Sheffield speedway: Pack the Sheffield Tigers stadium for Ricky Ashworth

Simon Stead, Sheffield Tigers
Simon Stead, Sheffield Tigers
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Simon Stead is hoping to see the terraces packed at Owlerton this Sunday.

The Ricky Ashworth benefit meeting is set to pull in fans from throughout the country to support the former Tigers skipper in his battle to adapt to a new way of life.

Ashworth suffered critical brain injuries in a track crashand was in a coma for 90 days.

And Sheffield skipper Stead said: “I’d love to see the place packed to the rafters.

“The organisers have put together a great line-up, but to be honest it’s all about supporting Ricky.

“It’s lovely for me to be involved and to get some laps in, it will be good preparation for Thursday here against Scunthorpe - but most importantly we want to see a load of money raised for Ricky.”

The 32-year-old former rider, who was at Sheffield from 2001–2011 suffering his injuries in a crash at Scunthorpe in August 2013.

The Salford -born man was captain of the Berwick Bandits at the time.

*Grand Prix star Chris Harris is one of the star names in Sunday’s meeting along with Swedish trio Freddie Lindgren, Peter Karlsson and Jacob Thorssell who will all ride for Elite League Wolves this season.