SWINDON Robins will be led by former speedway world champion, Jason Doyle in next month’s pre-season challenge fixture against Oxford Cheetahs, it has been confirmed.

On the day that tickets for the hotly-anticipated meeting went on sale, Swindon’s full line-up was revealed.

Having not raced competitively since 2019, the Robins will make a one-off return on Wednesday, March 29 with a side which includes league-and-cup winners, Adam Ellis, Troy Batchelor, and Claus Vissing as well as Jack Smith and young talent, Sam Hagon.

Meanwhile, Oxford’s championship septet features; Sam Masters, Scott Nicholls, Lewis Kerr, Cameron Heeps, Jordan Jenkins, Luke Killeen, and Henry Atkins.

Swindon’s team manager on the night will be Alun Rossiter, and the long-standing and successful boss was happy with the balanced side he’d managed to put together.

Rossiter said: “They’re all guys who have ridden for me before, with the exception of Sam Hagon, but he’s someone who I know quite a bit about.

“We’re trying to avoid the meeting being massively one-sided. Oxford obviously wanted to put out their normal team to give them track-time ahead of the season starting.

“The main thing is keeping the name ‘Swindon Robins’ alive. It’s a strange one with everything going on, but it’s good to be back. I’m looking forward to it – it’s been a while!”

Tickets for the meeting are only available to buy on Oxford Cheetahs’ website and are priced at £21 for anyone aged 17 or older while under-16s go free.

Rossiter believes it could be a sell-out at Sandy Lane – an achievement which would reiterate the call to see the Robins return to Swindon soon.

He said: “I know there is a real buzz around about it. People are looking forward to going up there, and I’m sure Oxford will do very well out of it.

"Tickets went on sale on Wednesday morning, and I’d say they’ll probably go pretty quick. There have been a lot of people who have come into the pub, or I’ve bumped into elsewhere, who say they’re looking forward to going up there.

“This is the frustrating thing – there is still a call for a speedway team in Swindon.”