Speedway: Anguished Middleditch blasts banned Ward for 'wasting' talent - Poole Pirates struggle to plug gap

Bournemouth Echo:

5:10pm Thursday 28th August 2014

DESOLATE team boss Neil Middleditch was unsparing in his criticism of Poole Pirates captain Darcy Ward who was today suspended indefinitely from all speedway.

Speedway: Poole Pirates captain Darcy Ward suspended from all speedway

Bournemouth Echo: LATE LAPSE: Darcy Ward finished third in the final heat

2:55pm Thursday 28th August 2014

POOLE Pirates captain Darcy Ward has been provisionally suspended from all speedway following his failed alcohol test at the Latvian Grand Prix.

Poole Pirates: Ford mulls over Friday night clash after Eastbourne fixture is rained off

Bournemouth Echo: GENEROUS: Matt Ford of Poole Pirates

8:35pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

PIRATES chief Matt Ford has hinted that Friday night racing could be on the cards at Wimborne Road following this evening’s postponed fixture against Eastbourne.

Speedway: Ward ban would have 'huge effect' on Poole Pirates warns Ford

Bournemouth Echo: LATE LAPSE: Darcy Ward finished third in the final heat

12:30am Wednesday 27th August 2014

POOLE Pirates promoter Matt Ford wants world speedway chiefs to show leniency and avoid banning skipper Darcy Ward before Thursday's team declaration deadline.

(UPDATED) Speedway: Positive prognosis for Pawlicki despite confirmed collarbone break

Bournemouth Echo: PIRATES DEAL: Przemyslaw Pawlicki

3:21pm Monday 25th August 2014

PROMOTER Matt Ford hopes Shamek Pawlicki will make a swift return after confirming the Pole is nursing a small break to his collarbone.

Speedway: Poole Pirates set to plug Pawlicki gap with guests

Bournemouth Echo: GENEROUS: Matt Ford of Poole Pirates

5:22pm Sunday 24th August 2014

POOLE Pirates promoter Matt Ford is unlikely to tinker with his team despite being in the dark over crocked star Shamek Pawlicki’s prognosis.

Poole Pirates: Promoter Ford can't see Woffinden getting job-share wish

Bournemouth Echo: Matt Ford. Pirates promoter

1:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

PROMOTER Matt Ford has backed Tai Woffinden's plea for job shares in the Elite League but warned speedway's self-interested nature would scupper his quest.

Speedway: Darcy Ward set to line up for Poole Pirates against Leicester tonight

Bournemouth Echo: Darcy Ward

2:43pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

DARCY Ward is set to line up for Poole Pirates against Leicester this evening despite the punishment from his failed alcohol test looming large.

Poole Pirates: Newman urges Pirates focus

Bournemouth Echo:

6:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

KYLE Newman insists Pirates must “focus on the job in hand” against Leicester this evening – with or without influential skipper Darcy Ward.

Poole Pirates: Ward still waiting on failed test punishment

Bournemouth Echo: LATE LAPSE: Darcy Ward finished third in the final heat

7:09pm Monday 18th August 2014

MYSTERY still surrounds what sanctions Darcy Ward will face for failing an alcohol test prior to Sunday’s rescheduled Latvian Speedway Grand Prix.

Speedway Grand Prix (UPDATED): Ward blames dehydration for failed alcohol test

Bournemouth Echo: Darcy Ward

1:06pm Sunday 17th August 2014

POOLE Pirates captain Darcy Ward has blamed dehydration for his failed alcohol test ahead of this afternoon’s Latvian Speedway Grand Prix.

Speedway Grand Prix: Hancock backs 'maturing' Ward's quest for the world crown

Bournemouth Echo:

6:36pm Friday 15th August 2014

ELDER statesmen Greg Hancock insists it is only “a matter of time” before Darcy Ward’s new-found wisdom transforms his world title dream into reality.

Poole Pirates: Middlo predicts fierce Aussie battle in Hammers showdown

Bournemouth Echo: PIRATES BOSS: Neil Middleditch

6:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

NEIL Middleditch admits he is wary of fired-up Aussie opposition as Pirates prepare to take on Elite League play-off rivals Lakeside tonight (7.30pm).

