ON THIS DAY....2020!

Wednesday May 20, 2020
Somerset racing history should have been made today, Wednesday 20th May, had this season not been Covid-19 suspended, as the 'Cases' Rebels were scheduled to race at Central Park for the first time ever.

Central Park is the home of the Kent Kings, a club that was launched in 6th May 2013 some seven years after current owner Roger Cearns, the grandson of 'Bill' Cearns, founder of Wimbledon Stadium, Plough Lane, re-introduced greyhound racing at the Sittingbourne-based venue after a short-lived venture had first been trialled in 1995, operating in conjunction with Sittingbourne FC who had been the inaugural occupants of the stadium built in 1990.

A further seven seasons on from Cearns' National League venture the promotional team opted to take a big stride in the sport and step into the second tier of British speedway, putting together a strong side only to see their ambitions frustratingly delay due to the ongoing lockdown restrictions imposed on people's lives and livelihoods.

Just when the Rebels will have the chance to head for the M20 and race at Central Park remains to be seen, although of course it has been the home of Anders Rowe's speedway grounding and, two seasons was ago, the base for Nathan Stoneman so won't be totally unfamiliar terrain when the fixture next comes around.

picture: Geoff Young

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