Stephens calls on motor sport fans to back new look Devils
ONE of the directors behind the new company running Plymouth speedway has urged city motor sport fans to come out and support the Devils.
Members of a consortium have just finished setting up a company, Peninsula Promotions Ltd, which will be responsible for running Plymouth Devils this coming season.
Former Devils captain Seemond Stephens, a director in the new company, said they were close to completing the final details of the takeover – possibly this week – from former boss Mike Bowden.
After that, the new company gets the keys to the circuit, the St Boniface Arena at Marsh Mills.
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Team manager Lee Trigger has put together a seven-strong squad which he believes can reach the Premier League play-offs.
But Stephens said the success of the Devils would depend a great deal on the support of the fans.
He said: "When all this is completed, what we will need is large crowds.
"We really need them – we have thrown a lot of money into the club.
"People thought they had lost the Devils (before the consortium got agreement to take it over), now we need them to support it.
"If people want a stronger club, we need a stronger crowd."
Consortium members, with the help of supporters, are setting up a drainage system at the circuit and improving toilets and the electrical system before the tapes go up on the new season in March.
The other directors of the company are Ashley Taylor, who is trying to resurrect speedway in Cornwall and Andrew Pethick, a business partner of Stephens'.
Andrew Copp will be representing speedway promotion set-up Manor Delta, who have taken a 25 per cent stake in the new company.
Former Exeter promoter David Short has been appointed by the British Speedway Promoters' Association as the overseeing promoter to guide the new company during their first season.
Plymouth-based Taylor said: "The next steps are to sign the lease agreement with the governors of St Boniface College and also officially complete the purchase of Plymouth speedway from Mike Bowden.
"We have already reached agreement with the riders who will represent the team for the coming season and we are now in a position to complete their contracts and lodge them with the BSPA."
The Devils line-up will see Cory Gathercole return as skipper. Also returning from the 2012 squad will be Todd Kurtz and Ben Reade, who are due to fill the reserve positions.
There are four new signings with Ty Proctor and Chris Schramm forming the opening partnership, while the other heat leader positions will be filled by Ricky Kling and Mark Lemon.