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Former Wildcat Tom Eyes Spitfire Return 24/02/06

EX-Wildcat Tom Brown is on the verge of rejoining Stoke Spitfires. The Loomer Road Asset has been in talks with promoter Dave Tattum about a team berth with the Conference league outfit this season. The 21 year old who signed for Stoke in an exchange deal which saw Tony Atkins go to Newport two years ago said: "Stoke own my contract and there could be an opening there in the Conference League for me."

Devastated ! Disappointed Cats' Owner Hails Fans 18/02/06

Phil Bartlett today paid tribute to Weymouth Wildcats' supporters, volunteers and riders after the club was denied planning permission to run at the Wessex Stadium. The Wildcats' owner, who took over from former promoter Brian White earlier this year, spoke of his 'devastation' at West Dorset District Council rejecting a temporary planning application to cover the forthcoming season.

Mason Fears For Career 18/02/06

Skipper David Mason fears his career has been ended by the decision to refuse the Wildcats planning permission at the Wessex Stadium. The distraught Weymouth number one has ruled out riding this season and blasted those complaining about noise levels at the track as 'short-sighted'.

Speedway: It's All Over Now 17/02/06

Speedway is finished in Weymouth, new promoter Phil Bartlett admitted today. Mr Bartlett said he had no time left to save this seasons fixtures after planners refused permission for the continued use of the existing track at Weymouth FC's Wessex Stadium. And he feared it was the end of the road for the sport in Weymouth.

Cats Boss Pleads For Wessex Reprieve 15/02/06

Its D-Day for Weymouth Speedway tomorrow with councillors meeting to decide whether to grant planning permission for the Wildcats to continue racing at the Wessex stadium. Noise complaints from residents living close to the track could see the Conference League side left homeless this season, with West Dorset District Council chief planning officer Andrew Martin recommending members turn down the application.

Quit Fears For Cats Ace Mase 11/02/06

David Mason has today urged Dorset business owners to help save his speedway career. The popular Wildcats skipper, who last season led his side to a Conference Fours and Knockout Cup double, fears he may have to quit the sport because of spiralling running costs. Sussex-based Mason, who played a big part in the dramatic rise of starlet Lewis Bridger last season, has been offered a new contract at the Wessex Stadium by new promoter Phil Bartlett. And while the ex-Rye House man remains desperate to lead the Wildcats for a third consecutive season, he claims the only way to make ends meet financially is to attract new sponsors.

Bridger Misses Out On US Tour 08/02/06

Great Britain have scrapped plans to tour America this season. Under 21-boss Peter Oakes had been hoping to take a junior side across the Atlantic following the success of the Dream Team USA's visit to Britain last year.

Future Is Bleak For Town's Speedway 08/02/06

Planning Officer will recommend permission is refused. The future for Weymouth's speedway looks bleak as its owner pleads for a second chance to save it. Planning officers say noise levels are too high for nearby residents to cope with and the track should stop operating for the time being. They will recommend to West Dorset District councillors that planning permission at the grounds on Radipole Lane be refused.

Shield Will See Cats Up Against New Faces 07/02/06

WEYMOUTH will be riding in a new competition this season. The Conference Shield has been organised to give some of Britainís smaller clubs the chance to ride competitively in 2006. Aside from the eight Conference League members it will also feature sides who have been unable to commit to a full seasons fixtures such as Plymouth, Sittingbourne and Wimbledon.

Gradings Give Cats Selection Dilemma 01/02/06

Crack Duo David Mason and Dan Giffard will not be riding together at Weymouth this season. Hopes that the star Wildcats duo would be returning to the Wessex Stadium have been scuppered following the publication of the 2006 Conference League gradings.

Third-Tier Still An Option For Poole 01/02/06

PIRATES have admitted they are still interested in running Conference League speedway at Poole if numbers in that competition dwindle. But Poole RIAS chief Matt Ford has reiterated they would not stage third-tier racing if Weymouth continued to compete at that level.

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