Stars prepare to take on old enemy
King's Lynn Stars are on the verge of one of their biggest achievements in recent years as they bid to complete a remarkable return to the Elite League with a place in the title play-offs.
And Stars manager Rob Lyon insists that even old enemies Birmingham won't stop them.
The old foes go head-to-head tomorrow night, in front of a worldwide audience on Sky TV in the Stars' final home league match of the season.
Poole and Eastbourne have already secured their places in the semi-finals and King's Lynn are now fighting it out with Lakeside and Coventry for the other two places.
The Stars are in fourth place, with Coventry only two points behind them, so they must beat Birmingham by seven points or more to gain all three league points on offer to secure their place in the play-offs. Anything less and the Stars will be leaving the door open for Coventry to come and spoil their party.
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'Birmingham made the move up from the Premier League alongside us this season, and to be honest we have quite a history from our time there together,' said Lyon.
'They stopped our celebrations for 100 straight home wins last season when they came here and beat us in our 99th meeting, so there is definitely no love lost between us and I am pretty sure (Birmingham co-promoter) Graham Drury would take great satisfaction if he was to come here and spoil our celebrations once again.
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'With that in mind and the fact that Birmingham have hit some form of late, I expect an extremely tough meeting, but we will put everything on the line for this meeting and give it 110pc.
'We want a place in the title play-offs more than anything else in the world.'
King's Lynn promoter Jonathan Chapman said before the season started that a place in the play-offs would be like winning the league title itself.
'To make the move up into one of the world's toughest leagues and have a debut season like we have is what dreams are made of and everyone at the club is so excited about being within touching distance of a place in the play-offs,' he said.
'It would be our biggest achievement to date, and when you bear in mind that we won the Premier League title in 2006 and 2009 along with the KO Cup in four out of our last five seasons that is a big statement. I hope all our fans come along to enjoy the moment and give us as much support as possible, it would be great to show the world what a great club we are on the terraces as well as the track.'
• Kings Lynn: 1 Kenneth Bjerre, 2 Lasse Bjerre, 3 Olly Allen, 4 Mads Kornelliusen, 5 Neils K Iversen, 6 Fillip Sitera, 7 Kozza Smith.
• Birmingham: 1 Scott Nicholls, 2 Ales Dryml, 3 Danny King, 4 Ben Barker, 5 Daniel Nermark, 6 Ulrich Ostergaard, 7 Claus Vissing.