Wolves History


Wolverhampton Speedway - 1994/5

1994 was a quiet year in which Wolves finished third in the British League.  High spot was the World Under-21 Championship victory of Mikael Karlsson, confirming his status as potential Wolves number one.  Injuries hampered the season for both Sam and Charles Ermolenko, Carter had a difficult comeback year and Kennett was replaced after a bright start by Andy Grahame, having his third spell at Wolverhampton.  In October, Sam Ermolenko won his second British League Riders’ Championship  in an exciting final at Swindon.

In 1995 the first and second divisions merged to form the Premier League.  Wolves released fit-again Correy to Long Eaton, Charles Ermolenko to Glasgow and Mikael Karlsson, who stayed at home in Sweden.  In came Jacob Olsen, son of Wolves legend Ole and the exciting Colin White from Arena-Essex.  An injury to Olsen in May just about finished his season and Van Straaten admitted that the failure to sign an adequate third heat leader hampered Wolves’ progress. Good news was the form of Peter Karlsson, now rivaling Sam Ermolenko for the number one slot and proving a wily and clever rider around the tight corners of Monmore Green.

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Mark Sawbridge