POOLE PIRATES 2023 FIXTURES

12/01/23

Steve Worrall's Testimonial meeting will launch the return of speedway action to Wimborne Road on Wednesday 29th March, with the Pirates opening their home competitive fixtures with a Good Friday (7th April) contest against Oxford in the newly branded BSN series.

Those same clubs will also meet each other 48 hours earlier at Cowley with Poole travelling to their other rivals in that competition, Plymouth, on 11th April before staging the corresponding fixture at Wimborne Road eight days later. 
As the Pirates prepare to defend both the Knockout cup and the league, titles they have won for the past two seasons, they will face Plymouth in the cup on 25th April in Devon with the second leg set for the 3rd May. 

Poole boss Dan Ford explained "this season's fixtures have been compiled with a view to ensuring that the two cup competitions can be completed before the league campaign really kicks in, which in my view has to be a good move. However, the cup draw was such that we have again been drawn against Plymouth, who are also in our regional group for the BSN series and so that means we have a glut of clashes against our South west rivals before we meet to many other teams. That is of course unfortunate but it was a genuine cup draw, but what we do know is we will be in for some intense early season battles."

Three weeks after that cup encounter the league commences, hosting first the visit of Scunthorpe on 24th May. The Pirates schedule provides them with another mini-tour this season when they visit Edinburgh  on Friday 4th August before dropping in on Berwick the following evening. 

If all fixtures run to plan then the Pirates will complete their regular league campaign on 16th August with the visit of Redcar, a return for Danny King who has skippered Poole since they returned to the second tier of British Speedway.
The outstanding Jubilee League final from 2022, to be contested between Poole and Leicester, is still to be allocated dates, but Ford admits that they are close to finalising the two meetings. The Poole boss has confirmed that season ticket applications will be open shortly and he is also keen to see a greater presence backing the Pirates on their travels, declaring "we will be looking at the feasibility of providing coach travel for some of our away meetings, particularly in the summer months and we will be canvassing the interest levels so we would urge those fans who would be keen to see more of the Pirates to look out for details in the near future together with our season ticket applications."
 

Date Fixture Comp
29th March Steve Worrall Testimonial IND
5th April Oxford v Poole BSN
7th April Poole v Oxford BSN
11th April Plymouth v Poole BSN
19th April Poole v Plymouth BSN
25th April Plymouth v Poole KOC
3rd May Poole v Plymouth KOC
24th May Poole v Scunthorpe SGBC
6th June Plymouth v Poole SGBC
7th June Poole v Plymouth SGBC
16th June Redcar v Poole SGBC
21st June Oxford v Poole SGBC
5th July Poole v Glasgow SGBC
12th July Poole v Berwick SGBC
19th July Birmingham v Poole SGBC
26th July Poole v Birmingham SGBC
28th July Glasgow v Poole SGBC
2nd August Poole v Edinburgh SGBC
4th August Edinburgh v Poole SGBC
5th August Berwick v Poole SGBC
9th August Poole v Oxford SGBC
11th August Scunthorpe v Poole SGBC
16th August Poole v Redcar SGBC
TBA Poole v Leicester JUB
TBA Leicester v Poole JUB

*Fixtures are subject to change

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