'Warriors' Officials and important links:
Licenced Promoters: Barry Bishop and Martin Widman
Barry Bishop Commercial Director
Barry Bishop has a long association with speedway having been a rider, including for the Wight Wizards, owner of My First Skid Speedway School, and life time fan of speedway and grass track racing.
Barry was a submariner for 14 years before leaving the military to start work in the City of London. He now lives just outside Chipping Norton with his partner Lisa and their four children.
Martin Widman Operations Director
Martin Widman has been involved in speedway for a number of years, starting out as a fan at Sheffield when in his youth, an occasional supporter while he moved around during his career in the Royal Air Force, but later picking it back up seriously as a Leicester and Long Eaton supporter in the 80’s and 90’s. All that was overtaken as his family grew up but the crucial point became his middle child, Chris, expressing more than a passing interest in wanting to become a speedway rider. His career has progressed well and has resulted with Chris becoming a firm favourite on the Island riding for the Warriors.
Media/PR and Commercial Marketing Manager: Andy Hague
Andy lives in Poole with his wife Nelly and daughters Erica and Sophia, along with their family of many animals including 2 boxer dogs. He has spent most of his life as an entertainer, singer/musician which has taken him all over the world fronting bands and as a solo act. On August 5th 2013, whilst at home, his life was to suddenly be turned upside down. Andy suffered a major stroke, one which he was very lucky to live through. Along with other challenges, he has relearned to walk and talk again, and is still adapting to a different way of life.
A speedway fan since his first meeting at Poole in 1990, during his recovery along with his brother Paul and his son Brandon, they created the SPEEDWAY PORTAL. Providing the Warriors Media Channel within the Portal was his first step inside our sport and has now become a big part of the Warriors off track team. Ideas, enthusiasm, drive and passion are just some of the qualities Andy brings to the club, and a will to help however he can to push the club forward.
Sponsor and Hospitality Manager: Angie Cooper
Angie was born on the Island and grew up in East Cowes before moving to Ryde 20 years ago. She is married to Ryan, and has two teenage sons. Although her background is in childcare, she has just achieved an Honours Degree in Education & Training and is hoping to use some of the knowledge gained from that in her role with the club. Angie was introduced to speedway by Ryan almost 5 years ago as he was heavily involved with the Isle of Wight team, and has totally fallen in love with the sport!
Commercial Team: Steph Whitlock
Venue: Andrew Younie Stadium, Smallbrook, Ashey Road, Ryde, Isle Of Wight PO33 4BH
Club Telephone: 03335 774458
Official Website: wightwarriors.co (Also available using wightwarriors.co.uk)
Social Media: TBC
Official Facebook: /wightwarriors
Official Twitter: /islandspeedway
Official Live Updates: /WarriorsOnTrack
Official My First Skid: /myfirstskid
Stadium Twitter: /smallbrookstad
Team Manager: Jackie Vatcher
Clerk of the course: Kevin Shepherd
SCB Recorder: Chris Golding
Track Curators: TBC
Machine Examiners: Rob Snow, Andy Perring and Ricky Neale
Environmental Marshal: Colin Whitlock
Pit Marshal: Peter Shepherd
Assistant Pit Marshal: Andy Perring
Start Marshal: Chris Cass
Medical Cover: TBC
Presenter: Chris Popple
Announcer: Rob Dyer
DJ: Phil Lynch (Cloud 2 Entertainments)
Health and Safety: Martin Widman and Colin Whitlock
Track Length: 385 Metres
Isle Of Wight Speedway Track Records:
Jason Bunyan (Premier League) 66.3 on 15/04/2008
Stefan Nielsen (National League) 66.1 on 13/04/2017
Fastest Time in 2016:
Mark Baseby (National League) 68.2 heat 6 on 04/08/2016 vs Cradley Heathens
Fastest Time in 2017:
Stefan Nielsen (National League) 66.1 heat 1 on 13/04/2017 Vince Mapley Memorial Trophy
Programme Printer: Willow Design and Print