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  1. Superb meeting and a terrific advert for both handicapping and Isle of Wight Speedway. Some brilliant racing, capped by a stunning 6 rider final in which the massively impressive Joe Lawlor came through the pack to win. Throw in a top class track ( no blue line, no dust and racing lines) the wonderful sight of youngsters enjoying themselves hugely and even having races of their own and it was a top night. Makes me think that Speedway might just have a chance after all.
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    IOW Warriors v Mildenhall Fen Tigers 8/8/19

    One thought about this meeting. Anyone who was there must have seen the incredible battle for third between Chad Wirtzfeld and Arron Butcher in heat 9. Brilliant stuff as both riders refused to give in and didn't allow an inch. Probably the best race I have seen this season, huge credit to both lads and proof you don't need superstars for quality entertainment.
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    IOW Warriors v Mildenhall Fen Tigers 8/8/19

    Definitely wrong. Wood got injured at Birmingham, no doubt about it.
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    Plymouth v Kent 5th

    I think he will miss Plymouth Speedway. So will I and many others. As I have said many times, it was one of my favourite tracks and I visited 21 times 2011-16. That's a lot given that I live 350 miles away. But very few of us who no longer attend will miss Plymouth Speedway as it is at the moment, and Plymouth Speedway at the moment will soon start missing us. As I have pointed out, barring 5 regular fans will lose the promotion around £1,000 a season. As they already apparently losing money hand over fist, I would have thought that every single paying customer would be valued. Criticism does damage a business, no doubt of that. Some are critical precisely for that purpose. Most, however, (and I count my friends from Plymouth, Bob C and I in this category) are critical because they are unhappy with what they see and want things to change. All of my pals and Bob continued to go - despite the criticism - right up to the point that they were barred. The worst kind - and there are a couple here - are those that tell the promotion that everything is fine when clearly it isn't. When it comes down to it, their views are far more damaging than a paying fan who wants things to change. Let's look at the 4TT. The referee turns up, sees the track and orders that work is undertaken because it was unfit for racing. That is done, but after three races and a couple of injuries its still not fit. Some of the riders refuse to ride and two teams want the meeting cancelled (of one of the others, Isle of Wight's team manager Kevin Shepherd very discreetly said that conditions were 'difficult' but his team were 'determined to finish the meeting'. That's hardly complimentary).The referee then orders further track work that took best part of an hour, and circumstances are apparently now to be subject to an SCB investigation (almost certainly as a result of the referee's report). If someone went to that meeting for the first time, how likely are they to come back ? My pals have been critical of track preparation for weeks, so they unquestionably had a point. Their criticism has been ignored and, indeed, dismissed. Had their views been heeded things could have been very different, and woe betide any business that fails to take account of its customers views. The Plymouth promotion view of that meeting - expressed in Speedy Star by Matt Bates - was that it was 'good' for speedway. He is - to quote Edmund Blackadder - either 'lying, blind or mad'. It does sum up, though, that however bad things might be and however justified criticism is they are not changing one bit. That will be their downfall, not the views of people on the pages of this or any other obscure forum.
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    Eastbourne v Glasgow Semi Final

    I am not quite certain of your emphasis here but I suspect it is that there is something wrong that such a small club should be getting far more credit - and that is across the board - than much bigger ones. If so, and as Pirate Nick says, you're right. But its not necessarily a negative. There are signs that others are realising - finally - the need to make sure that customers are treated as though they are valued and that you want them to come back again. As I said, I was very impressed with Redcar the other night and although I wasn't aware of what Eastbourne are doing its brilliant to hear that they are really getting stuck in to attracting new people, especially young ones. Speedway desperately needs that kind of enthusiasm and positivity, so more power to their elbow.
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    Eastbourne v Glasgow Semi Final

    I think Isle of Wight got a four page spread All credit to Eastbourne I was hugely impressed with Redcar the other night doing something similar.
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    Eastbourne v Glasgow Semi Final

