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theblueboy

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  1. theblueboy

    Swindon 2019

    I have found a link to a Parliamentary paper, which shows in 2014 £26 million pounds was paid to ALL tracks, unfortunately, due to being on my phone, my own incompetence or possibly both, I cannot provide it to you. That sounds much more plausible. By definition the top tracks e.g. Sheffield, Hove, Belle Vue and Nottingham’s would take a bigger percentage compared to Swindon. However, it’s rumoured £10k per BAGS @ Swindon, which x 3 meetings per week isn’t too shabby. Both tracks are being shortened, which means that some sacrifices have to be made. Swindon currently has a BAGS contract. As the speedway track has to be put in place for the start of the season I guess the dogs have to take the hit over the winter months to allow the adjustments. The Commercial Manager for the Robins has confirmed on the Swindon Facebook page circa 2 weeks ago that the speedway track has already been pegged out.
  2. theblueboy

    Swindon 2019

    Millions - greyhound racing, really? I have owned greyhounds and watched a lot of greyhound racing across the UK. Towcester, the home of the Derby has fallen by the wayside this year. That’s a grade 1 facility and track. Millions is not a phrase used within the greyhound fraternity.
  3. theblueboy

    Swindon 2019

    Always one in every village...
  4. theblueboy

    Swindon 2019

    So must promoters. It’s a two way street. Happy to sack a rider and when it suits through bad luck or poor performance, which is why I have no issue with riders doing what they want when they want. If that means putting Poland before the UK that’s fair enough.
  5. theblueboy

    Swindon 2019

    Of course, he is self employed. I always have a chuckle when people get their knickers in a twist when a rider chooses a Polish League fixture over the Elite League. Rider is their own boss and can choose whatever pleases them.
  6. theblueboy

    Swindon 2019

    It’s an unfortunate choice of word for Rosco to have used but as the current system stands that’s probably how it’s seen. I do agree, however, that JD is self employed and that technically he has no master and serves which ever teams he pleases. The asset system should be one of the items on the agenda for discussion to bring the ‘ownership’ of riders in to 21st century. The current rules are a nonsense. All riders should be tied to the governing authority of UK speedway only. Negotiations should be done on an annual or bi-annual basis depending on length of contract offered and the rider returned to the pool at the end of it. The governing authority would be responsible for ‘transparency’ in such matters and clearly defining the contract position. In addition, they should look at all riders currently riding in the world as at today’s date and assigning them a UK average. Either based on an average obtained in the UK previously or if they are new to the UK, an assessed one. These averages should also be published before the start of the season, so everyone is fully aware and also defining their contract position within the UK irrespective of whether they are riding here or not. Averages written on the back of a packet of Swan Vestas and made known to 3 or 4 people is not acceptable! Who would have thought that this would be so bloody difficult...
  7. theblueboy

    Poole 2019

    Classic Starman... Only sees what he wants too.. Can someone enlighten the... Know it all...
  8. theblueboy

    Poole 2019

    I would think that with all the stunts pulled by Poole over the years surely a tie up with Evel Knievel would be more appropriate? The Evel Pirates? Looking at the hole on bend 1, Pollyfilla could be a shout but I'm not sure they do a tube in that size....
  9. theblueboy

    Poole 2019

    How much will it cost the new promotion to fill in the sinkhole on bend 1?
  10. theblueboy

    All Clubs are For Sale

    I didn’t think you could pay more dividend than profit? e.g. it could only pay a dividend based on the profit, in your example, £4066?
  11. Given there was a crater for most of the season on bend 1 that Apollo 13 could have landed in, I don't think that is much to shout about.
  12. theblueboy

    Poole 2019

    Bangkok Hilton to serve a much overdue sentence for crimes against speedway? Showers will work and if he finds the right cell mate, there will be fireworks (plenty of bangers)
  13. theblueboy

    Swindon v Belle Vue. Thursday 27/09/18.

    My earlier missive encapsulated perfectly in tonight’s meeting. Home team average dropping, a ref clearly paid by the minute and the crowd, bigger than anticipated bored and disengaged. So, just in case, any current promoters read the forum take your heads out of your rear ends and put on a spectacle worthy £17. If not, shut up shop and close the door quietly behind you. Enough is enough...
  14. theblueboy

    Swindon v Belle Vue. Thursday 27/09/18.

    What this match between between the current league champions and the current KO cup holders? A bit like Opal Fruits, this fixture is made to make your mouth water! I wouldn't compare any sport with speedway, least of all football. Does the football season extend beyond the Play Offs, in fact, does any sport that has Play Offs have a regular fixture running in tandem with that competition? I know this is one fixture but is also not the first time this has happened. Football has its issues but if you look at the sport as a whole, its moved with the times with regard to finance, stadia and social media. Meaningless matches are the preserve of any sport, not just football. For example the County Championship has been done and dusted for 2 or 3 matches, although the champs came unstuck today. Sensible well regulated sports deal with the league season first. I accept that speedway is different in that the sport is both weather dependant and that the participants are self employed who are not attached to a single club but want to maximise their earnings. That is not necessarily a great recipe as cancelled fixtures across the continent in several leagues have an enormous effect of riders participation, which no doubt has largely contributed to this particular meeting being run out of season. What infuriates me is that the promoters have issues re injuries and cancellations every year but none of them have the brains to figure out how to address these issues. Every year it is the bottom line and we have an article in the local paper this evening asking for supporters to 'flock' to the meeting tonight. Why? I am going because I go every week. It could also be the final meeting ever, who knows but that's not why I am going. There will be no more than 500 people there tonight on a superb autumnal evening. Once the promotion realise they have lost a packet you'll receive a veiled threat from the promotion that they cannot continue to sustain losses. To run a credible sport, you need credible rules including the use of averages, season dates that are pre-determined and relatively easily to achieve, ditch the Mickey Mouse KO Cup - no one cares anymore and for f*** sake put the customer first. Last season KL fans were mutinous, this season a decent team, good results and crowds on the up. Next season, it will be the ol' one over 8 rule or some stupid team average that's 2-3 points lower than the current league average and we sink in to the mire of mediocrity for the xx season running. Luckily, the best ever BSPA meeting is only just round the corner, and I for one cannot wait!
  15. theblueboy

    Swindon v Belle Vue. Thursday 27/09/18.

    Who would you use then in this most meaningless of fixtures?
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