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topsoil last won the day on October 28 2015

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  1. Belle Vue 2018

    Irrespective of whether his name is Joe Jacobs or Mr X, it is sad to see a young British rider, who has potentially ten years in the sport ahead of him, retire. The sport needs as many young British riders coming through as possible for the future.
  2. Berwickbandits2018

    Or there weren't any other offers? Didn't see anybody else looking to bring him in. It's bidding wars where the likes of Berwick fall down. The promotion, quite rightly, won't go in over their heads.
  3. Exactly. Britain can't hope to compete with Poland when you read of the signing on fees given over there. Sweden try to keep up, but look at the mess some of their clubs are in, getting bailed out by local councils. If a British club tried to compete with Polish wages, it would be bankrupt within a couple of months. Concentrate on developing your own local talent, improve the entertainment factor to get crowds back, work hard at attracting TV and sponsors into the sport. Then you can think about attracting bigger names.
  4. Berwickbandits2018

    And would have done this season, but money talks
  5. Berwickbandits2018

    And this is where Berwick just cannot compete with other clubs in the league, who have far bigger financial resources. This forces Berwick to settle for more balanced team line-ups.
  6. Berwickbandits2018

    Two for Berwick, one for Jye
  7. Berwickbandits2018

    Nope, track covers and training track. Jye Etheridge also appears in the list.
  8. Berwickbandits2018

    Berwick appearing twice in the "winners" section of the Speedway Star review of the year. Who would have thought, with all the doom and gloom on here.
  9. Edinburgh 2018

    The main reason why I think Edinburgh will always be there or thereabouts.
  10. 2000

    Probably. You always think the time before was better. You only remember the good parts. There is a Youtube video of Berwick v Ellesmere Port at Berrington around about 1985. Not a single pass in the whole meeting. As with every era, there was good and bad.
  11. 2000

    We tend to only look back with rose tinted glasses at the past. I'm sure if you look back you would find fans moaning about promotions back then as well (certainly the Berwick promoter at that time took his fair share of flak). As for entertainers, for each of the ones you have mentioned I would match them with, off the top of my head, Nick Morris, Craig Cook, the Worralls, Robert Lambert, Chris Harris, Sam Masters, Ben Barker, Jason Garrity, Josh Grajczonek, Lewis Bridger (when fit) probably more. I would say the standard of the Premier League, certainly at the top end, was a match for any year. I bet if you went back to 2000 you would find examples of bad track preparation, bad meeting presentation, meetings postponed at the last minute, everything that brings us to say "final nail in the coffin" these days. Mark Loram came to the Bordernapolis and was great, but what chance is there of attracting big names to individual meetings nowadays? You saw the number of riders who pulled out of the Kevin Doolan testimonial last year. Look at the Ben Fund meetings. Speedway has it's problems now, big problems. But maybe these problems may not have occurred had mistakes not been made in the past.
  12. Newcastle 2018

    And there were so many complaints about the Premiership, one rider above 8 points rule. Ironic. The Championship looks like it is being split into two this season.
  13. Berwickbandits2018

    Far too easy for people to just moan on here
  14. Berwickbandits2018

    You going to give them yours?
  15. Berwickbandits2018

    Getting this number one hasn't been easy. Two basically signed, only to be gazumped by other clubs, then another lined up but can't afford to ride over here because he is owed so much by his Polish club. The search continues.