Polonia Bydgoszcz

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ŻKS Polonia Bydgoszcz (speedway)
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Club information
Track addressul. Sportowa 2
Bydgoszcz
Country Poland
Founded1920;101 years ago (1920)
League2. Liga
Website Official website
Club facts
ColoursWhite and Red
Track size348 metres (381 yd)
Track record time60.11
Track record date8 Mai 2011
Track record holder Emil Sajfutdinow
Major team honours
European Club Champions 1998, 1999, 2001
Polish League Champions 1955, 1971, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002
Pair Polish Champion 1974, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002
Individual Polish Champion 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002

Polonia Bydgoszcz is a Polish sports club based in Bydgoszcz most known for its speedway team ŻKS Polonia Bydgoszcz which currently race in the 2. Liga (the 3rd division). The club has won the Polish Speedway League Championship seven times, the latest in 2002, and European Team Championship three times, the latest in 2001. The club also has a football team who play in the lower leagues but in the past had more success.

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History

BKS Polonia Bydgoszcz was founded on May 14, 1920, by Edmund Szyc, a sports enthusiast and official of Warta Poznan. Szyc, who had come to Bydgoszcz from Poznan in the early spring of 1920, wanted to create a sports organization with a patriotic spirit, based on Polish Army soldiers garrisoned in the city. The hues of Polonia were white-red-green (to commemorate Polish flag, plus green, the traditional colour of Warta Poznan’s jerseys).

In the Second Polish Republic, Polonia Bydgoszcz was one of the largest sports organizations in the nation. It had several departments, such as football, track and field, boxing, ice hockey, cycling, basketball, handball and volleyball. Among most notable athletes of that time were: Stanislaw Zakrzewski (high jumper), Klemens Biniakowski (runner, who participated in the 1928 Summer Olympics), Feliks Wiecek (cyclist, winner of the 1928 Tour de Pologne). Polonia’s football team were four times champions of Polish Pomerania, but failed to win promotion to the Ekstraklasa.

After World War II, Polonia was reactivated on October 21, 1945. In 1947, its football team once again won local championships. On May 22, 1946, the speedway department was formed, but in 1949, the so-called First Polonia was dissolved by the Communist authorities, who disliked its prewar, bourgeoisie roots.

In 1949-57, Polonia Bydgoszcz did not exist. On May 24, 1957, BKS Polonia and ZS Gwardia (sports organization supported by Milicja Obywatelska) merged into Milicyjny KS Polonia. The new club took over the traditions of the 1920 organization and quickly emerged as one of the most important sports clubs of the country. Former Gwardia Bydgoszcz was a powerful organization, with a top class football team (promoted to Ekstraklasa in 1953), while its speedway team was the 1955 Champion of Poland. Furthermore, several Gwardia’s track and fielders took part in the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki. In the early 1950s, Gwardia had as many as 17 departments. Its most famous sports personality of that time was tennis player Jadwiga Jedrzejowska.

The newly established Militia Sports Club Polonia Bydgoszcz took over Gwardia’s hues (red - white - blue), to commemorate the colors of the French Revolution, and to symbolize the new, Communist regime of Poland. In 1962, the name of the club was changed into Bydgoszcz Sports Club (BKS) Polonia, to be changed into Guards Sports Club (GKS) Polonia in 1974. Finally, in 1990, the name Bydgoszcz Sports Club Polonia was returned.

In the late 1980s, GKS Polonia had over 1500 members, including 700 athletes. In 1990, the police authority (former Milicja Obywatelska) withdrew its financial support of the club. As a result, the club was supported by the city government. In 1992, the football team was closed to return in 1994, and ice hockey department was separated from the organization. In the same year, the speedway team of Polonia won Polish Championship.

By the late 1990s, Polonia returned to its former glory. Speedway team, with Tomasz Gollob, was three times Polish champion (1998, 2000, 2002), table tennis team was among the best in the country, and football team won promotion to the third level.

