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PREVIEW: NEWCASTLE v BIRMINGHAM (Champ)

NEWCASTLE are set for an emotional day at they host Birmingham (6.30pm) in what could be the last-ever meeting at Brough Park.

Current owner Rob Grant is quitting at the end of the season with no buyer for the Diamonds in place as yet.

Paul Starke comes in for the home side to guest for the injured Matthew Wethers.

Meanwhile the Brummies are chasing an away win to keep their play-off hopes alive, and bring in former favourite Leon Flint as one of three guests due to injuries and unavailability in their lower order.

Grant said: “Birmingham have had their trials and tribulations, but for this match they’re dangerous.

“It’s the lads’ last blast on Brough and we can only hope they raise their game up to match the drama of the occasion. It’s going to be a mad night, fully of great joy, great memories, great emotions great sadness.

“It will be a true rollercoaster for our fans, staff, riders, and management on a night none of us ever wanted to face. Here’s hoping we can go out on a win.”

Flint said: “Birmingham has got such a big place in my heart and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.

“The fans are amazing, they showed me plenty of love and still do now to be fair and everyone at the club is always so welcoming.

“It will be nice to ride for the Brummies again and it’s obviously a big meeting for them too so hopefully I can score some points and help them get a result.”

NEWCASTLE: Ben Barker, Connor Mountain, James Wright, Max Clegg, Paul Starke, Archie Freeman, Adam Roynon.
BIRMINGHAM: Chris Harris, Josh MacDonald, James Shanes r/r, Ashley Morris, Erik Riss, James Sarjeant, Leon Flint.