Poole Pirates saddened after Neil Street death

Poole Pirates promoter Matt Ford
Ford's Pirates face Eastbourne on Monday

Poole Pirates promoter Matt Ford has spoken of his sadness after the death of former team boss Neil Street.

Street, who was 80, passed away at his home in Melbourne on Thursday.

He achieved considerable success as team manager and brought Craig Boyce, Leigh Adams and his grandson Jason Crump to the Pirates. Crump went on to win three individual world titles.

"He was one of the great men of speedway and was so knowledgeable about the sport," said Ford.

Street moved into team management 30 years ago when he took charge of Weymouth, before moving to Poole in 1984 when the Wildcats closed their operation in west Dorset. The Australian also managed his country to three World Cup triumphs.

"Australia speedway would not be in the rich vein it is right now had it not been for the dedication of Neil," added Ford.

The Poole club will stage a minute's applause in memory of Street prior to the league championship play-off final against Eastbourne Eagles on Monday night.