Leicester’s final Elite League match of the season which was scheduled to take place on Saturday with the visit of the King’s Lynn Stars to Beaumont Park has been cancelled.
The Lions Co-promoter David Darcy said: “It is no secret that the club is in financial difficulty and to stage the meeting will incur additional costs which will only add to the present situation we find ourselves in. After careful consideration of the facts the only sensible option was to cancel the meeting much to our regret. The decision has not been taken lightly and on behalf of the management team I offer our sincere apologies to our fans, sponsors, business partners, riders and staff. Our fans have supported the team brilliantly throughout the season and I am sure that the news will be a huge disappointment to them as much as it is to everyone within the club.”
The team’s last home appearance took place on August Bank Holiday Monday when Leicester completed a win over last season’s Elite League Champions, the Poole Pirates and the final score-line of 52-38 was their highest winning margin.
The fixture has twice been postponed due to rain which affected track conditions and a third attempt was scheduled to take place two weeks ago only to be cancelled due to the unavailability of several of the Lions team.
“I am mindful that fans may still have in their possession admission tickets from the original date when the meeting was first postponed and if this is the case then King’s Lynn fans should write to their club enclosing their ticket for a refund which has been agreed with the Stars Promoter Keith Chapman. Lions fans should retain their re-admission tickets which can be exchanged for a meeting next season at Leicester” added Darcy.
Freddie Lindgren won the Elite League Riders’ Championship at Coventry last night to complete a stellar week for the Wolves captain who led his club to success in the play-off final against Belle Vue on Wednesday.
In the final at Brandon Lindgren came up against three riders who he had previously dropped points to in the qualifying section, Niels-Kristian Iversen, Chris Harris and Edward Kennett but he made no mistake in the final.
Leicester’s two representatives Paul Starke and Patrick Hougaard scored seven and six points respectively. Their scores would have been higher but for exclusions for each rider when in scoring positions.
Elite League Riders Championship Final: 1st Freddie Lindgren, 2nd Niels-Kristian Iversen, 3rd Chris Harris and 4th Edward Kennett.
The Lions final Elite League fixture of the season against the King’s Lynn Stars will now take place on Saturday 22nd October with a start time of 7.30 pm. The club wishes to thank the King’s Lynn management team and their riders for their co-operation in agreeing to this change of date.
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