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Al Stewart

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  • Birthday 01/15/1948

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  1. Al Stewart

    Swindon 2019

    You have it spot on.
  2. Al Stewart

    Swindon 2019

    Any rider who is currently in the Championship and has not ridden in the Premiership this season can come into the Premiership on his Champ average divided by 1.5. Thus eg Craig Cook came to King's Lynn on an average 0.6 lower than his finishing average for Belle Vue last season, even though his form is probably better. On the other hand bringing a Premiership rider to the Championship, you multiply by 1.5, often making it prohibitive. This of course is intended to reduce doubling up but it certainly won't achieve this. Nobody will ever abandon the Championship because they know it would be very hard to get back in.
  3. Al Stewart

    Leicester v Edinburgh 8/6/19

    To say I empathise with this is an understatement. That is why I am in Edinburgh and not dashing down the country as I did for so many years (and enjoyed at the time).
  4. You seem to be keen to give the impression that Edinburgh will cancel second halves for no reason, if they are in a bad mood or maybe just to annoy you. This is not correct. There were three NJL matches on the original fixture list this season none of which has taken place. These are: 19/4 Newcastle. The lighting had failed but much more importantly, a spectator had been taken seriously ill with an ambulance being called. The gentleman was in hospital for quite a while thereafter. Such an incident is usually accepted as a regrettable but valid reason for a postponement. 26/4 Ashfield. The whole meeting rained off. 3/5 Berwick. Match not programmed due to unavailability of riders. You might also be referring to 14/9/2018 when there was an intended match v Berwick after the senior teams had met. And yes, Edinburgh ‘got beat.’ I can’t remember the exact details but I think the senior match started about an hour late in very wet conditions. Several of the senior riders were unhappy that their match went ahead. I’m sure that both the conditions and the Edinburgh curfew were relevant. I realise this isn’t what the thread was meant to be about but there is so much ill-informed comment.
  5. Al Stewart

    Speedway On Tv And The Internet In 2019

    Yes but it's a new season.
  6. Al Stewart

    Speedway On Tv And The Internet In 2019

    Delighted to see the excellent Racers and Royals service back in place. Without reading through all the posts, I assume Premier Sports are out of the picture now for Speedway?
  7. As it turned out, way too pessimistic. Much improved Edinburgh performance, very good meeting and two thrilling rides to finish with by William Lawson.
  8. Also Richard Lawson.
  9. Al Stewart

    Newcastle 2019

    Unfortunately Thomas Jorgensen has withdrawn but hopefully you will still come!
  10. Al Stewart

    Gareth Rogers

    I hate getting involved in this ill-informed thread but as far as I know the previous conviction of Gareth was overturned and compensation paid. So it should not be brought up again and nor should the behaviour of a completely different person with the same name.
  11. After the disappointments of last year the 10th Ben Fund Bonanza is scheduled for Leicester on 17th March 2019 start time 2pm. Leicester thus becomes the first track to stage the Bonanza twice.
  12. Al Stewart

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    I noticed this a while ago. It would have been better so say "You don't have to keep the team the same if it isn't working" because changing is indeed easy, far too easy really. However it's always best to start with the right team. Edinburgh started and finished with the same team in 2014, 2015 and 2017, and made one change only in 2013 and 2016. Sadly last year was another story.
  13. Al Stewart

    Ben Fund

    There are four groups of riders as far as the Ben Fund goes. Firstly there are riders good enough to bring in fans who are regularly committed to the event. This group includes Ben Barker, Steve Worrall, Chris Harris, Rory Schlein. Secondly there is an equally committed group of not-so-good riders who will always ride but really just make up the numbers. They deserve equal applause. Then there are those who will do it if pushed and if they have nothing better to do. They will then pull out without any feeling of guilt if a paid booking crops up. A substantial number of riders did that on this occasion. They don't realise that this is the LAST meeting you should pull out of, not the first. And finally there are those who won’t even consider doing it. They get asked and don’t even return calls. Support from the promoters comes from just one or two who are prepared to offer tracks to stage the meeting or to push their riders into competing. But generally they are not supportive, individually or as a group. Because I am involved I do know a lot of scare stories about riders and promoters who don’t give a damn about the Ben Fund. I consider it truly shocking. But I can’t name names unfortunately because that has to be Paul Ackroyd’s call. Fortunately Paul is a strong character otherwise the whole business would bring him down.
  14. If they are both out which seems likely, surely that affects Somerset more?

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