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Aces51

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  1. The forecast wasn't looking good earlier but it has changed at least 4 times this morning and is now better. Heavy rain mid afternoon but then 50% chance of light rain that is due to finish about 7pm. If that is correct then I think we shall be ok with the excellent drainage. Depending on how heavy the rain is mid afternoon it could take the first few races before we get the usual standard of racing.
  2. Aces51

    Poole 2018

    There was never any question of either Nichols or Harris coming to Belle Vue. I think Garrity would have stayed if there had been any further delay in Worrall's recovery. Much as I like both of them they are both inconsistent/poor at the NSS and in the latter part of their careers. However, I think Harris will do a decent job as a replacement for Sundstrom and often has a poor start but does better as the season progresses.
  3. Aces51

    Poole 2018

    It looks as if you got that one wrong. Harris is probably worth half a point more based on the averages so has to be an improvement.
  4. Monday is speedway night that's obviously why only one PL team chose it when they had a free choice. Nothing interesting about those comments just his self interest because it happens to suit him and a disregard for the future of the sport in the UK.
  5. Aces51

    AGM MADE PUBLIC

    But are they making a profit? There is no way that any stand alone team would be viable at the NSS at that price.
  6. Aces51

    Poole 2018

    Hardly. I like both and they have been very good in their time but neither of them are that good at the NSS.
  7. Aces51

    Poole 2018

    I don't think we can fit them in.
  8. What we need at the top of the sport are people who can look beyond the interests of their own club and see what is required for the good of every club. The problem is whether such a person, or group of people, exist within the BSPA. They must be able to put aside self interest and have the vision and ability to solve the many issues that have brought about the current situation. I see Matt Ford as someone who has always put the interests of Poole first and sometimes to the detriment of the sport as a whole, so I certainly don't see him as the person we now need.
  9. The situation now is far worse than in the 50's. During that period the number of teams did drop to an alarming level but some clubs were closing because they were only getting an average of 6/8,000 fans. It was all relative. After the post war boom with crowds at some clubs reaching 40/50,000 and some higher, 8,000 seemed a disaster but what would every existing team give now for a quarter of that 8,000.
  10. Which Belle Vue fans have blamed the ref or the Poole fans for the defeat? Some complained about the cheering when Cook fell, which is perfectly reasonable comment and nothing to do with the result of the match and I haven't seen any suggestion by an Aces fan that any decision by the referee affected the result.
  11. I doubt think anybody would suggest it was every Poole fan who cheered when Cook fell. You have only to look at Twitter where a number of Poole fans have expressed their disgust at the cheering. I wasn't there last night. I stopped making the long journey to Poole when they decided that leaving the holes and bumps was a good idea but looking at the updates it seems it was from the gate in almost every race. Which maybe explains the tape exclusions. The race where Cook came from 15 metres to pass Jakobsen and fell whilst chasing Sundstrom seems to have been the most exciting of the night.
  12. Aces51

    Rye House 2018

    You have to feel for the Rye House fans and riders. I just hope that something can be salvaged to allow the club to be resurrected next season. As for Chapman, his chairmanship has been a disaster. Yes, he inherited many problems but has failed totally to achieve even the minor improvements that he promised when taking office. The openness and transparency he made a priority is a total joke, the BSPA is now even more secretive and where is the promised new rule book. Instead we agreed to fixed nights, which included the worst night of the week for attracting crowds and even managed to make a mess of that by changing the other agreed fixed night to Wednesday, when Denmark have priority. Now, more than ever, we need someone to step forward who has the ability and the vision to take the sport forward and to give that person the authority to do what is necessary. Self interest had to be put aside for the sport to survive.
  13. The flaw in that argument is that Rohan was struggling everywhere at the beginning of the season but is now riding well everywhere. If Scott scores 13 from 5 rides he will have done better than Rohan but anything less than 10/11 from 5 rides or 8/9 from 4 and he won't have done.
  14. Aces51

    Rye House 2018

    And on what do you base your opinion? So far as I know you have not yet visited the NSS so it can't be from having attended every week. The promotion are trying many ideas to increase crowds, a new social media campaign is going to start soon and running the Colts with an entrance fee of £10 and kids under 18 free is seen as a way of attracting new and younger fans. The hope before FNR was to increase the 1500 average last year year towards 2000 this year but the enforced Monday nights have had the opposite effect. I would estimate our average crowds this year at more than 1000, maybe 1200 with the bank holiday meetings.
  15. Tungate is riding well this year so I wouldn't say there is much between him and Nicholls. Garrity could be a significant loss, it would depend on which Jason turned up. Covatti has done well for Somerset so lots of if's, buts and maybe's. Hopefully, we see the Poole who lost to Somerset and who have been poor most of the season.
  16. Aces51

