Solihull MK Kings finally call it a day

SOLIHULL MK Kings have folded – 11 months after the team were ousted from their Planet Ice home.

For the past season Kings – formed 13 years ago – have played at Hobs Moat, Solihull, followed by a small but enthusiastic band of fans.

Directors Mike and Sue Pack told a fans' forum at Abbey Hill Golf Club Thursday that they had been

unable to secure the 150,000 needed to ensure Kings' survival in the Findus British National League next season.

"Even up to last night we were meeting potential sponsors but sadly there was no positive outcome," Mr Pack told a subdued audience of about 60 fans.

The Packs, together with other fans, met many of Kings' expenses out of their own pockets last year as the fan base failed to grow as they had hoped. However the club finished the season with no debts.

But Mr Pack said they could not continue and it did not auger well when the Solihull rink said the team would have to switch all Saturday fixtures to Sunday next year – with the likelihood of even lower attendances.

Mrs Pack said: "There is nothing we have to take a risk with. We don't have the money to do so."

Mr Pack confirmed that the FBNL had asked him and his wife to take over the running of league rivals Hull Thunder. He said they would make a decision in the next week or so. Kings director and player coach Rick Strachan is being tipped take the Thunder coach's role.

Kings will continue to run their schools hockey

programme at Solihull until July.