Tigers legend Shawn returns to meet the fans

Back in town: Ex-Tigers idol Shawn Moran
Back in town: Ex-Tigers idol Shawn Moran

SHAWN Moran says he is excited and nervous about his return to Sheffield tomorrow.

Moran, one of the most popular riders ever to wear Tigers colours, is back in town for the first time since quitting the sport in 1994.

Shawn Moran at the launch of his record Motorbikin' in 1984

Shawn Moran at the launch of his record Motorbikin' in 1984

He will be meeting fans in Owlerton’s Panorama Room at ‘An evening with Shawn Moran’ and will be signing copies of his brand new DVD which has just hit the shelves.

And he will be guest of honour back at Owlerton on Thursday when Tigers face high-flying Workington in an appetising Premier League clash.

Moran thrilled fans through the 80s with his spectacular racing style and his partnership with late brother Kelly will go down in Tigers folklore.

He said: “I’m looking forward to going back to Sheffield where I had some great times but I feel a little nervous about it also.”

Moran has admitted for the first time that he felt he let down Sheffield when he quit after just 10 meetings in 1994.

He said: “I felt I let the fans down and I let Neil Machin (club owner) down.

“I was uneasy about things for a while, before I went back to Sheffield I went to Australia and thought I’d have a bit of time off and I’d be away from the bikes for a while with nothing to do as far as racing goes.

“I thought maybe I’d recharge and feel better about things but it made no difference and in the build-up to the season I felt terrible.

“A lot of riders had got injured and I got really scared, not of Sheffield because the bigger the track the better, but actually in my last year or two of racing I was getting real scared of getting injured.”

Tickets for tomorrow’s event cost £5 on the door and it gets underway at 8pm.