Wednesday May 19, 2021
WOLVERHAMPTON owner Chris Van Straaten has been boosted by the response of loyal fans following the heartbreaking abandonment of the club’s first meeting in 20 months.

Monday’s eagerly awaited ‘Thank You NHS’ individual meeting was called to a halt after Heat 2 because riders were struggling following heavy rain in the build-up.

Van Straaten left Monmore distraught after jumping through hoops to reopen the sport at Monmore with the co-operation of Ladbrokes and the City Council.

But he said: “I went to open club emails and check on social media first thing on Tuesday fearing what I was going to read.

“However, most of the messages have been supportive and some fans have offered to donate their refund to the club which is a remarkable gesture.

“It’s lifted my spirits and I’m starting to look ahead to Monday and our home meeting with Belle Vue. Tickets are now on sale.

“In addition, I will revisit the possibility of reviving a Wolverhampton supporters’ organisation which we haven’t had for some years now.

“I want to offer my sincere thanks to everyone who has stuck by the club and for all the supportive messages we received. It’s very much appreciated.”

The club held a hugely successful media call at club sponsors Parrys International on Monday lunchtime before heading for a team meal at the Cleveland Arms close to the stadium.

Van Straaten said: “The day started so well, we welcomed our friends in the media and photographers to stock up on images of the riders, but when the damage to the track became apparent I didn’t even call the referee I just pulled the plug myself. It wasn’t proper speedway and I wasn’t prepared to give that to our public, it wasn’t fair.”

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