The city’s ‘other’ Wolves are on the verge of glory and a second consecutive League title.
The speedway team just down the A41 at Monmore Green are the reigning Premiership League champions but, despite reaching the final of this year’s competition, they were on the brink of losing their grip on the trophy.
They went into the first leg of the final against Swindon on Monday without their top two riders after crashes in each leg of last week’s semi-final against Belle Vue.
At Monmore, Jacob Thorssell was a victim and his fellow Swede Freddie Lindgren was the unfortunate man on Friday in the second leg at the National Speedway Stadium, Belle Vue’s home.
Both riders are still in hospital with serious back injuries and whilst all thoughts are with them making a speedy recovery, their absence meant that Wolves were outsiders for the final.
But an outstanding performance at Blunsden on Monday evening saw Wolves edge the first leg by 47-43 to set up what promises to be an enthralling speedway meeting tonight.
Promoter Chris Van Straaten warned: “It isn’t over yet – the job is only half done. You can win an away leg in a football game and then come unstuck in the return. We are taking nothing for granted. That said, the boys were outstanding at Swindon and are ready for the challenge that lies ahead.
“A lot of our supporters are also followers of the Wolves football team and they are always welcome here at Monmore Green.”
Tonight’s meeting starts at 7.30pm but with a large crowd expected, spectators are advised to get to the track as early as possible.