Former Eastbourne Eagle Rico To Be Remembered

Friday 17th March 2017

eastbourne buzz news - Lee Richardson
 

Speedway superstar Lee Richardson will be honoured when two of his former clubs – Eastbourne and Lakeside - open their 2017 seasons on Good Friday.

The Eastbourne IT First Eagles and the Vortex Lakeside Hammers will meet home and away for the inaugural running of the Lee Richardson Memorial Trophy.

Lee died in May 2013 at the age of 33, after crashing into the safety fence during a Polish league match at Wroclaw.

Rico, who lived in Hastings with his wife, Emma, and three sons, rode with distinction for both clubs.

His dad, Colin, also had a glorious career at Arlington and Lee followed in his tyre tracks in 2008 when he captained the Eagles to Knock Out Cup glory.

Remarkably, the following year – when he had moved on to Lakeside – Lee won the cup again with the Hammers.

IT Eagles club chairman, Martin Dugard, said everyone was looking forward to renewing rivalries with Lakeside on Good Friday, “This for a long time was our traditional Easter fixture and it is good that Lakeside have now joined us in the National League. With Kent in the same league, this is a perfect scenario for speedway in the South East of England.

“Kelvin Tatum and Jon Cook are both local to us and we are certainly looking to ‘put one over them’, if we can. It is good to have that rivalry. There’s nothing malicious about it but, of course, both teams will want to win this trophy which is a fitting memorial to Lee.”

Dugard recalled Lee Richardson as being a great professional, “He was as good as the best on his day. Lee was very much a people person and knew how to conduct himself in a professional manner.

“You never had controversy with Lee and you would never see him spitting out his dummy and jumping up and down.

“Lee was a great ambassador for speedway.”

Hammers boss Kelvin Tatum believes the clash is a perfect opportunity to commemorate the career of Richardson.

He said, "It's very exciting to be rekindling our rivalry with the old enemy, and they should be two fantastic meetings.

"That's combined with the fact we'll be celebrating and remembering Lee Richardson, who was a club legend at Lakeside and also enjoyed success with Eastbourne.

"I think it's a great idea to commemorate him, it's also a perfect way for us to start the season. Particularly for Lakeside, it's an exciting start to our first season in the National League and we're all looking forward to it." 

Thanks, go to Terry Partlett for donating the silverware.

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