ADAM ALLOTT 2011
ALLOTT, Adam Nick

DATE OF BIRTH: 19 March 1983, Stockport, Cheshire.

BRITISH CAREER: (1998) Norfolk, Buxton; (1999) Buxton, Sheffield; (2000) Sheffield, Owlerton; (2001) Sheffield; (2002) Sheffield II, Swindon, Somerset; (2003) Buxton, King’s Lynn; (2004) King’s Lynn; (2005) King’s Lynn, Eastbourne, Workington, Stoke; (2006) Stoke II; (2007) King’s Lynn; (2008) Boston; (2009) King’s Lynn II, Scunthorpe; (2010-11) Buxton.

CLUB HONOURS: League Championship winner: 1999 [Sheffield], 2000 [Owlerton], 2010 [Buxton]; Young Shield winner: 1999 [Sheffield]; Premiership winner: 2000 [Sheffield]; Premier Trophy winner: 2001 [Sheffield]; Knock-Out Cup winner: 2007 [King’s Lynn], 2010 [Buxton]; National Trophy winner: 2010 [Buxton].

RIDER LINKS: Son of Nicky Allott (born: 15 December 1954, Buxton, Derbyshire). Great Nephew of Tommy Allott (born: 17 May 1908, Denby Dale, West Yorkshire). Grandson of Guy Allott (born: 19 September 1922, Penistone, South Yorkshire). Nephew of Trevor Stead (born: 24 May 1956, Sheffield, South Yorkshire) and Ian Stead (born: 25 April 1964, Sheffield, South Yorkshire). Cousin of Simon Stead (born: 25 April 1982, Sheffield, South Yorkshire).

2011 STARTING AVERAGE: 7.63 (NL).

ADDITIONAL INFO: Allott made his debut in the sport with the then-Norfolk Braves at Buxton on 2 August 1998 as a raw 15-year-old, scoring 3 points. That proved a one-off performance for the short-handed side, but he subsequently grasped the opportunity to represent his hometown club in the final sector of the season.

It was quickly apparent that he had inherited the racing genes from his father, Nicky, and grandfather, Guy, both of whom had raced speedway in the past, of course. The following year, Allott started brilliantly when he won his first four rides in the Hitmen’s home league opener against Rye House on 23 May and looked to made strides in the sport. He was part of a very youthful side that included the likes of Aidan Collins, James Mann and Paul Burnett, and the kids were always entertaining to watch at the gateway to the Peak District.

The progress during the year was there for all to see as he topped the averages for the spa town team and this prompted Sheffield to offer him a place in their Premier League side on top of his commitments with the Hitmen.

He collected his first maximum as Buxton defeated Mildenhall and also held the Bronze Helmet match-race title for a while. During the winter of 1999/2000, he joined Sheffield on a full-time basis and was to be based with the South Yorkshire club at PL and CL levels until 2002, a season that also saw him enjoy spells at Swindon and Somerset.

At the start of 2003, Allott found himself with a team place and agreed to again race for Buxton until he could get back into the Premier League. His return lasted just two meetings before an opportunity came to race for King’s Lynn. With this move, his season turned for the better and the Norfolk outfit were so impressed that they signed him from Sheffield at the end of the year.

After two further terms on the Stars’ books, Allott linked with Stoke’s then-CL side in 2006, but he was to sustain serious injuries when he crashed whilst riding for the Spitfires in a Conference Shield match at Scunthorpe on 10 September. He suffered damage to his back and also a break to his right elbow, which needed plating.

The accident occurred in heat fifteen of the match, when he was launched into the safety fence at high-speed after being unable to avoid Tai Woffinden and Ben Barker, who had fallen in front of him. He announced his retirement at the end of the year, following medical advice suggesting that another knock could leave him badly injured; however, he bravely made a track return in September 2007, when he re-joined King’s Lynn.

He didn’t race at the start of the 2008 campaign and, in fact, only completed half-a-dozen official matches for Boston at the tail-end of the season. However, Allott subsequently made a full-time return to racing in 2009, when he linked with King’s Lynn’s second side, the Barracudas, in the newly-formed National League. He also linked with Scunthorpe towards the end of June, when he replaced Nick Simmons in the Scorpions’ line-up.

His spell with the Premier League side proved short-lived, though, as he was released in mid-July when Ritchie Hawkins joined the North Lincolnshire outfit. He saw the term out with the Barracudas for whom he tallied 283 points and a real-time 9.59 average from an ever-present total of twenty-four appearances. At the end of January 2010, it was revealed that Allott had concluded a deal to return to Buxton for the new campaign on loan from his parent club, King’s Lynn.

As club skipper, he was to play a full part in what was quite simply the Hitmen’s most successful term in their 16-year history, as they firstly sealed victory in the National Trophy. As the season came to a wonderful climax, he notched scores of 9 and 12 points, respectively, in the home and away legs against King’s Lynn in the Knock-Out Cup final.

Then, on the last official day of the season – 31 October – Buxton defeated Newport 56-35 in a one-legged Play-Off final on their own track after the scheduled first leg in South Wales had been washed out two days beforehand. His contribution on the day was 7+1 points, as he concluded a wonderful campaign with a solid 8-point average to his name.

Looking at the stats in a little more detail, Allott was one of two riders to remain ever-present for the Hitmen throughout their 35-match programme – the other being Robert Branford – from which he plundered 346 points for an average of 8.20.

His leading performance at home occurred in a Knock-Out Cup quarter-final tie against Rye House on 13 June, when he registered a paid maximum tally of 16+2 points. Meanwhile, on the club’s travels, his best showing was a haul of 13+1 points from half-a-dozen starts in a National Trophy encounter at Weymouth on 3 September.

On 3 March 2011, Buxton announced that Allott had agreed to return to his hometown club for a second successive season on loan from King’s Lynn. The rider had captained the Hitmen to a fantastic treble of major National League honours the previous term, having first ridden for the club as a 15-year-old back in 1998.