Stars chief Chapman bemoans ‘worst season’ for postponements in King’s Lynn’s history
09:51 12 June 2012
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Stars chief Jonathan Chapman believes it’s the worst season for postponements in King’s Lynn’s history as speedway’s summer of misery continues.
Rain has wreaked havoc across the British calendar so far this season with a host of fixtures being postponed due to wet weather, much to the annoyance of fans across the country.
However, that frustration is probably being felt most at the Norfolk Arena where the Stars have had six Elite League meetings called off already this campaign – five of which were at home.
Lynn’s televised Sky Sports fixture against Swindon Robins last night – their second attempt at trying to fulfil the meeting – was the latest to bite the dust, making it three postponements in a row for the Stars.
Co-promoter Chapman said: “It’s the worst year I’ve known full stop. It’s not good for us or the league. I’d go as far to say it’s our worst season for postponements on record.
“We were excited about the meeting being televised but you can’t prevent nature. The season just hasn’t been able to get going for us. It’s terribly frustrating.
“It’s tough on the club and we’ve just got to sit tight and hope that the weather improves and the fans come and support us when we do have all these home meetings on. It’s got to get better at some point.
“We’re not able to take the money from Sky which is a shame but hopefully we’ll re-arrange the fixture and they will come back for it. Hopefully, even though the club has no financial worries, we can get plenty of home meetings on soon.”
The Stars have already lost thousands of pounds in expected gate receipts, plus money from Sky for last night’s meeting, after home clashes against Swindon (now twice), Birmingham, Belle Vue and Coventry were called off.
Promoter Buster Chapman admitted the club were left with no option to call the meeting off yesterday morning to allow Sky Sports staff to travel to Manchester in the hope of broadcasting some speedway – a scheduled meeting between Belle Vue and Wolverhampton.
He said: “We would have been sitting around praying for a four-hour break in the weather, which wasn’t even forecasted.
“The weather gods certainly haven’t been on our side this season and we have only raced four home matches with a total of six meetings now postponed.
“I feel sorry for the riders and the fans and can only pray that some good weather finally arrives through July, August and September so we can complete our Elite League fixtures and achieve our goal of qualifying for the play-offs.”
The Stars will hope the weather improves as they are scheduled to travel to table-topping Poole Pirates tomorrow and Coventry Bees on Friday before welcoming Belle Vue next Wednesday.