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  1. 8 points
    I bet if the all of a sudden wanted to run a GP at Eastbourne and he was offered a wild card he would be fit as a flea and up for it........
  2. 3 points
    How dare you break into the Adonis/ Orion thread with sensible comments!
  3. 3 points
    People like Soubry are part of the problem. One minute she calls for 'grown up' debates , next she's at some rally screaming 'racist , xenophobes and bigots' at those that voted to Leave. A classic case of BDS. Completely lost the plot.
  4. 3 points
    Btw Kelvin Tatum who's James Shens
  5. 3 points
    You have a very weird chip on your shoulder We was talking about last nights meeting Has Worrall been poor? Do you think Covatti should be doing better? Were Ipswich unlucky? These are debating points but you seem to have your own strange agenda Didn’t see you comment when I said that Kurtz looked like he had turned a corner .... or when I said Holder was getting better.... or when I said Klindt had done well so far this season or when I congratulated Poole on the comeback at Belle Vue You are very strange at times I now must remember when commenting on a Poole meeting that I must say all the positive aspects first before highlighting anything else I was at Ipswich the other and was moaning how bad Harris was.... funnily enough no other fan had a go at me for not mentioning how good Bellego and Lawson were in the same meetimg Some funny folk down Dorset way
  6. 3 points
    I grew up literally a stones throw from a speedway track ( West Ham) which was I centre of a busy housing area. Nobody ever complained about the noise. It was all part of the community . Everyone could see that fans coming from other areas were bringing money in and spending it it in the local shops and pub. It was all part of the economy . The stadium provided jobs and my aunt was one who worked there. It always had been part of East End Culture. Then when Romford opened up, it took one bloke, one intolerant know- all, to get the place closed down. One person took away the pleasure of thousands. Since then I hear of all kinds of complaints about noise at speedway tracks even with silencers. The world has changed. The “human rights” of the few trump the pleasure of the many . Speedway is just one of many examples, of the way the world has changed. Those who complain of intolerance are often the most intolerant.
  7. 2 points
    Which one? One hasn't turned a wheel yet, and the other was top of the averages a few days ago ...
  8. 2 points
    Dominic Raab, the guy who didnt know the importance of the Port of Dover to International Trade, is in the running for the Tory Leadership, he says ' We have got to be talking about and to the worker who hasn’t had a pay rise in several years, the consumer who feels ripped off by sharp corporate practice, the young kid from the rough background who wants their shot. ' , 'Focus on a positive message for hard-working Britons.' and ' Hopes for all fathers to have the right to two weeks paternity leave at 90% full pay and a change in the law to ensure new or expectant mothers cannot be made redundant during pregnancy or maternity leave. ' Is this the same Dominic Raab who described ' the Britsh working class as ' the worst idlers in the world ' and that he regards all employment rights and the minimum wage as ' obstacles to British business ' Which is the real Dominic Raab ? '
  9. 2 points
    This is the bit this is the bit that irritates me with Soubry and anyone who uses that in their argument. I doubt that any leavers disagree that immigrants coming to work and contribute to society are a good thing, it is the uncontrolled immigration and sheer numbers since the floodgates were opened changing communities, and the perception (whether rightly or wrongly) of those people generally sucking more out the economy than they've ever contributed; and all this with the backdrop of our own sick, disabled, vulnerable and elderly suffering due to benefits and services being cut. I wish someone would actually ask her about that and if the figures in those terms back up her claims, never mind the social aspects of her opinion?
  10. 2 points
    Difficult decision for the promoters with several different forecasts for the evening. Being so far "out on a limb" and running on a Friday night with all the visitors who use the road down I can totally understand the reasons for an early "call off". Dammed if you do and dammed if you don't. The season just hasn't got going but we've still managed three fairly bad injuries. Using R?R isn't going to cut it, we did that for long periods last year. It brings a lot of disappointment to the supporters. Now we hear that Nathan Stoneman has signed for Birmingham as well and that they will have first call on him, at least 3 meetings with a clash. No blame on him, he's been our most exciting rider in both the one home and the away meetings and he has to earn a living but that the rules allow it is not great for the supporters who pay their money at the gate. The control board is killing speedway with the rules they bring in. I love my speedway, I love the track at Plymouth, dust and all, some of the racing is fantastic. I watch the GP's on BT Sport and sometimes give up because it's just a procession even at that level, also the top league fixtures they show at the tail end of the season, boring, I don't know any of the answers. I do know some new blood needs to come into the control board though with some new ideas before it's too late.
  11. 2 points
    He last rode Extraliga 14 years ago as a young lad. Has admitted equipment has been a downfall over the years but invested heavily over the winter. It's paying off handsomely so far as he has been outstanding.
