IN Swindon Robins’ 70-year history, the club has never managed to land the league and cup double.

But that ghost could be cast aside forever as Alun Rossiter’s golden Robins bid to lift British speedway’s highest honour this week, a month after their Supporters’ Cup final rout over Belle Vue Aces.

Ritchie Hawkins’ Ipswich Witches stand between the Robins and a slice of sporting history, with the re-arranged SGB Premiership Grand Final first leg set to take place this evening at Foxhall Stadium (7.30pm) before Thursday’s decider at the Abbey.

Robins boss Rossiter is chasing his fourth top-tier crown after previously winning the Premiership title with Swindon in 2017 – he also won the Elite League with his hometown club in 2012 and lifted the same title with Coventry Bees in 2010.

As for the riders, Jason Doyle will be chasing his fourth top-tier gold medal having previously won with Poole Pirates (2011) and Swindon (2012, 2017).

Troy Batchelor (2012) was also a member of the Robins’ first roster to win Britain’s top-tier since 1967 back in 2012.

Meanwhile, Adam Ellis and Tobiasz Musielak were part of a spectacular turnaround at Monmore Green as Swindon defeated Wolverhampton Wolves by a point over two legs to lift the inaugural Premiership crown two years ago.

For the likes of fans’ favourite Rasmus Jensen and reserves Ellis Perks and Claus Vissing, the next three days presents an opportunity to scoop their first-ever Premiership crown.

And Rossiter says all seven riders should arrive at the tapes full of confidence.

Rossiter said: “We’re going to Ipswich with the intention of winning. There’s no reason why we can’t.

“We won big at Foxhall earlier this season, and travel with no fear.

“I want to bury the league and cup double ghost.

“I’m not being over-confident, but I think we should be full of confidence. But let’s not think this will be easy.”

The Robins’ Grand Final spot was confirmed last week when Wolverhampton were comprehensively defeated 107-71 on aggregate in the second semi-final.

Rossiter insists his septet deserved more credit for their efforts against Pete Adams’ Wolves, adding that they adapted to sub-standard conditions much better than their midlands rivals.

And with rain forecast across the country this week, those qualities could still prove handy.

“The weather can eradicate a team’s home advantage, but let’s give our boys some credit,” said Rossiter.

“It was the same for us as Wolves. We should take credit for getting the job done at Wolverhampton – that built a platform.

“We haven’t done badly. The club is on the way up at the moment.

“Support and attendances are on the up. Things have always been good, but this year it’s got that bit better.”