson, Billy McConnell, and Chris Walker I didn't need to think twice.
WITH the 2017 season rapidly approaching the guys at the Berwick Bandits are out and about enjoying some all-important leisure time before the serious stuff gets underway. This week co-club owner and team manager Gary Havelock indulged his other love, Middlesbrough FC.
Havelock enjoyed a superb day as an honoured guest as he explained: "I had a great day yesterday as a guest of my beloved Middlesbrough football club. My trusty "plus one", Paul “Rafy” Rathbone, and I were guests of 'Boro legend Bernie Slaven (pictured)
Berwick's local whizz kid, Leon Flint is on his way to France to participate in the all new French Speedway League!
the ever-eager Leon joins our very own Dimitri Berge in the Marmande team for the first match of the season this weekend and it sure to pick up invaluable experience from his exploits over the English Channel which is sure to benefit his racing back on home turf later in the season.
The Berwick Bandits Supporters Club are getting their travel arrangements going nice and early in the 2017 season, and will be running a bus to Glasgow to support the boys in the Black and Gold who will be participating in this years Ben Fund Bonanza.
The date is Sunday March 12th with Skipper and testimonial man, Kevin Doolan, Lewis Bridger and Claus Vissing being the trio of Bandits to back in the 20 heat - one semi and a Grand Finale competition.
The price per seat is £15 for none supporters club members and £10 for members.