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James Grieves

Full Name: James Robert Grieves
Born: 28 September 1974, Paisley, Scotland.
Starting Average: 4.03.

Career Details

James first rode at an Olle Nygren training school at the age of 15, and had a couple of outings with his local club Glasgow the following season. He broke into the team the following season, then in 1993 was an ever present as the club won the league championship. They retained their title in 1994, and when the two leagues merged to form the all-in Premier League in 1995, James made the step up with Glasgow. A six point average and a couple of impressive guest performances alerted the Wolves management to James, and when the Glasgow club folded at the end of 1995, he made the move to Monmore.

1996 was a superb season for Wolves, and James played a vital role in the club’s double success. When the Elite League was formed in 1997, James opted to make another step up in standard, but understandably found the going very tough. A season and a half in the Elite League saw James’ average dip below the four point mark, and he was released part way through 1998 to join Berwick in the Premier League.

In 1999, he moved to Edinburgh and had an excellent season, gaining a nine point average for the first time in the Premier League. However at the end of the season, he controversially rejoined the Monarchs’ big rivals Glasgow Tigers, where he has spent the last three seasons.

It appeared that his Wolves career was over, but I understand that CVS has still retained James’ contract, and when Wolves were looking for a fourth rider to join their reserve squad, he was offered the chance to double up. He is unlikely to be first choice for a team spot, but with Chris Neath and Oliver Allen riding for the same Premier League side (Swindon), James is likely to get a few chances to impress. He still lists Monmore Green as one of his favourites tracks, and it appears likely that this was one of the main reasons for his return. His away form has often been patchy – he is renowned to struggle on bigger tracks – so it remains to be seen how well he will perform away from Monmore.

James lists one of his hobbies as amateur boxing… and is known to believe that a few flying fists at speedway matches can be part of the entertainment… he should be a useful acquisition for some of those controversial away matches at Arlington and Brandon!

James Grieves

M

R

P

BP

T

Ave

F

P

1991

Glasgow

D2

2

5

2

1

3

2.40

0

0

1992

Glasgow

D2

8

27

25

6

31

4.59

0

0

1993

Glasgow

D2

46

181

280

24

304

6.72

0

0

1994

Glasgow

D2

41

213

277

43

320

6.01

0

0

1995

Glasgow

D1

42

175

228

46

274

6.26

0

0

1996

Wolves

D1

45

195

218

31

249

5.11

0

0

1997

Wolves

D1

47

222

189

42

231

4.16

0

0

1998

Wolves

D1

21

92

70

14

84

3.65

0

0

1998

Berwick

D2

13

69

135

3

138

8.00

0

0

1999

Edinburgh

D2

41

203

440

18

458

9.02

5

1

2000

Glasgow

D2

29

134

248

19

267

7.97

0

1

2001

Glasgow

D2

42

206

419

17

436

8.47

1

0

2002

Glasgow

D2

38

189

364

18

382

8.08

1

1

Career Total

D1

155

684

705

133

838

4.90

0

0

Wolves Total

113

509

477

87

564

4.43

0

0

Mark Rowe


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