Tuesday August 20, 2019
BIRMINGHAM boss Laurence Rogers has issued a rallying call to his team and the club’s supporters ahead of Wednesday’s big home derby with Leicester (7.30).

It comes after the news that skipper James Shanes’ season is over after sustaining serious, multiple injuries in a horrifying grasstrack crash on Sunday.

With five meetings in the space of eight days coming up in their busiest spell of the season, Rogers says it’s far from ideal.

And while the Edwards Plumbing Brummies boss admits it’s a huge loss to the club, he also says the rest of his side are relishing the occasion.

“With Shanesie it’s not only what he does on track it’s what he does off it as well,” Rogers said.

“He’s a big, big part of the club and he’s been a great captain for us again this year.

“He had a tough time earlier in the year but in recent weeks he’s been sensational.

“It’s a huge blow to the team and with so many meetings coming up now, it couldn’t have been timed much worse.

“We just keep our fingers crossed for Shanesie right now and wish him a full and speedy recovery.

“As a team though it means the other six boys have got to really knuckle down now because we still want to finish as high up the table as we possibly can.

“The Leicester fixture at Perry Barr is without doubt the biggest occasion of our season and we really do need the supporters to be our seventh man.

“We need them to turn out in force, create an atmosphere that gets the boys buzzing and we need to do as much as we can to try and overcome a strong Leicester side.”

Leicester include seven-times British Champion and former Grand Prix star Scott Nicholls but will be without Ty Proctor who is ruled out with a back problem.

The Lions also bring in former Great Britain international Steve Worrall at No.1 who ironically guests for his sidelined twin brother Richie.

There will be a team autograph and photo session between 6.35 and 6.50pm with two special pages in the official raceday programme for the riders to sign.

With the club also holding their annual collection for the Speedway Riders’ Benevolent Fund, not only will there be collection buckets going around the stadium, there will also be the unique opportunity to walk the Perry Barr track during the interval.

Some of the Brummies riders will join supporters on their walk - all the club are asking for is a minimum £1 donation to the SRBF.

And if that wasn’t enough, up to 25 supporters will again be able to take advantage of the Perry Barr Centre Green Experience.

Tickets to watch Heats 12-14 will be on sale upon entry to the stadium for just £3 per person and will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

Kids 11 and under go free while Leicester season ticket holders will also receive a £5 discount off the adult price and will be admitted for £11.50.

BIRMINGHAM: Adam Ellis, James Shanes R/R, Tero Aarnio, Paco Castagna, Jason Garrity, Jordan Jenkins, Nick Agertoft.
LEICESTER: Steve Worrall, Ty Proctor R/R, Scott Nicholls, Ellis Perks, Ryan Douglas, Joe Lawlor, Connor Mountain.

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