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  1. Halifaxtiger

    Poole 2020

    Completely agree, but I'd maintain that Matt Ford's 70% is still about right. I have always maintained that the quality of the track is more important than the rider. Where that's concerned, you're privileged because NL speedway at the NSS is better than most I have seen on BT from PL tracks.
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    Berwick, Sheffield and Kent.

    I had heard about Sheffield. I must admit I am more surprised by Berwick than Kent. Their nearest rivals will be Belle Vue, 200 miles away. Makes no sense at all - Shadders is bang on. Kent ride on Mondays, have a fantastic stadium and could pull in a few from Lakeside. Always a possibility.
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    Poole 2020

    True, but if you discount all those over 7 (other than those who already ride CL such as Cook, Masters, King etc) there are just 10 who almost certainly couldn't or wouldn't drop down. That's 20% of the PL rider strength. I think its more a question of the CL points limit being high enough to include all those who could ride at that level. I also think those assessed averages are hugely inflated. Danny King would be over 11 (8.67), Erik Riss 9.9 (8.4) and Sam Masters 11.02 (9.05).
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    Poole 2020

    I suggest you check the figures. Its actually 61% ( including 40% of heat leaders) at present. Include Porsing, Lidsey & Berge (who all average under 5) and it goes up to 65%. Conceivably, any rider averaging under 6.5 could do, too (Andersen has already been mentioned on this thread as a potential no 1). Now we are up to 71%. It depends on the points limit, of course, but I think Ford is - at worst - only slightly out. Many have mentioned that it was the change of race night that damaged Poole's attendances not their on track performances or the quality of riders, for 2019 at least. A switch back to Wednesday night with a successful team could actually improve attendances despite the overall drop in rider quality. Taking into account Matt Ford's estimate of a 25% cut in costs, you can see his reasoning for the change.
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    Poole 2020

    I don't think your point about success can be under estimated. Word I got was that a hugely successful NL Birmingham drew bigger gates than a disastrously unsuccessful EL Brummies side - there were certainly some on here who swore that they would never go given the drop in standards and ended up choking on their own venom as Birmingham won back to back titles. It is true that if the team is poor attendances could fall lower than the 70% figure stated, but if they are successful some of the 30% might go anyway. Stopping going altogether in the face of a winning side is much harder than walking away if they are rubbish whatever league they are in, and it isn't as though the team will be massively different - as Matt Ford stated, 70% of the riders will be the same anyway. He's right. One thing I believe is certain : Ford won't have made this decision without a deal of thought, analysis and consideration.
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    Sheffield 2020

    I have heard that too.
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    Poole 2020

    I am sure that all speedway fans would want the world's top riders to ride in the UK but we can't afford them. In the same way, I doubt if there are many - if any - Poole supporters who would actually want Championship racing but its not just a matter of that, its also a question of finance. Poole, apparently, simply can't make Premiership racing pay so they have no choice other than to drop a league. Even by the most optimistic of standards, this isn't Poole fans voting to go down. Its them saying they will accept Championship speedway rather than - at least potentially - nothing. It always surprises me how a change of race day can - on occasion, dramatically - affect attendances but experience suggests that in most cases it does.
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    Plymouth speedway

    If you don't know the facts then you have no idea whether what I am saying is 'idle gossip' or the truth of the matter (on this or any other occasion). I'll let others decide on the strength of my reputation as a poster if it is true or not and, unlike you, most of them will not let their club bias get in the way when they do.
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    Plymouth speedway

    I know when Ashley Taylor was planning to try and open in Cornwall the two nights he would not consider were Friday and Saturday because holidaymakers would either be coming or going. I can well appreciate why they might switch from a Friday (having travelled to Plymouth on that day) but you do run the risk of losing families due to school commitments. Having said that, it is indicative that Somerset chose to stick with Wednesdays on returning to the Championship rather than going back to Fridays and Adrian Smith has said that in the school holidays Belle Vue get bigger gates on Mondays than Fridays.
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    Plymouth speedway

    That's what I have been told. Six figure sum since they took over, apparently. However, maybe my sources (which are pretty good) have got it wrong. Care to put me (and others) straight ? Thought not
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    Plymouth speedway

    I am not quite sure brave is the word. The last promotion at Championship level folded having made losses in every season. The present promotion are reportedly losing money hand over fist at NL level. Most of the league is based north of Manchester, with only Somerset within 200 miles. Travelling expenses will be huge. Attracting riders to drive to the far south west - on a Friday night - will be a problem that could result in higher pay than normal. They will certainly have to work on the track preparation side, because Championship riders are far less forgiving than NL ones. They'll also have to work hard on the PR, because the attitude seems to be that criticism - from anyone and of any kind - is unacceptable. That's not good enough and requires a sea change. Having said all that, SBA cam be a fantastic race track and I have seen some brilliant speedway there at Championship level in particular, and I have always thought that a city the size of Plymouth could and should attract gates big enough to substantially support a Championship team. Very best of luck to the club and the promotion.
  12. Half of the Championship clubs are north of Redcar (if you include the Bears, that is) and Sheffield and Scunthorpe are about 100 miles away. In terms of distance alone, Redcar is a better choice than Sheffield or Belle Vue. Having said that, if both the NLRC and CRC were held over the same weekend (say Saturday and Sunday, with a 12.00pm start on Sunday) and it was promoted in the right way, you could hold the meetings at Belle Vue. I think it would attract a very decent attendance bearing in mind the (mostly) neutral venue, the NSS's reputation for racing and the stadium facilities. A similar event at Peterborough a couple of years ago was a huge success.
  13. It could and should be a fantastic meeting. Even with the withdrawals, that's still a terrific line up. Part of the problem is that they have had to have 'extensive track work' after heat 8. That's simply not good enough.
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    REDCAR V SOMERSET FRIDAY 30TH AUGUST

    Very entertaining meeting especially when the dirt line moved out a bit. I too thought Morris was to blame. Off gate one, he was mid track by the time they entered the first bend and shoved Riss and Wright up against the fence. I'd also agree about Riss but this was far less clear cut. Riss was off 3, Morris 4 so the possibility of a collision was far greater. Rarely has a rider put in so much effort for so little reward and he deserves better than criticism. His only disappointment might be when he was beaten by Rowe in heat 5, otherwise he was up against it in every race and while he finished at the back in heat 9 Harris and Schlein took so long to get by him Palm Toft was clear. That was a crucial - possibly decisive - contribution.
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    Belle Vue v King's Lynn 26/08/19

    At a rough guess, the attendance was about 2,500. That's about double Belle Vue's usual attendance. The way I see it, they'd be crazy to change from the 12pm starts on bank holidays.
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