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  1. Speedy swindon pete

    Swindon 2018

    It’s a positive bit of information, but I’m not going to be popping any champagne corks after learning the “news” from a shoddy Facebook video interview provided by a minor local news outlet off the back of a misunderstood question. I wonder if Ron spoke out of turn slightly, as it seems to be an odd place to reveal details of something that’s been up in the air for the last 12 years . Either way, some discussion from the “inside” is better than nothing at all. Conversely I couldn’t understand everyone wringing their hands over it “looking like the last year of speedway at the Abbey” or “struggling to see there any hope Swindon running next year”. There’s been precisely no news and no talk of the speedway stopping imminently. If there is no news, things continue as they always have done. People seem to be putting a “crap” season and some poor crowds (because of poor results and general decline of British speedway) together with the confusion over the new stadium, and coming up with immediate armegeddon. We know Osbourne plays the long game on all of this...it’s been going on for 12 years for goodness sake. Unless there’s any news of note, nothing will be happening immenently. The most important thing for now is that speedway continues to run there. As long as that is happening, it’s much harder to get rid of. The club has been investing in riders recently, and just got a new set of advertising banners made for the 3rd and 4th bends, so they can’t be too concerned with the speedway suddenly stopping. Hopefully if they’re changing the track during the winter, they’re trying to improve things for the racing spectacle at blunsdon, to try and get crowd numbers up a bit, along with a competitive team, to strengthen speedway’s presence at the abbey. I really don’t see a long term future for speedway at the current site as things stand, but in the short to medium term, if speedway doesn’t look like it’s going to budge without digging its heels in first, it can only help our long term prospects.
  2. Speedy swindon pete

    Swindon v Poole. Prem B. 27/8/18. 7.30pm

    That’s a fair point. I’ve no real interest in defending rosco, but I can sympathise with the tricky situation. If we’d have ditched Smith after a month or so and started to cycle through the limited number of options as an alternative, most of them probably (que massive assumption) unlikely to do much more than Smith, you could imagine plenty of people moaning that we would have been just as well sticking with Jack and given him time to improve. I don’t think anyone expected Brennan to look as combative as he did. I assumed we’d just have another Ellis Perks (was it him that guested for us and spent most of the time on his backside?) on our hands. Anyway, a pleasant surprise.
  3. Speedy swindon pete

    Swindon v Poole. Prem B. 27/8/18. 7.30pm

    Not sure if anyone mentioned Brennan as a viable replacement (in any way other than just a list of names and averages that would fit in the limit, anyway). Half the issue is probably some of us thinking that Smith would at least improve in his ability from when he first started with us, however that hasn’t transpired at all. If anything he looks worse now from his confidence being shot to bits.
  4. Speedy swindon pete

    Swindon v Poole. Prem B. 27/8/18. 7.30pm

    A frustrating incident that one. You could easily hear with one minute still on the clock that his bike wasn’t firing properly when giving it close to full throttle, whilst warming up at the tapes. It was inevitable it wasn’t going to make it past the first bend. Really he should have tried to get his bike changed and run the risk of being excluded on 2 mins, at least then we would have been able to put Zach in as a replacement. There were no winners by just hoping the problem would magically disappear on their own. Lost a couple of points through that. Although that was one of the most exciting “races” all season at Blunsdon. Enjoyed Tom Brennan’s cameo. Not afraid to really screw it on going into the bends, which unfortunately is a massive improvement over Jack Smith in itself. Decent enough meeting in the end, even without much in the way of passing. not convinced about Poole for the playoffs and the title at all.
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    Wolves V Swindon 20/8/18

    We are comedically bad at the moment. Almost as if the riders know the game is up for the play offs so are doing what they can to get their averages down to be more employable next season.
  6. Speedy swindon pete

    Swindon v Belle Vue 16 August

    Funny Kurtz helping out with potentially getting BV into the playoff. They’re a bloody solid side. Look a lot better than Poole. bend 1 was dodgy but at least we saw a few glimpses of something resembling racing for a change. Bewley when the dirt is out wide is superb. Cracking ride in heat 15.
  7. Speedy swindon pete

    Swindon v Belle Vue 16 August

    Aces too sharp from the gate for us tonight. Struggling with the first bend too.
  8. Speedy swindon pete

    Swindon vs Leicester 08/08/18

    Get the watering can out...getting dusty here now. Couldn’t make it up.
  9. Speedy swindon pete

    Swindon - Wolves 30.7.18

    Decent performance from Swindon in the end, despite some poor decisions from the ref for bringing back starts or the middle order just riding through the tapes anyway. Result should have been decided much earlier than it was. Surprised to see anyone saying that the racing was good. Shows just how bad last week was. Just because there was a bit less dust this week, the track hasn’t suddenly become good. There was a couple of good opening laps tonight, but aside from Tobias nearly getting past Howarth and Nick ploughing into the back of Morris, there was 0 action past the first lap. Even the quickest riders of night didn’t look like they’d have a hope in hell of making a pass from the back. It seems like it doesn’t matter where the boys try and put the bike, they can’t generate the speed to get close enough to make a pass at all. All you have to do at the moment is get round the first and second bend quicker than someone else and then ride mid track and not make any mistakes at all, that’s your points sewn up. As I’ve implied before, it’s going to take a lot more than some new shale and a bit of water to make the track good in any way again.
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    Swindon - Wolves 30.7.18

    More comedy reffing with the starts tonight. It’s incredible just how they manage to get themselves in such a muddle.
  11. Speedy swindon pete

    Swindon 2018

    So what’s the alternative then? You keep fruitlessly bickering with someone/something that you know full well is just getting a rise out of people and has no intention of creating a decent point or conversation? So the thread expands further with more crap? What’s the point in getting worked up about it? the logic is absurd.
  12. Speedy swindon pete

    Swindon 2018

    So why do people bother entertaining it? Just ignore. Pretend it doesn’t exist. It really isn’t hard.
  13. Let’s be honest, we’ve seen worse tracks for ridability than this in plenty of meetings on tv before. The dust is a disaster, but let’s face it, there’d be less moaning about it if the racing was any good. The racing all season has been dire though, last year barely any better. No matter if it’s damp or drier than Death Valley. If the stadium isn’t levelled soon, the track needs a reshaping and new shale on it to revive it like they did a few years ago. Of course, for as long as there’s immanent doubt over what is going to happen to the site, they’re not likely to be willing to part with cash to do anything with the track. A difficult decision is going to have to be made soon
  14. Are the referees in this country ever actually going to learn what moving and not moving at the starts constitutes? Madness
  15. Having to stay at home and watch the match on the box tonight. A first for me with a home tv meeting I think. Bit worried about how French Dave’s wrist will hold up and the prospect of entire sections of crowd going missing in the dust plumes.

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