Cycle speedway league racing is to return to Coventry in 2012 with the news that the Coventry Devlins Newsagents team were admitted as full members of the Midland League after four years in the wilderness.
Prior to withdrawing from the league in 2007 the club had been successful, winning two league titles and in Damian Wozny providing the European individual champion. The club were then expelled from the Premier League following a home match with Bury in and as a result withdrew from the Midland League.
Commenting on the club’s return to the league, Chairman Dave Foster said: “Coventry Cycle Speedway club are delighted to secure the return of league racing to the city. It signals the full time return of a once again thriving and vibrant sports club, based just a mile from the city centre, which provides exciting and energetic purposeful activity to scores of local youngsters”
The city club were unanimously accepted back by fellow league clubs Leicester, Stoke, Wednesfield Aces, Birmingham, Sandwell, East Park of Wolverhampton and near neighbours Bretford. Coventry will come back to the league starting line when the new season races in to action in March 2012.
Club officials have already moved to bolster their first team by swooping to sign Konrad Piatek, from the southern Polish city of Czestochowa. The club are also in talks with city based Norman Venson, together with rising stars Joe and Lee Kemp from Bretford. The trio are expected to ride for Coventry under the sports secondary licence rules.