JAMES SPEEDWAY RETIREMENT BUT A RETURN TO MOTO-X
By Tim Allan | Weymouth Wildcats | Friday 28th December 2012
Former Weymouth, Newport and Dudley rider James White-Williams has announced his retirement from speedway after deciding to make a return to Moto-X and enter the 2013 British Championships after failing to secure a team place in the National League for the 2013 season.
Tim Allan said; "We would like to wish James all the best for the future and thank him for his time with the Wildcats, his last appearance was this year scoring 6+1 from 5 rides helping the nomadic Wildcats to a 40-50 victory over a Plymouth Devils select side in March."
"It just goes to show the National League is in dire need of more clubs to offer more fixtures and therefore more earning and sponsorship opportunities. It's becoming more and more difficult for reliable British riders to guarantee a team spot each year, at National League level there is very little money about and coupled with increasing costs for riders just to take part it is no real surprise that James and riders like him are calling it a day," added Allan.
STADIUM SHOCK: Plans unveiled to move Weymouth Football Club and build 200 homes on site
By Dorset Echo | Tuesday 20th November 2012
PLANS have been unveiled to build up to 200 homes on the site of Weymouth Football Club. PLANS have been unveiled to build up to 200 homes on the site of Weymouth Football Club. PLANS have been unveiled to build up to 200 homes on the site of Weymouth Football Club. The ambitious plans would see the stadium relocated to land near Lodmoor tip. Wessex Delivery LLP (WDP), which owns the land surrounding the stadium, is currently in talks with Weymouth Football Club and other stakeholders about the possibility of moving the club to Lodmoor. The company said that this would be 'enabled through redevelopment of the existing Wessex grounds.'
The plans are to create a new community football facility for Weymouth Football Club as well as redevelop the old stadium site into a mixed use development, which would include 150-200 homes, the shop and village green. The site is currently designated for leisure use under West Dorset planning guidelines but the owners have submitted it for consideration for residential development under the Alternative Submitted Sites Consultation as part of the new Draft Local Plan.
Duncan Johnston from Wessex Delivery LLP said: “In light of the 2012 Olympic Games, it is hoped that a sustainable community stadium will provide a sports legacy for Weymouth. Aside from providing a new sports facility, the two schemes will create new job opportunities, both during construction and following completion, and provide support to local businesses.”
The Board of Weymouth Football club issued a statement stating they had recently held discussions with WDP about the possibility of moving but felt 'under no compulsion' to move and said all plans would be looked at to see if they offered an 'improvement on the current stadium', in terms of 'community facilities, income producing potential, running costs, and spectator accommodation.' The club's board added: “Any proposals made, to meet with the approval of the board, must also provide adequate safeguards on land ownership of the replacement stadium, as the current stadium is unencumbered freehold.”
Although the board said they had seen preliminary plans of the new stadium with 'some attractive features' in an 'adequate' location, but that there was a 'considerable way' to go before the design would be one the board would recommend. It added: “Any proposals made, to meet with the approval of the board, must also provide adequate safeguards on land ownership of the replacement stadium, as the current stadium is unencumbered freehold.”
Members of the public are being invited to attend two consultation events to hear plans for the two sites. The first will focus on the proposed new stadium scheme and will take place at The Rembrandt Hotel on Dorchester Road, between 4.30pm - 7pm on Monday, December 3. The second will focus on the existing Wessex Stadium site and will take place on Wednesday December 5, at St Aldhelm's Church Centre, Spa Road, between 4.30pm - 7pm. People will be able to submit their comments on the plans until Sunday December 9, at 11pm. Then all the feedback will be collated and any amendments made before the formal planning application is submitted. firstname.lastname@example.org PANEL- Background WESSEX Delivery Partnership acquired the land surrounding the Bob Lucas Stadium from Wessex Park Limited in October 2008 for £500,000.
The company, which is linked to Morgan Sindall Investments, also possesses an option agreement with Weymouth FC on the current stadium and have been searching for possible sites to relocate the ground for the past four years - a move the Terras' board has backed strongly in recent times. WDP has an option to acquire the Bob Lucas Stadium in exchange for providing a new stadium within five miles of the current ground; to be at a build cost of £7 million plus grants; and to be built to Football League standard. WDP can exercise that option at any time up to 15 years from the date of the agreement in 2008.
Former club chief George Rolls, backed by current chairman Nigel Biddlecombe, then club secretary, and vice-chairman Mark Coleman, told supporters at a fans' forum back on October 1 of last year that the Terras 'would do everything they could to facilitate' such a move 'because that is what is best for the club.' Rolls, Biddlecombe and Coleman also claimed at the meeting that a 4,000-seater stadium and any other profits made from the option agreement would help the club sustain a level of football it could afford. However, Rolls did also say the option agreement would not be fully activated in its current form. He said: “There is an option agreement but realistically that is not going to happen. Every developer puts in the small print that everything has got to be financially viable and in this current climate we are not going to get £7million.”
