Tuesday July 20, 2021
BIRMINGHAM boss Laurence Rogers is predicting good times ahead for the club – starting on Wednesday against Redcar at Perry Barr (7.30).

The club have been in crisis with their future in doubt due to crowd levels restricted at an alarming level, costing the owners thousands.

Now with restrictions easing and the team back to full strength Rogers believes the season starts now.

He said: “It’s been a trying season in all departments but we know things can only get better and they will.

“With restrictions lifted confidence for people to go out will return and we can welcome back fans who haven’t been able to be here because they weren’t going out or couldn’t access on line tickets.

“We did what we could to help with this by being here to book their tickets and taking details on the phone but clearly many were still not able to be here. It hasn’t been easy.”

Brummies welcome back German star Erik Riss to face his former club – and Rogers has revealed how there was a serious possibility of him going under the knife which could have scuppered his season.

“Erik is back when we thought he may be out longer,” he said

“Thankfully he doesn’t have to have an operation on his shoulder which would have kept him out for a while.

“We have missed him and thank the guests who have stood in for him but it’s never the same as having your own rider and before the injury he was piling up the points.

“Valentin Grobauer is also planning to be back after his foot and ankle injuries and is keen to get amongst the points.

“His season is really starting as he has hardly been on a bike in 2021. Again thanks to the guests we have used but we have our own man back again.”

The tie is nicely poised with Redcar holding a two-point lead from the first leg on Teesside.

The Bears include former British champion Charles Wright and talented Dane Michael Palm Toft who are both expected to go well at Perry Barr.

As added value for supporters the club are also staging a second half featuring the Bulls development team riders and 125cc demonstration races at no extra cost.

BIRMINGHAM: Chris Harris, Valentin Grobauer, James Shanes, Ashley Morris, Erik Riss, Paco Castagna, Jack Thomas.

REDCAR: Charles Wright, James Sarjeant, Jake Allen, Jordan Stewart R/R, Michael Palm Toft, Drew Kemp, Jordan Jenkins TBC.

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