IT’S a name that has been engraved into Swindon Robins’ history for decades, and one that continues to make a mark on the club in the modern era.

That name is, of course, Kilby. And tonight, Lee Kilby – son of legendary Robins racer Bob – will take charge of the Robins for the first time in Alun Rossiter’s absence.

Regular boss Rossiter is required in Russia amid Great Britain’s bid to go one better than last year’s Speedway of Nations effort that saw Tai Woffinden, Robert Lambert and Craig Cook scoop silver in Wroclaw, Poland.

Kilby described his call up as a dream come true, adding that he is relishing the prospect of standing by the pit gate in the company of his seven Robins racers as they take on Pete Adams’ Wolverhampton Wolves.

He said: “It’s amazing to work for the club that my dad raced for, and the team that I supported as a kid.

“I know it’s only a caretaker spot, but to actually be the team manager for the night means so much.

“I was never going to race for the team – I never had the minerals to do that!

“It’s a great opportunity, and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Rossiter will fly out with the GB camp this afternoon from Manchester airport before arriving in Togliatti – venue for the 2019 Speedway of Nations final – later this evening.

Robins skipper, and Australian number one, Jason Doyle meanwhile has declared himself available for tonight’s meeting and will fly to Russia immediately after the conclusion of this evening’s fixture at the Abbey ahead of tomorrow’s final.

Wolverhampton will arrive in Wiltshire with confidence after recording a surprise away victory at Peterborough last week.

And caretaker boss Kilby hopes fans’ grumbles after last week’s respectable point earned at Monmore Green

Kilby said: “Last Monday’s loss at Wolverhampton suddenly became more poignant when they won away at Peterborough.

“We got stick for getting a point at Monmore – people highlighted that Wolves were struggling and we should’ve beat them.

“But every team in this league has the potential to beat everyone else. I thought it was harsh criticism for the team to receive that, especially at a place like Wolverhampton where most teams do get turned over.

“The team is starting to find form, and Thursday will be a cracking meeting.

“Wolves are in the mix for that fourth spot as well.”