2008 Squad

Jamie Courtney (C)

Born April 22, 1988, Ashington, Northumberland.

The latest in a Speedway dynasty also consisting of father Mark (an ex-British Under-21 champion and England International), uncle Sean and elder brother Scott. First rode Speedway at Linlithgow at the age of eight on a 125cc bike, and won an unofficial British Under-15 Championship at Lydd in 2002. Broke his wrist in a second half crash at Rye House that year, but recovered to make his Conference League debut for the Raiders the following season (2003) five days after his 15th birthday. A snapped thigh cut short his season and he moved to Swindon in 2004, before switching to Oxford in July of that year. Took the step from reserve to heat-leader in his stride in 2005 and helped the Academy to the Conference League championship, achieving an average of almost 10.00. Courtney then moved up to the Premier League, but injuries cut short his spells at both Rye House (2006) and Redcar (2007). Lives locally and was the natural choice to captain the Oxford TFSuccess.com Cheetahs in 2008.

 

2007 STATISTICS

Team

Meetings

Rides

Points

Bonus

Total

Average + BP

Average - BP

Redcar (Premier)

9

33

26

2

28

3.39

3.15

Cleveland (Conference)

1

4

6

0

6

6.00

6.00

 


Brendan Johnson

Born June 4, 1992, Poole, Dorset.

Only turned 15 at the start of June 2007, and was soon being utilised as a Grade 1 rider by Rye House and Oxford in Conference League outings. Decided to spend the rest of the season at Cowley and averaged 4.03 from 24 meetings for the Cheetahs. Also finished third in the 2007 British Under-15 championship. Has been doing a fine job for Weymouth in the 2008 Conference League, despite being handed the tough No.2 racejacket.

 

2007 STATISTICS

Team

Meetings

Rides

Points

Bonus

Total

Average + BP

Average - BP

Oxford (Conference)

24

117

102

16

118

4.03

3.49

 


Kyle Hughes

Born June 15, 1989, Bath, Avon.

Kyle made his CL debut for Mildenhall in June 2004, five days after his 15th birthday, and went on to make 19 appearances for the quadruple-winning Fen Tigers, averaging 3.49. He then had a fabulous season riding for the Oxford Academy in 2005, scoring 166 points from 23 league & cup fixtures, recording an average of 6.71, and often proving a match-winner from the reserve berth. Also, the Chippenham-based youngster was again part of a Conference League winning-side, meaning that, perhaps uniquely, he had won league titles with two different British clubs before reaching his 17th birthday! Following Oxford's withdrawal from the 2006 Conference League, Kyle joined the Boston Barracuda-Braves, but it proved to be a difficult year for him. Moving back to Oxford in 2007 proved to be the right move and Kyle’s career started to move in the right direction once more. Started the 2008 season in great form for Plymouth, and his performances led to him being offered a PL place by Sheffield.

 

2007 STATISTICS

Team

Meetings

Rides

Points

Bonus

Total

Average + BP

Average - BP

Oxford (Conference)

20

97

135

25

160

6.60

5.71

 


Ben Hopwood

March 13, 1991, Salford, Greater Manchester.

Finished second to Joe Haines in the 2006 British Under-15 Championship, and indeed may well have won the championship if not hampered by an ankle injury in the final round at Redcar. Ben rode for both Mildenhall and Stoke during the 2006 Conference League campaign, registering a very impressive combined average in excess of 5.00. Started 2007 riding for Oxford, but switched to Plymouth at a time when the Cheetahs were in limbo. Recently moved from Plymouth to Scunthorpe and now a leading light with the Scorpions.

 

2007 STATISTICS

Team

Meetings

Rides

Points

Bonus

Total

Average + BP

Average - BP

Oxford (Conference)

3

15

18

3

21

5.60

4.80

Plymouth (Conference) 24 113 165 37 202 7.15 5.84

 


Sam Martin

February 8, 1989, Bedford Park, Adelaide, South Australia.

The Australian first came to these shores to ride for the Oxford Academy in 2004. Given that he had no prior experience of riding a 500cc bike, his average of 3.78 from that year was highly creditable. However, a broken thigh that October brought an abrupt end to Sam's season. The 2005 season was tough at times for Sam, but he came good at a vital time towards the end of the season, to help the Oxford to the league championship. His final figure for that season was 4.55. He has spent 2006 riding at Boston, coming on in leaps and bounds, raising his average to 7.15 and picking up the SRA award for top bonus point scorer in the division. Sam also rode in the Southern Area Junior League for Oxford in 2006, where he helped the Gresham Academy to the league title. Sam’s progress continued in 2007, where in addition to averaging 7.61 for the Cheetahs, he also had a spell with Berwick at Premier League level. Started 2008 riding for Sheffield (PL) & Scunthorpe (CL). But lost his place at Sheffield and decided to take some time out from the sport.

