‘Bring speedway back to Castleford’

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Castleford’s speedway club could fold if it cannot find a home in the town, its founder has warned.

Castleford Kings, the club’s senior team, will hold its race meetings in Peterborough next season, while the club’s junior team, Castleford Castles, will race at Workington, Cumbria.

However, Pete Hibberd, the team’s manager, said the club could not afford to keep running without a home in Castleford.

Mr Hibberd, 64, said: “I just can’t afford to keep bankrolling the club any longer.

“The only way I can carrying on funding it is if we build a basic track and run a training school nearer Castleford.

“But we haven’t heard anything about any land being available so this really is the last throw of the dice.”

Speedway was staged at the former Whitwood Greyhound Stadium between June 1979 and July 1980.

After attracting a bumper opening night crowd, Whitwood speedway was halted by the sport’s governing body subject to improvements being made to the stadium.

Although improvements were carried out, speedway was staged at the stadium for just 12 months and the team was disbanded.

Mr Hibberd re-formed the club three years ago and is now speaking to Wakefield Council to try to secure a home in the town once again.

“The first step is to get an appropriate plot of land and put a track on it to get some income in.

“But it’s not just a track that we need. We need a stadium and all the facilities that go with it too.”

Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for economic growth and skills, said: “We are doing our best to help but this really comes down to the question of what the developer can afford.”

Castleford Kings’ season will get underway next month while Castles will start in the summer.

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