Pan­thers man­ager: Richard­son was one of the nicest guys in speed­way

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News -

PAN­THERS bosstrevor Swales has is­sued a mov­ing trib­ute to the late Lee Richard­son.

The lead­ing Bri­tish rider died from in­juries sus­tained in a crash while rac­ing in Poland on Sun­day at the age of 33.

Richard­son rode as Pan­thers’ num­ber one back in the 2004 sea­son. It was Swales’ first cam­paign in charge of the city club and he has fond mem­o­ries of ‘a top bloke and a top rider’.

Swales said: “Lee is one of the nicest - if not the nicest - guys I’ve ever had the plea­sure of work­ing with.

“I got quite close to Lee from be­ing his team man­ager here back in 2004. I’ve thought of noth­ing else since hear­ing the hor­ren­dous news on Sun­day night.

“We all know the risks that our sport car­ries. Riders put their lives on the line ev­ery time they go out onto a track, but this is still so tough to com­pre­hend.

“We raced against Lee at Lake­side on Fri­day and then on Sun­day he was taken away. It is so un­fair and it has left me feel­ing in­cred­i­bly numb.

“It is go­ing to be very hard for ev­ery­one in speed­way to come to terms with his loss. The whole speed­way fra­ter­nity has to pull to­gether and help his lovely young fam­ily in any way we pos­si­bly can.”

Richard­son skip­pered the Lake­side Ham­mers to suc­cess over Pan­thers in an Elite League fix­ture on Fri­day. He also rode for Read­ing, Poole, King’s Lynn, Coven­try, Swin­don and East­bourne in this coun­try dur­ing a dis­tin­guished ca­reer.

He was the Elite League Riders’ Cham­pion of 2003 and the lead­ing Bri­tish pointss­corer in Speed­way World Cup com­pe­ti­tion.

TRAGIC DEATH: For­mer Pan­thers rider Lee Richard­son.

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