In 2003, local authorities dissolved Polonia Bydgoszcz. The departments of the former organization created their own teams, such as Zuzlowy Klub Sportowy (Speedway Sports Club) Polonia, and the traditions of BKS Polonia are continued by the football team, called Klub Pilkarski (Football Club) Polonia.

Management

Polonia Bydgoszcz since 27 October 2006 is Joint stock company (pl: spółka akcyjna or S.A.).

Speedway section

Timeline

2012 Team

2008 Team

2007 Team

Łopaczewski and Mazur was started only in PC Junior Team and PC Junior Pair

PosNameMatchHeats1st2nd3rd4thEFXTPtsBonTotalJokerCMAHomeAway
13 Flag of Sweden.svg Andreas Jonsson 1158182311411115612182.01711.008.072.0651.963
26 Flag of Sweden.svg Jonas Davidsson 94111911811627691.6837.676.731.4001.952
29 Flag of Poland.svg Rafał Okoniewski 15781722211242116121281.6418.536.561.9731.341
33 Flag of Poland.svg Krystian Klecha 124581015921599681.5115.676.041.6671.278
36 Flag of Russia.svg Emil Saifutdinov 9416101393519601.4636.675.851.8331.174
37 Flag of Poland.svg Krzysztof Buczkowski 135612131314227768341.4466.385.791.5861.296
38 Flag of Poland.svg Michał Szczepaniak 15707241423118315981.4006.535.601.6321.125
41 Flag of Poland.svg Mariusz Staszewski 1142662091507571.3575.185.431.6321.130
42 Flag of Poland.svg Marcin Jędrzejewski 1349511813115511661.3475.085.391.7621.036

Competitions in Bydgoszcz

Tomasz Gollob won Criterium of Aces 14 times. Gollob tomasz.jpg
Tomasz Gollob won Criterium of Aces 14 times.
2007 Podium: Jagus (2nd), Ferjan (1st), Mi. Szczepaniak (3rd). Kryterium Asow 2007 (podium).jpg
2007 Podium: Jaguś (2nd), Ferjan (1st), Mi. Szczepaniak (3rd).

Speedway Grand Prix

Polonia Bydgoszcz hosts the Speedway Grand Prix of Poland in the Polonia Bydgoszcz Stadium (1998–99, since 2001). In 2000 Polonia hosts Speedway Grand Prix of Europe. Tomasz Gollob won in Bydgoszcz SGP 6 times.

Pomeranian-Kuyavian Derby

The Pomeranian-Kuyavian Derby is the name given to speedway matches between Polonia Bydgoszcz and Unibax Toruń.

Criterium of Aces

The Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway League Aces (Polish : Kryterium Asów Polskich Lig Żużlowych im. Mieczysława Połukarda) usually referred to as the Criterium of Aces (Kryterium Asów) is an annual speedway event held each year organized by the Polonia Bydgoszcz.

The Criterium of Aces held in the Polonia Stadium in Bydgoszcz. It is seen by riders and fans as the official opening of the new season. First staged in 1982, although a similar meeting was held in the 1951 as Criterium of Aces (Criterium Asów). The most successful rider in Criterium history is Tomasz Gollob (former Polonia's rider). He won Criterium 14 times between 1990 and 2008.

