Mania mania at Shielfield Park

SBSR Ryan Mania Parade
SBSR Ryan Mania Parade

GRAND NATIONAL winning jockey Ryan Mania was a very welcome celebrity visitor to Shielfield on Tuesday night for Berwick Bandits televised match against Newcastle Diamonds.

The personable young Scot, from Galashiels, was impressed by the bikes – although he declined a ride on club captain Kozza Smith’s machine – and very kindly tweeted his many thousands of followers about how much he had enjoyed his evening “at the skids”.

Interviewed by Bandits’ host Dick Barrie before racing, Ryan agreed that, as a borders boy he grew up hearing about rugby, horses – and speedway – as the main attractions in and around the area.

When introduced, Ryan received a big ovation – possibly from those who were “on” his 66-1 long-shot winner Auroras Encore, back in April.