Monarchs 100 Auction

The Monarchs 100 have an auction today at 2pm with many incredible articles taking centre stage.

They have over 100 items assembled offering a huge variety of lots for speedway fans and beyond. From a car to Sam Masters bike covers, from a Speedway rider trophy to the book Speedway Through the Lens of Mike Patrick.

Hosted by Scott Wilson this fast-paced and fun social event aims to boost Monarchs funds and help the the Club with preparations for returning to speedway and making Armadale Stadium Covid-secure.

Click on this LINK to see more details on how to watch on Zoom, how to bid or just to get involved with the banter.

2020 Pre-season update

The Away video night last Friday signaled a ramp up in preparations for the 2020 speedway season and the bikes will soon roar into action at Armadale later this month.  We also heard the great news that What The Fork will sponsor the Monarchs and Stellar will sponsor the Dale Devils, we welcome both to the speedway family and we hope it is the start of long and fruitful relationships.  Sponsorship is key to the future of our club and if you know of any companies or individuals who are interested in the Platinum memberships or any other advertising/sponsorship then contact the club.

The Fans Trust committee continue to meet monthly, at the first meeting of the year we confirmed that the main positions in the committee will remain unchanged for 2020:

  • Chairman: Len Jones
  • Treasurer: April Beveridge
  • Secretary: Dave Harley.

They will continue to be supported by the rest of the committee: Craig Beveridge, Stuart Coates, Dave King, Alan Paterson, Greer Robson, John Scholan, Jim Smith and Paul Strachan.  As always if you would like to get more involved and help with the committee please get in touch.  We are always looking for help and fresh ideas. 

The Trust funds were boosted over the winter thanks to the regular donations from our members, thank you for your continued contributions as they are vital to the continuance of Edinburgh Speedway.  Even with all the latest sponsorships the Monarchs Fans Trust is still key to the future of the club.  At our latest committee meeting we agreed to give the club £800 to help with pre-season preparations.  This is something we have done the last few years and the club have indicated that this season they intend to use the money to build boarding on the road next to the stadium to advertise the speedway.  As always there are a few things around the stadium that need a little TLC and they are determined to finish painting the back fence blue.  On that note they are looking for volunteers for the next few Saturdays to help with the work.  Check out the website and/or contact the club for more details.

GoCardless

GoCardless are the direct debit partner of the Monarchs Fans Trust, we have been using their service since we launched in 2015 as they enable us to collect contributions from our members easily.  They have recently increased their transaction fees to 1% +20p for every transaction (capped at £4). Previously it was 1% capped at £2 so an increase in 20p per transaction.  We will continue to use GoCardless but will also investigate the best way to keep all running costs to a minimum so we can maximise the contributions we receive from our members.  You can also contribute regularly to the Fans Trust by standing order details, just ask us to send you a form.

The committee will continue to work with the club to help promote speedway in the east of Scotland by developing and attending the Community Initiative, the Saltire Motorcylces Demo Day on 28th March, gala days throughout the region and various other occasions and events.  If you have any questions or would like any more information then do not hesitate to get in contact.

AGM Thanks

Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s Monarchs Fans Trust Annual General Meeting on a cold night at Armadale stadium. Full details of the AGM including the board report and minutes will be sent out to all members when available.

The Trust would like to thank the Cochrane family for taking the time to open the stadium for us and allowing us to use the bar. John Campbell and Alex Harkess gave us an insight into the BSPA AGM and an update on the club, we look forward to potential team announcements at next weeks video night.

Finally thanks to all our members and everyone who has contributed to the Fans Trust over the last year, every penny is crucial to keeping the Monarchs going forward and sustaining speedway in the east of Scotland.

Monarchs Fans Trust AGM

The fifth Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The Monarchs Fans Trust will be held at Armadale Stadium, 2 Bathgate Road, Armadale, West Lothian, EH48 2PE on Friday 22nd November 2019 at 7:30pm.

If you have any questions about the invitation or the AGM, if you have any agenda points you would like raised or would like to get more involved or join the committee please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Official Invitations have been sent to all members. If you are a member and have not received your invitation then please let us know by speaking to a committee member, emailing us or using the CONTACT page of this website.

Summer Draw Winners

The winners of the 2019 Monarchs Fans Trust Summer Draw were pulled out of the hat at Armadale Stadium on Friday 12th July during the Staggs Bar Monarchs match against Newcastle Diamonds.