  12. 2 points
    It’s farcical. I was hoping to get to the final, but after giving up my season ticket (sell on a season by season basis) after having children I have zero credits so no chance of a ticket. My contacts normally work wonders for me, but I just cannot see it this time. This added to the fact the game is being played on the border of Asia, with travel costs over £1000 minimum for a flight with a minimum of 1 stop, or a 14 hour train from Tbilisi (Georgia) and as you say 4 days minimum off of work - i am just not prepared to do this with no guarantee of a Ticket You do have to ask a serious question though, regardless of actually who was to get to the final, actually who is benefiting from having the final at a place that is so hard and so expensive to get to. I truly hope the stadium is only a quarter full so that not one person who made any of the decisions on where the final should be gains anything, and hopefully gets sacked for being so fkn stupid
  13. 2 points
    With Leicester racing Saturdays, and Leon Flint doubling up for Berwick, he was pretty much always going to miss the trip to Leicester whatever the date. Kyle Bickley would have been available when Belle Vue took the fixture. But since the fixture was agreed, Workington closed, Joe Lawlor set fire to a hotel, and Bickley switched to Glasgow to replace Lawlor, meaning he now misses going to Leicester too. Belle Vue can ask to change the fixture (and no doubt they will have done) but they can't demand a change. All the power is with the staging club, and Leicester presumably prefer to meet one of the top sides at their weakest to take the easy 3 points.
  14. 2 points
    BV would have agreed as they are the away team and therefore minimal impact to their business... You very rarely see a team run at home missing key riders do you? It always seems to be the away team who arrive with a missing 'No1', wonder why? The reality is this.. Leicester will see it as a much better opportunity to win so will want the meeting to take place.. Belle Vue will see it as having no impact to their business so will want the meeting to take place as it ticks another fixture off.. Fitting fixtures in with so many shared riders must be a nightmare so the plan will be to run them if 'most' are there I would think as getting 'all' of them available, particularly as the season progresses and teams make changes, simply logistically won't be possible.. Let's be honest though, it doesn't really matter does it? Winning the Premiership has zero kudos, therefore winning the NL doesn't matter one jot either.. Speedway now is simply geared up to give lads the chance to justify their outlay on machinery, riding in as many meetings as possible to try and earn as much as they can.. The 14 on show are pretty much interchangeable on any given night due to various circumstances.. Promoters have long since stopped worrying about the credibility of what's often on offer, so no point expecting anything else but what we have now I would suggest..
  15. 2 points
    Who seem to have their hands over their ears whilst singing "la la la, not listening"
  16. 1 point
    THE Campaign to Save Coventry Speedway and Stox has been given a double boost in the space of less than a week. Rugby Borough Council announced yesterday (May 7) that their Local Plan had been given the green light by the Government Inspector, and this follows a referendum on the Brandon and Bretford Neighbourhood Plan last Thursday (May 2). Crucially, the Inspector’s final report into the Rugby Local Plan will lead to a significant amendment which will further protect Brandon Stadium against development. We are delighted to report that the Government Inspector recognised the importance of Brandon Stadium for both speedway and stock car racing, and that the lack of protection against the loss of sports facilities made the Local Plan initially ‘unsound’ requiring an amendment to be made. The Inspector stated that there was a key omission in Policy HS4, referring to “the absence of any protection against the existing built sports facilities, which is necessary to ensure provision in the borough is not diminished over time. “Paragraph 74 of the NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) expects that existing open space, sports and recreational buildings and land should not be built on unless they are surplus to requirements, or would be replaced elsewhere by equivalent provision or by alternative sports and recreational provision. “Policy HS4 as submitted includes these provisions for open space but not for built sports and recreational facilities.” The Inspector then refers directly to Brandon Stadium and concludes that changes to the wording of Policy HS4 are required in order to be consistent with national policy for sports and recreational buildings in general. He says: “Although many sports facilities are in public ownership, some are privately owned and therefore vulnerable to closure and redevelopment for alternative uses. “I heard evidence at the hearings about the proposals for the residential redevelopment of the Brandon or Coventry Stadium, which was until recently in active use for speedway and stock car racing. “The Plan would not be unsound without a specific policy to protect or allocate the stadium. “However, the absence of a policy to safeguard existing sports and recreational buildings generally in the borough from being built on unless surplus to requirements or replaced elsewhere, in line with paragraph 74 of the NPPF, does render the Plan unsound.” The Inspector has confirmed the revised wording published by RBC as draft modifications. For completeness, the relevant changes made to Policy HS4 of the plan are as follows, shown in bold and underlined: Policy HS4: Open space, sports facilities and recreation C. Public open space, sports and recreational buildings and land, including playing fields (REMOVED: assets identified) within