Friday January 19, 2007
CLIFF Carr, the man who revived speedway in Sheffield in the early 90s, has died.

Carr, a cousin of former Tigers riders Peter and Louis, brought the sport back at Owlerton in 1991 after a two-year gap.

Maurice Ducker pulled the plug on the eve of the 1989 season after a row over stadium rental and relocation of the pits area.

And yet Carr, who arrived back in the UK on March 7, managed to get a team together and enter them into the Second Division - all in a matter of weeks.

He signed former British Champion Neil Evitts from Bradford in what appeared to be one of the biggest moves in the league at the time.

Carr reopened with a crowd restriction of 2,400 and this was reached half an hour before the start of the opening meeting against Belle Vue - who included ex-Tigers heroes Shawn and Kelly Moran.

Sadly, in 1992, the club was losing money and that's when current Sheffield owner Neil Machin stepped in alongside Tim Lucking.

Said Machin: "Cliff Carr was a vital ingredient in the continuity of Speedway racing in Sheffield.

"He endured some difficult times and I am sure will be missed by many."

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