The Fen Tigers are going back to their past in landmark year

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The Mildenhall Fen Tigers are to start their 40th anniversary season by revisiting the past after it was announced on Tuesday that the Palmer Trophy is to be revived, writes Graham Clark.

After a break of 34 years, the Suffolk club will kickstart their 2015 campaign by staging the individual meeting at Mildenhall Stadium on Sunday, March 29.

In the past, the meeting has been won by former Fen Tigers legends Bob Coles and Ray Bales, along with former Newcastle Diamonds great Tom Owen.

“It is absolutely brilliant that we are bringing the Palmer Trophy back as the Palmer family name is synonymous with the early days of speedway at Mildenhall,” said promoter Kevin Jolly. “Greg Palmer has been very helpful in getting it set up and getting people involved as he knows a lot of businesses and people in the community.”

It is hoped that the meeting, which will see 16 riders do battle over 20 heats, will include a number of the National League’s top riders, along with a handful of Premier League riders, subject to confirmation from the BSPA.

“It is difficult to say who will be riding at the moment as I have spoken to the BSPA about getting several Premier League riders involved as the likes of Stefan Nielsen, Robert Branford and Oliver Greenwood are all interested in riding,” said Jolly. “I have 12 riders who have accepted invites, but we can’t say for definite who they are as it depends on the BSPA and how the fixture list falls.”

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