King's Lynn Stars boss reflects on first win in hot seat
"Not bad for an estate agent" – that was one of new team boss Alex Brady’s first reactions to King’s Lynn Stars managing their opening 2021 home win at the sixth attempt on Thursday versus Belle Vue.
Brady is managing director of club sponsors Minors & Brady, estate agents based in Wroxham, Caister, Dereham and Lowestoft.
He has been passionate about speedway from the age of five and has watched Lynn ever since then.
Brady took charge of the team for the first time against the Aces – and what a baptism it was with a last-gasp victory secured by Richard Lawson and Thomas Jorgensen hanging on to a 3-3 after skipper Lewis Kerr and Connor Mountain secured a 5-1 race triumph.
Obviously a 46-44 win on debut helped, but Brady enjoyed the experience: “It was really good fun,” the 30-year-old commented.
“I couldn’t ask anything else from the boys: from one to seven they were brilliant. The atmosphere throughout was great. Even when the two 5-1’s went against us they never lost belief and that was crucial.”
Supporters could be forgiven for thinking ‘here we go again’ when Belle Vue played their Aces of successive maximums in Heats 8 and 9.
But Brady said: “The fans stuck with us. That’s a big thing that I wanted and that’s what Dale (co-promoter Allitt), Buster (owner Chapman) and the boys, they wanted the fans to stay with us and they did.
“They were crucial in helping us get over the line tonight.
“It’s absolutely fine margins. It was little changes we were trying to make for the meeting. The boys were working with each other as well which by all accounts they’ve not done so much this season as they would have liked to have done.
“But everyone was working together, trying to find the right set-up, and it was brilliant.”
He admitted supporters had mixed reactions to his appointment, and added: “Generally the feedback was quite positive.
“There were a few negative comments in there; there were a few saying: What’s your experience and obviously it’s very limited in speedway; but not bad for an estate agent to start with, a 46-44, anyway.”
Going forward to the rest of a tricky campaign which sees Lynn still seven points behind second-from-bottom Sheffield despite beating Belle Vue he said the target is to: “Continue as we are.
“Keep the team spirit together. Have some togetherness as a unit again. It’s really been fun.
“The boys have all come up to me and said it’s actually been the most enjoyable meeting they’ve had for a lot of their clubs all season. Continue like that and let’s see how far it can take us.”