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Robbo Delighted To Do 4th Term
Sunday 24th December 2017, 07:00 UK
Photo: Steve Brock
Promoter and Team Manager George English certainly gave The Diamonds fans an early Christmas presnt on Friday night.
The second signing for the 2018 Speedway Championship season for Newcastle Diamonds was announced at The Supporters Club Christmas Party by promoter George English. It sees Stuart “Robbo” Robson returning to his local Club full-time for the 4th time in his career.

Robson, who hails originally from Sunderland, first rode for The Diamonds back in 1993 and after stepping in for the injured Lewis Rose last season, the 41-year-old is delighted to be back at Brough Park.

“It’s great to be back with Newcastle again and to be starting the season there again is ideal. I’m also back with Rye House again and the way the leagues are going to be there won’t be any fixture clashes, so this makes it even better.”

“I was really pleased to get a call from George so early confirming that the Club would be running again in 2018 and that they wanted me to be part of the team. It didn’t take long for me to say yes to come back. A few days of negotiations and we came to an agreement that both sides were happy with.”

“It always helps when you know a track well, especially to have it as your home track, hopefully things will go good for the club and myself personally. It would be nice to win some silverware again. It feels like ages now since any of my teams won anything and the same goes for myself on a personal level.”

Robson’s longevity in the sport is testament to the way he looks after himself and his understanding of the way Promoters work as they plan their teams for the new season.

“There’s quite often a short period of time when a season ends, and your phone doesn’t ring, and you wonder if you’ll have a job again for the following year. It’s never nice when this is the case.”

“Sometimes it’s only a matter of a week or two and sometimes it can be a couple of months but however long it is it always feels like a lifetime and it can stress some people out.”

A committed team rider that is always looking out for others he once again intends bringing his experience to bear in 2018.

“My role within the team will be the same as always and the same whichever team I am with. I try to help wherever I can with all my team mates. Whether it be helping to motivate or with advice on set-ups or anything else.”

“I don’t know what role I’ll have placed upon me by Newcastle yet though as I don’t know who else is in the team right now other than Ash.”

Although hailing from Sunderland and in speedway terms being branded as a local rider, he is far from that, as he explains how he intends commuting to both his 2018 tracks with that knowing eye looking for assistance and sponsorship to help him for the forthcoming season.

“I no longer live local anymore, I live near Coventry so again in 2018 I’ll be covering a lot of miles in my van. I’m having a lot of work done on the inside of it so it’s comfortable to be in for long periods of time.”

“It’s 200 miles each way for a home meeting in Newcastle and a 100 each way to Rye House so I need to be as comfortable as possible. Ideally, I’d buy a new van but can’t afford that, so the next best thing is to make what I already have as good as I can.”

“I am looking for any sponsors to help me in 2018, whether it be with products (fuel, oil, clutch plates etc….), financial help, fuel card or in any other way that they can. If anyone could do anything then please get in touch, either through Social Media or The Club, it’s always greatly appreciated.”

"I'm certainly looking forward to seeing everyone again in 2018 and would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."

Sentiments that are echoed by all at Newcastle Speedway and returned in kind to Robbo who remains one of the most popular riders ever to grace The Diamonds colours.
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