News of plans to bring speedway back to Milton Keynes came as a shock not just to fans, but also to the team that carries the name.
MK Knights, who currently race at Rye House in Hertfordshire, first heard of details that an unnamed group were planning to build a speedway stadium in town last Wednesday night, with Knights the preferred choice to race there.
But while the team had no idea of such plans, they’re keen to see the team return to Milton Keynes, bringing speedway back for the first time in 22 years.
Until 1988, Knights had used the greyhound stadium, now Ashland, to race before moving to a new facility at the National Bowl. But complaints from residents relating to the noise, and falling crowds, saw the team fold in 1992.
But in 2012, the team was reborn again, and although they race outside of Milton Keynes, the idea of moving home is one they cannot simply ignore.
Chris Camp, from MK Knights said: “Bringing speedway back to Milton Keynes has been the aim since we restarted the club in 2012.
“Since the announcement last week, which I admit we were pretty surprised by, the reception from the fans has been overwhelming, and a lot of people are excited that speedway could be coming back.”
However, the club are remaining coy on throwing themselves completely behind the plans until more information is forthcoming, like the location of where the stadium may be built.