Wednesday April 24, 2019
SWINDON co-promoter Lee Kilby says there is a feel-good factor sweeping through the club after the successful opening of their new track.

The Abbey Stadium played host to two exciting meetings in five days over Easter with bumper crowds at both – and the CFS Filtration Robins remainedunbeaten!

Kilby, in his first season in his new role, admits there have been challenges but there are positives to be proud of.

He said: “It’s been just exceptional. Two meetings, and two amazing meetings!

“The racing we have seen in the opening home fixtures already shows us what we are going to be treated to when it really beds in and settles down.

“Different racing lines, new racing lines and the return of confidence in the track.

“The crowds have also been very pleasing. We expected a good crowd for the opener as everything told us it would be.

“Intrigue and interest in the new track, the Bank Holiday, a day within the school holidays and of course Jason Doyle and a great team on track,but that carried over into the second meeting which was so pleasing.”

Kilby says the club are also working on some issues which frustrated fans on entry to the Abbey.

“We are aware that there were some issues and slight delays getting into the stadium, especially at the first meeting,” he said.

“We are focussing on these between now and the meeting on May 6, and we’ll ensure amendments are made to improve and help the entry.”

He has also moved to pay tribute to the people responsible for finalising a new track in double-quick time.

“I’d like to go on record saying just how fantastic the track team have done in getting this track ready for racing in just under 50 days,” he said.

“In reality that is no time at all. To achieve what they have and the fact it has raced so well in the first two meetings shows just how much workthat has gone into getting it ready. “Ronnie Russell played a huge part in this, but Terry Russell really is a man who gets things done when it is needed. He is great to work for and I'm learning from him all the time.

“Many fans also answered the call and came up to help with odd jobs and a bit of manual labour here and there, and this was also so well appreciatedby us all.”

Swindon face Peterborough in their opening Premiership fixture of the season on Monday May 6 at the Abbey – and the BT Sport cameras will be there.

Said Kilby: “We're currently working on that fixture in terms of promotional work and we’ll start the ball rolling soon.”

Swindon head to Ipswich on Thursday in more Premiership Supporters’ Cup action and a full preview will be issued later.

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