From Cinder to Shale open 5th November

From Cinder to Shale arguably the best collection of Speedway bikes and paraphernalia in the world will be open to the public on Sunday 5th November from 10am – 4pm. It is a must see for all speedway enthusiasts and an opportunity for members of the Fans Trust to get together during the close season. Members of the Monarchs Fans Trust will be visiting the Museum on Edgefield Road, Loanhead (EH20 9TB) at about 11am. Hopefully see you there.

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

Draw Tickets Available Online

Tickets for the 2017 End of Season draw are now available to be purchased online. This payment will be made by Direct Debit using our GoCardless partner. Please note that tickets sold online will NOT be sent out instead will be stored by the Fans Trust on your behalf. You will receive an email with your ticket numbers before the draw and the list of prize winners will be sent on Monday after the draw is complete.

Tickets can be purchased here. Details of prizes can be found at the bottom of the page.

You will be able to pick up draw tickets at the track, please see a committee member at the Gazebo (weather permitting) before the meeting tonight or in the bar after the meeting. They will also be continue to hand out mini Ed the Monarchs for our #EdsTravels competition and posters of 2017 team members. These are all free as we use the money collected from EasyFundraising to help promote the speedway.

The 3rd prize to be announced is a wonderful bottle of Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose Champagne and Thorntons chocolates very kindly donated by Lloyd Technology. Lloyd Technology offer managed support services and solutions that benefits companies of all shapes and sizes across Scotland.

The 4th prize is a voucher for 2 people for a quad biking trek at Blacklaw Quad Trekking based at Piperdam, Angus, Scotland. Experience the thrill of quad biking in Scotland, driving round hills and farmland, over dirt tracks, up and down steep slopes, through muddy banks and water splashes as they take you on a real quad biking adventure day in Scotland. Full safety clothing and helmets will be issued before setting off on your quad biking adventure. Participants need to be over 14 years old to ride; however, they do have 2 quad bikes for children over 12 years old but an adult (parent or guardian) must accompany them. No experience is required, so if you have never been quad biking in Scotland before then not to worry, they’ll have you revving it up off road in no time.

Monarchs Fans Trust End of Season Draw 2017 Prizes (announced so far)

Prize Description Donated by:
1 £500
2 Apex Hotel – overnight stay for 2 Apex Hotels (Dundee)
3 Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose Champagne and Thorntons chocolates Lloyd Technology
4 Quad Biking for 2 Blacklaw Quad Trekking


Tonight (Friday 4th August against Sheffield) we begin our Ed’s Travels competition: pick up your little mini Eds on the way into the stadium, take them away and send us your photographs of him wherever you go. We are looking to see who can come up with the best or most unusual location that Ed will appear on his Travels.  Using social media send us your photographs of Ed by tagging them #EdsTravels and add the Monarchs Fans Trust’s Facebook page or Twitter tag @MonarchsTrust. We will feature the best photographs on our website and there will be a prize for the best one each month.

This is the latest in our Fans Trust giveaways done in association with the speedway club, the bugs will be available (whilst stock lasts) at every meeting between now and the end of the season. We also continue our rider poster giveaway so please come along and get the riders missing from your collection.

We also continue to distribute end of season draw books so please come and get them, the 3rd prize will be announced later…

2017 End of Season Draw Launched

Following on from the fantastic success of last years end of season draw where the members of the Trust and fellow supporters raised over £2000 the decision was made to make this an annual event. The Fans Trust are pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 End of Season Draw with a brilliant top prize of £500. We have secured bigger and better prizes than last year with at least another 9 quality prizes which will be revealed on a regular basis in the programme and also on the Fans Trust web site. As per last year the emphasis has been on finding non-speedway related prizes to make the draw appealing to all so we are looking for Trust members and fellow supporters to sell tickets to family, friends, work colleagues, etc. As per last year there will be a prize on offer for the supporter that sells the most tickets.  The tickets will be available from tonight either at the Fans Trust Gazebo or in the Bar after every meeting so please come and take some books to sell. Please speak to a committee member if you have any questions about the draw or if you would like to help in any way. The draw will be made at our Annual General Meeting on Friday 24th November, more details will be sent out in due course. Tickets will also be available to purchase here.

Please help us to make this a bigger success than last year, remember every penny we make goes towards ensuring the long term future of the Monarchs and speedway in this part of Scotland.  The second prize to be announced is………..


A one night stay for 2 people at Apex City Quay Hotel and Spa in Dundee. This prize entitles you to a one night stay for two people inclusive of accommodation in a twin or double room with full Scottish Breakfast.  From a family staycation in the UK to a relaxing weekend break or even a short business trip, Apex Hotels has your stay covered. The four-star Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa, Dundee is the perfect balance with impressive perks like complimentary parking and an airport or train station shuttle service available, free of charge, but also modern and contemporary rooms with Wi-Fi, views of the River Tay, spa facilities, family rooms and suites available.  This hotel in Dundee city centre is located in the up-and-coming Quayside area next to the Waterfront and V&A Museum opening in 2018. It’s also just a short walk to anywhere in the city centre including the shopping areas, RRS Discovery and Caird Hall.

Monarchs Fans Trust End of Season Draw 2017 Prizes

Prize Description Donated by:
1 £500
2 Apex Hotel – overnight stay for 2 Apex Hotels (Dundee)

Children’s Evening Tonight at Armadale

Edinburgh take on the Workington Comets at Armadale tonight in a close looking match and the Parsons Peebles Monarchs will also host a children’s evening including representatives from Armadale Gala day. There will be face painting, inflatable fun and much more as well as a free poster of Ed the Monarch. The Fans Trust are happy to help club with promotions like this and this should be the first of a number of posters and other giveaways this season.

