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  1. tigerowl

    Stefan Kwoczala R.I.P

    KWOCZALA, Stefan Born: June 15, 1934, Czestochowa, Poland. The second Pole to join Leicester under a scheme where the Polish authorities allowed riders to race in Britain for a year to gain experience of the smaller tracks, Stefan had the difficult job of replacing the hugely popular Marian Kaiser at Blackbird Road. He was a member of the Wlokniarz club in his home city and had won the Polish Championship in 1959, joining the ‘Hunters’ the following spring. He was a robust and sometimes wild rider who upset some opponents with his hard charging tactics but proved to be a popular member of the side with the fans at his home track. He not only filled the spot left by Kaiser admirably, he actually outscored his fellow countryman with a series of fantastic displays which saw him among the top 20 riders in the league. His official debut came at Ipswich in a National Trophy match in May and Stefan showed what was to come by scoring twelve, paid 13, from six rides. Although he was never to score a maximum for the ‘Hunters’, Stefan was in double figures in over half of his league and cup matches and ended the season with a superb average of 8.22 points per match to finish as second heat leader behind Ken McKinlay. He also worked his way through the qualifying rounds of the World Championship to reach the Wembley final, joining his compatriots Kaiser and Henryk Zyto in the event. Stefan proved to be the best of his countrymen that night, scoring eight points to finish the evening in a creditable seventh place, the best effort yet by a Pole in the competition. As with the rest of the Polish riders of the time, he was only allowed one season of racing in Britain and returned to ride in his domestic league in 1961. Sadly, he suffered serious head injuries in a track crash in May of that year and, although he made a recovery, the injury effectively spelled the end of his career. Year Club Division M R P BP TP CMA FM PM 1960 Leicester NL 19 90 172 13 185 8.22 - - Individual Honours: World finalist 1960 (7th), Polish Champion 1959. International Honours: Polish international – 3 caps, 16 points.
  2. tigerowl

    Sheffield v Scunny 02/06/19

    Star of the show - Danny Ayres. Would love to have seen him at Owlerton and would have been a hero for us. Some of the 'effort' put in by one or two home riders tonight was just not good enough.
  3. I think we need a new set of riders, not a new set of averages. A couple of them look like their heart isn't in it. Cook is a better number 1 than King and that was always going to be the case, but Kyle Bickley outscoring Kemp is not something I expected to see and Drew has, apart from the odd ride, has been a disappointment so far. The big difference for me is the comparison between Rasmus Jensen and Proctor. One looks an inspired signing, the other looks like it's turning into a disaster.
  4. tigerowl

    Speedway Star in the winter

    I'd rather have some 'amateur' match reports telling me what has happened during a meeting, rather than some 'professional' telling me about how 'stoked' a rider is for the new season. what he likes for his dinner, or what some riders from the 1980s are doing now.
  5. tigerowl

    Speedway Star in the winter

    I've always championed the Star on this site and think it is a great magazine. However, I think this is a massive step backwards and really disappointing. The match reports provide a written history of the sport that one can look back on in years to come. There is loads of stuff that could have been cut before the match reports and I'm sure that there could be other ways of producing match reports without having to pay a journalist to do it. There are fans at all tracks who could and would do it for free. One idea would be for fans to submit their match reports to the Star by email on the day of the meeting. The best one from each track could be selected and published (after spell checking and grammar checking). It would be a fantastic accolade to have one of your reports published and could actually increase circulation. I'm sure there would be at least one report submitted for every meeting and would give us a bit of entertainment and variety.
  6. tigerowl

    10 Favourite Riders Who Changed Nationality

    Alan Rivett, Cliff Watson, Tommy Sweetman
  7. tigerowl

    Birmingham 2018

    Really pleased to see Birmingham back at a higher level next season. Best of luck to the Masons and everyone connected with the club. Looking back at some of the posts over the last few days, some people on here don't half make themselves look daft!!
  8. tigerowl

    Sheffield 2019

    It's always difficult when there is a change of race night and it's not going to suit everyone. However, the fact remains that we need to try and attract a new and younger audience somehow. I'm 50 and I often feel like the youngest there. When you used to look at the first bend you could see blue and yellow scarves, now it's grey hair and beige anoraks. If the change of race night starts to attract some kids who can be home before bedtime then all the better. Well done on the team building by the way, it looks a very exciting team and I will be making every effort to be there next season after a bit of a period of apathy.
  9. tigerowl

    Sheffield 2019

    Great start to the team building. Welcome to Sheffield Drew and well done to the promotion for securing the deal.
  10. tigerowl

    AGM November 2018

    I love watching Chris Harris ride but he is so far off the mark with his opinions it is unreal. So Chris wasn't too good at school and needs to ride for two teams at least to make ends meet. Sorry Chris, but can you explain how this is possible on 500-800 fans paying to get in? It seems a large proportion of everyone else in the sport want the doubling up system to end so that the sport can try and regain a bit of identity and credibility thereby attracting new fans and keeping the few that we have but Chris is happy for the sport to be run into the ground as people keep drifting away. I don't think that doubling up is the only issue as to why speedway is struggling but it's certainly one of the main ones and Chris needs to realise that the sport as a whole has got to come first, not the needs of a few riders who do not have the capability or willingness to do something else.
  11. tigerowl

    AGM November 2018

    Never mind then. Let's just leave things as they are. Let's have an ever decreasing number of them riding for various teams every night of the week whilst their mates (and I'll mention Joe Jacobs again) having to pack in because he can't get a ride. Let's have fans who want a team to support continue to drift away because they can't take the sport seriously (Chris Harris just missing out on the play off's with Glasgow but winning a league winner's medal with Poole and a cup winners medal with Somerset). Just let things continue as they are and see how many riders can be full time then. The answer will be none, because the sport will cease to exist.
  12. tigerowl

    AGM November 2018

    We seemed to manage in the 1970s and 1980s when most of the riders were either self employed or had other jobs.
  13. tigerowl

    AGM November 2018

    There are some differences amongst the fans but I think the core issues about value for money, organisation of fixtures, integrity of the competitions and team identity are a common thread. Just like the politicians tell us that when students go to university, they come out with £50,000 of debt and everyone believes them, the promoters tell us that there aren't enough riders to go round to stop doubling up. Solve this issue and get riders riding every week for one team, rather than pulling on a different race jacket every night of the week and other things may well fall into place. Also, as I said in a previous post, the riders have to realise that they can't all be full time on the crowds we are getting.
  14. tigerowl

    AGM November 2018

    The problem with the promoters in my opinion is not that they deliberately want to run the sport into the ground, it makes no sense for them to purposely lose their money, but the system that has been created makes it impossible for the sport to function properly. There are too many conflicts of interest and pulling in opposing directions. What the sport needs is for decisions to be made in the best interests of speedway as a whole but unless someone independent is elected to make these decisions things will just carry on as they are, leading to a slow and painful death. The argument that it’s the promoter’s money doesn’t stand up for me. What other sport operates in this way? You wouldn’t get Malcolm Glazer and Roman Abramovic making up the rules of football so why do we have to put up with it. Tsunami clearly had the best interests of Newcastle at heart and anyone who puts their cash into speedway has my respect but the sport needs an independent, honest, respected leader. And to your rival moxey63, get well soon.
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