Sheffield speedway: Joe Screen ‘wheelie’ wants to help Ricky Ashworth

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Wheelie king Joe Screen will be back on a speedway bike for Ricky Ashworth’s Benefit meeting at Owlerton on March 22.

But he won’t be racing in the meeting itself; instead he will be aiming for a new record of completing four laps on one wheel.

Screen, who enjoyed a glittering career as a rider and was Tigers team manager in his first year of retirement last season, is hoping to raise money for Ashworth, the former Tigers favourite who has been left brain damaged from a track crash in 2013.

Said Screen: “I’m sure I can do it and it will all be for a very good cause because we’re all doing what we can for Ricky. I want to raise as much money as possible and it would be great for people to sponsor me. It means having a bit of fun as well as helping Ricky, who is a great lad. I hope the meeting itself pulls in a big crowd and raises lots of money, Ricky was always a popular rider during his time with Sheffield.”

Sponsors are needed — no matter how small — with all cash raised going to the fund aimed at building Ricky a specially-adapted annex at the family home in Salford.

Anyone wanting to donate can send money by bank transfer to Ricky’s Big Day, quoting ‘Screeny’. The bank sort code is 05-02-11 and the account no. is 48008573.

Ricky’s meeting starts at 5pm and several star names have already said they want to ride. Wolves stars Peter Karlsson and Jacob Thorsell are the latest to be confirmed, alongside GP racer Chris Harris. More big names are expected to support the former Premier League Riders’ Champion.

Sheffield open up their team campaign the following Thursday, March 26, against Scunthorpe in a League Cup fixture. Press and practice day has been confirmed for March 19 with further details on timings expected to follow soon.