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National League side Mildenhall Fen Tigers will compete in 2019 after consortium finalises purchase of club

There will be speedway action at the Mildenhall Stadium in 2019 after a consortium completed the purchase of the Mildenhall Fen Tigers this evening.

Kevin Jolly, who recently put the club up for sale, confirmed last week that the sale of the club was close to completion.

And the deal has now come to fruition, with a group fronted by club commercial manager Lee Chipchase and local farmer Greg Palmer – plus unnamed partners – in control of the operation, although Jolly is to remain a part of the set-up at West Row.

Mildenhall Fen Tigers National Trophy by Derek Leader (4195039)
Mildenhall Fen Tigers National Trophy by Derek Leader (4195039)

Chipchase, who revealed that the identity of the riders for next season will start to be confirmed next week, said: "We are overjoyed that Mildenhall Speedway will run again in 2019 and must thank Kevin for all his help in making this happen.

"We are very pleased to be able to announce that Kevin will stay involved with us and help our riders develop using his great knowledge of speedway and deep passion for the sport. He has also been a massive help to us as we prepare to step somewhat into the unknown.

"This was a decision not lightly taken but I am confident that with the various skills my partners will bring to the table we can continue to run Mildenhall Speedway on a sustainable basis whilst providing our loyal fan base with the exciting speedway they have come to expect at Mildenhall.

"We are very lucky to have so many committed helpers too that all help make the Mildenhall Speedway experience a special one."

Meanwhile, Jolly added: “This is a solution that works for everyone, the club keeps running which is so important to me, whilst at the same time I will not have the financial commitment and day to day responsibilities that I have had over the recent years.

"I am happy to help the new consortium and am convinced that they can continue to move Mildenhall Speedway forward."

*For more on the deal, plus the new riders, see next week's Journal and Free Press print editions.