Wednesday September 07, 2022
TOM Perry admits he’s nervous yet excited as he gets back on a Speedway bike for the first time in three years tonight (Wednesday, September 7, 7.30).

The Wolverhampton born racer will line-up at reserve for a Cradley Select side in Birmingham’s season finale at Perry Barr.

Perry won the National League with the Heathens in 2014 before making the switch to the second city side where he led the Brummies to back-to-back league titles as club captain.

Not only is he grateful to be included in a fixture involving two of his fondest clubs, but he’s also pleased to be involved as it’s for the Alan Grahame Memorial Trophy - the former British Finalist runner-up who tragically died last October at the age of 67.

Speaking for Birmingham’s official raceday programme, available for £3 at the track, Perry said: “I really am looking forward to it.

“I really appreciate getting the call to race in this meeting – especially because both clubs are quite special to me and were a big part of my career that I had in the Speedway world.

“It’s going to be a strange one because these boys I’m coming up against are racing every week and have been for the last few years.

“They’re going to be race fit and switched on whereas I haven’t even sat on a Speedway bike for about a year!

“Look, I’m just going to go there, enjoy myself and see if I can still mix it even after a fair bit of time away!

“It’s going to be a good meeting looking at the teams and it’s going to be good to see Cradley back on track too.

“I really hope we have a good turnout for Alan with supporters from both clubs and it’s nice that he’s being remembered with a meeting like this.

“Alan was a great guy and near enough every meeting I’d have a chat with him whenever I was riding at home with the Heathens.

“He was one of those people who was always in and around the pits and if you were on about changing something to the bike, out of nowhere he’d just drop in mid-conversation and have his input.

“He was always willing to give his opinion and advice and I know myself, and a lot of the other riders, always used to really appreciate that.”

Season Ticket holders and Advanced ten ticket holders are reminded that general admission prices apply tonight - UNLESS they didn’t use their tickets for the Coventry challenge fixture at Perry Barr last month.

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