Border Trophy up for grabs once again!
Photo by Dave PayneWed 01 Oct 2014
The remaining play-off clashes between the Comets and the Bandits are to be given an extra bit of spice with another piece of silverware now up for grabs!
Our forthcoming 'Home and Away' clashes with Berwick in the Premier League Play-offs on Saturday 11th October at Shielfield Park and Sunday 12th October at Derwent Park, are to be given an additional twist with the aggregate scores over the two matches now also counting towards the Border Trophy, which has not been raced for in recent seasons but is certainly fondly remembered by supporters of both clubs.
First contested over forty years ago, the Border Trophy was always a popular annual clash between the Comets and the Bandits during the Comets previous era (1970-1981), with the Comets (who rode on Friday evenings back in those days) racing the Bandits on successive evenings; home and away, to determine the destiny of the trophy. In fact Berwick are the Comets oldest rivals, with the Bandits having visited Derwent Park on opening night in April 1970, when they won 37-39!
Then, when the sport returned to Workington in 1999, the Border Trophy was resurrected as an annual contest once again. However, a combination of congested fixture lists, rained off fixtures and various end of season competitions in recent years have made it harder to find mutually suitable dates to hold the competition throughout the season, especially with us now both being Saturday tracks.
But, following discussions between the two promotions after the Edinburgh Monarchs progressed to the Premier League Grand Final, it was decided that this was as good a time as any to bring the trophy back and spice up these two matches - not that 'spicing up' of a Comets v Bandits match is required, but it will make every point in each match worth fighting for as each club strives for aggregate success.
Comets co-promoter and team manager Tony Jackson said: "Down the years there have been some tremendous clashes between the two clubs and although they were essentially challenge matches the sense of intense friendly rivalry was always there.
"Even as a youngster on the terraces many years ago I remember being aware of the kudos in winning the Border Trophy, which was often raced around Easter time, and if you were not successful one year then you were soon talking about winning it back the following year.
"Both promotions were keen to bring the Border Trophy back to life and spoke with great fondness of its history, and also with regret that it has lapsed in recent years, but we would like to think that it is back to stay from now on!"
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Last Updated : Wed 01 Oct 2014, 01:10 UK