Speedway: Thousands pack the terraces for Ricky Ashworth’s Big Day

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Neil Machin says Ricky Ashworth’s Benefit meeting on Sunday pulled in what could prove to be the biggest crowd outside the British Grand Prix.

Thousands packed the Owlerton terraces to raise vital cash for work needed on Ashworth’s home to help him with his new way of life after suffering brain damage in 2013.

And former Tigers owner Machin said: “We are overwhelmed by the goodwill of the Speedway family, everyone present created a memorable occasion and added to the entertainment.

“Too many people to thank for their input, it certainly was Ricky’s Big Day. Possibly the biggest crowd in British Speedway outside the British GP and everyone left the Owlerton Stadium having witnessed a great value for money package and knowing that they had contributed to Ricky’s fighting fund.

“Simon Stead looked world class and what a meeting to win!! 2015 is a very interesting season in the Premier League and at quoted odds of 14-1 the Sheffield Window Centre Tigers team look like a good bet.”

Tigers open their League Cup campaign at Owlerton tomorrow when they face local rivals Scunthorpe.

It will be the first time the new-look Sheffield side have been on the track in competitive racing this year and a bumper crowd is expected.