Our Season Opener

NEWS Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 6:00pm

by Toby Lerone

Edinburgh Monarchs and Glasgow Tigers have joined forces to give Scottish Speedway the best possible start to the 2018 season, which opens in March.

Said Edinburgh’s John Campbell, “There’s nothing better than a local derby to get the supporters’ taste buds tingling, and that’s how the Scottish Speedway season will begin in 2018, with the teams both opening their seasons on a Friday night with a visit from their local rivals.”

Glasgow spokesman Gerry Facenna added, “We are moving to regular Friday night racing at Ashfield in 2018 and what better way to begin than with a visit from the Monarchs. We hope to have a bumper crowd to open our season, with the same at Armadale the following Friday. It will be a great start to the season.”

The Scottish Clubs have agreed to reintroduce the Scottish Cup this season, with the first leg taking place at Glasgow’s Peugeot Ashfield Stadium on Friday 23rd March, and the second leg at Edinburgh’s Armadale Stadium on Friday 30th March. Both fixtures commence at 7:30pm. The Clubs are working hand in hand to encourage fans of both teams to attend both events and special transport arrangements will be laid on to take visiting supporters to the away leg of the Cup tie.

Both Clubs are optimistic that these exciting season opening Scottish derby matches will be well supported by both home and away fans, as well as the other derby clashes throughout the season. Should this be the case, then the Clubs will look to place the Scottish Cup back on the fixture list for all future seasons.