Thursday July 19, 2018
BIRMINGHAM co-promoter David Mason declared the club's 90th Anniversary celebrations on Wednesday a success - despite losing their proud unbeaten home record.

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies slipped to a narrow 46-44 defeat at the hands of title favourites Mildenhall in front of a bumper crowd at Perry Barr.

And with plenty of former riders in attendance, Mason says the overall feedback has been nothing but positive.

"We've had a lot of messages already from Birmingham, Mildenhall and neutral supporters who came to the meeting on Wednesday and they've all had nothing but nice things to say," Mason said.

"While the Birmingham fans were naturally disappointed to just miss out, it seems a lot of them thoroughly enjoyed seeing a closer, keenly contested meeting that went right down to the wire.

"We've been praised again for getting the kids involved, for the track walk with the old riders beforehand and also for the slick presentation which saw us get all of the Midland Development League heats done, some junior demo laps by the Thompson Twins, some vintage machine demo laps with Glen Belcher and Scott Cook as well as getting Andy Grahame out for a spin too.

"It's also really pleasing that we can say it was our biggest attendance of the season so far and we're finally getting towards where we want to be.

"I believe next Wednesday's home meeting against Plymouth (July 25, 7.30) is the first of the school summer holidays, so we're hoping that will give parents a better opportunity to bring the kids along and sample speedway for the first time as they haven't got to get up for lessons the next morning!

"We remind them as well that kids 11 and under get in for free so we'd love for people to keep spreading the word and it will be a good night as well because the boys are desperate to bounce back to winning ways."

The Brummies would like to thank the following former riders and management members for their attendance in helping celebrate the club's 90th Anniversary:

Arthur Browning, Graham Drury, Denise Drury, John Hart, Alan Grahame, Andy Grahame, Tony Mole, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn, John Priest, Jack Smith, Brent Werner, Archie Wilkinson.

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