Many Weymouth FC supporters are unhappy about the way Morgan Sindall and WDP acquired the land, which took place under the regime of controversial ex-Terras' chairman Malcolm Curtis. The two companies also disappointed speedway fans after repossessing the site of the Weymouth Wildcats' former home in November 2010 following the club's failure to pay the rent. Local businessman Harold Doonan tried to save the Wildcats in the months that followed but his offer of a new rental agreement was turned down by WDP who instead decided to leave the land unoccupied.
LAND BLOW FOR WILDCATS
By Adam Summers, Dorset Echo | Tuesday 17th July 2012
LANDOWNERS have pulled the plug on providing a potential new home for the Weymouth Wildcats. The nomadic speedway club had been holding talks with the proprietors of a location on the outskirts of Weymouth for several weeks but the land that was initially earmarked for the project is now no longer on offer.
Tim Allan, who has been instrumental in trying to keep the Wildcats name alive since their eviction from the Wessex Stadium site back in November 2010, told the club’s official website: “It wasn’t the news that I had been hoping to hear to be honest. Unfortunately the landowners had taken in a few meetings this year, as well as a few rain offs, and hadn’t been too impressed with the negativity surrounding the sport. Because of this they decided that it was best that they didn’t associate their successful business with the sport. They also felt that the sport, portrayed as a ‘family sport’, currently has a tarnished image with postings by supporters as well as riders on social media sites leaving a lot to be desired.”
There are also no current plans for a Wildcats side to take to the track again this year following the rain bashed summer decimating the fixture list and leaving very little room for challenge meetings. Allan added: “Some of these people (on social media sites) have cost us the chance to revive the Wildcats at this present moment but hopefully we can move on and find some land elsewhere to get back on track. It’s a very sad time but with the economy as it is, maybe it’s for the best to sit and wait until the time is right and better for us all to make sure the project succeeds, as I’m sure another failure would kill off the Cats for good.”
WILDCATS NEW HOME HOPES DASHED
By Tim Allan | Sunday 15th July 2012
The nomadic Weymouth Wildcats side looking for a new home have received news that the land that was a potential new home is no longer on offer to revive the south coast club. Landowners stated that they would make their decision by August and kept to their word.
“It wasn’t the news that I had been hoping to hear to be honest.” Stated Tim Allan who has been instrumental in trying to keep the Wildcats name and hopes of a new venue alive. Unfortunately the landowners had taken in a few meetings this year as well as a few rain offs and hadn’t been too impressed with the negativity surrounding the sport.”
“Because of this they decided that it was best that they don’t associate their successful business with the sport because of this. They also felt that a sport portrayed as a ‘Family Sport’ currently has a tarnished image with postings by supporters as well as riders on Social Media sites leaving a lot to be desired.”
There are no current plans for a nomadic Wildcats side to take to the track again this year following the rain bashed summer decimating the fixture list with rain offs already suffered there are little or no opportunities at present.
“Some of these people have cost us the chance to revive the Wildcats at this present moment, hopefully we can move on and find some land elsewhere to get back on track. It’s a very sad time but with the economy as it is, maybe it’s for the best to sit and wait until the time is right and better for us all to make sure the project succeeds as I’m sure another failure would kill off the Cats for good,” concluded Allan.
WILDCATS TAKE THE WIN AT PLYMOUTH
PLYMOUTH DEVILS 40 WEYMOUTH WILDCATS 50
By Tim Allan | Saturday 31st March 2012
The nomadic Weymouth Wildcats side took a 10 point victory at Plymouth Speedway Friday evening against a side put together by former Wildcat Matt Bates under the Plymouth Devils banner after it was originally intended to be an Exeter Falcons side.
Tim Allan acting as Wildcats team manager said, "We did really well with some great close racing tonight. Tim Webster went through the card and was simply superb. He had solid back up with David Mason 10+1 and super fast from the gate, James White-Williams 8+1 and Luke Chessell who was almost left without a club this year popped in a fine win in heat 14 after Jamie Dixon offered to stand down even though I really wanted him to gain from the experience."
Webster who rides for Buxton in this year's National League was unstoppable around the St Boniface Arena taking each of his 5 outing at ease. His Hitman teammate Dean Felton was involved in some top wheel to wheel action rolling back the years, while James White-Williams scored solid through the evening. David Mason always in the mix again rolling back the years while Luke Chessell used his fast starting to full effect to help secure the homeless Wildcats win.