Speedway: Watt wary as Poole Pirates hit form ahead of Lakeside trip

Bournemouth Echo: Hammers' Davey Watt. Photo by Gavin Ellis/TGS

6:00am Friday 8th August 2014

FORMER skipper Davey Watt reckons the “daunting” form of Poole Pirates has seized the title initiative from King’s Lynn – but still backed current club Lakeside to trump his old team tonight (8pm).

Pirates Speedway: Holder is in Poole quartet for European championship

Bournemouth Echo: TOP DUO: Darcy Ward and Chris Holder

6:00am Thursday 7th August 2014

PRIZED asset Chris Holder is set to spearhead Poole Pirates’ bid for continental glory after being named in the club’s four-man European championship team.

Poole Pirates: New recruit Compton determined to make most of Pirates chance

Bournemouth Echo: REPRESENT: Matt Ford

5:08pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

PIRATES new boy Benji Compton vowed to fulfil his potential at Wimborne Road and insisted his troublesome wrist would not halt his charge.

Speedway: Ford fires title warning as Poole Pirates finally land Compton

Bournemouth Echo: Matt Ford. Pirates promoter

1:00am Wednesday 6th August 2014

PROMOTER Matt Ford finally landed top reserve target Benji Compton and then backed Poole Pirates' fearsome form to halt Kings Lynn's title juggernaut.

Poole Pirates: Thumping victory sees Middlo's men go second

Bournemouth Echo: PIRATES BOSS: Neil Middleditch

10:11pm Monday 4th August 2014

RESERVE Kyle Newman and captain Darcy Ward gave star turns as Pirates trounced Wolverhampton 59-36 at Monmore Green last night.

Poole Pirates boss Middleditch: Ward's eyes will be on Wolves prize

Bournemouth Echo: STAR RIDER: Poole Pirates' number one Darcy Ward

4:06pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

TEAM boss Neil Middleditch insists Darcy Ward’s spontaneous nature will prevent Australia’s Speedway World Cup disappointment from affecting his performance for Poole Pirates.

Speedway World Cup: Darcy leading the Aussies' bid for glory

Bournemouth Echo: LATE LAPSE: Darcy Ward finished third in the final heat

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

PIRATES skipper Darcy Ward will be hoping to help Australia end a 12-year wait for glory when he lines up in the World Cup final tonight.

Poole Pirates: Johnson promises to learn 'big lesson'

Bournemouth Echo: GENEROUS: Matt Ford of Poole Pirates

6:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

PIRATES reserve Brendan Johnson has vowed there will be no repeat of the hasty equipment switch that he believes made him “look silly”.

Speedway: Pirates pair Ward and Milik to clash in Speedway World Cup race-off

Bournemouth Echo: STAR RIDER: Poole Pirates' number one Darcy Ward

9:30pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

DARCY Ward and Vaclav Milik will be forced to put Pirates loyalties to one side when they represent rival nations in Thursday’s Speedway World Cup race-off.

Speedway: Poole Pirates rider Brendan Johnson undergoes tests following mystery illness

Bournemouth Echo:

6:54pm Monday 28th July 2014

PIRATES reserve Brendan Johnson is awaiting on blood test results that will to reveal the cause of his stomach problem.

Speedway World Cup: Great Britain reach the final as Ward's wobble costs Australia

Bournemouth Echo: LATE LAPSE: Darcy Ward finished third in the final heat

6:34pm Sunday 27th July 2014

CONSISTENT scoring saw Great Britain through to the Speedway World Cup final but Poole Pirates captain Darcy Ward suffered a night to forget with Australia.

Speedway World Cup: Pirates manager Middlo's take on Team GB's chances

Bournemouth Echo: HEAD TO HEAD: Rival bosses Alun Rossiter and Neil Middleditch tonight

6:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

FORMER national boss Neil Middleditch reckons Team GB’s best chance of reaching the Speedway World Cup final lies with success in tonight’s qualifying event at King’s Lynn (7pm).

