Thursday April 22, 2021
BIRMINGHAM bosses have been blown away by the overwhelming response from supporters following their major setback earlier this week.

Perry Barr Stadium was broken into for a third time in the early hours of Monday morning with roughly £20,000 worth of damage caused after items of essential equipment were either set alight or stolen.

A GoFundMe page was set up on Tuesday to help bosses raise vital funds with the new season set to launch at the second city venue in just under six weeks.

And in the first 24-hours, a third of their £15,000 goal had been donated.

Brummies co-owner Peter Mason said: “I couldn’t believe it when we opened the page and saw how much had already been raised on Wednesday evening.

“We were totally blown away and the response from supporters has been quite overwhelming to be honest.

“Not just the terrific Birmingham faithful either – we’ve had donations from supporters across the UK and we can’t thank them enough.

“These people probably don’t realise just how important their donations are – no matter how little or large the amount, every single pound will prove crucial further down the line.

“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.

“David (Mason – co-owner) and Laurence (Rogers – team manager) were absolutely hell bent on putting together an extremely strong team together for this season that was capable of challenging for silverware.

“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.

“After feeling pretty low and down in the dumps when we got the call on Sunday night / early Monday morning, the way supporters have rallied around has lifted our spirits massively.

“We’re not out of the woods yet, far from it, but it’s been a brilliant start to raising the much-needed funds and we can’t thank everyone for the generosity enough once again.”

Mason has also hailed former club owner Tony Mole.

“Laurence put the news on his Facebook page on Monday and within no time at all, we had a ‘phone call from Tony,” Mason explained.

“He was saddened and disgusted with what had happened, he suggested setting up a funding page and offered to open it all with a donation of £500.

“That’s the kind of man Tony is though; he may have been away from Birmingham for over three years now, but he still holds the club very close to his heart and his generosity is massively appreciated, I think that goes without saying.”

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