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Mildenhall Fen Tigers make speedway return

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Mildenhall Fen Tigers have been given the green light to return to speedway, after a seven-month absence.

The Suffolk outfit, who folded after financial difficulties last season, will be part of a 10-team National League for the 2011 campaign.

The new team will be led by the promotion team of Kevin Jolly, Chris Louis and Michael Lee.

Louis is currently boss at fellow Suffolk side Ipswich Witches, while Jolly and Lee are former riders.

The club will continue to ride at the Mildenhall Stadium Raceway at West Row and will now host a speedway academy.

A huge amount of work has gone on with the BSPA to sort it all out

National League chief Peter Morris

National League chief Peter Morrish said: "This is fantastic news for the club and the sport after all the troubles over the past few months.

"They've agreed a deal with the stadium and a huge amount of work has gone on with the BSPA [British Speedway Promoters' Association] to sort it all out."

Businessman Steve Ribbons, who is not involved with this venture, failed to persuade league members to re-register the side at January's annual general meeting.

Peterborough Panthers are currently in a wrangle with the BSPA over their future in the sport.

One option had been for the Panthers to drop into the National League, but that now seems out of the question.

Meanwhile, fellow Suffolk side Ipswich Witches made the switch to the Premier League from the Elite League at the end of last season.

And Norfolk's King's Lynn, another team whose supporter base overlaps with Mildenhall, have made the step up to the Elite League for 2011.



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