Poole Pirates promoter Ford: Milik's magic can keep us in the mix

Bournemouth Echo: SHOWMAN: Star rider Vaclav Milik entertains the Poole faithful

6:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

PROMOTER Matt Ford believes golden gamble Vaclav Milik and his unorthodox style could hold the key to Elite League success for Poole Pirates.

Speedway: Middleditch rues ref justice as Poole Pirates slip at Eastbourne

Bournemouth Echo: Neil Middleditch

6:02pm Sunday 20th July 2014

FRUSTRATED team boss Neil Middleditch felt Poole Pirates had been on the rough end of some crucial refereeing calls having returned from Eastbourne empty-handed.

Speedway: Pirates' Polish duo set to learn Speedway World Cup fate

Bournemouth Echo: PIRATES DEAL: Przemyslaw Pawlicki

6:23pm Thursday 17th July 2014

POOLE Pirates duo Shamek Pawlicki and Maciej Janowski will tomorrow learn whether they have done enough to earn a place in Poland’s Speedway World Cup final side.

Speedway Grand Prix: Woffinden happy to be put under pressure by Ward

Bournemouth Echo: Clive Fisher speaks to Tai Woffinden

6:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

STANDINGS leader Tai Woffinden revealed his delight that rival Darcy Ward was ‘back to his best’ after the Pirates captain cranked up the heat in the world championship title race.

Speedway: Poole Pirates to contest inaugural European club championship in August

Bournemouth Echo: Matt Ford. Pirates promoter

5:54pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

ELITE League champions Poole Pirates will fly the flag for British speedway at a one-off European club championship in Poland next month.

Poole Pirates team manager Middleditch: Persistence got Johnson his Wimborne Road move

Bournemouth Echo: Neil Middleditch

7:00pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

TEAM boss Neil Middleditch revealed that Brendan Johnson’s sheer persistence had paved the way for his dream move to Poole Pirates.

Speedway: Pirates' Elite League rivals Birmingham close down

Bournemouth Echo: Birmingham Brummies' star Martin Smolinksi en route to victory against Edward Kennett in heat eight

5:25pm Monday 14th July 2014

THE Elite League has been thrown into disarray after Birmingham Brummies announced the club was to close.

Monday interview: Hancock's heartfelt connection makes British Speedway Grand Prix success so special

Bournemouth Echo:

6:00am Monday 14th July 2014

IN this week's Monday interview, two-time world champion and former Poole Pirate Greg Hancock talks about how British speedway provided the platform for global stardom after his Grand Prix success in Cardiff on Saturday.

Speedway Grand Prix: Darcy Ward praises Poole contingent in bumper Cardiff crowd

Bournemouth Echo:

7:04pm Sunday 13th July 2014

CAPTAIN Darcy Ward has dedicated his podium placing at the British Speedway Grand Prix to the Poole Pirates fans who backed his cause in Cardiff.

VIDEO Speedway Grand Prix: Ward delighted with rostrum finish on Cardiff debut

Bournemouth Echo: Darcy Ward

7:48pm Saturday 12th July 2014

PIRATES captain Darcy Ward bounced back from an early spill to grab third place on his British Speedway Grand Prix debut in Cardiff.

Speedway Grand Prix: Ward expects Woffinden to raise the roof in Cardiff

Bournemouth Echo: DANISH DELIGHT: Darcy Ward (Picture: Dave Fairbrother)

5:35pm Friday 11th July 2014

PIRATES skipper Darcy Ward predicts the Tai Woffinden factor will help create a sensational atmosphere in tomorrow's eagerly-anticipated British Grand Prix (5pm).

Poole Pirates: Kyle Newman to celebrate first Elite League maximum at British Grand Prix

Bournemouth Echo: Kyle Newman. Photo: Colin Burnett

2:54pm Thursday 10th July 2014

BUSY Pirates reserve Kyle Newman plans to celebrate his first Elite League paid maximum in style - by kicking back at the British Grand Prix on Saturday.

