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Tributes paid to Somerset Rebels' Emil Kramer
Emil Kramer
Kramer was a member of the historic 2008 team which won the KO Cup

Somerset Rebels' current 'Rider of the Year', Emil Kramer, has died.

The 30-year-old rider was killed in a road accident in his native Sweden on Wednesday night.

Kramer first joined Somerset mid-way through the 2006 season as replacement for the injured Paul Fry, and quickly established himself as a firm favourite.

He then went on to become an integral part of the club both on and off the track.

"Our thoughts are obviously with Emil's family and close friends in their tragic bereavement," said a spokesman for the Somerset Rebels.

"To say that we are all devastated here at Somerset is an understatement.

"Words fail us at this time, the club is losing more than a team member, we have lost a family friend, and a great, great, friend in that."

'Unflustered style'

A member of the historic 2008 Somerset that won the Premier League Knock-Out Cup, Kramer's cool, unflustered riding style was the rock upon which Somerset's success was built and will be sorely missed by not only Somerset Speedway, but the sport as a whole.

Kramer first came to the UK in 2002, the year he finished runner up to Freddie Eriksson in the Swedish under-21 Championship, to ride for King's Lynn in the Elite League, and saw the season out riding for Hull in the Premier League.

When we eventually come to terms with his tragic loss, I feel sure that the club and fans will want to establish a fitting memorial to Emil, as he will never be forgotten
Somerset Rebels

He then spent the next two seasons with the Vikings, with whom he won the Premier League, KO Cup and Young Shield in 2004, but with Hull's demise at the end of 2005, he did not sign for a British club in 2006 until answering Somerset's call to replace Fry later that season.

"Anyone who spent time in Emil's company will agree he was a true gentleman of the sport, without a bad bone in his body," continued the spokesperson.

"He always had time to spend with the fans, and it is a measure of Emil that he has received so many glowing tributes from speedway fans far and wide.

"Emil had just had his best season with Somerset, and was voted the club's Rider of the Year by our fans just six short week's ago.

"We know by the numerous telephone calls that we have already received from all over the world that Emil was also held in the highest esteem by his fellow riders.

"When we eventually come to terms with his tragic loss, I feel sure that the club and fans will want to establish a fitting memorial to Emil, as he will never be forgotten by those who had the honour and pleasure to have known him."

A book of condolences has been opened at the Oak Tree Arena.


Read your tributes to the speedway star here

Emil, See you on the other side
Rusty, Grass Valley, California, USA

A terrible loss. Those that love Speedway will understand what a great loss Emil's passing means to the sport. RiP Emil amd respects to your Family. Very sad to say the least.
Nigel Moores, Hertford

Emil was a really great guy, and I am glad of all the good times me and my dad spent with him. As I am only 11, it has been a dificult loss to cope with but, I am going to be stong and brave just like Emil used to. Comiserations to his family and friends.R.I.P mate
Dan, Somerset

Rest In Peice Emil... Never forgotten... The #1 rider x
Dave Chales, Clevedon, Somerset

Deepest sympathy to Emil's family at this sad time. It was bad when the Vikings folded this just makes it worse. R I P Emil
Fred and Jess, Ex Hull Vikings fans - now Edinburgh Monarchs, Clackmannan, Scotland

TACK Emil för alla fina speedwayminnen, vi kommer sakna dig på arenorna. Varma tankar går till din familj, dina närmaste vänner och lagkamrater. Vila i frid. (Thank you Emil for all the fine speedway, we will miss you in stadiums. Warm thoughts go to your family, your closest friends and teammates. Rest in peace.)
Gunnel Johansson, Mariestad, Sweden

you will never be for got in speedway.....R.I.P
Jake, Wellington

R.I.P to a mr somerset you will be sadly missed from mike and sam x
Michael Dodson, Swindon

R I P Emil Kramer. We will miss you!
Anna Persson, Mariestad, Sweden

emil you will be missed not just for your abilities as a rider but as a true gent. R I P
Speedway Stu, Stalybridge, Cheshire

I remember my first ever speedway meeting Wed 3rd June 09 Somerset V Edinburgh. The meeting was late starting due to Emils late flight from Sweden. Emil turned up, jumped on bike and won 1st heat easily. Ive been a big fan ever since. Emil will be first out the gates of heaven!!RIP.
Dave, Bristol

You will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved you. A Somerset legend, King Kramer, Once a Rebel, Always a Rebel. R.I.P Emil x
Darren & Rachel, Port Talbot

what a nice man.so sorry to his family and friends you will be sadly missed emil.xx
Emily, Hull

A true speedway rider in every sense. Unfussy and direct in style and a gentleman on the track. The whole speedway world is saddened by this loss. As Rye House fans we looked forward to the Rebels' visits and will do so now with a sense of regret when they visit next season. Our thoughts are with his family.
Terrence and Nathan Yeoman, Borehamwood, Herts