For the Devils Kyle Hughes must be the unluckiest rider after recently signing for Leicester after it look like he would be sitting out the first part of the season took a fall in heat 10 resulting in withdrawing from the meeting with a hand injury. Luke Priest who ruled himself out of team plans until he was happy that surgery he underwent was a success turned out to be another rider rolling back the years with a fine 12 point tally.
With Pickard splitting Webster and Felton in the first heat the Wildcats started off in a dominant mood never to be headed. Chessell took the spoils in the reserves race in heat 2 while Priest kept Johnson and White-Williams at bay in heat 3. Wildcats skipper Mason made a perfect start to head Andrews and Brown before Webster and Felton extended the Wildcats lead to 4 with Priest slotted between them.
Two more shared heats followed with wins for Mason after a great tussle with Pickard, and White-Williams before Pickard bagged only the second heat win at the halfway stage heat 8 for the Devils in a great wheel to wheel race with Felton to narrow the gap to 2 points, 23-25 right on the line. Priest fighting hard for the Devils headed the previously unbeaten Mason while Pickard headed the pack to level the scores in the heat 10 re-run after Johnson slid off with Hughes taking avoiding action in the process injuring his hand.
Hitmen, Webster and Felton took the first 5-1 of the meeting for the Wildcats which was followed by Bates with his only race win before heat 13 maximum points from Webster and Mason put the Wildcats 8 up with two heats to go. Chessell came in to replace Dixon and sped from the taps for the win that secured victory for the Wildcats. Not to be outdone Webster completed a fine five ride maximum taking the final heat to give the Wildcats a 10 point win.
"The lads were brilliant, all the riders said they would love to ride again under the Weymouth Wildcats banner which just goes to show the affection they have for the club. Mike Bowden is going to check through his calendar to see when we can sort out another fixture this year, hopefully we will be able to announce something shortly," concluded Allan.
PLYMOUTH DEVILS 40 WEYMOUTH WILDCATS 50
Challenge | Friday 30th March 2012
PLYMOUTH DEVILS 40
1. Kyle Hughes 0, 1', Finj, = 1+1 Withdrawn
2. Jaimie Pickard 2, 2, 3, 3, 1', = 11+1
3. Matt Bates (C) 0, XM, 0, 3, = 3
4. Luke Priest 3, 2, 3, 2, 2, = 12
5. Tom Brown 1', 1', 1, 1, = 4+2
6. Danny Stoneman 2, 2, 1, 0, R, = 5
7. Richard Andrews 1', 2, 0, 1, F, 0, = 4+1
Team manager: Rob Doran
WEYMOUTH WILDCATS 50
1. Tim Webster 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, = 15
2. Dean Felton 1, 1, 2, 2', = 6+1
3. James White-Williams 1', 3, 2, 2, F, = 6+1
4. Brendan Johnson 2, 0, FX, 1, = 3
5. David Mason (C) 3, 3, 2, 2', = 10+1
6. Luke Chessell 3, FX, 1', 1', 3, = 8+2
7. Jamie Dixon 0, F, R, = 0
Team manager: Tim Allan
SCB REFEREE: Daniel Holt
GATES: Wildcats took 1 & 3 in heat 1. Devils took 1 & 3 in heat 15.
Heat 1: Webster, Pickard, Felton, Hughes, 52.17 (2-4) 2-4
Heat 2: Chessell, Stoneman, Andrews, Dixon, 55.90 (3-3) 5-7
Heat 3: Priest, Johnson, White-Williams, Bates, 54.60 (3-3) 8-10
Heat 4: Mason, Andrews, Brown, Dixon, 53.85 (3-3) 11-13
Heat 5: Webster, Priest, Felton, Andrews (RC), Bates (XM), 52.25 (2-4) 13-17
Heat 6: (Re-Run): Mason, Pickard, Hughes, Chessell (FX), 54.10 (3-3) 16-20
Heat 7: White-Williams, Stoneman, Brown, Johnson, 55.34 (3-3) 19-23
Heat 8: Pickard, Felton, Andrews, Dixon, 54.69 (4-2) 23-25
Heat 9: Priest, Mason, Chessell, Bates, 57.50 (3-3) 26-28
Heat 10: (Re-Run): Pickard, White-Williams, Stoneman (RC), Hughes (FINJ), Johnson (FX), 56.03 (4-2) 30-30
Heat 11: Webster, Felton, Brown, Andrews, 54.35 (1-5) 31-35
Heat 12: Bates, White-Williams, Chessell, Stoneman, 55.47 (3-3) 34-38
Heat 13: (Re-Run): Webster, Mason, Brown, Andrews, 53.81 (1-5) 35-43
Heat 14: (Re-Run): Chesell, Priest, Johnson, Stoneman, 55.47 (2-4) 37-47
Heat 15: Webster, Priest, Pickard, White-Williams, 54.22 (3-3) 40-50
WILDCATS TAKE ON FALCONS AT PLYMOUTH
By Tim Allan | Friday 23rd March 2012
The nomadic Weymouth Wildcats side have an early season chance back on track at Plymouth Speedway on Friday 30th March against an Exeter Falcons side put together by former Wildcat Matt Bates.
