Television Tigers digging deep to repay followers

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SHEFFIELD have agreed to reschedule their trip to Somerset for TV coverage – and they’re making a unique offer to fans.

The Oak Tree Arena clash will now take place on Tuesday, May 31 instead of Friday 20, and Sheffield fans who have pre-paid for a hotel room that night for the overnight stay to go to Newport the next night will get a club refund. It’s a move unprecedented in professional sport.

Said Tigers owner Neil Machin: “It may be an inconvenience to some supporters but we have to look at the bigger picture and do all we can to facilitate our broadcast partners. We will therefore go to Somerset on May 31 and all those supporters who have already paid for a hotel on the Friday before Newport can submit their receipt as proof of payment to me at the office and I’ll refund them.

“We never take our fans for granted and I hope by doing this it underlines our commitment to customer satisfaction. To be featured live on TV gives our sponsors unbeatable exposure. I also feel it will be a good meeting for our broadcast partner as we are determined to go there and gain some revenge.

“I also want all those fans who were planning to go to the original date of this meeting to go down there and show their Tigers colours in front of the Sky cameras!”

Tigers host Ipswich tomorrow. Said Machin: “Ipswich have signed a crop of great young riders, it’s going to be a very tough meeting for us.

“After riding at home to Somerset last week now Ipswich - I have to say the fixture compilers could have been a bit kinder to us.”