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Interest from potential buyer of Mildenhall Fen Tigers could see team carry on next season


By Sports Newmarket


There could be light at the end of the tunnel for fans of the Mildenhall Fen Tigers, after a consortium expressed serious interest in buying the club from outgoing promoter Kevin Jolly.

Chances of a deal being struck between the group and Jolly hinged on the outcome of yesterday’s National League Annual Conference, where the club were represented by James Easter.

Should a deal fail to materialise, it would see the club – which was put up for sale by Jolly last month following their defeat in the National League play-off final to the Eastbourne Eagles – shut for the fourth time in its 44 year history.

Mildenhall Fen Tigers Pre season practice day...Mildenhall Fen Tigers 2018 - Back row Left to right: Danny Ayres, Phil Kirk (team manager), Josh Bailey, Kevin Jolly (promoter), Jordan Jenkins. Front row left to right: Drew Kemp, Sam Bebee, Ryan Kingsley...Picture Mark Westley. (5655521)
Mildenhall Fen Tigers Pre season practice day...Mildenhall Fen Tigers 2018 - Back row Left to right: Danny Ayres, Phil Kirk (team manager), Josh Bailey, Kevin Jolly (promoter), Jordan Jenkins. Front row left to right: Drew Kemp, Sam Bebee, Ryan Kingsley...Picture Mark Westley. (5655521)

“I had been told lots of things and I had heard a few rumblings for quite a while and I just needed to shake it up a little,” said Jolly.

“I received a fine of £1,500 for not going to Eastbourne in the final league meeting and it ended up if I didn’t fulfil that and pay my October fees on Monday that they would annul the club and I needed to know how serious this enquiry was.

“I was on the phone to the British Speedway Promoters Association (BSPA) office on Monday at 10am and paid the £2,500 out of my own pocket in order to potentially keep Mildenhall Speedway alive.

National League title decider at West Row stadium, Fen Tigers V Eastbourne. Ryan Kinsley celebrates heat win Picture Mark Westley. (5655260)
National League title decider at West Row stadium, Fen Tigers V Eastbourne. Ryan Kinsley celebrates heat win Picture Mark Westley. (5655260)

“The group have agreed to buy my bond if things go their way at the conference which would save them having to put up another £10,000.”

While Jolly may be stepping aside from the position he has held at the third tier side since 2011, firstly together with Chris Louis and Michael Lee and then on his own for the past four years, he is pleased to see potential interest in taking the club off his hands.

“Just because I am walking away from the club doesn’t mean I don’t want to see it survive, as whatever anyone thinks, I’ve helped make the club stable,” added Jolly.

“It was just the right time to walk away.

Mildenhall Fen Tigers National Trophy (5655570)
Mildenhall Fen Tigers National Trophy (5655570)

“We have worked hard keeping Mildenhall Speedway going and it has been an intense fortnight.

“At the end of the day, if there is a speedway club still running out of Mildenhall at the end of the next couple of weeks, then we have done well and it will be great for the fans.”

Two of this year’s team will be re-united again in 2019, although this time at Championship level, with Ryan Kinsley snapped up by the Scunthorpe Scorpions on Thursday where he will joined by Josh Bailey.



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