Blogs & Opinion

Kelvin Tatum previews Belle Vue versus Peterborough in Elite League

Kelvin Tatum Posted 12th April 2013 view comments

Plans have been unveiled for a new Bell Vue Sports Village, which would see the construction of a National Speedway Centre and Academy, as well as a National Basketball Centre.

The venue would house the Belle Vue Aces, whose current stadium is also used for greyhound and stock-car racing, and for the proposal to finally get the green light is excellent news for the club and for speedway in Britain.

Ales Dryml: Has been outshone by his Belle Vue team-mates, says Kelvin (Pic credit Ed Garvey)

Ales Dryml: Has been outshone by his Belle Vue team-mates, says Kelvin (Pic credit Ed Garvey)

The Sports Village could hold international meetings and World Cups and will, therefore, bring plenty of money in the Aces' direction as they try to build a side that can compete in the upper echelons of the Elite League, something they haven't done in a while.

Plus, the swanky new facilities should make the Manchester club more attractive and help lure some of the better riders to the North West, so I would like to think this signals the start of a positive new era for Jason Attwood's team.

A new venue should make Belle Vue more attractive and help lure some of the better riders to the North West.

Kelvin Tatum
Quotes of the week


Elite League Speedway
Belle Vue v Peterborough
7.30pm, Mon, Sky Sports 1 HD

The Aces finished rock-bottom of the Elite League last term and begun this campaign in slow fashion, but have picked up recently and recorded draw with and victory over Coventry, and the win at home could really galvanise them.

Belle Vue should be a tough side to beat at Greyhound Stadium as it is a tight, technical track and not easy for visiting teams to adapt to.

And they need to rack up the points on their own circuit, because we saw how poor they can be away when they lost to Wolverhampton on Sky Sports a couple of weeks ago.


Aces rider Ales Dryml wasn't very good that night and he wasn't great in the triumph over Coventry either, accruing just the one point, and as an experienced rider he must do a lot better - but a couple of Belle Vue's young guns have fired.

Kevin Wolbert comes from Germany, a country not renowned for its speedway pedigree, but he top scored against the Bees and seems like a very focussed character, while Craig Cook, a man from a motocross background, is keen to do well, too.

Cook has a lot of potential and I hope he fulfils it because I love to see British riders come through the ranks and I would be chuffed to bits if Craig made his mark in the Elite League and, perhaps, at an even higher level someday.

Belle Vue host Peterborough on Monday night in our Sky Live fixture and the visitors could probably do without a trip to rampant table toppers Swindon on Friday, the side they lost to heavily earlier this week.

The Panthers, who have just one victory to the name this season, against Eastbourne, are at home, though, which increases their chances, and if they can put in a solid display it could boost morale for the match with the Aces.

Peterborough's away woes can be put down to the fact their track is big and fast and suits their team well, while other venues require a different technique of riding and when they go to places like Belle Vue and Wolverhampton, they have to deal with tighter corners.

And for that reason, I am going to tip Belle Vue to win narrowly on Monday night.

Comments (1)

  • Page 1 of 1
  • 1

John Porteous says...

Lets hope that whoever builds the new stadium, will make it like the old stadium was on Hyde Road with a long track with long bends, and stands that will take about 25 thousand people just like the old days in the late 60s and early 70s, the atmosphere was fantastic and the smells of the ethanol? Me and a few friends used to go to the social club at belle vue where we were members, in the second half of the 60s to play snooker and table tennis, we went on trials bikes and scramblers that we had and one night when we were coming out of the club ( which was opposite the starting line under the stands) we noticed that the gate on to the track was open and a few of the lights were on over the track, well needless to say, I think it was me ,steve, and barry looked at each other and said let's go, so we all did about 3 or 4 laps around the track on our bikes, I had a DOT scrambler, so did barry and steve had a Franny Barnet trials, they were all road registered and had lights on, somebody must have wondered what the hell was going on , with 3 bikes flying round the track with their lights on as it was nearly dark, what a night that was, I still remember that night as if it was yesterday, there cannot be many people who have said that they blasted round the track on scramblers, when we went to the social club the next week, we didn't half get a bollocking, and we didn't get told not to come back again so maybe they found the funny side of it, we were even going to ask Ivan Mauger if he fancied a race with us the next week. Ah the good old day's.

Posted 17:11 19th May 2013

  • Page 1 of 1
  • 1

Add Comment*

Send us your views

Are you a Sky Sports subscriber?

*All fields required, your email address will be kept private

back to top

Other Speedway Experts:

Latest Posts in Speedway:

Kelvin Tatum

The contenders

Kelvin Tatum runs through the teams and riders ahead of the 2014 Elite League Speedway season....

Kelvin Tatum

Kelvin's 2013 Review

Kelvin Tatum salutes Poole's hierarchy and Tai Woffinden in his round-up of the speedway season....


Kelvin Tatum

Rich re-Ward

Poole, and the dynamic Darcy Ward, will wrap up the Elite League title at Perry Barr, says Kelvin Tatum....


Latest News RSS feeds

King's Lynn close on top spot

King's Lynn closed on league leaders Lakeside after a 52-38 win over Belle Vue Aces at the Norfolk Arena.

British semi-finals draw

The draw for the British championship semi-finals has been made with Tai Woffinden starting his defence at Rye House.

Unhappy Hammers to complain

Lakeside Hammers are set to make an official complaint to the SCB about events following a crash at Leicester.

Pirates edge out Bees

Poole Pirates beat Coventry Bees 49-41 to claim maximum points from their home clash at Wimborne Road.

Bates captures U21 crown

Josh Bates was crowned British U21 champion on a night of high drama and incidents at Monmore Green on Tuesday.


Elite League Speedway: Download a free Sky Sports programme

Elite League Speedway: Download a free Sky Sports programme

Make sure you make the most of your Elite League speedway action with the Sky Sports programme.

Sky Sports and British Speedway, Sky Tickets have an exclusive offer for all live meetings

Sky Sports and British Speedway, Sky Tickets have an exclusive offer for all live meetings

To celebrate the partnership between Sky Sports and British Speedway, Sky Tickets have an exclusive offer.

2014 Elite League season preview

2014 Elite League season preview

Sky Sports brings you an extensive preview of the new Elite League speedway season, which looks set to be the most exciting for years.