King's Lynn's Australian ace selects his dream Lynn side
After giving an all-time speedway one-to-seven, King’s Lynn’s Australian rider Ty Proctor chooses his dream Stars side.
The Victorian explained: “I wouldn’t like to pick anyone for teams that I’ve not seen ride and that I’ve not had a connection with.
“For me, it’s a team that has a really good laugh off track; and on the track will fight and have a good team spirit.”
1. Darcy Ward: A teen sensation at Lynn, who Proctor picked in his all-time side and who would have done great things if not for paralysis caused by a crash.
2. Tom Topinka: A feature of many all-time Lynn sides from those Stars personnel interviewed, the Czech Republic stalwart starred in Premier League and cup triumphs.
Ty Proctor: “He’s a Lynn legend, and the same with my next pick, to be fair.”
3. Kevin Doolan: Well-loved from the dominant mid-2000s Premier League era, the fellow Aussie recently visited the Adrian Flux Arena regarding his then-forthcoming testimonial.
Ty Proctor: “He’s a credit. When I guested for Lynn he was cool. He still talks much in general about the club. When I see Kevin now, he says how he loves the fans and the club.
“I was there that night when he was talking about his testimonial. I was on the ‘mic’ with him. Kevin helped me out when I was a kid of 16 or 17. I came here from nowhere but he always gave me a lot of respect.”
4. Niels-Kristian Iversen: Great Dane was a points machine at Saddlebow who would have deserved a title send-off in 2018.
Ty Proctor: “For obvious reasons. I knew Niels pretty well when I came over as an 18-year-old. He lived on a farm in Newport and Mads Korneliussen (Iversen’s best friend and former Lynn favourite) and all the Danes were there. I got to know Niels then.
“He was always someone who said hello. When I joined Lynn in 2018 we were pitted beside each other. He had to deal with injury in 2018.
“I had a lot of nerve damage to my neck so I could understand what he was going through. I’ve been there. The way he was twisting and holding the bike, working hard. If Niels had been in the two legs (of the play-off final) there’s no way we would have lost.”
5. Robert Lambert: Just 22, Norfolk’s own has already taken British Under-21, British, European U19 and European U21 titles.
Ty Proctor: “If Robert was a little bit older and at the same level you could speak of an all-stars team. He’s insane. I would say him and Tai Woffinden have very similar traits at the same age.
“Robert can do anything that he wants to do: he’s got all the talent. To be like (world champion) Woffy, he’s got all the ingredients to bake the cake. Last year was a lull, but every rider needs a bad season to become better. He’s riding really well in Poland and the future is very bright.”
6. Lewis Kerr: Second local rider in Ty’s team, Dersingham resident has bounced back from two horrific injuries and is now skipper.
Ty Proctor: “Someone who’s been at Lynn a fairly long time, a local kid and somebody I’ve recently got to know.
“A cracking lad. It’s fitting that he is captain. He cares about the club and he loves the fans. One day he must have stood on the terraces, and you’ve got to commend him.”
7. Ashley Jones: A championship-winner with Lynn in 2005 - he shared a house and workshop with best mate Kevin Doolan (above) - the 23-year-old later that year crashed in his native Australia and his injuries proved fatal.
Ty Proctor: “I remember as a kid racing him every weekend when I was 15 years old. I spoke to him and he told me he loved King’s Lynn, so it was something I said that I always wanted to do when Ash told me.
“He’s sadly missed and I do still think of Ash quite regularly. He was taken from us too soon.”