Speedway: ‘Tigers’ season will go down in history’, insists Bates

Damien Bates
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Sheffield co-promoter Damien Bates says their stunning 2017 exploits will live long in the memory after wrapping up their campaign last night.

Their final meeting with Redcar eventually went ahead after being delayed due to the late arrival of the trackside ambulance.

But it has nonetheless been a sensational season for the Window Centre Tigers, who brought title glory back to the city for the first time in 15 years.

They also lifted the SGB Championship Pairs trophy on an unforgettable evening at Owlerton to ensure this year will be etched in the history books. And despite receiving some criticism late in the season due to their promotion/relegation race-off with top flight side Leicester, Bates says it has been a fine season for the club.

“It’s been a fantastic year, and I think we’ll all look back on it with great memories,” Bates said.

“We built a team at the start of the year we believed could win the league, and although it’s taken some tinkering here and there it feels great to have achieved it. It’s been a pleasure to work with this group of riders, they’ve done a superb job for Sheffield and to win the league title at the end of it was no less than we deserved.

“Winning the Pairs at our home track as well was just the icing on the cake, and although we had a bit of a blip with the abuse we received on social media in the last few weeks it’s overall been a fantastic season which we’ve thoroughly enjoyed. We’ve got great support and crowd levels have been good, and we’ve also seen some excellent racing which is what we’ve come to expect at Owlerton.

“Expectations will no doubt be high next year, but we’re going in feeling positive and with a lot of momentum so hopefully it can be another successful season. We’ll take stock over the winter, regroup and see what happens with the sport at the AGM then we’ll focus on trying to build a side to defend our title in 2018.”

SHEFFIELD’S clash with Redcar was delayed - full details tomorrow.