    On the first point, I tend to agree but SCB Regulations make it clear that the announcer must act 'in a strictly impartial manner'. That makes criticism or comment about the opposition a non starter. On the second, three words : Isle Of Wight. The most praised speedway team in the country and their whole ethos is based around 'family sport'. On the third, I really don't see why you can't promote both together.
  8. Rain was indeed predicted up to about 2pm but nothing at all after that. I must admit when I walked in about 6.30 or so I took one look at the track and hoped they were going to water it. I don't remember any track preparation after that time and, reading my own updates again, I have referred to 'clouds of dust' after heat one. The thing is that the quality of track preparation is absolutely vital - possibly even decisive - to the future of speedway in this country. Crap tracks are, frankly, unacceptable. What is even more unacceptable is that paying customers are forced to stand around while remedial work is undertaken because the surface wasn't sufficiently taken care of before the start. You might as well open the gates up and let people out because they won't be coming back again. To be fair to Somerset, I think its the first time I have personally experienced something like this there and the meeting after the work was completed was very decent.
  9. You're right, although my understanding is that this wasn't just Rob Godfrey. The only reason I can see for the withdrawal of riders is spite provoked by vicious jealousy. BSPA members (or some of them) simply don't change I can just imagine certain Championship promoters - faced with near wall to wall criticism, empty terraces, an underperforming team and mounting losses - viewing as absolutely intolerable the equally wall to wall praise that Isle of Wight receive, the situation then being made worse by them landing a unique meeting - and which of us wouldn't want to see a similar event at our track - backed by one of the worlds biggest speedway sponsors. The worst thing, though, is that this isn't just about Isle of Wight. What the BSPA should have done is pulled out all the stops for this meeting, making riders available, waiving guest fees and even possibly assisting with costs. We are talking about the involvement of a company that apparently provide several million euros sponsorship in Poland and the chance of making a favourable impression and getting them involved over here was an opportunity not to be missed. Instead they did precisely the opposite and tried to sabotage the event. Shameful isn't the word. My understanding is that NICE were impressed with what they saw, but I am sure we can guess at what they thought of the decision to withdraw riders literally a couple of days before the meeting took place without adequate reasoning and by a senior member of the BSPA at that. I would agree with your view about Rob Godfrey, and not for the first time he has shown that he is unfit to be a member of the organisation that promotes our sport in this country.
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    Speedway Promotion or Lack of it.

    Quick recommendation : buy the Island Liner ticket and do the electric railway as well. A lot of the stock is older than that on the steam railway !!
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    Speedway Promotion or Lack of it.

    Not totally true. Isle of Wight do shows, carnivals, posters, banners, leafleting - nothing is too small. If you read the Isle of Wight v Mildenhall thread, one fan is going simply because of encouragement by the promoter. It can be done, and it doesn't have to be ridiculously expensive. Hands on, personal contact is far more beneficial than an advertising billboard.
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    Brummies v Eagles 07/08

    Paulco, Tsunami and I were agreed on the very same thing at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago.
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    Eastbourne v Glasgow Semi Final

    On the parade lap, red flags and red lights mean return to the pits practice is over, not stop. Seen red flags many, many times on the parade lap but never seen a rider stop yet.
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    IOW Warriors v Mildenhall Fen Tigers 8/8/19

    Hardly. While his absence at Belle Vue might be subject to question, he won't be the first rider to pull his back while racing. You don't need to fall off to get injured. In addition, I can't see any reason why he might want to miss the Isle of Wight meeting, so this looks entirely genuine to me.
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    Eastbourne v Glasgow Semi Final

    I don't agree. The way I see it, a flag marshal deliberately walked in front of a moving rider - something I was told when training for the post that you must never - never - do (when approached by a moving bike, you stand still every time). Had he not done that, there would have been no incident at all. I actually think that Craig Cook's reaction was rather tame. There's no way that's a head butt or even an attempted head butt (if that had been the intention, he'd have done it), its a shoulder charge. Hardly violent assault, I suspect most riders would have reacted in some way in the same circumstances and I can think of a few who would have done a lot worse. Even then, the situation was under reasonable control until some unnamed person confronts Cook and says something that makes him lash out. Cook is guilty, definitely. But the flag marshal, the person who confronted Cook, Eddie Kennett, Claus Vissing and possibly a few others are equally so.
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