    Rye House 2018

    Unfortunately, it doesn't. Belle Vue lost money last year even with average crowds of 1500 and I'm sure they weren't the only ones. This year, so far, crowds are noticeably down on last year and the only difference is the change of race night. In fact you might reasonably have expected crowds to have gone up with fewer riders missing due to doubling up.
  17. Aces51

    Rye House 2018

    But 4 of those 6 have been racing on their regular race night. Of the 4 who had to change night, you have mentioned Rye House and Belle Vue are struggling, it seems that Somerset may be ok but that could be helped but fans no longer having to face the M5 on a Friday and I don't know how crowds are holding up at Leicester.
  18. Aces51

    Poole 2018

    He certainly looked impressive at the NSS.
  19. Aces51

    AGM MADE PUBLIC

    I don't dispute that the absence of the top riders may have contributed to the sports problems but the reality is that the decline started in the 1980's, long before the top riders started to disappear, which was about 2005. We lost more fans in that period than we have since. I can only speak from personal experience but I can't recall that crowds dropped noticeably at Belle Vue when Zagar departed or, returned when he came back, or even when we lost Crump. We are now down to the hardcore and I suspect that many of those are more concerned about seeing good racing than the absence of a GP star. I didn't even notice any increase when Somerset visited this year with the World Champion. The SON had the rare appearance of Woffinden in the UK and other world class riders but attracted a very poor crowd at the NSS although, to be fair, the ticket prices may have put off some. The public profile of the sport is zero so advertising the appearance of a world class rider isn't likely to attract many newbies to attend. They won't have heard of him so won't have a clue who he is. Go back to the drawing board. Use only riders prepared to commit to the UK, pay out only what is affordable, rebrand the sport as extreme, emphasise the dangers, allow riders to react to situations and to the referees decisions, make the governance and operation of the sport credible and make the presentation dynamic and up to date. and maybe crowds will start to build. Over time new stars and heroes will be made. Ensure that they interact with the fans. Continue to develop British youngsters and the standards here will improve and if the sport prospers we will at some point be able to compete again with the Poles and Swedes. There isn't really an alternative. We can't afford to bring back the top riders now, the money isn't there and they don't want to come. We can't carry on as we are this year because it isn't working or even providing a basis on which we can build fur the future.
  20. Aces51

    Somerset 2018

    Damian Drozdz came in on 5 so not all Poles.
  21. Aces51

    AGM MADE PUBLIC

    Obviously, that is far from ideal but it seems fans at at least some of the teams who had to change their race night attend in bigger numbers on the traditional race night, even with guests and r/r, than they do on the fixed night. It's all about survival and that will depend on the BSPA doing whatever is necessary to get the most people through the turnstiles. Maybe the way forward is more educated fixture planning and a phasing out of doubling up over a set period of time, other than for youngsters using it as a transition to move up permanently to the PL.
  22. If the TV and KO Cup meeting were only 30/40% down crowds are clearly not good and that must be a concern because Wolves are one of the select few not affected by having to change their race night for the FNR.
  23. You obviously want speedway and maybe Belle Vue in particular, to succeed. You often make what seem to be knowledgeable posts about the marketing possibilities of the sport. You may already have done so but, if not, would it not be a good idea to set out in writing and send to Adrian Smith, the CEO at Belle Vue, your experience and credentials in this field and a detailed business plan setting out what you consider to be a successful marketing plan that a business with limited financial resources could probably afford. Aidrian is very approachable and always about in the crowd at meetings so, if you preferred, you could even make an initial approach by speaking to him face to face.
  24. Aces51

    Poole 2018

    This Poole team are not currently league winners but they will qualify for the play offs. I can understand the disappointment after the team didn't live up to the pre season expectations but if you compare points lost at home to points gained away, a more realistic guide to the league table, they are currently 6th and most of those above are in reach. I can't see this team losing again at home, not after after next week and they are picking up points on the road. Everyone in the team is inconsistent but there will always been good reserves and generally, enough of the team will have good nights to get results.
  25. Prior to heat 14 the only riders Woryna had beaten were the Aces reserves, Sundstrom and Josh G. I wouldn't criticise Middleditch for failing to use him before then. A brilliant nights racing. I always felt confident that we were going to win. Poole were lucky that Fricke's chain snapping gave them a point but they deserved it after putting up a good fight.
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