Robins could benefit from sad Birmingham closure

This Is Wiltshire: Robins could benefit from sad Birmingham closure Robins could benefit from sad Birmingham closure

SWINDON Robins could be set to benefit from a shake-up in the Elite League table following the sad closure of Birmingham Brummies yesterday.

The BSPA announced yesterday that the Perry Barr club will not be able to complete the season, with financial problems meaning the Brummies haven’t taken to the track since June 30 and haven’t raced at home since June 11.

While the governing body have yet to officially announce what will happen to the Brummies league points, and those gained by the teams riding against Birmingham, it is likely they will all be expunged from the league table.

If that happens, given the Robins have yet to complete a fixture against Birmingham this season, Alun Rossiter’s side could be set to move closer to the play-offs.

Wolverhampton, who currently sit directly above Swindon in sixth, would lose four points, putting the Robins above them, while they would then only be two behind Coventry and three behind fourth-placed Eastbourne, with both teams losing three.

Leaders King’s Lynn would have 10 points removed from their total, while Lakeside in second would lose seven.

“I'm gutted about this outcome, but sadly there is no alternative,” BSPA chairman Alex Harkess said.

“When I met with the loyal group of Birmingham supporters last week I believed there was genuine hope, but sadly things have changed over the last few days.

“As an association, we have done everything possible to try and ensure the continuation of speedway but with no promoter willing to take the club forward I'm afraid the club is now closed for business.

“I feel for the Birmingham riders and supporters who have been a real credit through this ordeal and we all hope this is not the last time we see speedway at Perry Barr Stadium.”

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9:50pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Di kanny oh says...

Oh dear very sad decline of our great sport with losing another team and I hate to say this but other clubs may follow unless drastic action is taken. Get rid of this British junior league within the Elite league and get back to tracking 7 top rider teams but only racing on Monday nights this is a must so we can get rid of all these silly guest bookings. Its about time we had 9 riders competing for the 7 places so that off form or injured riders can be replaced from the squad just like football teams. British draft riders should be riding in the premier league and as soon as they are any good Elite league teams should be made to track ONE in their teams or squads. We just have to get the fans out their chairs and back out to live speedway events and they will want to see the worlds best riders.
Oh dear very sad decline of our great sport with losing another team and I hate to say this but other clubs may follow unless drastic action is taken. Get rid of this British junior league within the Elite league and get back to tracking 7 top rider teams but only racing on Monday nights this is a must so we can get rid of all these silly guest bookings. Its about time we had 9 riders competing for the 7 places so that off form or injured riders can be replaced from the squad just like football teams. British draft riders should be riding in the premier league and as soon as they are any good Elite league teams should be made to track ONE in their teams or squads. We just have to get the fans out their chairs and back out to live speedway events and they will want to see the worlds best riders. Di kanny oh
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8:01pm Tue 15 Jul 14

morris 1 says...

Totally agree Di kanny oh in what you say
Totally agree Di kanny oh in what you say morris 1
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