Ed the Monarch

Committee members will also be active around the 4th bend before the start of the meeting with a display and happy to answer any questions anyone may have about the Trust, drop by and say hello.

Auction Winner

Peter Fernie has won the auction for a 2017 Edinburgh Parsons Peebles Monarchs Season Ticket, this was originally given to the Trust by the speedway club. Thank you to everyone that made a bid and special thanks to Ross Green for donating the prize to the auction.

The first fixture available for the season ticket is tonight’s match against the Berwick Bandits. The Bandits will be out for revenge after our win in the borders last Saturday night and have a few riders who could cause a problem or two. However the Monarchs looked good in the first two matches and will be looking to build on this on home shale so should be a good night.

Auction Update

After one day of the auction for the 2017 Edinburgh Parsons Peebles Monarchs season ticket the leading bid is £220. The Trust would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to make a bid and shown an interest. The deadline is midnight tonight so get in soon before it is gone.


Good luck to everyone taking part.

2017 Season Ticket Auction

Ross Green who won the 2017 Edinburgh Parsons Peebles Monarchs season ticket in our pre-season draw has donated it back to the Trust as he is already a season ticket holder. This will be auctioned online to the highest bidder with a deadline of midnight on Thursday 13th April. The price of a season ticket for 2017 was £266 so this is a great chance to grab yourself a bargain. There has been an initial bid of £120 which is less than half price so please place bids now.

Thank you to Ross for donating his prize and good luck to everyone taking part. CLICK HERE to place bid.

Home banner – photo courtesy of Ron MacNeill

Pre-Season Draw Winners

Josh Pickering and Len Jones draw the winning ticket

The 2017 Pre-season draw was made at Saltire Motorcycles on Saturday 25th March at 4pm by Monarchs newest recruit Josh Pickering. It was a another great success as we raised £911 in 3 days, thank you to everyone that bought a ticket. As last year April and Craig Beveridge were busy at the 2017 Season Launch Live on Thursday, the Press and Practice on Friday and all day on Saturday at the Saltires Motorcycles Birthday Bash. The club donated some fantastic prizes with Derek Hay picking up the top prize of hospitality for 20 people, congratulations Derek.

There was also a very successful online sale, with £150 collected through the GoCardless payment system. Thank you to everyone that bought tickets online it made it worthwhile and will be used again in the future. In fact 2 of the prize winners purchased their winning ticket online!

Full list of the prize winners are below. April Beveridge will be beside the Track Shop at the Scottish Open where all winners can collect their prizes before the meeting starts (6.15-7.00).

Prize Winning Ticket No Winner
Night in Hospitality for 20 people 00355 Derek Hay
2017 Monarchs Season Ticket 00627 Ross Green*
Night in Hospitality for 4 people 00318
Eddie Taylor
Gemma Lumsden
Free Admission tickets for 2 people 00711
CJ Cusack
Jane Winthrop
Duncan Swanson

*Ross Green who won the season ticket is already an existing season ticket holder, an alternative prize will be identified for Ross.

Volunteers at the Monarchs pitch at the Saltire Motorcycle Birthday Bash

It was a great day at the Saltire Motorcycles Birthday Bash and a massive thank you is due to all our volunteers who helped out on the day especially Geoff Craythorne for providing his vintage bikes, Scott Girdwood with the new Speedway card and Josh Pickering for bringing along his bike and spending time with visitors to the Monarchs pitch. There is also a new gater bike that the club have spent time developing and that was available for everyone to come along to test their reactions dropping the clutch. This was a popular attraction on the day and will be available at Armadale soon.

John Scholan tries his luck on the new Gater Bike Challenge

The Parsons Peebles Monarchs are under way

The Edinburgh Parsons Peebles Monarchs season has kicked off in fine style with the 2017 Season Launch Live on Thursday night and the Press and Practice session on Friday. At the launch Gordon Campbell took the place of Graham Norton interviewing the riders and promotion who were relaxed on the sofa sharing laughs and their aims for 2017. All were in a confident, up beat mood raring to go and if the season is to pan out like this it is sure to be an entertaining one. The riders then got their first opportunity this year to ride the Armadale track and all the reports coming back were positive with newcomers Josh Pickering and Ricky Wells particularly impressing and everyone looking good and showing promise. If the season was to progress like that then it has a good chance of being a successful one. A very welcome addition to the day was the sun, the weather last season almost brought the club to its knees so it was great to start the year with a dry day, hopefully that become the norm on Fridays this year giving the riders the best chance of fulfilling their potential.

A massive boost on Thursday night was the announcement that Parson Peebles will be the team sponsors for 2017, this is fantastic news and removes some of pressure of the finances of the club. Parsons Peebles are an iconic Edinburgh company formed in 1898 in Leith as Bruce Peebles and Company and are now based in Rosyth. The Monarchs Fans Trust was setup to help secure the future of speedway in the east of Scotland but a good sponsor is also pivotal to the future of the club. Fans Trust chairman Len Jones has been working hard to secure the deal and a massive thank you is due to him and everyone at Parsons Peebles who made this happen, here’s hoping it is the start of a long and fruitful relationship for both parties.

At the Launch night and the practice sales for the PRE-SEASON DRAW have been going really well and the Trust committee thank everyone who has bought a ticket so far, tickets can still be bought online and will be available at the Saltire Motorcycles Birthday bash tomorrow. The deadline for purchasing tickets online is 1100 on Saturday morning so if you want a chance to win one of the fantastic prizes make sure you get your ticket. Got to be in it to win it.