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  • nmrfox
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    Shocking news about Colin North, the Marketing Director of Teng Tools and a long time sponsor and supporter of both speedway and stock cars as well as most forms of autosport in the UK. On Friday evening he was presenting awards for speedway and on Saturday was at Birmingham Wheels Raceway for the Stock Car Gala meeting which closes the season. At the end of the first F1 heat he was on track to present the prize for first place when he was hit by a recovery track and was killed .

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  • Greenlander
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    And Plymouth weren't accepted into the second level.

    According to our promotion all the criteria were met and in place, but those goalposts, including greater financial assurances and bonds, were moved during the AGM so that was that. The general feeling is that the new chairman of the BPSA, Rob Godfrey, isn't much a fan of Plymouth while Kent, who have also made the step up, have Mr Speedway behind them so we had no chance. The Championship will run a north-south split with six clubs in each half, racing divisional opponents twice home and away while meeting clubs from the other region just once home and away.

    Newcastle are the lastest struggling club and, while accepted, are not guaranteed to come to the tapes in March.

    It sounds like we'll go again in the National League and try to move up again next year, but at the moment there are maybe only around six clubs at best. Mind you it doesn't stop the seven club Premiership.

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  • HeavyDracula
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    Poole chose to be relegated to division 2!

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  • HeavyDracula
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    Jeff Scott is one of the best people I met through speedway and his books are a superb read, for the speedway expert and neophyte alike.

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  • Third rate Leszno
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    I was impressed to see a letter from Jeff Scott in the September issue of WSC (in relation to the demise of Workington Comets and an earlier article on football and rugby in the town).

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  • Greenlander
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    And, when I do, it's only the National League stuff. The move to North-South is my thought on it, but I'd guess that's the prevalent opinion.

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  • Greenlander
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    On the Plymouth forum. Apparently it's all the talk on the main BSF site, but I don't tend to venture there.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    That would be the sensible option, where did you hear that about Poole?

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  • Greenlander
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    Poole threatening to move down to the Championship, so not sure where that leaves the Premiership in the quest to increase to ten clubs. Now it feels like this may be the first step towards a combined PL/CL split into North and South divisions.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    The second leg finished 62-27 to Swindon, for fucks's sake.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Swindon won the belated (due to multiple postponements for bad weather) first leg of the Premiership Grand Final away to Ipswich 41-49 last night. I can't imagine the Witches will turn that around at Blunsdon tomorrow night, especially as I saw them lose 66-24 there six/seven weeks ago.

    I'm hoping to get to a (again, much belated) leg of the National League Final next Monday when Kent Kings host Leicester Lion Cubs (such a dreadful name for their development side) at Central Park. That will finish off the most unsatisfying season for me since I got in to the sport. I hope, in vain, that 2020 bucks the trend of so many years and shows some improvement in the organisation and state of speedway.
    Last edited by Ray de Galles; 18-10-2019, 19:52.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    That's OK, I've hunted around and found that comment.

    I would file it under unsubstantiated rumour from an unverifiable source (looking at the guy who made it, I think he may have previously been on the track staff at Lakeside actually) rather than anything more conclusive.

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  • Paul S
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    Rye House fans speedway page, although you have to search through all the replies to find it. It appeared about two weeks ago. I'll put the facebook page link on when I get home from work if I remember.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Which page was that on?

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  • Paul S
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    I saw on the Rye House facebook page that the club should be back up and racing next season, but the owners of the site don't want the riders to be paid. In otherwords amateur only which I don't have a problem with. At least it brings the club back from the dead.

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  • HeavyDracula
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    Relatively, yes. But these developers can sit on land for years, and so the impasse remains. Unless they’re willing to sell, and there’s someone able to buy, Brandon is still history.

    I see Bartosz Zmarzlik won the SGP series, from Leon Madsen. The second one is more surprising than the first!

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  • Ray de Galles
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    I saw there was some relatively postive news about Brandon in the Speedway star, HD?

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  • HeavyDracula
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    9 years ago today, Coventry Bees beat Poole Pirates to win the Elite League. Within a year, Coventry had been sold, and would go out of business at the end of 2016. Matt Ford is a c*nt.

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  • Greenlander
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    Watching the Plymouth team this year has been a hard slog.

    It started quite promisingly with a tight win against league favourites Kent and a decent win on the Isle of Wight, but outside of the heat leaders no other rider was scoring the sort of points needed to win meetings. The reserves especially being outscored by their opposite number. So the team was strengthened with David Wallinger who had already knocked back our advances during the team building season and we'd been warned would drop us if a better offer came around which meant anything more northern. Well Redcar made that offer so he went. Then our only second string rider who was actually pushing up his average and scoring well went injured his shoulder running into the back of Kent rider who'd ditched right in front of him, then Adam Sheppard who moved up from reserve to replace him ended his season hitting the running boards just before the line but as he crossed still touching his bike got the heat win. We now had a six man team which was effectively four as Kris Andrews, brother of one of our stalwarts, Richie, was returning nowt most weeks and Tom Young hadn't riden competitively for six years and it showed. We would either get hammered by the strong teams, Leicester, Belle Vue and Cradley or by a couple of points, Kent, Mildenhall. A couple of wins against the Island (who we seem to have the sign over) and Stoke was about all we had to show. We didn't hit 50-points once and got the wooden spoon.

