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POOLE APPLY FOR CHAMPIONSHIP MOVE

Table-topping Poole Pirates have sent shockwaves through British speedway after applying to drop down to the SGB Championship for 2020.

17 / 10 / 2019, 08:46

Table-topping Poole Pirates have sent shockwaves through British speedway after applying to drop down to the SGB Championship for 2020.

Despite winning their eighth top-flight title of the 21st century last year and topping this season’s pre-play-off table, the Dorset side has endured a turbulent year off the track.

We will have to wait until the November AGM before we can definitely say that we will be in the Championship, but that is our preference and, judging by the comments received, one that will be backed by a large core of our support.

Matt Ford

With crowds falling and their title sponsor No.1 Carpet Cleaning going into liquidation, Pirates owner Matt Ford revealed 2019 has been his toughest season financially since he first led the club into action in 1999.

As a result, Poole are keen to compete in the second tier and hope the switch will be ratified at the British Speedway Promoters Association annual meeting on November 13.

Ford recently called for feedback from the club’s fans and says they were keen to see a greater variety of opponents than they currently face in the seven-team Premiership, as well as a return to Wednesday night home meetings.

He told the club’s website: "The response was immense and overall very supportive towards moving to the lower league.

“That will bring about a more varied fixture schedule, one that will provide a far more regular pattern of racing.

"It will also allow us to resume racing on the more favoured Wednesday nights and in truth we will still continue to see a number of riders that appeared here this season given the structures of the league's and doubling-up.

"Taking all the comments on board and looking at the cost implications, we have decided to seek registration to the Championship.

“We will have to wait until the November AGM before we can definitely say that we will be in the Championship, but that is our preference and, judging by the comments received, one that will be backed by a large core of our support."

 

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