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Wednesday 16th of July 2014
It is sad news Car Hire Birmingham Airport reveal about a sport which may be considered a niche, but in the city housed a competitive motor speedway team.
Two of the former bosses of speedway team Birmingham Brummies have spoken of their sadness at the termination of the speedway club. Phil Morris and Graham Drury revealed they both tried to help the club pull through since the Alan and Charles Philips promotion were cancelled by the British Speedway Promoters’ Association (BSPA). Birmingham had been without a speedway team for 20 years before the Brummies reformed in 2006.
The possibility of finding a new promoter came to an end on Monday and all the debts will be dealt with by a bond held by the BSPA. Plus any further TV revenue due to the suffering club would be needed to help clear the debts.
Morris, who quit the club last November after leading them to the top of the table, said “I feel extremely sad because I have been doing a lot of work behind the scenes to try and help the club survive. I have a soft spot for Birmingham, I still have a lot of fans there and for this to happen now is pretty heartbreaking. I really hope this isn’t the last we see of the Brummies in action and if there is anything I can do to help in future then I will be there.”
BSPA Chairman Alex Harkess said “I’m gutted about this outcome, but sadly there is no alternative. When I met with the loyal group of Birmingham supporters last week I believed there was genuine hope, but sadly things have changed over the last few days. As an association, we have done everything possible to try and ensure the continuation of speedway but with no promoter willing to take the club forward I’m afraid the club is now closed for business. I feel for the Birmingham riders and supporters who have been a real credit through this ordeal and we all hope this is not the last time we see speedway at Perry Barr Stadium.”