Louis ‘more than happy’ with new boss Hilton as he looks to put together entertaining team
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Ipswich Witches director of speedway Chris Louis admitted to being “more than happy” with the appointment of Phil Hilton as team manager.
Hilton takes up the reins at Foxhall next year in a role that is totally new to him.
But Louis has confidence in the former police officer of 32 years.
“Phil’s background may not be speedway management, but then again every speedway team manager had to start somewhere,” Louis explained.
“But what Phil does have is experience in dealing with situations and dealing with them quickly.
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“I’m quite excited to see how he is going to get on and I’m more than happy with his appointment.”
While Hilton looks forward to his new role, Witches fans can look forward to a price-freeze at Foxhall, with both season tickets and meeting day admission remaining the same as 2014.
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“We are keeping prices the same as last year,” Louis said.
“I hope that when the full team has been announced, fans will agree it is a team worth supporting.
“For me, yes it is about winning, but it is also about entertaining the fans.
“The boys last year certainly did that and I’m confident the same will happen this year.”
Meanwhile Witches’ No.1 Danny King is doubling-up with Coventry in the Elite League in 2015.
King, who had a spell at Lakeside last year, will race for the Bees but should any Coventry meetings clash with the Witches, it is still unclear whether Ipswich or Coventry will get priority to have King in their side.
“As Danny’s contract is currently being held by the British Speedway Promoters’ Association, then it’s not clear who will have priority of him should we have a clash with the Bees,” Louis added.
“Whatever happens though, we will get a guest, but I’m hoping we will be allowed his services first and I’ll be pressing for that.”
Ipswich’s League Cup group in 2015 will include Rye House, Peterborough Panthers, Somerset Rebels and Plymouth Devils after the Panthers announced last week that they will be racing in 2015.
Meanwhile season tickets are now available for the next season.
The season tickets offer the same discount as last year. Early Bird prices are available until January 5, 2015 and are priced as follows: Adult £210, concessions and students £175.
Renewal forms will be emailed/posted to 2014 ticket holders.
New applications forms and payments can be processed via the Witches’ website.
They can also be purchased at the Ipswich Supporters Club AGM, which takes place on December 4, 7.45pm at Ipswich Wanderers, Humber Doucy Lane, IP4 3NR.
They will also be available at Foxhall Stadium on December 6 and 20, 10am-1pm.