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  1. Halifaxtiger

    Polish Extraleague 2020

    Taxi for Holta
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    Polish Extraleague 2020

    They are going to need him. They are being beaten to the first corner every time.
  3. I don't want stock cars at the NSS but I am not the one meeting the losses that it is making. For that reason, any new revenue stream must be considered. For what its worth I don't think speedway at Scunthorpe has suffered unduly following the introduction of stock cars (I don't think I have ever read a report that suggests it has either) probably due to some considerable care about the timing and number of stock meetings.
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    2020 NL Season

    I disagree. The handicap meeting at IOW was among the best I saw last season anywhere, and that includes the NSS. It might be called a gimmick, but if it is going to improve the quality of the spectacle (and I think it will) I am all for it.
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    Redcar 2020

    Bit of a gamble at reserve but probably one worth taking. Jenkins has a lot of potential and I was impressed with Lawlor last season - an NL average increase of almost 1.5 shows there could be more to come.
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    workington ..

    To my knowledge, they weren't lies. Laura Morgan genuinely believed that she had the additional backing to enable the Comets to run, only for that backing to pull out. What happened wasn't her fault.
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    2020 NL Season

    When I went to Rye House for one of their first meetings in the Premiership, I was astonished at how many people were there - the place was packed, and I was told that some had been locked out the week before. Knowing just how unwilling speedway fans are to switch support to another team - Coventry to Wolverhampton is the same distance as Purfleet to Hoddesdon, for example - I don't think that huge increase could be even partly explained by Lakeside dropping into the NL. That's also highlighted by just how poor Lakeside's gates at Hoddesdon were - if you're not going to travel to watch your own team, you're surely not going to do it to watch another. What did Rye House - as you have pointed out - was the need to move away from their established race night to midweek meetings (its hit Poole and Sheffield hard too). If they could ride on a Saturday, I'd say its entirely possible the track could support an NL side. After all, it supported a Championship one for years.
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    2020 NL Season

    I'd agree. NL racing was better there. At Belle Vue, Premiership is definitely better but the NL racing is still better than most other tracks regardless of the league they are in. From what I have seen, its likely that the attendances that the Colts get enable them to cover their expenses better than the Aces.
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    Belle Vue Aces 2020

    I stand to be corrected, but with that team Pickering wouldn't fit. Etheridge, however, would.
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    Belle Vue Aces 2020

    Agreed Two point increase in the Championship and finished second in the averages in that league. I think he's come up on the rails a bit but also believe he can go higher. Added to the fact that he lives only a short distance away and with his family connection to the Aces signing him is a no brainer.
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    Race nights

    I am pretty certain Redcar had said that Fridays were a success last season.
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    Belle Vue Aces 2020

    Kurtz 7.54 Lidsey 5.16 Wright 6.68 Bewley 6.31 Holder 7.49 Pickering 4.65 Ayres 3.67 Exchanged Sedgman for Pickering - I cannot believe this lad does not have a Premiership place and he'd be fantastic at the NSS - otherwise the same. Ayres would be a brilliant signing and its surprising no one else has mentioned him. Best of all ? 41.5 on the nail (not including reductions for Wright, Bewley and Ayres).
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    AGM

    Its not precisely clear from Gambo's post above whether 140 days racing is enough to support a rider for an entire year (or whether he thinks it should be) but if it is, that is a stark contrast with what you are putting forward. Truth is that speedway has always been for the overwhelming number of riders a part time occupation even during the season. I have said this before but Mick Bell, a three time British League winner and a decent reserve/second string in the 1970's, once described it as a 'good paying hobby'. I'll be honest and say that my knowledge of rider pay is minimal, but to repeat again I'll be surprised - very surprised - if most those doubling up between the top two leagues are struggling to survive. The teams that pay them, however, most certainly are and what we cannot have is a situation where clubs are put at risk simply so that riders can use the sport as a full time occupation.
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    Sheffield 2020

    Who cares ?
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    AGM

    Some of them - Chris Harris, Scott Nicholls spring to mind - were able to ride speedway for years without doubling up. The only thing that has changed is that they have seen a way to substantially increase earnings.
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    AGM

    Seeing him sweeping water off the track (in his shirtsleeves while it was still raining) at a Colts meeting hugely impressed me. I can certainly think of one other who would do that but many who most certainly wouldn't. I am reasonably sure that he and Barry Bishop very much see eye to eye. No surprise there.
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    AGM

    Put one club (Rye House) out of business, another (Sheffield) up for sale and forced another (Poole) to change leagues. It should not be the case that we risk the very existence of our teams for no reason other than riders doubling their pay and they all seemed to manage before we had it so why not now ?
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    Oxford

    If truth were told, the more ridiculous complaints are made the better because it destroys the case against speedway. Best one I ever heard was about Kent, with someone saying they couldn't sleep for the noise on a particular night. Unfortunately for them, there was no meeting that night.
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    AGM

    On the first point, you are absolutely right. But there are so many on here who think they have all the ideas, only they don't. And as I said, the crucial point is that while they are very happy to speculate with others money they won't risk a penny of their own. On the second point, I can't be certain of how much money riders make or don't make although be very surprised if any rider doubling up between the Premiership and the Championship 'barely makes a profit'. Very surprised indeed. I consider that uncontrolled doubling up is a blight on the sport in this country and we only have it so that riders can double their earnings. Because of that we have fixed race nights, and that has closed one club (Rye House) put another up for sale (Sheffield) and meant that a third (Poole) has had to drop out of a league which they have pretty much dominated. Riders demand that tracks are prepared how they want them, not what is best for the spectator and thus the sport itself. Its little wonder that in a facebook post recently Gordon Pairman said that while fans point fingers at promoters for the sports financial difficulties, riders are to blame. I don't totally agree, but he has a point.
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    AGM

