Tuesday June 08, 2021
BIRMINGHAM co-owner David Mason reckons his side come up against one of the Championship's main title contenders in their Perry Barr league opener tomorrow (7.30).

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies host early league leaders Glasgow in what promises to be a thrilling encounter in the second city.

It comes a week after Birmingham's return to home action was hit with problems when they faced Redcar in the Knockout Cup.

But Mason insists that is now firmly behind them and is keen to focus on what's to come.

"We can't hide from the fact that last Wednesday wasn't pretty," he said.

"We were restricted and limited to the amount of time we could spend on the track on raceday and then when we could get on there, the track equipment we had to hand wasn't ideal.

"There's no question whatsoever that we were still struggling from the vandalism damage caused the other month and we're still working hard behind the scenes to get everything back to how it should be.

"I have to thank Chris Van Straaten (Wolverhampton promoter) though for his support; he was there with his Redcar hat on last Wednesday and saw what we went through.

"Fair play to him, he was on the 'phone after that and offered as much help as he could.

"We've got Terry Chrabaszcz back helping on the track and also Dixie Dean coming in who helped prepare Swindon's track when they won the Premiership in 2019.

"Of course it's not a quick fix, but they've been brilliant and enthusiastic and we're excited to see what they can do on racenight itself.

"We've also got some equipment from Somerset, who sadly recently closed down, so we're getting there.

"I want to again thank supporters who were there last Wednesday for their patience and understanding - and I'm sure they'll be rewarded against Glasgow.

"It should be a cracking contest between two really strong teams and they should leave having been thoroughly entertained.

"We want to build on what was such a great league win at Berwick on opening night and the boys are full of confidence for the late show they put on at Redcar on Friday.

"There's no doubt that Glasgow are one of the strongest teams in the Championship with some Perry Barr specialists in their line-up - but our boys are ready to give them a real battle."

Tickets can be purchased online via up to midnight tonight or cash sales will be available at the stadium this evening between 5pm and 6.30.

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