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  1. Hot Shoe

    The continuing decline of Speedway

    That's exactly what i thought.
  2. Hot Shoe

    The continuing decline of Speedway

    But did he understand why football clubs get those 'favourable incentives'? Football clubs in England receive grants for stadium improvements most often from the Football Association which is the governing body for the sport in this country. They also can receive funding locally and through lottery grants and there is no reason why any speedway club couldn't apply for a grant either as long as they can show that they are contributing something to the local community through schemes for children, youth, disabled groups etc. Having been involved in a football club that received grants i can assure anyone that football clubs do not receive money for nothing. They have to prove that they are contributing something to the community through various initiatives and there is a long process involved in gaining any grant. People who think that money is just thrown at football clubs have no idea of the work actually involved i getting that money.
  3. Hot Shoe

    The continuing decline of Speedway

    That's a bit of a red herring. Most grants given to football clubs for stadium improvements comes from Football Association grants and often the club has to own their own ground to receive the maximum grants . This would be like whoever runs speedway handing out grants to speedway clubs for stadium improvements. Also football clubs have to pay for crowd control and that's why they use stewards who are much cheaper than the police. Another point is that most subsidies that football clubs receive other than for ground improvements is because they are putting something back into the community by running after school course for kids etc and walking football for the over 60s and numerous other activities that help the local community and that's why every professional football club has a community officer and a team to put on these activities. Football is also a massive industry which pays £millions in taxes to the government each year unlike speedway.
  4. Hot Shoe

    The continuing decline of Speedway

    I think the racing is excellent at the moment and at many meetings now good racing is more consistent than it was in the 60s, 70, 80s & 90s. I probably see more overtakes in an evening at Scunny now than i did in a month at Wimbledon in the 'good old days'.
  5. Hot Shoe

    The continuing decline of Speedway

    It was promoted better and was in keeping with the times (i.e. the 1980s). Now people demand more like better facilities, better presentation etc. All successful sports have moved on while speedway has simply stood still.
  6. Hot Shoe

    The continuing decline of Speedway

    I too was fortunate to watch speedway in the same period (and long before) as you and still go every week. The problem is that many supporters and promoters still think we are in the 1980s so the best advice i could ever email to the BSPA is that we are now in 2018. Unfortunately they would probably bin it and carry on with their 1980s view of how sport should be run.
  7. Hot Shoe

    The continuing decline of Speedway

    I totally agree that speedway has changed but then so do we as humans. We don't all like now what we liked in the 90s. All sports lose fans for various reasons but speedways problem is that they haven't been replaced by new fans coming into the sport.
  8. Hot Shoe

    The continuing decline of Speedway

    If speedway's decline is down to the 'new bikes' then it's amazing that the sport has continued for 25 years since the introduction of the 'new bikes'. I think you need to look a little deeper to understand why it has declined.
  9. Hot Shoe

    The continuing decline of Speedway

    Time moves on and what got you hooked isn't necessarily going to appealed to kids today. To older fans old bikes are nostalgic but show a kid and old upright bike today and it wouldn't mean a thing to him. Once owners and promoters realise that the 1980s have gone forever then speedway can move forward.
  10. Hot Shoe

    The continuing decline of Speedway

    Ten out of ten for observation but it's hardly on the level of professional football. Premier League football clubs have big superstores selling an enormous range of goods which is hardly comparable with a tatty old track shop.
  11. Or like the new stadium maybe they will remain just a figment of someone's imagination.
  12. Would that be the old or the 'new' Swindon stadium?
  13. Hot Shoe

    Bradford To Return ?

    I think the recognition was that after the Popplewell Inquiry (that someone has previously mentioned) the way football stadiums were constructed changed forever. I'd say every football stadium (and almost all other sports stadia) owe their design to that inquiry. Sadly it came too late for Bradford City but has certainly avoided further disasters. I totally agree though that the inquiry failed in many other ways. It also remembered by Lincoln City fans as the stand behind one of the goals was named the Stacey West Stand after lifelong fans Bill Stacey and Jim West who died at Bradford. It's a story that every Imps fan young or old knows.
  14. Hot Shoe

    The continuing decline of Speedway

    That's a good point. Years ago people went to speedway etc as simply a evenings entertainment. There was no pre-meeting entertainment and you had a cup of tea if you were lucky. Now everything has to be an event and people demand more than just watching the racing. Go to professional football or rugby now and you have a glossy souvenir programme, burger, chips and a drink and a visit to the club shop to get your replica shirt etc. Speedway promoters haven't moved with the times.
  15. Hot Shoe

    The continuing decline of Speedway

    There are a couple of groups going around UK speedway tracks this season with old upright bikes and this is great for older fans who remember them but don't forget the uprights disappeared from league speedway around 25 years ago and younger and newer fans have no association with these bikes at all either in looks or smell. As for Castrol R yes it's smells great but is nasty stuff if you have to strip down an engine. I use Castrol A747 in a classic road racer i have and although it doesn't smell the same as Castrol R is pretty close and doesn't do the same damage to the motor.

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