Bandits to announce their first signing

BERWICK are set to announce their first signing for the 2012 season this weekend.

The identity of the first rider on the roster will be made at the Supporters’ Club Christmas dance, which is being held in the Rugby Club on Saturday.

Promoter John Anderson is giving nothing away and says:

“Who is he? Well, I’m sorry not to be telling everyone right now, but we promised to make the announcement at the dance, and we are a club which will always make every effort to keep faith, and keep our promises to our supporters!

“Bringing the first news of some of our plans to the event is the least we could do for our Supporters Club.”

“The BSC took our collective breath away at our own end-of-season party, by handing us a cheque for £3,000 for our Fence Fund.

“These fans are the lifeblood of this club, and their committee works so hard, helping us prosper in so many ways – hopefully, bringing them some news on December 3 will allow us to show our gratitude for their efforts.”

Tickets for the event can be ordered from Lisa Youngman on 07773-759864 at £7 to BSC members, £10 to non-members.

Meanwhile, Bandits’ former Finnish favourite Tero Aarnio has left the club, joining Premier League rivals Scunthorpe on a full transfer.

Aarnio joined Berwick for two years at the start of the 2008 season but remained a club asset, despite not racing for the Borderers in recent seasons.

‘Tero the Hero,’ as he was dubbed by fans, has become a highly-popular member of the Scunthorpe squad riding as a loanee from Berwick, and the clubs have now agreed that he should join the Scorpions as a full-time asset on Humberside.

“Obviously, we’ve received a handsome transfer fee,” admitted a Berwick spokesperson.

“This is something we welcome at this time, while we are trying to fund the installation of our Polyfoam fence on top of all the regular pre-season expenses as we gear up for 2012, which really looks like being a huge season for us, what with the GP Qualifier at Shielfield Park in June and – hopefully – success in at least some of the many competitions we’ll be contesting!”

Fans are now being invited to ‘buy a brick’ for the new safety fence with a £50 donation, in return for which they will receive a handsome certificate, and have their name permanently displayed within the stadium.

“We really need to generate funding for the fence,” said commercial manager Julie Newton. “This is a way members of the public can get on board – and a brick would make a terrific Christmas present - for just about any speedway supporter!”

To buy a brick – for yourself or a loved one as a present – contact Julie Newton on 07840-998845 or

“We also have gift vouchers available as presents,” said Julie, “Redeemable for 2012 merchandise in our new Track Shop, when it opens for the new season.”

Work recently began on removing the old safety fence on the bends at Shielfield and the new Polyfoam barrier is expected to be in place fior the start of trhe new campaign.

* Berwick have now confirmed that their opening meeting in 2012 will be at Shielfield on Saturday, March 17, the format for which has yet to be agreed.

They will then take on local rivals Newcastle home and away in the traditional Tyne-Tweed Trophy, the first leg being at Byker on Sunday 18 and the return at Shielfield on Saturday 24.