SHEFFIELD TIGERS: Memories for Neil Machin on his 20th anniversary

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SHEFFIELD owner Neil Machin is looking forward to celebrating 20 years in charge of the Tigers next month.

The charismatic Yorkshireman took over the city side in 1992 along with the late Tim Lucking and in July he will celebrate his 20th anniversary at the helm of one of British speedway’s most respected and professional club sides.

Machin had taken Sheffield from the brink of liquidation to their current status as arguably the biggest club outside the top division, and he is looking forward to toasting that achievement.

He said: “Owning this club has given me unbelievable highs and lows and experiences that I will never, ever forget. When we took over this business was failing and I am proud at the way we have developed the club.

“It has not been easy but it’s been an amazing 20 years and I am looking forward to being able to share some of the experiences we’ve had.

“There are so many tales to tell and I think it’ll be absolutely fascinating for some our younger fans to hear some of the things that have gone on over the last two decades. It has taken an awful lot of work to get where we are now.”

Machin is also keen to pay tribute to some of the many people he has worked with over the years who have helped Sheffield establish themselves.

He said: “There is no way we could have achieved anything without some amazing people behind the scenes.

“We have some absolutely fantastic people who have given their all for this club and, sadly, some of those are no longer with us. It’s those people who I want to pay tribute to and make people aware of, because they are the unsung heroes.

“We will have a series of things planned to commemorate the anniversary and hopefully we can relive some great moments.”