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FORMER England captain Nigel Boocock has passed away in Australia at the age of 77.Boocock enjoyed a 25-year domestic speedway career, spending the majority of his time racing for Coventry (1959-76) with spells also for Bradford, Birmingham, Ipswich, Bristol, Exeter and Canterbury.He reached eight World Finals, finishing fourth at Wembley in 1969, and also partnered brother Eric to third place in the 1970 World Pairs.Nigel and wife Cynthia retired to Australia, where he was still a strong supporter of the sport, and he passed away peacefully on Good Friday morning.(SPEEDWAY 2 – THURSDAY REVIEW)

SHEFFIELD skipper Simon Stead struck another impeccable maximum to lead his side to a 47-40 win over Redcar at Owlerton.The Tigers hero continued his sensational form to ensure his side overcame a tough test to make it two League Cup wins out of two.But they lost Josh Bates early on as he felt the effects of a nasty spill in Heat 2, whilst Andre Compton also experienced a torrid evening with two exclusions and a fall and is rated 50/50 for the return on Friday night.Sheffield co-promoter Damien Bates said: “Josh is hurting so we will see how he is in the morning. We are just pleased to come away with the win and we go to Redcar looking to do the same, it should be a good meeting."

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FRIDAY APRIL 3:ELITE LEAGUE: Belle Vue v Wolverhampton OFF, Coventry v Leicester 7.30, Lakeside v King’s Lynn 1pm, Poole v Swindon OFF, Swindon v Poole 7.30LEAGUE CUP: Ipswich v Peterborough 1.45, Peterborough v Ipswich 7.30, Redcar v Sheffield 7.30, Somerset v Plymouth 7.30CITY GEARBOXES NATIONAL LEAGUE: Birmingham v Stoke 8pmNATIONAL TROPHY: Eastbourne v Kent 7.30SPRING TROPHY 2nd leg: Edinburgh v Glasgow 7.30

SATURDAY APRIL 4:ELITE LEAGUE: Leicester v Coventry 7.30LEAGUE CUP: Berwick v Glasgow 7pm, Plymouth v Somerset 7.15NATIONAL TROPHY: Rye House v Mildenhall 7pmIAN THOMAS SHIELD 1st leg: Workington v Newcastle 7pm

SUNDAY APRIL 5: BRITISH UNDER-21 SEMI-FINAL: Mildenhall 3.30LEAGUE CUP: Glasgow v Berwick 3pmIAN THOMAS SHIELD 2nd leg: Newcastle v Workington 6.30

MONDAY APRIL 6:LEAGUE CUP: Rye House v Peterborough 2pm, Scunthorpe v Sheffield 3pmNATIONAL TROPHY: Kent v Eastbourne 3pmNATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP 1st round 1st leg: Rye House v Stoke (follows LC fixture)CHALLENGE: Scunthorpe Stags v Buxton (follows LC match)


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