Dream Team : Simon Stanley
Simon Stanley has selected his all-time Long Eaton Invaders side.
He was Mr Long Eaton speedway, used to ride the white line for 4 laps.
Rode for only one season with Long Eaton, but during that season he was a true leader, rode for
Middlesbrough as well.
Another Aussie, came in as junior on a 2 point average and within months he was a heatleader.
Later moved to Bradford.
He was the first Long Eaton rider to win the division two riders championship. Just missed out
the following year also.
I can remember him beating Jason Crump at Long Eaton when Rick was in his 40s, Jason was only
16. The whole crowd went wild, anyone would have thought we had won the league.
Lost his team place at Sheffield, like Doyle within months he was a heatleader and the crowd
loved him, always had a laugh with him in the bar after a meeting. He loved Newcastle Brown.
Couldn't leave him out the team, he was a poor gater but came from the back many times to win - a
A few more names could have made the team - Keith White, Carl Stonehewer, Gerald Short, Paul Stead,
David Blackburn and Martin Dixon.
This article was first published on 31st December 2004
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