the Open Space Audit evidence and/or defined on the (REMOVED: Proposals) Policies Map and/or last in sporting or recreational use (REMOVED: will be protected from development) should not be built upon unless: • An assessment has been undertaken which has clearly shown the open space, building or land to be surplus to requirements; or • it can be demonstrated that the loss resulting from the proposed development would be replaced by equivalent or better provision in terms of quantity and quality in a suitable location; or • the development is for alternative sports and recreational provision, the needs for which clearly outweigh the loss. The Inspectors’ Report recognises the case made by the Campaign Group at the Public Examination held last year and the time and effort taken. It marks a significant milestone and should now allow the Campaign to move on as well as enabling the Council to consider – and hopefully reject – Brandon Estates’ planning application for housing redevelopment on the stadium site. We currently await the report of the Independent Consultant appointed by Rugby Council to assess discrepancies between the planning documentation and the material provided by ourselves. But this is perhaps an appropriate time to review the weight of evidence which is now stacked AGAINST the speculative Planning Application: *Changes to the Rugby Local Plan instigated by a Government Inspector, who conducted his own site visit, resulting in the fact that the Plan now offers protection to existing sporting facilities where there is clear ongoing need. *The Brandon and Bretford Parish Neighbourhood Plan, which was adopted at last week’s referendum, which clearly states that it is the wish of the community for the Brandon Stadium site to remain as a sports venue. *A submission from 11 MPs/Lords, including four from the local area, urging Rugby Council to reject the Planning Application and support efforts to bring the sports back. This letter was drafted by MP for Rugby Mark Pawsey and other local MPs to sign were Colleen Fletcher, Jim Cunningham and Marcus Jones. *Public consultation to the Planning Application resulted in an unprecedented response of over 1,800 letters and e-mails, all but seven of which called for the rejection of the planning application. *The response included submissions from speedway riders and stock car drivers past and present, including World Champions, locally, nationally and internationally – as well as from the vast majority of local residents who view the iconic stadium as a much-loved local facility. *A local newspaper poll in mid-2018 resulted in 96% of over 2,000 votes supporting the return of the sports to Brandon – fully endorsing the public consultation. *Official bodies of both sports, including the BSPA, SCB, ACU, BriSCA and the BSCDA have all voiced their opposition to the plans. *These comments were noted by Sport England, who raised a number of concerns with the applicant’s Viability Statement. *The Campaign Group have made several significant submissions in response to planning material, highlighting with evidence an astounding number of errors, inaccuracies and untruths. *Planning consultants Framptons have already been forced to withdraw a section of their Needs Assessment under threat of action from the former site owners as their account of the events of 2016 was found to be unsatisfactory. Two-and-a-half years after speedway and stock cars were ejected from the stadium, with no serious consideration given to their future, the determination to see them return is stronger than ever. The latest developments in the Rugby Local Plan and the Neighbourhood Plan add further weight towards the need for the rightful outcome to be reached in the speediest possible time. As to what happens next, we believe that once the Independent Consultant’s report is received, it will enable the senior Planning Officer Erica Buchanan to complete her own report and recommendation for consideration by the Planning Committee. Though we have not had confirmation, we would reasonably expect that to take place in June or July of this year.
  17. 1 point
    He never did when he was our no 1 gavan
  18. 1 point
    Some clubs don’t get anywhere near that sort of cash for headline team sponsorship. Shows how daft Cook is to blow away CFS money.
  19. 1 point
    I think the cup format doesn't really suit us especially if a couple of riders aren't performing but i don't think now is the time to change the team, it is too early and i think the underperformers will come good.
  20. 1 point
    Spot on..... Whether you agree with Farage's views or not, one thing you cannot fail to agree on is that he shows leadership... Something so clearly conspicuous by its absence from May and Corbyn.. Political pygmies both...
  21. 1 point
    If your writing an article about someone you d think to of ask them for an up to date photo. Equally you would think Craig would want to keep his current sponsors happy . Imagine you pumped a few grand into a rider who then got a couple of pictures in the national press, only to find your logo nowhere to be seen. But companies who have not paid anything this get national exposure. That all said The Daily Star sponsoring Team GB should hopefully mean we may get a few more inches coverage a bit more often...
  22. 1 point
    Agreed - i qualify for a ticket but will be handing it onto a mate as the cheapest travel would set me back a couple of grand and about 4 days off work.. something i sadly can't do.
  23. 1 point
  24. 1 point
    He is a very young kid but hope the experience will do him a lot of good. It helped Tai and look how good he was next time he got in the GP's. He might surprise us in one or two GP's with a semi final. He has huge talent so I hope he doesn't get slagged on here.
  25. 1 point
    Won't it be nice to see a genuine Brit in the series again ,

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