Speedway: Monarchs fans can sponsor air fence

Monarchs need to install an air fence for safety reason. Pic: Ron MacNeill
Monarchs need to install an air fence for safety reason. Pic: Ron MacNeill
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EDINBURGH MONARCHS have stepped up their fund-raisng efforts to help finance the compulsory installation of an air fence at Armadale next season.

The Capital speedway club are inviting donations of £200 to advertise on the fence panels and are hoping this offer will help boost their current fund, which stands at £4800. That total is less than a quarter of the expected final cost of £20,000.

A Monarchs spokesman said: “The five metre panels cost significantly more than £200, but we have set the price at a level which is within reach of our supporters. The panels will carry the donor’s name in perpetuity.

“It is estimated that the air fence and the work required at the track to fit it in to position will push the project costs up to almost £20,000, which is a substantial amount of money.”

The latest fund-raising event is an ‘Audience with Craig Cook’ night at Broughton Rugby Club on Friday at 7.30pm. It is now fully sold out.

Meanwhile, Monarchs’ hopes of signing Berwick Bandits asset Liam Carr as a possible reserve next season could be thwarted after Bandits team manager Ian Rae expressed doubts over whether the schoolboy is ready to step up into the Premier League on a full-time basis.

Rae said: “Liam gained some valuable experience when he guested for Edinburgh at the end of last season, but Liam is still at school and I don’t know if he is ready yet to move into the Premier League. Saying that, the Berwick supporters need someone local in the team that they can get behind and focus on.”

Monarchs team-building plans won’t take shape until broken leg victim Jozsef Tabaka visits hospital for a progress report on his injury late next month.

Monarchs boss John Campbell said: “Jozsef is absolutely critical to our line-up, but he is not pledging himself to anything right now. He is not in our team, or out of it at the moment.

“One doctor told him he wouldn’t be able to ride for six months. Were that the case, we would have to exclude him from our side.”