Chelsea Transfer Target
Mar 22, 2016, 10:40 PM
Team(s): Not any more
As you say, a rather odd decision not to give it a bit longer, especially as opening night was reportedly very cold (nothing changes, eh?) and the meeting an individual event (which don't appeal to many fans nowadays). Looks like one benefactor effectively baled out the Devils in 2015. Given the scale of last season's losses (and £2,000-plus a week adds up quickly), if the promotion was keen to run in 2016, it might have been more sensible to drop to the cheaper bottom tier. I suppose it could still be an option, if anyone can be found to take up the reins.
That said, the promotion might have looked at a 450 crowd and thought 'we've got no chance'. During my time covering Middlesbrough Speedway at Cleveland Park in the 90s, whilst working on Teesside's evening newspaper, the promoter decided to experiment with a second team, comprising local kids, operating in the bottom tier (was it the Academy League then?). The first home meeting for Cleveland Bays attracted 150 paying customers (at the time, the senior team, Boro Bears, averaged about 850). The promoter, aware the Bays was going to prove a pointless exercise, pulled the plug immediately. Maybe that's how the Plymouth promotion felt.
(This post was edited by Feversham Lens on Mar 22, 2016, 10:44 PM)