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Denham: I'm hoping to keep Workington Comets going until season ends

Workington Comets owner Keith Denham hopes to continue running speedway until the end of the season.

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Keith Denham

Mr Denham initially said that after Saturday’s match with Glasgow, which saw less than 500 people turn up, that he could pull out of the Premier League as soon as possible, ending Comets season early.

That was despite the team still having two home league matches to race, being involved in two cup semi finals, and the Premier League play offs.

Denham, who said he was losing up to £3,000 a weekend, contacted the British Speedway Promoters’ Association yesterday to ask what the consequences would be and, after talking with BSPA chairman Alex Harkness, said he hopes he could run until the end of the season.

He said it now means tomorrow’s clash with Ipswich, and Saturday’s meeting with Leicester, will go ahead. Denham, who bought the team at the end of the 2007 season, was told if he pulled out of the league early he could face a hefty fine which could cost him more than if he runs until the end of the year with losses.

He has said that the threat of closure still remains very real if crowds don’t improve over the final weeks of the season.

He said: “I have told the BSPA what the situation is and that we are just not getting enough people through the gates. I don’t want it closed but we will see what happens at the end of the season. We want to keep it going for all the people who do come.

“When I first took over we had healthy four-figure crowds but it does look as though the people of Workington are tired now of speedway in the town.

“We will see how we are at the end of the season and how much it has cost us.”

He feels a mixture of the current economic situation, countless rain offs and a catalogue of injuries to star riders had put people off coming. He added: “If people want speedway in the town they need to come and support the team.

“It is not a lot to ask to have an extra 200 odd people through the doors.”

He added that other clubs were in serious financial trouble and the sport had a “major problem”.

Have your say

Regarding costs,Keith Denham has always stated that he was never in it to make money (he also isn't in it to lose money).
IF suffficient fans attended he always said he would bring the entry cost down, but he can't do that unless the stay away fans show that they will support the club. This weekend could prove that!
The vast majority of MAN UTD fans do not agree with some of the actions of their owners, but thousands still turn up every week to support the club.
Get behind the club and show what support we could have before it's to late.
Give Keith Denham the option to reduce admission the following week, lets see you all turn up Saturday

Posted by Tony R on 20 September 2012 at 10:45

I am very sorry but the rugby club would not be running now if speedway had not returned in 1999 , i know that and the people that run Workington Town know that . Very happy to see Town doing well . Comets are doing very well .But i do think is the end of the Comets Comets fan turn 2 Now i think it will bet the end of the Rugby club thay will never get back to the teams from the 50s 60s 70s , as Sky wont be there for them ( LOOK AT BRADFORD) as Sky wont be there for Tne Comets . I do not go to see the Town but i have there Draw Tickets and had two wins But if the Comets go my ticket moneys go ,. Very Sad Time s After the Comets have gone , Iwill gine 3 years and Tseco will be at D/P ..

Posted by JOHN on 19 September 2012 at 23:04

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