Derek Sneddon’s Edinburgh Monarchs testimonial tonight

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In a career which has spawned a 13-year association with Edinburgh Monarchs, captain Derek Sneddon will receive a testimonial salute from colleagues old and new at Armadale tonight

The meeting takes the form of a four-team tournament involving Newcastle, Glasgow, Monarchs and a Rest of the World squad. Sneddon will take one ride for each side over the course of the evening.

A big attraction for supporters will be the first appearance in a year of ‘flyin’ Ryan Fisher, and Frede Schott, who led Monarchs to their maiden Premier League crown in 2003, is back at the Lothian Arena for the first time since 2004.

Sneddon, who skippered Monarchs to their second championship in 2008, may not have garnered many individual titles during his life as a shale star, but he has scooped a tranche of team honours and he thinks camaraderie in the pits is vital to winning meetings, saying: “A good team spirit is worth four points a match, I’m a great believer in that.”

Monarchs co-boss John Campbell had this message for Sneddon: “To Derek, my inspirational captain, I thank you for your magnificent service to the club and I hope you have a marvellous evening.”

Sneddon now 31, certainly doesn’t harbour any thoughts about retiring, adding: “As long as I’m enjoying it and it’s not costing me too much money, I will continue riding speedway.”

Mark Lemon replaces the injured Thomas H Jonasson in the Edinburgh line-up. The meeting starts at 7.15pm.