Tuesday April 20, 2021
BIRMINGHAM Speedway bosses have been handed a potentially crippling blow just over a month before the new season.

Perry Barr Greyhound Stadium has been victim of three break-ins in as many weeks before vandals caused further serious damage to the speedway side of the venue in the early hours of Monday morning.

Essential equipment was set alight and burnt out, including several vehicles, storage containers were broken into and security gates were battered down.

It is a devastating setback for the Brummies who are just six weeks away from launching the new campaign.

With such high hopes for the year ahead, after assembling an ultra-competitive line-up, club bosses are determined to come back to the tapes.

But co-owner Peter Mason admits the financial implications has left them in a difficult situation.

“When we received the call it was a big shock and it’s an infuriatingly, massive shame as well,” Mason said.

“I just don’t understand what people get out of doing things like this – one thing I do know is that they don’t think about the aftereffects it has on other people.

“Especially so close to the beginning of a brand new season, it can throw a lot of things in the air.

“It’s all stuff that we will need so it’s all stuff that’s got to be replaced.

“We’re not like your other sports like football and that who are blessed with all these hundreds and thousands and multi millions of pounds, Speedway works from hand to mouth.

“Speaking here and now, our intention is still to come to the tapes as planned and go racing on that first Wednesday night in June and we are determined to make that happen.

“But the reality is, we need to raise some much-needed funds pretty quickly or who knows how far we can take it in the current climate especially?

“Unfortunately we can’t just pluck money out of thin air, it doesn’t grow on trees as they say.

“We just need as much financial backing and support from as many people as possible, no matter how small the amount, it will all add up in the end and it will help keep the club alive.

“Putting such an exciting, capable team together like we have done this year isn’t cheap let me tell you, but as a management team we wanted to show everyone how serious we were.

“So we’ve already committed to a lot of outgoings this year – and that’s why the damage caused by these mindless idiots is a real kick in the teeth.”

Following an idea put to us on Monday, as well as several requests from supporters, we have set up a GoFundMe Page to help raise funds.

Club bosses have been overwhelmed by the messages of support and your backing is hugely appreciated.

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