Do it for Buster: Lyon’s rallying cry as King’s Lynn face Peterborough on Chapman’s 20th anniversary
Rob Lyon is calling for his King's Lynn side to give Buster Chapman the best possible 20th anniversary present tonight – by beating Peterborough.
The Stars welcome their fierce A47 rivals the Panthers to the Norfolk Arena exactly 20 years after Chapman became owner of the Norfolk Arena outfit. A packed crowd will toast the Stars supremo's reign during a special parade and King's Lynn team boss Lyon wants his riders to show their appreciation once the derby action gets underway.
Lyon, who is enjoying his eighth season as Stars team boss, said: 'It would be extra special if we could turn the Panthers over and get all three league points.
'The riders would be up for it anyway what with it being a derby but they know what's involved tonight. A win would be a perfect 20th anniversary present for Buster. 'He's a great guy, a loveable character, and I wouldn't have been here this long if it wasn't for him. He's worked very hard to achieve what he's wanted to in his life.
'He's invested a lot of time and money into the club and the stadium and it's testimony to him and his family that they, and the club, are where they are after 20 years.
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'Some supporters seem resigned to the fact that we won't make the top four but we haven't given up. Peterborough will be coming to spoil the party so we need to go out and enjoy it and race to our full potential to win and keep our play-off chances alive.'
Buster, whose actual name is Keith, took over the Saddlebow Road outfit after it closed its doors for five weeks mid-season in 1992 after previous promoter Bill Barker had gone bust.
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A host of former riders, discounted air horns, special tributes and a free 16-page souvenir booklet inside a purchased race programme are just some of the activities planned to mark the landmark occasion.
The Panthers, currently seventh in the Elite League, have already beaten the Stars home and away this campaign as they claimed bragging rights in the Good Friday double-header.
Lynn sit sixth, two points ahead of their rivals, having ridden four meetings more.
Peterborough's Olly Allen, who rode for Lynn last season, will miss the clash after breaking his arm while racing in Poland at the weekend.
Lynn will also be without one of their leading lights after Maciej Janowski hurt his back while racing in Sweden last night.
The Stars will operate rider/replacement at number three, while the Panthers look likely to the same at number two in Allen's absence. However, some media are reporting Robert Miskowiak will guest for the former Stars' ace.
Gates open at 6pm with the parade at 7.30pm. Racing starts at 7.45pm.
King's Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 Ulrich Ostergaard, 3 Rider/Replacement, 4 Mads Korneliussen, 5 Daniel Nermark, 6 Kevin Wolbert, 7 Mateusz Szczepaniak
Peterborough: 1 Kenneth Bjerre, 2 Rider/replacement, 3 Michael Jepsen Jensen, 4 Linus Sundstrom, 5 Krzysztof Buczkowski, 6 Richard Lawson, 7 Norbert Kosciuch