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Monday 28th July 2014
Ron Johnston
Belle Vue Speedway is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Aces captain Ron Johnston.

Originally from Dunedin, New Zealand Johnston immigrated to the UK in the early 1950’s and soon established himself at Belle Vue as one of the club’s finest riders.

He skippered the team from 1957 until his retirement at the end of 1961 and starred in no fewer than four world finals during his career, finishing a personal best 5th in 1960.

Belle Vue Aces 1958 - Peter Craven, Dick Fisher, Peter Williams, Maurice (Slant) Payling
Ron Johnston (capt), Eddie Rigg, Bob Duckworth

The 1952 Kiwi Champion passed away peacefully in his native New Zealand at 2:00am (local time) surrounded by his family.

On behalf of the management, staff and supporters, we send our most sincere condolences to Ron’s family… A Belle Vue legend, and a true Aces hero, who will be greatly missed.

Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Fixture Update
Our meeting on Monday 18th August will now be a double header:

Belle Vue v Lakeside,  immediately followed by Belle Vue v Eastbourne.

The meeting will start at 7-15pm

Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Kids have a Ball at Belle Vue
Despite the heartache of recent weeks, the Belle Vue 'Rentruck' Aces have kept their heads held high to make life just that little bit more exciting for young children up and down the country.

Last week they welcomed Poltair School, all the way from St. Austell, Cornwall, to Kirkmanshulme Lane with a speedway spectacular against Wolverhampton.

For many of the kids it was their first ever visit to a speedway meeting, and so impressed were they by the end of the night that riders from both teams were inundated with requests for photos and autographs.

Children from Poltair School meet the Aces

Not one hopeful face was turned away, and the group left the stadium that evening already contemplating a return trip next season!

But it was the visit of the Chernobyl Children's Life Line from Oldham that captured the imagination of the club and, indeed, the fans.

For more than 10 years the charity has carried out a recuperation programme which brings children from the contaminated regions of Belarus, Ukraine to British families for rest and convalescence.

As a special treat, Councillor Norman Briggs invited a small group from the CCLL to Belle Vue Speedway on July 7th to witness the final hurrah of the Birmingham Brummies.

Chernobyl Childrens Life Line with Craig Cook

The youngsters, who spoke very little English, had no idea what to expect from their visit, but both staff and riders alike rose to the occasion from the moment they arrived.

They were given the full VIP treatment including a tour of the pits, a goody bag each, photo opportunities, and centre green viewing of the racing which, by all accounts, made quite an impression.

Franz Novotny, who accompanied the kids to Belle Vue, said: "Your staff made us all very welcome and the Belle Vue Aces were very supportive towards the children who, of course, were very impressed with the racing!

"We hope that our visit will help spread the word about the work we are doing to help children just like them living in the seriously contaminated regions of Belarus.

"We thought you might appreciate this little video about our children's visit to the speedway fixture."

A short film of the visit can be viewed here: Chernobyl Childrens Life Line visit to Belle Vue

Monday 21st July 2014
Aces Disappointed in Defeat
Belle Vue's undefeated home record lies in tatters tonight after Elite League title-chasers Swindon battered them down to a 41-49 defeat in one of the closest meetings in Manchester so far.

The Rentruck Aces found themselves playing catch up right from the word go as the visiting Robins capitalised on an uncharacteristically slow start from the home team to take control of the meeting.

But the Aces were determined not to go down without a fight.

A stunning Heat 11 5-1 from Scott Nicholls and Craig Cook was quickly followed by a fantastic 4-2 from Michael Palm Toft and Stefan Nielsen in Heat 12. This gave the home side a vital glimmer of hope as they levelled the meeting at 36-36 with three heats to go.

It was a hope short lived however as the men from Blunsdon stepped up their game and claimed one heat advantage after another to bring the score to 40-44 with one heat remaining.

A draw was the best the Rentruck Aces could hope for to preserve their proud home record, but a final 5-1 from the Swindon duo of Troy Batchelor and Peter Kildemand was the final nail in the coffin.

Scott Nicholls was the Aces top-scorer   (CDS)

Captain Scott Nicholls said: "It was just one of those nights where we got beaten by a better team. We can't take anything away from Swindon because they rode fantastically well and we knew from the start they were going to be exceptionally tough to beat.

"We believed we could win, and I still believe we could've done, and all the boys did the best they could but in the end we just didn't do enough, and honestly there's no major reason as to why.

"Matej had a tough night by his standards, as did a couple of the other lads, but he's only human after all. We've always said that we win as a team and we lose as a team, and tonight I think it's fair to say we can't point the finger at any one individual.

"We could sit here and question every race throughout the whole night but it isn't going to change anything now. That was our first defeat of the season at home, which was tough to stomach, but we'll keep our chins up and come back stronger for the next one."

Team manager Jason Attwood added: "I think I've got to hold my hands up to be honest. I decided at the beginning of the meeting to take gates one and three, which is a decision that's worked in the past, but unfortunately it's come back to haunt me tonight.

"At the moment I'm lost for words. I was proud of the home record we had here because there was a faint hope that we could've made a go for the play offs, but that hope has now been taken away from us."

Tonight's Top Scorers:

Scott Nicholls 12, Stefan Nielsen 8, Michael Palm Toft 7, Matej Zagar 6, Craig Cook 5+1, Richie Worrall 3, Lee Payne 0

Troy Batchelor 11, Steve Worrall 11, Peter Kildemand 10+2, Dakota North 6, Simon Gustafsson 6, Nathan Greaves 3+1, Nick Morris 2+1

Elite League points: Belle Vue 0 Swindon 4

The full scoresheet will follow

Monday 21st July 2014
Aces 41 Swindon 49
The Aces unbeaten home run has been brought to an end by Swindon Robins tonight.

The Aces were 4 points down going into heat 15 and still had the chance of a draw, but Swindon scored a 5-1 to take the win 49-41.

Aces scores: Scott Nicholls 12, Stefan Nielsen 8, Michael Palm Toft 7, Matej Zagar 6, Craig Cook 5+1, Richie Worrall 3, Lee Payne 0

The full scoresheet will follow

Sunday 20th July 2014
Newsletter Issue 63 available
Issue 63 of our newsletter is now available to download.

In this issue we have news, scores and photos from last week's meetings, plus former Ace Larry Ross on his visit to Cardiff.

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