R.I.P Emil you will be sadly missed from us all we will always have great memories of fun and games at the farm and plenty of fosters flowing. you were a legend and will not be forgotten. our thoughts go out to all his family and friends especially phil.
Waters family, Newport

Just seen the news about Emil we are absolutely gutted he was a star for HULL VIKINGS on and off the track a nicer rider you could not have met , thanks for the good times EMIL god bless
steve and chris mitchell, east Yorks

my thoughts are with emil's friends and family at this sad time. Speedway has lost a great rider and friend. R.I.P Emil.
Sarah Bulman, Newcastle / Berwick Bandits

I cant find any words right now just a terrible Loss RIP xxxxx
Debbie, Australia (lived in Hull for years)

We will all remember you!
Tim, Skövde,Sweden

A true Rebel have been taken from us, rest in peace Emil you will not be forgotten at the O T A
Rusty Rebel, Cullompton, Devon

This is such sad news. My thoughts and love are with his loved ones. Emil was mine and my brother's favourite rider. We always had to cheer a little louder when he rode. My brother even named his pet chameleon after him. You will never be forgotten Emil. The rebel fans will make sure of that. x
Dawn and Jamie Rawson, Glastonbury

as a newport fan when somerset visited you always knew it was emil that would do the damage, and he always did! a great guy and a brilliant rider , the visit of somerset wont be the same again. R.I.P EMIL
Mark Crew, Bristol

top guy rip emil
George Scott, Edinburgh

I am so sorry to learn of this tragic accident. My sincere condolences to Emil's family and friends. May he rest in the peace of the Lord.
Brian Buck, Brierley Hill, West Midlands

such a tragic loss and a great shock sadly missed by all in the speedway world he was a great sportsman and a grate lad our thoughts are whit his family friends and somerset rebels at this sad time from all at motor sport medical service
Chris Woods, Boston, Lincs

Emil will be missed not only at somerset but throughout speedway. a great rider, and a gentleman always ready to talk to everyone that met him. We will miss you emil, but will not forget you.
Graham Worlock, Bristol

Devastating news. Saw him ride like a demon round Armadale last year for Somerset. Condolences to all his family and friends. RIP Emil.
Edinburgh Monarchs Fan, Edinburgh

Such a Great rider and a nice bloke when he joined mid season 06 and paired up with Magnus Zetterstrom zorro they were a great riding pair I will never forget emil it would be fitting this year if we could win pairs for him my thoughts are with his family and friends r.i.p emil
Richard Scriven, Somerton

Emil ,you will be missed. The OTA will not be the same
Ray Kear, Rooksbridge, Somerset

My thoughts are with his family. A sad loss to the sport and the world.
Richard James, Birmingham

What a loss to his family, friends and the sport. A superb, skilful rider who had time for all. Emil will be missed surging down the back straight at the Oak Tree Arena. It was a privilege to have watched you. Such sad news.
Bob Ferguson, Bridgwater

A great speedway rider whom will be missed by all, such a nice person , deepest sympathy to the family. R.I.P Emil
Spares Unlimited, Hull

R.I.P Emil all at the Rebels will never forget you.
Kelvyn Hemborough, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

Our Deepest Sympathy to all his family and friends and all who knew him throughout the speedway world. A great loss indeed. Still stunned at the news. Rest in peace Emil. our love and prayers are with you all at this very sad time.
Mo & Richard, Boston, Lincs

Our deepest sympathy to Emil's family.... God Bless Emil R.I.P it was a pleasure to have known you and to able to call you 'friend.'
Kev Kelly & Jack, Somerset

I'm so very sad to hear of the sad loss of a friend , i still think back to the times you me & phil spent having a beer in phils workshop whilst cleaning your bikes and kevlars (and those dammed clutch plates !!) i can imagine you in heaven blowing the froth of a lager . r.i.p. emil x
Paul Tran, Hull

vila i frid halvbror,mötte dej endast 5-6 gånger,senast var 2004 då vår far gick bort (Rest in peace, met you only 5-6 times, last being in 2004, when our fathers went)
Morgon, Skövde, Sweden

So shocked and sadden by hearing the news of such a great and solid rider in Emil, i remember him on one night i visited Somerset whilst the team were up against it and Emil rode like a demon (maximum) truly world class... he will be sorely missed by all, especially to the speedway family around the world... I hope he is racing with the angels... God bless his soul..
Richard Metcalfe, Launceston, Cornwall

Emil will be sadly missed by all such a tragedy. Emil very much a true sportsman. Thoughts are with family & friends & Somerset Rebels.
Karen Stewart, Bradley Stoke, Bristol

Mr Somerset speedway, you will be missed deeply, The King is dead...Long live the King. R.I.P Emil. God Bless you
Kevan Harris, Barnstaple

Will miss Emil on Friday evenings at The Oaktree Arena - Highbridge. He was a great friend and a great rider. Sympathy extended to his family, friends and his mechanic Phil Pickering
Tony Harding, Milbrook, Minehead