Speedway: New boy Johnson prepared for the pressure ahead of Poole Pirates debut

Bournemouth Echo:

6:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

NEW Poole Pirates signing Brendan Johnson insists he is ready to embrace the pressure that comes with racing for the Elite League’s reigning champions.

Poole Pirates: Johnson brought in as Hopwood exits

Bournemouth Echo: NEW BOY: Ben Hopwood

9:51am Tuesday 8th July 2014

LOCAL lad Brendan Johnson has been brought into the Pirates line-up at the expense of Ben Hopwood.

Poole Pirates: Off-colour Poole undone by Belle Vue

Bournemouth Echo: Neil Middleditch

10:04pm Monday 7th July 2014

PIRATES’ busy week got off to the worst possible start as they were sunk 54-38 at struggling Belle Vue tonight.

Poole Pirates star Ward: Grajczonek should test himself on the continent

Bournemouth Echo: Darcy Ward

6:00am Monday 7th July 2014

TALISMAN Darcy Ward has hailed comeback king Josh Grajczonek as one of speedway’s top emerging talents and urged his Pirates team-mate to make his name among Europe’s elite.

Poole Pirates boss Ford: We won't win the Elite League unless our reserves shine

Bournemouth Echo: GENEROUS: Matt Ford of Poole Pirates

6:00am Friday 4th July 2014

MATT Ford believes in-form Poole Pirates boast the best one-to-five in the Elite League – but insists that will count for nothing without more support from his reserve riders.

Poole Pirates: Johnson hopeful of Elite League berth after Wimborne Road practice skid

Bournemouth Echo: HIGH HOPES: Pirates' mascot Brendan Johnson hopes that one day he will race for a Poole team led by Bjarne Pedersen

6:00am Friday 4th July 2014

BRENDAN Johnson retains hope that his Elite League call will come and admits he would love nothing more than to race for Pirates.

Poole Pirates chief Ford: Lessons to be learned from Birmingham plight

Bournemouth Echo: REPRESENT: Matt Ford

6:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

PROMOTER Matt Ford has warned that the plight of Birmingham Brummies should serve as a wake-up call for the rest of the Elite League – even Poole Pirates.

Poole Pirates: Doctor's orders no deterrent for comeback king Grajczonek

Bournemouth Echo: LOOKING TO IMPRESS: Josh Grajczonek with boss Neil Middleditch

6:00am Monday 30th June 2014

FACIAL injury victim Josh Grajczonek will continue to disobey doctor’s orders in an effort to swiftly rediscover his early season form for Poole Pirates.

Speedway Grand Prix: Semi exit for Ward

Bournemouth Echo: Darcy Ward

9:27am Sunday 29th June 2014

PIRATES star Darcy Ward was unable to repeat his Danish Grand Prix win of last year in the equivalent 2014 round.

Speedway Grand Prix: Ward desperate to close gap on rivals

Bournemouth Echo: LATE LAPSE: Darcy Ward finished third in the final heat

7:00pm Friday 27th June 2014

DARCY Ward acknowledged he has little margin for error in his quest to make up ground on title frontrunners Tai Woffinden and Greg Hancock in tomorrow's Danish Grand Prix (6pm BST).

Speedway: Birmingham would be a big loss to Elite League says Middleditch

Bournemouth Echo: Speedway: Elite league grand final second leg - Birmingham Brummies v Poole Pirates on October 15, 2013

6:00am Friday 27th June 2014

NEIL Middleditch is desperate for Birmingham to continue in the Elite League and says it will be “a great loss” if the club folds.

Speedway: Pawlicki ready to step up to the plate for Poole Pirates

Bournemouth Echo: PIRATES DEAL: Przemyslaw Pawlicki

6:00am Wednesday 25th June 2014

POLISH star Shamek Pawlicki insists he is primed for top billing at Poole Pirates if required – despite Darcy Ward’s apparent invincibility.

Speedway Grand Prix: Hancock backs Pirates ace Janowski to earn world championship spot

Bournemouth Echo: WINNING START: Poole new boy Greg Hancock

7:00pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

AMERICAN legend Greg Hancock says he would confidently put money on protégé Maciej Janowski securing qualification for the Grand Prix series.






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