    Yet, yet, with the rumours about the demise of the National League, the second strings of Belle Vue and Leicester won't rejoin coupled with the demise of Stoke and probably Cradley have left the remaining four stand alone clubs with a quandary. Four teams doesn't make a league, it barely makes an early season trophy group but with the rumours eminating that the Premier League is desperate to entice three more clubs up to make a ten team league (those clubs being Leicester, Sheffield and Somerset) our promotion has blinked first and it looks like we'll be applying to make the step to the Championship. The thought is that without the third tier the logical step will be to slightly weaken the second league making entry easier and costs lower but who knows how the BSPA will see things. Whether the three teams left behind will follow remains to be seen.

    Suddenly things seem so much more exciting. I have a feeling Ben Barker may yet ride again at the Arena/ Coliseum.

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  • Third rate Leszno
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    That's grim news, both for the speedway and the stock cars. The stock car promoter is already facing the loss of their Belle Vue track and has posted this about Stoke.

    Whilst at this point we are still coming to terms with the announcement, it has been no secret by ourselves for a number of years, that the freehold for the site has been for sale for redevelopment. We have also stated that racing was allowed to continue there as goodwill rather than just flatten the site until such point in time it was sold.

    Indeed in the past we ourselves offered 1m for the site however the valuation was much higher. There was always an inevitability that it would be sold, now that has happened.

    We are currently looking at options and indeed we plan to stage probably two additional events at Loomer Road in October to ensure it least gets a proper farewell.

    However, the last event WILL be the first Saturday in November.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Another club goes ;

    [URL]https://twitter.com/stoke_speedway/status/1171446115243216896?s=21[/URL]

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  • Ray de Galles
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    The stadium has been bought by the firm that owns the adjacent karting track which, I imagine, means they will expand on to it and speedway is finished there.

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  • Paul S
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    What's going on at Rye House at the moment, any chance of a new club or is that it, finished for good?

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  • Ray de Galles
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    I saw two meetings over the Bank Holiday weekend, one of them probably the best club clash I've seen all season and the other a heartening occasion due to a big lively crowd but let down by a horrendous mismatch.

    Eastbourne Eagles v Redcar Bears on the Saturday evening and it couldn't have been a bigger contrast with my trip to a freezing Arlington for my first meeting of the season back in April. Gorgeous late summer weather, a track that allowed for passing all night and Eastbourne appear to reinstated the enclosed area by the starting tapes that gives the closest proximity to the track I've ever had. Eastbourne were relatively comfortable 50-40 winners but the racing was lively all night and the whole meeting was concluded in 90 minutes without a single delay.

    Swindon Robins v Ipswich Witches two nights later was a huge contrast in terms of competitiveness and smooth running, it took seven attempts to complete the first two heats due to false starts and fall and the referee held the tapes too long all night meaning the starts were an issue throughout. However the huge Bank Holiday Monday crowd, great weather and really enthusiastic support was impressive. What wasn't impressive was Ipswich's starting and riding, they lost 66-24, which might be the biggest winning margin I've ever seen and were pathetic.

    That the Witches are still in the play-off positions is probably an indication of the weakness of the Premiership at the moment thought their form is so bad they may drop out of the top four by the end of the season. I know they've made major changes since the Swindon result, bringing in Niels-Kristian Iversen at Number One being the most obvious one but it could be too late.

    That at may be it for me this season, I may get a Kent Kings meeting in or try to strike out to a Premiership or Championship but the distances involved in making those (and the midweek race nights for the former) may preclude it.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Seen a couple of meetings in the last few weeks, Peterborough falling to a pretty dismal 41-49 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wolves in the Premiership where the absence home of No. 1 Hans Anderson through long term injury was crucial. The other heat leader Rohan Tungate as well as Charles Wright rode manfully but no other Panthers rider performed (Scotty Nicholls and Ty Proctor managing 7 points between them). Wolves didn't need to be much more than competent from 1 to 7 to win. Peterborough's track, previously a great racing one, seems to have turned in to a starter's paradise this season too.

    I also saw Leicester Lions hammer Sheffield Tigers 53-37 in the Championship at the weekend. It was a decent, eventful enough meeting belying the final score a little but only Danny King from the visitors really performed. Lions riders Scott Nicholls (again) and Aaron Summers were unbeaten by a Tigers rider all night, Nicholls winning all of his four races but not being put in for Heat 15 for some reason. The fact that Nicholls and Summers were two of five riders who rode for two different clubs in both of the meetings made for a very strange, samey experience.

    This season's still a struggle with no local tracks and watching most meetings as a neutral, though I have realised I quite dislike Leicester due to the high number of obvious wankers amongst their support. When I first went there they shocked me by vociferously cheering a crash from a visiting Coventry rider which was totally unacceptable whatever the rivalry between them and on Sunday they cheered every opposition mechanical failure as if it was an overtake on the final bend of the last lap. There's also a bunch of them that do some kind of choreographed flag celebration in the main stand when they win a race meaning they're not actually watching the action.

    I must admit it felt good to take against them, I need some partisanship in my speedway.

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