A very polite and honest guy, who was held in the highest regard by his fellow riders. A very sad loss, my thoughts are with those at Somerset and all of Emil's family and friends.
Paul Hunsdon, Reading

R.I.P. EMIL SUCH A SAD LOSS
brilliant rider, always had a smile. you will be sadly missed for more than a while. deepest sympathy and most heart felt sorrow our thoughts are with family , friends, Somerset Rebels and all who knew him
Steve and Sharon, West Bromwich, West Midlands

Our sympathy go to the family of Emil,he will be sadly missed. from The Major Family ex Hull Vikings supporters
Mr and Mrs J Major, Hull

R.I.P. Emil a real sad loss to speedway
Graeme Dawson, Berwick

rest in peace Emil, thanks for the good times watching you. your with the speedway stars in heaven now God bless you'll be missed
Anthony Atkins, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

first meet emil when i started riding for the giants, a great man on the track and off it,will be sadly missed
James White Williams, Newport

I am sure I speak for everyone associated with Mildenhall Speedway when I state that it was a pleasure for us to have had Emil grace our track in the past. A true gentleman of the sport. Our thoughts are with his Family and everyone associated with Somerset Rebels at this sad time.
John R. Bailey, Clerk of the Course, Mildenhall Speedway.

R.I.P Emil. You will be greatly missed by everyone. Speedways lost a great rider and a truly amazing guy. xxx
Beth, Cambridge / King's Lynn

I have followed speedway since 1964, and had the privilege of running Wimbledon in 1987. Whenever a rider loses his life, the speedway fraternity mourn as one. To risk your life week in week out to entertain the crowds is one thing, but then to die off track in a car crash is most tragic. RIP Emil.
David Pickles, Sutton, Surrey

such a sad loss for the rebels....first riders name my kid could say ...he'll never be forgotten. thoughts with his family an friends
Rob Baker, Burnham-on-Sea

Emil. First met him at Reading Speedway. What a Guy. He was the every popular, true gentleman. RIP. Race in heaven, Emil.
Bullet, Reading

Words can't describe how I'm feeling. Speedway has lost one of the sports Mr Nice guys. I'm going to miss him and that smile! My thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP Emil, you have left so many good memories both on and off the track. You will always be a Viking in my Heart xxxxxx
Zoe Black, Hull

Deepest sympathy to Emil's family. Hull Vikings would not have won the league, KO cup or Young shield in 2004 without his help, and he always had time for his fans
Robinson Family, Hull

Still can't believe it. Emil was a Hull legend and his part in that 2004 treble will never ever be forgotten. Rest in peace Emil, you were one of the nice guys
Brendon Smurthwaite, Hull

Speedway has lost a great man in emil. my heart goes out to his family especially wee nelly and all his friends at somerset speedway.
Mick, Glasgow

Such sad news. Kind thoughts with family and friends.
Donna McD, Glasgow

He was one of the most genuine lovely people I have ever known and I am really sad to hear this news!! xxx
Lauren, Somerset

I am devastated, what a rider he was a great guy because i have met him. rip emil.:(
Harry, Hull

Emil, du kommer alltid finnas i våra hjärtan, och du kommer alltid ha en speciell plats i Örnarna! R.I.P. (Emil, you will always be in our hearts, and you will always have a special place in there. R. I. P.)
Emma, Töreboda, Sweden

emil kramer r.i.p. a great speedway rider
Luke Wescott, Tadley, Hampshire

R.I.P Emil You Will Be Tragically Missed You Were A Brilliant Rider Was Really Pleased To Hear That You Signed For Us Next Season!! Our Memories Of You Will Be Cherised Forever!!
Daniel Burt, Bristol

Godspeed Emil...
Kymber Estes, Carson City NV USA

Emil was our (Somerset's) main man, he had great talent and produced the goods every time. Speedway has lost a huge star. Shine on Emil. xxx
Chris and Claire Slowley, Bristol

R.I.P Emil Kramer. My thoughts are with the family of the late Emil and also with the Somerset Rebels Speedway Team at this sad time. Rip Emil
Joanne Lyon, Oldham, Manchester

Vila i frid, Emil.
Micael Saarikari, Hjo, Sweden

Emil will be sadly missed not only by his family but the speedway family, I only met Emil once when he came into the bar at scunthorpe speedway he was chatting with Magnus Karlsson but had time to chat and even share his chewing tobacco with me. Great guy and a gent. R.I.P Emil
John Palmer, Scunthorpe

the times i met emil in the pits at newport he was a good lad and i had alot of laughs with him. he will be sadly missed at the track in newport and all accross the uk. r.i.p. emil my friend.
Charlie Kilpatrick, Newport, Gwent

Such a tragic loss of a great sportsman and lovely lad. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and Somerset rebels at this very sad time
Win and Jean Hand, Highbridge




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