 

2007 STATISTICS

Team

Meetings

Rides

Points

Bonus

Total

Average + BP

Average - BP

Berwick (Premier) 18 80 39 13 52 2.60 1.95

Oxford (Conference)

22

102

173

21

194

7.61

6.78


 

Marc Andrews

November 23, 1986, Poole, Dorset.

The son of Oxford Cheetahs boss Nick Andrews. Made a few appearances for the Oxford Academy in 2005, and rode in the very final fixture against Newport in which the Conference League championship was clinched. Currently part of Sittingbourne’s Conference League side.


 

Adam Wrathall

 

Matt Bates

Born July 26, 1989, Exeter, Devon.

Started the 2005 season riding for Weymouth in the Conference League, before a change of racenight for the Wildcats saw him switch to Mildenhall. Sadly, he suffered a broken back on his debut for the Fen Tigers on May 22, 2005, on what turned out to be his only appearance for the West Row club. Since then, Matt’s appearances have mostly been confined to second halves, although he did get a few outings with Plymouth (2006) and Oxford (2007).

 

 

2007 STATISTICS

Team

Meetings

Rides

Points

Bonus

Total

Average + BP

Average - BP

Oxford (Conference)

3

9

11

4

15

6.67

4.89


 

Andrew Bargh

Born April 15, 1986, Napier, New Zealand.

The nephew of former New Zealand international David Bargh, and made his debut on these shores in April 2005 for the Wimbledon Dons. He switched to Mildenhall in mid-2005 after a tug-of-war between the Dons and the Fen Tigers that created a few headlines. Made steady progress and was offered a PL berth at the Isle Of Wight in 2007, a season which he began by winning the New Zealand Championship. At the same time he doubled up with Oxford in the Conference League and he hit a rich vein of form until suffering an ankle injury at Sittingbourne in August. Finished the season with a 7.82 average for the Cheetahs. Currently in his second season at the Isle of Wight.

 

 

2007 STATISTICS

Team

Meetings

Rides

Points

Bonus

Total

Average + BP

Average - BP

Isle of Wight (Premier) 33 133 112 20 132 3.97 3.37

Oxford (Conference)

19

89

161

13

174

7.82

7.24


 

John Branney

Born November 7, 1985, White-haven, Cumbria.

The younger brother of Craig Branney, and started in Motocross, before switching to Speedway at the age of 15. Made his CL debut in 2002, being borrowed by visitors Rye House at Newcastle, and went on to average 3.87 in 8 appearances for the Newcastle Gems that season. Became a team regular at Newcastle at 2003 & 2004, before switching to Oxford in 2005. Often came up with points at a vital time for the Academy, and it was a great pity when a back injury ruled him out of the final two league matches of the season and the accompanying celebrations. Flourished at Stoke in 2006, before forcing his way into PL contention at Berwick and Workington in 2007. Currently part of the Comets which is bidding to win the 2008 Premier League.

 

 

2007 STATISTICS

Team

Meetings

Rides

Points

Bonus

Total

Average + BP

Average - BP

Berwick (Premier)

5

17

6

1

7

1.65

1.41

Workington (Premier) 34 154 122 31 153 3.97 3.17
Stoke (Conference) 19 100 215 9 224 8.96 8.60


 


Barrie Evans

Born April 16, 1984, King's Lynn, Norfolk.

 

 

2007 STATISTICS

Team

Meetings

Rides

Points

Bonus

Total

Average + BP

Average - BP

Stoke (Premier)

41

203

221

46

267

5.26

4.35

Stoke (Conference) 26 145 315 10 325 8.97 8.69


 


Jamie Smith 

Born July 20, 1983, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

 

2007 STATISTICS

Team

Meetings

Rides

Points

Bonus

Total

Average + BP

Average - BP

Stoke (Premier)

16

62

41

14

55

3.55

2.65

Mildenhall (Premier) 5 21 22 4 26 4.95 4.19


 


Danny Warwick

Born November 21, 1983, Poole, Dorset.

Made his CL debut for Newport in 2002, and has also rode for Weymouth & Swindon at this level. Moved up to the Premier League in 2006, and averaged 3.36 in 42 appearances for Berwick. In 2007, rode for Somerset (PL) & Sittingbourne (CL), and has joined Reading’s Premier League side in 2008.

 

 

2007 STATISTICS

Team

Meetings

Rides

Points

Bonus

Total

Average + BP

Average - BP

Somerset (Premier)

46

197

211

41

252

5.12

4.28

Sittingbourne (Conference) 10 44 81 1 82 7.45 7.36