Chapman rallying call to Stars’ fans

King's Lynn co-promoter Buster Chapman issued a rallying call to the Stars' faithful ahead of tonight's Premier League clash with Glasgow at the Norfolk Arena.

King's Lynn co-promoter Buster Chapman issued a rallying call to the Stars' faithful ahead of tonight's Premier League clash with Glasgow at the Norfolk Arena.

Chapman threatened to quit after suffering personal abuse in the bitter aftermath of last week's rained off Premier Trophy semi-final against Workington.

Lynn triumphed in the re-run 48 hours later - prompting the Stars' supremo to come out fighting to keep a memorable season on track.

“Let's all get behind the team now because this can be a really special year,” he said.


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“We've got a brilliant set of riders led by a brilliant team boss in Rob Lyon. It's onwards and upwards - what happened is water under the bridge.

“I want to thank everyone who came up to me with messages of support. The positive reactions have far outweighed the negative.”

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Chapman will forgive but not forget the barbed criticism after a rain-affected semi-final.

“I don't deserve personal abuse,” he said. “I won't repeat what a minority did say but it wasn't nice. I just want to be treated as I treat people - with respect. It was very hard for me to take and the natural reaction is to retaliate, but I had to bite my lip.

“Some supporters have short memories when you consider the stadium improvements over the last few years and the fact we've built a team to be proud of. They have a right to voice their opinions, I accept that, but we do our best every meeting.”

Chapman confirmed an alleged pits incident involving both promotions during the re-arranged semi-final had been reported to the sport's governing body (BSPA).

“It's now in the hands of the authorities - that's all we can say,” he said. “Workington did us no favours in either meeting. I was annoyed with Graham Drury because if they had agreed to originally race on the Friday we would not have ran the first meeting.

“As it was the weather forecast was clear, but we only agreed to go if we could get a full meeting finished. There was no chance of that happening. It cost me a lot of money in the end, so what I had to gain I don't know.”

Lynn's co-promoter predicts his men will need to re-produce their semi-final heroics to defeat a quality Tigers outfit.

“The likes of Kauko Nieminen, Danny Bird and Shane Parker know how to ride the Arena,” said Chapman. “I think that level of competition brings out the best in us. Workington came here determined not to lie down. At one point I felt it might be one of those nights but to beat them ranks as probably one of the best meetings in my time.”

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