SPEEDWAY: PACE ace Alan Mogridge scooped the bulk of the awards at the Stoke speedway end-of-season get-together on Saturday.
Mogridge won the Rider of the Year crown, voted for by the supporters, the Rider of the Year accolade, voted by his team-mates, and an award for the most consistent rider at home and away.
'I thought I might be in with half a chance of the supporters' vote, but to win three awards is a bit special,' he said.
Riders from both the Potters and Spitfires teams made speeches and received mementoes, with other awards going to Paul Pickering for his services to the team, Jan Staech-mann for most maximums scored and Mogridge. Pickering and Robbie Kessler also gained bonuses for maximums scored.
Meanwhile, favourite Jan Staech-mann has been revealed as the Potters' first signing for 2005. The Dane, who will start his fifth season in the Potters colours next year, said: 'This is really good news for me and I'm more than happy that everything has been sorted out so early.
'Getting sorted so early means that I can concentrate on the other projects I have on the go and then prepare properly and thoroughly for the new season.'
Promoter Dave Tattum added: 'I'd like to think that Jan's signing shows that we are committed to looking for success again next season. He is very popular among the team and on the terraces. There was no way that we wanted to build a team for next year without him.'
Stoke will stage a Bantam Grasstrack racing day on behalf on the Wrekin club at Loomer Road on Saturday and a training school on Sunday, November 28.