Speedway legend Chris Morton joins “Humans of Speedway”

Former Speedway champion Chris Morton MBE joined host Ian Brannan on the latest episode of The Sport Social Podcast Network’s “Humans of Speedway” show and promised that he has high hopes for the sport in the coming years.

Morton’s success has led to him becoming a legend of the sport, having claimed the title of British Champion back in 1983, and World Pairs Champion alongside Peter Collins a year later.

After retiring from riding in 1990, Morton’s influence on the sport has been massive. He’s now involved with Manchester-based team Belle Vue aces, and has been for the last 15 years.

Speaking about the “National Speedway Stadium” in Gorton, which opened in 2016, Morton said that he felt it could help push the sport to the next level.

“There’s more on offer yet, there’s more to see as riders get better at riding it”.

The new national stadium was designed to recapture some of the magic of the Belle Vue/Hyde Road stadium that was demolished back in 1987. It was a track at which Chris, when riding for Belle Vue Aces, experienced much of his success: a motivating factor in his ambition to give the sport its stadium back.

“I carried a lot of these ideas around for years and years, and to be able to do it was just a fantastic thing to be able to do”.

Since its opening, the stadium has held prestigious events such as the Speedway World Cup and is due to host the Speedway of Nations final later this year.

You can hear Ian chat to Chris on the latest episode of Humans of Speedway available via the Sport Social Podcast Network.

While you’re there, why not check out some more episodes from the series, which takes a look at the people who make Speedway tick, including riders, coaches, fans and more.

Listen to “Humans of Speedway”.

Sport Social Launches the UK’s ONLY dedicated Sport Audio News & Podcast Network

Bringing together the biggest news and best sport content from around the world.

Voiceworks.ai have launched the UK’s first dedicated Sport Podcast Network – marking the latest innovation from the voice technology and audio content company. 

The Sport Social Podcast Network is a new podcast platform that will bring together sports content creators to help them grow and monetise their audience.

Helping listeners discover the very best sports podcasts and audio news in the UK, the network allows podcasts of all sizes to access advertising and sponsorship whilst also encouraging cross-promotion between network shows – creating an opportunity for advertisers to buy a targeted sports audience through audio.

Head of Sport at Voiceworks.ai Jim Salveson said;

“With around 30% of Podcast listeners in the UK enjoying sporting podcast content we saw the opportunity to help support, surface and grow the wealth of great content that is already out there. Plus provide production, marketing and advertising solutions for talent wanting to create their own podcasts.

We are bringing together some of the best content creators in sport under one roof, whilst helping advertisers to tap into a collective, engaged, targeted and hugely passionate audience”.

The Sport Social Podcast Network will curate and launch new podacsts from sports personalities whilst continuing to deliver sport audio news via web, social media and voice assistants. It supplies podcasts to all major platforms including Apple, Spotify, Google and Podbean.

Chris Kirkland joins “What The Footie” and bemoans “lack of loyalty” in football.

Former Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has hit out at a lack of loyalty in football and the end of his time at the DW Stadium.

Speaking to Paul Musa on the “What The Footie” Podcast Kirkland explained that the club failed to live up to its promises when he reached the end of his deal in 2012.

“Roberto Martinez told me I could be at Wigan for as long as I wanted, because of what I had done at the club but come the end of the season he said right you can go.

This is how fickle football is. There’s no loyalty in football anymore, unfortunately.”

The former England keeper made 112 appearances for the Latics but was deemed surplus to requirements at just 31 when he was left seeking a new club.

Despite limited options he eventually moved to Sheffield Wednesday, where he spent three seasons, in a move he has no regrets over making.

“I didn’t have many options, to be honest. I had a couple down in London but didn’t want to move my family.

I’m glad I went to Sheffield Wednesday because what an amazing club that is.”

Listen to the full interview now on the “What the Footie” podcast and discover your next favourite show now on the Sport Social Podcast Network.

Listen to “33. Chris Kirkland: Life After Premier League Football”.