One of Speedway's worst kept secrets was brought into the open yesterday when it was confirmed that Eric Boocock had agreed to be caretaker manager for the Hull Vikings Speedway Team for the rest of the year.

Eric will attend all home matches and several away ones as the Vikings struggle to avoid the wooden spoon in this year's Premier League. The management change was made necessary by John Bailey's departure from the Hull team at the end of last week.

Eric is popular with the fans, who are no doubt wanting him to reverse the team's fortunes. However, he stated "I am not a miracle worker. We have a good team of riders at Hull and I will do my best to motivate them and improve their performance on-track. However, we have a mountain to climb and very little time left this season in which to do it."

His first home match will be tonight (Wednesday 6 August) at Craven Park, Preston Road, Hull when the Hull Vikings take on the Newcastle Diamonds on the Premier League, starting at 7:30pm.

TheVikings have brought in Scott Robson as a guest for their missing Norwegian rider Bj?rn Hansen for the meeting. Robson rode for the Vikings in 1997 and is currently appearing for Rye House in the Premier League. He is 31 years old and comes originally from Sunderland although he now lives in Jedburgh.

His current average is 7.00 although recently he has been showing improved form. Scott joins his brother Stuart in the match, who is already riding for the Newcastle Diamonds.