Tim Allan acting as Wildcats team manager said, "Again we have been lucky enough to be invited by Mike Bowden to pit the Falcons and Wildcats against each other. This time we have a full 7 man team 15 heat meeting to look forward to."
New race jackets made by Devon Shirt Designs will be used for the first time featuring a totally new design and fresh look, sponsored by Doonans Sand and Gravel by the Wildcats who are made up out of familiar names; Tim Webster, Dean Felton, James White Williams, Brendan Johnson, Luke Chessell and David Mason who will skipper the side, together with local Weymouth based youngster Jamie Dixon who is riding in the Midland Development league for MK Knights and has also been added to the Long Eaton Invaders squad.
Webster and Felton ride for Buxton in this year's National League, while White Williams has joined Dudley Heathens and Chessell has moved to Rye House Raiders along with former skipper Mason. Johnson faces a long trip to Norfolk riding for King's Lynn Young Stars.
"It's great to be able to make the entire team up of former Wildcats I included Jamie as he was mascot a few years back and lives locally. Again it will be good to see a Weymouth based rider turn out for the Wildcats, I have said to him just enjoy the meeting, no pressure and I'm not bothered if he gets four zeros, it's all about experience on his journey to try and make the grade."
"The rest of the team should be able to take the race to the Falcons who include another five former Wildcats so any Wildcats' supporters missing their methanol fix get down to Plymouth next Friday for what should be a cracking meeting. When you look at the two sides they are well matched, Matt and myself didn't let on to each other who we were asking to ride, we just got on with it."
"The lads were brilliant, I had four riders all agreed within half an hour of being asked to put the Weymouth side together, they were all brilliant, 'Yes I'll ride' were the replies instantly which just goes to show the affection they have for the club. I hope Wildcats supporters can turn out in force to show their appreciation to both sets of riders," concluded Allan.
Please check the Wildcats official website for further details www.weymouthwildcats.co.uk
EXETER FALCONS v WEYMOUTH WILDCATS
Plymouth Speedway | Friday 30th March 2012
St. Boniface Arena, Coypool Road, Plymouth PL7 4NW | Phone: 01752 345146
1. Kyle Hughes 8.96
2. Jaimie Pickard 6.87
3. Mattie Bates © 4.63
4. Tom Brown 6.20
5. Luke Priest 5.88
6. Danny Stoneman 3.00
7. Richard Andrews 3.41
8. Tyler Govier 3.00 (On Standby)
Team Manager: Rob Doran
1. Tim Webster 8.43
2. Dean Felton 5.35
3. James White Williams 4.53
4. Brendan Johnson 5.52
5. David Mason © 7.32
6. Luke Chessell 3.51
7. Jamie Dixon 3.00
Team manager: Tim Allan
CATS BACK ON TRACK AT PLYMOUTH
By Dorset Echo | Thursday 22nd March 2012
WEYMOUTH Wildcats will be resurrected for a Challenge Meeting at Plymouth next Friday. The club may have folded 16 months ago, after being evicted from the Wessex Raceway by landlords Wessex Delivery Partnership LLP, but Tim Allan refuses to let the Cats’ name die out.
He is therefore leading a seven-man team to the St Boniface Arena for a 15-heat clash on March 30. Former Wildcat Tim Webster and veteran Dean Felton are expected to feature, as is local lad and ex-mascot Jamie Dixon. The four remaining riders are set to be unveiled later this week.
Team manager Allan said: “I’m just waiting to confirm all of the riders but I can say that Tim Webster, Dean Felton and Jamie Dixon are all due to ride. I’m building the team to the National League limit of 40 points and if everything else comes off it will probably be the strongest side I can put out, with some popular old faces. The whole team will be revealed later in the week.”
Allan added: “It’s a 15-heat meeting with seven-man teams so it’s the full works.”
WILDCATS TAKE ON THE FALCONS!
By Tim Allan ~ Thursday 8th March 2012
The Wildcats name once again hits the shale at Plymouth Speedway on Friday 30th March taking on an Exeter Falcons side starting at 7.30pm. Full press release will follow next week with riders confirmed. So far four of the seven man Wildcats side has been accepted by former Weymouth riders in a side that will hopefully be made up of ex-Wildcats.