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Magnus Karlsson


Born: 28 December 1981, Gullspang, Sweden.
Starting Average: 3.50.

Career Details

It has seemed almost inevitable that Magnus would follow his brothers into the Wolves line up at some stage, but the Doubling Up rule has allowed this to happen sooner than expected. Magnus’ progress was slow in his early career, and by 2000, he was struggling to a three and a half point average in the Swedish 3rd Division. The following year he moved up a division and average five from just twelve matches, and a handful of appearances for Valsarna in the Elite League… not exactly eye catching form.

However, 2002 was Magnus’ breakthrough year. The Swedish League have a doubling up rule themselves, and he rode for Hagfors in the First Division, and Valsarna in the Premier League. His form for Hagfors was superb, and Magnus finished 3rd in the league averages with an eleven point average. This earned him a regular team place in the Elite League, where he quickly established himself and ended the year on 5.96 from 13 appearances. To put this into perspetive, David Howe averaged 6.11 and Sam Ermolenko 6.25 – the Swedish Elite League is a similar standard to our own.

2002 was also Magnus’ final year of eligibility for Under 21 competitions – and he made the most of it… He was a regular for Sweden in U21 test matches, top scoring in two tests against Finland in May with paid thirteen in one test and a paid fifteen point maximum in the other. He also rode in two tests against an England side which included fellow Wolves’ Oliver Allen and Chris Neath. He scored 6+1 in the first, followed by a superb 14+1 maximum in the deciding test of the series on 1 July in Hallstavik.

In April, Magnus finished 5th in the Swedish qualifier of the World Under 21 Championship to progress to the Scandinavian Final. He scored 8 points in this meeting in Fjeldsted, where he was excluded in a three man run off for the final qualifying spot.

This huge improvement in form no doubt caught the attention of British promoters, and Edinburgh Monarchs invited him over for the final couple of months of the season. He rode in their final twelve matches of the season, just enough to get an official average for 2003, and finished on exactly seven points. Our Edinburgh spies tell me that they were delighted with his contribution, and describe him as a thoughtful rider who adapted quickly to the Armadale track – a notoriously difficult one to master quickly. He also settled in really well with his team mates and supporters, and was very popular.

He appeared for Wolves as a guest in the Midland Trophy match at Coventry, and also showed an instant liking for the Monmore Green track with 8 points (and two heat wins) in the Ladbroke Olympique.

For 2003, Magnus is doubling up with Edinburgh in the Premier and Wolves in the Elite. This rule gives Wolves the ideal chance to decide whether Magnus has the potential for a full time EL career in the future. It would be wrong to expect him to come into the side and top score straight away, as Magnus is more of a steady improver than an instant sensation. But with his family pedigree, and his brothers there to help him, the signs are good for Magnus to embark on what will hopefully be a long and distinguished career at Monmore Green.

Magnus Karlsson

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Mark Rowe

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Acknowledgements:
Many photographs on this site are copyright/courtesy of John Hipkiss - Wolverhampton Track Photographer.
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