Scunthorpe Scorpions hoping 2013 speedway fixture list will be 'more meaningful'
It was exciting, dramatic – and Rob Godfrey is eager to see more of it next year.
The Scunthorpe Scorpions promoter hopes this month's AGM will see 2013's fixture list focus more on Premier League matches.
Godfrey wants to do away with the League Cup, giving greater priority to the blue ribband competition of the second tier.
Although he doesn't anticipate a great overhaul, he does want to make the programme "more meaningful".
"I can't see there being a League Cup next year, hopefully the majority of fixtures will be league ones," said Godfrey.
"Some of the other competitions, like the League Cup, in my opinion, has got no value and that should disappear.
"The league should make up the majority of fixtures, that's what people want, that's what gets you up the table.
"We know what worked this year and we know what didn't work.
"Having the League Cup final the same week as the play-off final was absolutely ridiculous.
"It was dictated by the weather, don't get me wrong, but weather aside, we're going to have to make sure that never happens again."
Godfrey will wait until the points limit has been announced at the AGM but already has a team in mind, with an announcement set to come two days later on November 25.
"In years past, the winning team has been ripped apart because the league champions have been miles above the points limit," he explained.
"That's not happened with our team, so we should be able to keep the majority of the team together, with one or maybe two new faces.
"We're really looking good for next year already.
"No-one else has won it back to back, so that's our aim."
Given their superb success this year though, the Scunthorpe promoter expressed his disappointment at the lack of acknowledgement from North Lincolnshire Council.
The Scorpions were honoured with a civic reception when they won a clean-sweep of Conference League honours in 2006, with further recognition for their achievements 12 months later.
Godfrey has had a congratulatory letter from Labour councillor Tony Gosling, but said there had been nothing else.
"I'm very disappointed," he said.
"The lads deserve it, they deserve some recognition, and the people of Scunthorpe deserve it.
"We'd just like them to congratulate us, to thank us for putting Scunthorpe on the map again.
"It's not just about speedway, if anyone achieves something in the town we should all be proud."
In response, Councillor Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for customer services, sport and leisure at North Lincolnshire Council, said: "This is a tremendous achievement for Scunthorpe Speedway.
"I would like to take the opportunity of congratulating them on their success. Well done."