COVENTRY’S Treble-winning captain of 2007, Scott Nicholls, will be back in their colours at Leicester on April 11 (7pm).
A side representing the homeless Bees are competing in the East Midlands Bowl fixture against the Lions on Easter Saturday, getting them back on track for one night only as efforts continue to bring both speedway and stock car racing back to the area.
Nicholls, who led the club through a golden era of five major trophies in three years during the first of his three spells at Brandon, has signed up for the fixture – and it will also be good news for the Lions supporters, as it gives them the opportunity to thank him for leading them to the Championship title last year before his move to Kent for 2020.
Nicholls will be joined in the Coventry line-up by another former Brandon title-winner, Ben Barker, who is set to race for Somerset this year.
Barker also had three spells with the Bees, the most successful being from 2008-10 when he won two major trophies and was part of the dramatic Elite League Grand Final triumph over Poole in the latter campaign.
And the manager on that unforgettable night at Wimborne Road nearly ten years ago will be taking charge again at the Paul Chapman & Sons Arena.
Alun Rossiter won his first league title as Bees boss and went on to secure three more with Swindon later in the decade, making him one of the sport’s most successful bosses. He has also recently ended a six-year stint as Great Britain manager.
Further names will be announced in due course, and supporters should note Leicester’s new start-time for home meetings this season of 7pm.
It will be the first time a full senior Coventry team has taken to the track since they last rode at Leicester in September 2017.
There has been no activity in the area for either speedway or stock cars, both of which have a rich heritage, since Brandon Stadium was closed by current owners Brandon Estates at the end of the 2016 season as they pursued a planning application for housing development.
That application has still to be determined but an independent report commissioned by Rugby Council last year concurred with the major deficiencies highlighted by the Campaign Group, most notably the fact that National Planning Policy Framework had not been satisfied in terms of provision for the sports which had been displaced.
Hundreds of Bees fans are expected to make the trip to Leicester on April 11 to once again make the point that the sports should not have been evicted from the area, and need to be returned at the earliest opportunity.