Different sports but the problems are similar for Linnets owner Stephen Cleeve, top, and his Stars counterpart Keith Chapman.

FOOTBALL: I was reading the thoughts of former club owner and Adrian Flux Arena supremo Keith ‘Buster’ Chapman last week, writes Mark Hearle.

Just like Linnets chairman Stephen Cleeve, Buster is finding things difficult as he finds himself in the same boat as other sporting clubs. 

I’ve known Buster and his wife Cheryl for many years due to their and my connections to both The Walks and Saddlebow Road. 

Different sports but the problems are similar for Linnets owner Stephen Cleeve, top, and his Stars counterpart Keith Chapman.

Buster’s hit has been huge as his season of speedway and stock car racing never even started. With travel restrictions soon to be placed on people entering the country, I can imagine his problems will increase as some riders usually jet in, do a meeting and then leave for another in a different country the next day. 

It is important that the government soon begins to gather a map forward for all sport. 

We are lucky in West Norfolk to be able to enjoy sport at a good level from football to speedway and rugby to hockey and all things between. 

Any kind of reopening will need lots of consultation and advice before it is safe for competitive sport at a local level to return.

However, it is surely not correct that owners and promoters of local clubs are being kept in the dark as to what they will need to be doing, not only for supporters but also players and riders alike. 

It is much needed and will hopefully be seen soon.

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