Wednesday January 24, 2018
SHEFFIELD legend Simon Stead has confirmed he will officially bring the curtain down on a glittering career at Owlerton on Sunday March 25.

Stead, the current Tigers team manager, won every major honour available during his two spells with Tigers – starting with the Premier League title way back in 1999.

Now, 18-years later, the curtain will fall on his time as a rider which has included World Cup appearances for Great Britain, individual glory and a top flight title with Swindon.

The ‘Last Lap’ is sure to pull in a bumper crowd and will be raced as an individual format – he’s already working on star names to play their part.

He said: "For one last time, I do want to do my final laps around Sheffield - even if I can't promise how quick they'll be!

"I couldn't have had my Farewell at anywhere else but Owlerton. It's the place I call home, I've spent so many years of my career there and I want to give something back to the fans who've supported me through thick and thin for a long, long time.

"I want to give the Sheffield public one of the biggest, most spectacular meetings they've ever had at Owlerton - and we've had a few in the past trust me!

"I'm talking to a fair few riders who even regular Owlerton attendees don't get to see throughout the standard season; it would be nice if I could get some of the top stars involved or maybe even a couple who haven't rode in the UK for a while.

"Hopefully a few of the names will even attract supporters from other parts of the country too - so fingers crossed talks are successful on that front.

"It would also be nice to get a few of the old boys or some old team mates involved if I can too but we'll have to wait and see on that one.”

Meanwhile Sheffield’s first home team action of the new season will be on Thursday April 5 when they face Newcastle.

Press and Practice has been set for Thursday March 22 with further details to follow.

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