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Kent Kings Speedway announce the name of their new mascot and prepare to relive their 2016 epic clash with rivals Mildenhall Fen Tigers online

The speedway match from the past winning the fans' vote this week is the 2016 epic clash with rivals Mildenhall Fen Tigers.

It’s the latest online showing from the Kent Kings speedway club, who are unable to race at Central Park Stadium because of the coronavirus lockdown.

Speedway fans can watch the Kent Kings taking on Mildenhall in 2016 online tonight
Speedway fans can watch the Kent Kings taking on Mildenhall in 2016 online tonight

Fans of the Kings are being treated to re-runs of great meetings from the past, providing speedway heaven every Wednesday at half past seven.

The National League match against Mildenhall Fen Tigers took place on May Day Bank Holiday 2016 and can be viewed tonight’s through the club’s website.

Fans can also vote what to watch next week.

On offer is a 2014 match against Devon Demons, which includes an early appearance in the Kings from Danny Ayres, a 2016 meeting with Coventry Storm which saw records tumble, a remarkable comeback against Plymouth Devils in 2018 or a quality encounter against Wimbledon Dons last year.

Roary the Lion is the new Kent Kings mascot
Roary the Lion is the new Kent Kings mascot

The club have just announced the name of the new club mascot, backed by one of their sponsors, Ian Hyland of SpecSavers in Tunbridge Wells.

After a terrific response from fans, Roary was the chosen name, beating suggestions including Lennie (a nod towards Kings' promoter Len Silver), Luke, Kenny, Kingsley and Kingston.

Six people came up with the name Roary and after a draw George Hodgson was the lucky winner of the prize of VIP tickets and a replica Kings/Royals 2020 shirt.

Commercial Manager Graham Darling said: “Thanks go to all who entered and congratulations to George.”

The club also ran a competition over Easter, to turn hard-boiled eggs into their favourite rider from either the Kings or the Royals. Some of those entrants are pictured below;

Young fans rose to the challenge of decorating hard-boiled eggs as their favourite rider from either the Kings or the Royals, or both!(34638474)
Young fans rose to the challenge of decorating hard-boiled eggs as their favourite rider from either the Kings or the Royals, or both!(34638474)

Kent Speedway, meanwhile, are supporting one of their youngest and most loyal fans Harry Pledger, 8, who has been out riding to raise money for Medway NHS.

The Sittingbourne youngster wanted to raise £200 but has so far reached £600. He has been riding his bike every day, accumulating the equivalent distance of cycling from Sittingbourne to the NHS Nightingale Hospital, in east London.

He said: “NHS staff and key workers are working so hard to keep us safe, risking their lives while we are safe at home. Please sponsor me so we can show our thanks for all they do for us.”

Kent Kings fan Harry Pledger, 8, who has been out riding to raise money for Medway NHS (34638472)
Kent Kings fan Harry Pledger, 8, who has been out riding to raise money for Medway NHS (34638472)

To pledge money for young Harry you can visit his Go Fund Me page.

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