Lynn Stars boss praises owner Buster Chapman for speedway investment
Co-promoter Dale Allitt praised King’s Lynn Stars owner Keith ‘Buster’ Chapman for “putting his money where his mouth is” by investing in East Anglian rivals Peterborough and Ipswich and insists this move saved speedway’s top flight.
Next year will be a very rare occasion when Lynn, Peterborough and Ipswich are all in the same division after the latter two clubs moved up from the Championship.
Allitt said: “It’s very good for East Anglia. There’ll be some really good local derbies.
“This is something that can excite fans from all clubs.
“Buster needs to be applauded because without his intervention in those two clubs I don’t think there would be a top flight league in England, frankly, as there wouldn’t have been enough clubs.
“He really has done it for the good of the sport and he really has put his money where his mouth is.
“Having said that, each club – and I’m sure they will do – needs to retain their individuality. Chris (Louis) has been there with Ipswich for many years and Ged (Rathbone) is involved with Peterborough.
“I’m sure he’ll keep an overseeing role to make sure there is any help needed or anything. Equally Buster will make sure the Stars will remain competitive, as they’ve got a lot to live up to from this year, as will Peterborough and Ipswich.
“Certainly in Peterborough’s case they haven’t been in the top flight with that promotion at all. They need a little bit of help.
“Currently Peterborough haven’t got a team because they’re a Championship team. It’s a similar way with Ipswich, so there are lots of things to try to do.
“The main thing is having each individual club all trying to be successful.
“For my part, if you ask me who I want to win the league – well, King’s Lynn, obviously.”
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