The draw was a huge success and whilst we have still to finalise the numbers it has been our most successful draw to date and has raised approximately £2,000 for the Trust, when the final number is known it will be announced. This can only be done with the help and generosity of our wonderful supporters who have bought and sold tickets over the last few months. Tickets have been sold far and wide with Kenneth Lindell from Sweden the winner of the £500 first prize. We thank everyone who has helped us achieve this especially all the people and companies that donated the prizes.

Full list of winners is below.

PrizeDescriptionDonated by:Winning Ticket NoWinner
1£500 01679Kenneth Lindell
2Blu-ray/DVD PlayerApril and Craig Beveridge01811John Campbell
32 Hospitality ticket for a Hearts 2019/20 matchScott Wilson00338Donna Findlay
4CBT Motorbike VoucherSaltire Motorcycles00129Iain Morrison
5£50 VoucherBurgers and Beers Grillhouse01102Jim McDonald
6£50 VoucherCraig Davidson Hair01163Dot McManus
7Family ticket for Dynamic EarthDynamic Earth01316John Vass
8Used and personally presented Crash HelmetJoel Anderson02244Jess Esson
9Signed FootballHibernian FC02796Dean Robertson
10Bottle of Malt WhiskyLen Jones00846Malcolm Gavin
11Bottle of PortDavid King00768Colan McClung
12Prosecco and ChocolatesApril and Craig Beveridge02036Jim Caled
13Hospitality for 2 at a 2019 Monarchs MeetingEdinburgh Speedway00336Donna Findlay

If you would like to claim a prize or require any more information please get in touch be emailing the mailbox or using the CONTACT US page of the website or speak to a committee member on a Friday evening.

Summer Draw this Friday

The Monarchs Fans Trust 2019 Summer Draw takes place this Friday (12th July) with the prizes to be drawn over the course of the meeting with the Newcastle Diamonds.  The results will be published on this website and social media as soon as possible.  We will accept tickets up to the start of the meeting so if you have raffle books that you have taken away to sell please ensure they are returned to a committee member at our usual spot on the 4th bend.  It will be the last opportunity to buy an extra ticket or two so make sure you are in with a chance of taking home £500 or one of the other top prizes. 

Online sales are also available up until 5pm on Friday, they can be purchased here.

All prizes are available to collect this evening after the meeting.  Speak to a committee member in the bar or at the old merchandising hut. The full list of prizes are below:

  • £500 Cash
  • Blu-ray/DVD Player
  • Scott Wilson has donated 2 tickets to hospitality to a Hearts FC 2019-20 match
  • Saltire Motorcycles have donated a CBT Motorbike Voucher
  • £50 voucher for Burgers and Beers Grillhouse (192a High Street, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh)
  • £50 voucher for Craig Davidson Hair (200 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh)
  • Family ticket for Dynamic Earth
  • A crash helmet used and personally presented by Monarchs own Joel Anderson
  • Signed Football from Hibernian Football Club
  • Bottle of Malt Whisky donated by Len Jones
  • Bottle of Port donated by Dave King
  • Prosecco and Chocolates donated by April and Craig Beveridge
  • Hospitality for 2 to an Edinburgh Monarchs 2019 match.

We are expecting this to be our must successful draw to date so thank you to everyone that has bought and sold tickets, the generosity and support of the Edinburgh Monarchs fans never ceases to amaze us.  A special thanks to everyone that has donated prizes, it is very much appreciated and the draw is not possible without those organisations and individuals.  Finally, good luck to everyone that has entered the draw.

Ron MacNeill

Everyone involved with the Monarchs Fans Trust were shocked and saddened to hear that photographer Ron MacNeill passed away yesterday. He has been fantastic to Edinburgh Speedway over the years and a true friend to the Trust. The majority of photographs on our website were taken by Ron, we can only thank him for his contribution. A great gentleman who will be sadly missed, our thoughts go out to his friends and family at this sad time.

Cinder to Shale open 23rd June

From Cinder to Shale arguably the best collection of Speedway bikes and paraphernalia in the world will be open to the public on Sunday 23rd June from 10am – 4pm. It is a must see for all speedway enthusiasts on Edgefield Road, Loanhead (EH20 9TB) .

One of the many classic speedway bikes stunningly restored at Cinder to Shale