Honours

CompetitionsTotalGolden medalsSilver medalsBronze medals
TotalYearsTotalYearsTotalYears
Team (DMP)
(since 1948)
2571955, 1971, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 200271951, 1953, 1972, 1986, 1987, 1993, 2005111956, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1988, 1990, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2006
Team U-21 (MDMP)
(since 1978)
711976, 198931986, 1988, 199231977, 1978, 1987, 2002
Pairs (MPPK)
(since 1974)
18111974, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 200261979, 1992, 1998, 2001, 2005, 200612010
Pairs U-21 (MMPPK)
(1980 U-23; since 1983)
71198041985, 1986, 1987, 200621988, 2001
Individual (IMP)
(since 1948)
1881992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 200251953, 1985, 1998, 1999, 200351951, 1955, 1972, 1990, 1997
Individual U-21 (MIMP)
(since 1967)
1281970, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1986, 1990, 1991, 19921198731969, 1976, 1988
Total Polish Championship medals: 87Gold: 36Silver: 26Bronze: 25
CompetitionsTotalI placeII placeIII place
TotalYearsTotalYearsTotal Years
European Club (KPE)
(since 1998)
33 1998, 1999, 2001
Team Cup (DPP)
(?)
0
Golden Helmet (ZK)
(since 1961)
16101981, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 200241967, 1972, 1996, 200222002, 2005
Silver Helmet U-21 (SK)
(since 1966)
1361984, 1986, 1987, 1999, 1992, 200721968, 198851966, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988
Bronze Helmet U-19 (BK)
(1976-81; since 1983)
1021984, 200241985, 1988, 1995, 1996, 200041991, 1999, 2005, 2006


Stadium

Polonia Stadium. Stadion Polonii Bydgoszcz 2.jpg
Polonia Stadium.

The stadium is located on ulica Sportowa 2 (Sports Street). It contains 20,000 seats. The track is 348 metres long and has a granite surface. The track record was made by Tomasz Gollob (60.11 sec on June 20, 1999).

Football section

Polonia Bydgoszcz's football section competes in the regional league. There home ground is Stadion Miejski im. Józefa Piłsudskiego. [3]

See also

Notes

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The Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway League Aces usually referred to as the Criterium of Aces is an annual speedway event held each year organized by the Polonia Bydgoszcz. The Criterium of Aces held in the Polonia Stadium in Bydgoszcz. It is seen by riders and fans as the official opening of the new season. First staged in 1982, although a similar meeting was held in the 1951 as Criterium of Aces.

The 9th Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway League Aces was the 1990 version of the Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway Leagues Aces. It took place on March 25 in the Polonia Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The 10th Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway League Aces was the 1991 version of the Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway Leagues Aces. It took place on March 24 in the Polonia Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The 13th Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway League Aces was the 1994 version of the Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway Leagues Aces. It took place on March 27 in the Polonia Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The 14th Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway League Aces was the 1995 version of the Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway Leagues Aces. It took place on March 26 in the Polonia Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The 15th Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway League Aces was the 1996 version of the Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway Leagues Aces. It took place on April 4 in the Polonia Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The 16th Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway League Aces was the 1997 version of the Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway Leagues Aces. It took place on March 23 in the Polonia Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The 17th Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway League Aces was the 1998 version of the Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway Leagues Aces. It took place on March 29 in the Polonia Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The 18th Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway League Aces was the 1999 version of the Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway Leagues Aces. It took place on March 28 in the Polonia Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The 19th Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway League Aces was the 2000 version of the Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway Leagues Aces. It took place on March 26 in the Polonia Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The 20th Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway League Aces was the 2001 version of the Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway Leagues Aces. It took place on March 31 in the Polonia Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The 21st Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway League Aces was the 2002 version of the Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway Leagues Aces. It took place on March 26 in the Polonia Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The 22nd Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway League Aces was the 2003 version of the Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway Leagues Aces. It took place on March 28 in the Polonia Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The 23rd Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway League Aces was the 2004 version of the Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway Leagues Aces. It took place on March 21 in the Polonia Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The 24th Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway League Aces was the 2005 version of the Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway Leagues Aces. It took place on March 28 in the Polonia Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The 25th Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway League Aces was the 2006 version of the Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway Leagues Aces. It took place on April 2 in the Polonia Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The 27th Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway League Aces was the 2008 version of the Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway Leagues Aces. It took place on March 30 in the Polonia Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The 28th Mieczysław Połukard Criterium of Polish Speedway League Aces will be the 2009 version of the Criterium of Aces. It took place on 29 March at the Polonia Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland. In the 2008 season, Criterium was won by multi-winner Tomasz Gollob, who beat junior Emil Saifutdinov and Tomasz Chrzanowski.