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Leicester Lions

2011 onwards

During the first decade of the 21st century Leicester Speedway Supporters Club decided that longing for the return of the sport to the city was not enough and they started to talk to the people who could perhaps help them to achieve their dreams. To this end the Club sort the ear of anyone and everyone they thought may be able to offer assistance in forwarding their aim to return Speedway to the Leicester area.  

Following discussions with many organisations on the 4th of August 2009 the Leicester City Council Planning and Development Control Committee approved an application for a track adjacent to Beaumont Park, a recreation area situated behind the Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre and the Leicester Leys Leisure Centre.

The stadium and track was constructed and ready for the start of the 2011 speedway season in March with a team, to be known as the Leicester Lions who were entered into the Premier League by promoter David Hemley with his co-promoters Alan Jones & Dave Darcy.

The assembled team seemed to become rather unsettled during the course of the first season and by mid-summer half the original team had gone and the promoter David Hemley stepped down from being team manager to concentrate on his promoting duties with Jason Garrity taking over as the team manager. It would seem that this unsettled team on a new track were unable to do themselves justice and they finished at the bottom of the Premier League for that season.

2012 and a far more settled performance from what was a very changed team but they finished the season laying 6th in the Premier League. Still in this league for the start of the 2013 season, there was a change of team manager in May 2013 when Jason Garrity stood down and Glyn Taylor took over.

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