THE CAPTAIN OF LAKESIDE Hammers speedway team has died in a crash in Poland.
Lee Richardson was competing for Polish league side PGE Marma Rzeszow on Sunday when he collided with a saftey fence.
He was taken to Warsaw hospital with internal bleeding and a serious leg injury but later died.
A statement released by the Lakeside Hammers said: “All at the club are devastated at the loss of a great Captain, man and more than anything else a wonderful father and husband.
“Our thoughts are with his family at this most sad of times and we know that all Hammers fans will share our total devastation at this tragic news.”
The 33-year-old dad of three, had represented Great Britain on several occasions. Lee had been competing for the Lakeside Hammers in the British Speedway league since 2009.
Stuart Douglas, Hammers owner, has paid tribute to the Hammers rider. He said: “Lee’s death is a truly shocking piece of news.
“Sometimes the dangers the riders face in this sport are sidelined in the competitive spirit, but this proves just how brave speedway riders are.
“Lee is a magnificent rider, and our club, and the speedway family around the world, are left totally bereft by this tragedy.
“All the management and supporters of The Lakeside Hammers join together to send our love and prayers to Lee’s lovely young family at this tragic time. RIP Lee. God Bless you.”