    I certainly believe that more could be done to make the racing better, but once again it seems to me rider interests are put above those of fans. I once complained about the dust at a track and asked for watering, only to be told that the riders don't like it so it wasn't going to happen. If the sport continually puts the needs of paid employees above paying spectators attendances will go down - that's pretty obvious, and it has to change. I have always believed that trying to get people back is a waste of time and speedway should concentrate more on new fans. Those who used to go tend to complain about matters that have been in force for decades, trying to give the impression that they only came in two or three seasons ago. They are overwhelmingly - and occasionally bizarrely - negative in an attempt to justify why they don't go, and make unreasonable demands as conditions to return. Why on earth chuck money at such people ?
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    AGM

    I am far from convinced that fans do either. They suggest that points limits, tactical rides, rider replacement and guests cause people to walk away, ignoring the fact that all have been in existence in the sport for half a century. Cut the prices they say, ignoring the fact that when that has been done clubs have usually sustained heavy financial losses. Its too expensive. Belle Vue costs £18 and I see at least one world class rider (usually two) every week. Halifax Town costs £20, and they aren't even in the Football League. By that comparison, speedway is cheap. They criticise the play off system, disregarding the fact that it is a huge success in terms of revenue and that it is now common practice elsewhere. They compare speedway to other sports, ridiculing its rules, its practices, its procedures. Speedway is about as similar to football as an elephant is to a haddock and any comparison is just as valid. I am sure I have even read that speedway should be marketed as a sport for those aged 40 or over, a bit like crown green bowling. Total nonsense. Speedway is for all ages, and should be promoted that way. As to the ageing attendance, I think that's a myth. Barry Bishop told me that less than 15% of his crowds are of pensionable age. But the most telling fact is that while some claim to have all the answers, ask them to put their money where their mouth is and they are running for the hills. Quite willing to gamble others funds, they won't stake a single penny on their - occasionally hare brained - schemes, which shows just how confident they are about their success. While I deplore the utter contempt that most - but not all - members of the BSPA have for this forum, they can justifiably point to that in describing us as 'keyboard commandos'. All I know is that speedway has to start treating its paying customers as paying customers and not run the sport for the benefit of the riders, because that's how it is at the moment. Even with things as desperate as they are, clubs still find time to treat its fanbase like dirt. Sheffield's Damian Bates, faced with huge criticism over an underperforming team and a dreadful track, found time to slag off the clubs fans last season. Faced with similar criticism over an equally dreadful track, instead of listening Plymouth's Mark Phillips chose to ban those who were being critical. When you choose to treat the lifeblood of the sport that way, you get all you deserve.
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    Plymouth speedway

    I think its more about ensuring even numbers in the Championship. If Newcastle drop out, they'll be in (or at least there will be a place for them).
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    AGM

    Fixed race nights. To ensure that riders can double up, leagues have to ride on different nights and that has meant that some have had to change the traditional one for racing. It genuinely does surprise just how much that affects attendances, but Rye House closed down as a result, Sheffield went up for sale and Poole dropped out of a league that have graced for decades.
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    Plymouth speedway

    Goalposts moved it seems ; 'THE MANAGEMENT OF PLYMOUTH GLADIATORS SPEEDWAY ARE VERY DISAPPOINTED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THEIR APPLICATION TO JOIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE IN 2020 HAS PROVED UNSUCCESSFUL ON THIS OCCASION; BUT THE CLUB IS DETERMINED TO BUILD TOWARDS A FURTHER APPLICATION IN 12 MONTHS TIME.HAVING BEEN GRANTED PERMISSION TO PUT ITS CREDENTIALS TO THE SPORTS GENERAL COUNCIL AT THE AGM HELD IN COVENTRY THIS WEEK, THE REQUIREMENT OF NEW AND PREVIOUSLY UNFORESEEN CONDITIONS OF ENTRY; WHICH WOULD HAVE MEANT INCREASED FINANCIAL ASSURANCES AND BONDS HAVING TO BE PAID IMMEDIATELY, MEANT THAT THE PROMOTION HAD NO ALTERNATIVE BUT TO WITHDRAW THE APPLICATION ON THE GROUNDS OF THE MEDIUM AND LONG TERM FINANCIAL SECURITY OF THE CLUB.PLYMOUTH GLADIATORS WILL NOW FOCUS ON BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL TEAM FOR THE 2020 NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE, WHILST STRENGTHENING ITS COMMERCIAL AND BUSINESS MODEL AND INCREASING ITS BRAND, MEDIA AND MARKETING AWARENESS AND EXPLORING OTHER SPEEDWAY AND COMMUNITY RELATED AVENUES TO INCREASE IT'S SUPPORTER BASE AND TO FURTHER EVIDENCE AND DELIVER THE LONG TERM PROFITABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY, IT HAS SHOWN IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS.THE CLUBS MANAGEMENT TEAM WILL FULLY UPDATE ALL SUPPORTERS ATTENDING THE FORTHCOMING END OF SEASON PRESENTATION EVENING ON SATURDAY 30TH NOVEMBER AT KINGS TAMERTON COMMUNITY HALL'.
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    AGM

    Barry Bishop does that every week and I have seen Adrian Smith do it, too
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