Witches to get support of Town chief?

SPEEDWAY: Ipswich Witches can expect some high profile support when they take on Newcastle in the second leg of the promotion/relegation play-off final at Foxhall Stadium tonight (THURSDAY).

The Suffolk-based side goes into action two points ahead after the first leg at Brough Park on Sunday with the winners on aggregate riding in the Elite League next season.

Ipswich Town manager Roy Keane has expressed an interest in going along to the heath to support the Witches.

Keane knows all about the intensity of cup and play-off meetings after a fourth round Carling Cup game against Northampton Town at Portman Road last night.

He said: “I’ve never been to a speedway meeting, but I’m interested in all sports and tomorrow might be a good time to pay a visit to Foxhall.


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“I’ve heard about the Witches and have thought about going along for the last few weeks.”

And it could still be a tricky meeting for Ipswich with Robert Miskowiak and Chris Slabon suffering injuries on Sunday.

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The Ipswich management are keeping their cards close to their chest over what they intend to do next season regardless of where tomorrow’s meeting takes them.

Witches fans are desperate to know answers to the following questions, but may have to wait until after the promoters’ conference next month to find out the answers.

Will a drop to Premier League be considered this winter regardless of tonight’s result?

Without a major investment how likely is a drop down?

Although loathe to answer the above Horry Money, sponsorship co-ordinator, did say:

“Of course this season has been disappointing. And it’s no secret that we require a major investment.

“But securing our Elite League status has to be our first target.

“And this play-off is far from over.

“Newcastle are proving dangerous opponents and we will not be taking any chances.

“We really need our fans to turn up in their numbers and get behind us.

“And after then it is going to be a difficult winter break for us with a number of difficult decisions that we will have to make.

“I would like to assure our supporters that nobody works harder than Chris Louis in trying to keep this historic club going and some of the criticism of him and his father John have been unfair and unjust.”

Children will be allowed in free tonight if dressed in Halloween costume – with a paying adult.

All the youngsters will parade in the centre green to decide the best dressed.

There will be prizes for the top three selected by Witches riders.

The Fat Cat public House in Spring Road, Ipswich have brought out a beer for Halloween called Wicked Witch and landlords John and Annie Keatley are sponsoring the meeting.

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