Keith Denham set to quit Workington Comets
Last updated at 09:45, Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Comets chief Keith Denham is set to pull the plug on his Workington speedway team, blaming the financial cost of running the Derwent Park club.
Mr Denham, managing director of Flimby building firm Thomas Armstrong, has contacted the British Speedway Promoters’ Association to ask about the ramifications of ending Comets’ season early.
He has blamed falling attendances and said losing money was not fair on his family.
He said: “It does look as though the people of Workington are tired now of speedway in the town.”
Mr Denham has been in charge of Workington for five years, and Comets still have two home league matches to race, and are involved in two cup semi-finals.
A life-long fan of the sport, Mr Denham said the club lost almost £3,000 for the visit of Glasgow Tigers last Saturday, with less than 500 fans turning up.
First published at 09:12, Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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just ashame that it was not abit early in the year and it did not have a part roof on ,you can't stop the weather being bad.and Mr denham has done a great job to try and find riders to replace injuryed riders.i never missed going, even when i moved away from workington,and having the Fan club is good its our second time in it. we have traveled with them ,to support them .we will miss you Mr denhem. why can't Workington Council help out .
The Problem with Workington speedway is the same as all the other teams in the league are suffering. Too many teams and competitions in the league to fit in a year, especially with all the bad weather. Tracks are forced to cram in lots of meeting at the back end of the season when the weathers bad and most teams have lots of injured rider, Workington more than others. No one wants to go to watch a wet meeting with poor racing just so deadline can bet met, even worst when theirs little of the team left. This is not the managements fault but but an issue the BSPA desparatly needs to address. The end of last season was exactly the same as this year and lots of teams had poor attendances and closure threats. Hope workington can find a way to continue but the league format needs changing.
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