50 Years In the saddle – Wednesfield Aces Legend finally to Retire!


IMG_5524Wednesfield Aces Cycle Speedway legend is to retire at the end of the season – Wednesfield legend, Mick Aris announcing his retirement from Cycle Speedway after a staggering 50 years in the saddle.


Councillor Phil Bateman said today – ” The announcement that our own cycle speedway legend Mick Aris is to hang his Helmet Gloves and speedway cycle up will surprise some people. After 50 years taking part in the sport as a rider, it will take some getting use to for Wednesfield Aces fans not to see him careering around the track in his own kamikaze style.

But for anyone to give 50 years to such a physically tough sport is indeed phenomenal. I want to place my own tribute to Mick. Its your swashbuckling style that the fans will miss. But for me I think you have earned yourself a bit of a rest! I am sure the sport has not lost you, just the cycle track,  Mick rode in 19 British Team Cup finals and has won 9 of them and also as a manager won two.

Here are some of his achievements:

Won English League title 17 times
Won Gold Cup 18 times
Won British Best Pairs Title 3 times
1 England Cap in 1983 Scored 15 Pts
1 British National Individual apperance 1974
1 World Final apperance 1985

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more


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