RATHBONE REACTION

Thursday October 13, 2020
PETERBOROUGH chief Ged Rathbone has saluted supporters for turning out in force to a fans' forum on Tuesday night.

The event, laid on by the 'T Balfe Construction' Panthers at the Post Office Club in the city, attracted close to 200 people.

Rathbone, co-promoter Trevor Swales and team boss Carl Johnson fielded questions on a host of subjects from those in attendance.

And Rathbone revealed he was struck by the huge sense of optimism with thoughts already turning from a disappointing 2016 campaign towards what will hopefully be a far happier 2017.

He said: "Firstly, I'd like to thank all the fans who came along. Such a good turnout shows that they really do care about the club and really are interested in what we have to say.

"We pride ourselves on being open and honest, and I think that is appreciated. We may get things wrong, but we'll never have a problem in explaining the thinking behind our decisions.

"We did that on Tuesday when questioned about the high number of team changes we made to the team during last season, and myself, Trevor and Carl all agreed that we felt we made the right moves at the right times even though they didn't quite work out as hoped.

"No-one is more disappointed about the way last season turned out than me - and no-one is more determined to make 2017 far more memorable than me either.

"And I'm clearly not the only one already looking forward to next year. I sensed a lot of optimism among supporters and we'll do all we can to repay them for sticking with us through a tough year by trying to deliver success."

Rathbone had attended a British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA) meeting earlier on Tuesday ahead of the forum.

And while he wasn't at liberty to divulge what had been discussed by the sport's bosses, he did admit that the club are already formulating team plans for next term.

Rathbone added: "The rules for next season won't be finalised until the BSPA annual meeting next month, but we do have a rough idea of how the land may lie.

"We also know the route that we would ideally like to go down with our team for 2017 as we try to improve on our poor home record while also still being able to pick up results on the road.

"Let's just say there is already good interest in riders from being part of Peterborough Speedway."

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