Speedway: Sheffield Tigers slash prices for visit of champions

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Sheffield Tigers have slashed admission prices for the visit of National League champions Cradley tomorrow (7.30).

The club are hoping to see a big turnout with kids going free in the first Thursday of the school summer holidays.

All adult admission is £10 and club bosses are hoping for a good response with plenty of Cradley fans expected to travel from the West Midlands.

Tigers hand a debut to Italian ace Paco Castagna with Arthur Sissis a confirmed starter - they are sweating on the fitness of Josh Bates who has tonsillitis.

Cradley include former Tigers star Ben Wilson as cover for Max Clegg, who is on Premier League duty with Edinburgh.

There will also be extra races featuring some of the best British children under the Young Lions scheme and Sheffield are to make a donation from the gate receipts.

Co-promoter Damian Bates said: “This promises to he a great night of racing, 15 heats of speedway plus the youngsters.

“We’re delighted to welcome Cradley, they are a unique club because of their track sharing with Birmingham and the support they have.

“They were the glamour club of the 80s when you look down the history books and quite clearly the support is still there for the club.”

Cradley, who boasted two top flight titles and five world individual champions, closed down after losing their Dudley Wood home to developers in 1995.

But they were revived in 2010 sharing with Wolverhampton and moved to Perry Barr this season where they have continued to attract good numbers.

“We are offering a great value night out,” said Bates. “People keep saying speedway should be a tenner, well this Thursday at Owlerton it is for all adults and with free admission for the kids I hope to see a good turnout.”