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  1. Garry1603

    Name your 5 favourite tracks

    Hyde Road White City Wembley Sheffield Coventry
  2. A big meeting for both Worrall and Batchelor tonight - I think who ever scores most will win it for their team.
  3. Well; done to Wolves, fully deserved the two wins. As a Belle Vue fan I was happier with the away performance, All day the Wolves riders looked capable of winning races whereas only the Aces top three were really competitive (but at least Brennan tried hard). The 'engine room' of the Aces failed again I'm afraid and some of the management decisions were frankly strange. Worrall's lunge at the end was borne out of frustration after an appalling day for him, I hope he learns from it.
  4. Maybe you're right and the captaincy is weighing a little heavy on his shoulders for BV. He's certainly struggling at the moment for the Aces, if not elsewhere.
  5. I thought that Charles Wright had a decent day (especially at home). Seems to have taken his time to recover his form but I think he's getting there. Bewley, Kurtz and Brennan tried hard, but the rest were woeful. What has happened to Steve Worrall?
  6. Was Kurtz afraid to look up?
  7. Good meeting though with lots of great racing and passing. Bewley is coming on leaps and bounds. I think that it will be a similar score tonight tbh.
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    Ipswich 2020

    Spot on. We never know what's going on in someone's head and we shouldn't interfere with his feelings. If he needs help and support I'm sure that he has people around him to give it. The rest of us should just accept it and wish him well. This is too dangerous a sport to do without full commitment and concentration. Get well soon Cookie - and take your time.
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    RIP Taffy Owen

    Another great character lost to us. RIP Taffy and thanks for the memories.
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    Philip Rising R.I.P

    Very sad news. He was a proper 'supporter of speedway' in the truest sense. There will never be anyone like him again. RIP and thank you.
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    Brandon Update

    Email sent. Hope it helps.
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    'They Retired Too Soon'

    Bruce Penhall, Dag Lovaas, Ron Preston and Phil Collins all could have been around for much longer if they wanted to. At the other end of the scale, Jim Brett of Belle Vue looked like he was about to make the breakthrough but quit as he had a good job lined up (in IT I believe, which in the late 70s would have been pretty well paid I imagine)
  13. I was there that day. It was so funny to see the reaction of Eric Boocock and Chris Morton who were talking on the centre green when they saw what Wilkie was going to do! You could almost see the blood drain from their faces before they ran after him across the grass (didn't catch him though )
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    Craig Cook Sacked!

    Whatever the future holds, I hope that Cook makes the right decision for himself and not because he feels it's the 'right thing to do'. If (and it's a big if) he's lost his confidence, whether temporarily or permanently, he needs to be given the support to recover his self esteem. There's so much talk of mental issues these days and being nervous about being on a potentially lethal speedway bike is fully understandable from my point of view - wouldn't go near one personally, so I respect those who have the nerve to do so! If that nerve goes, so be it............ and thanks. Insert other media
  15. I think that the Panthers are going to be very inconsistent this season with no obvious 'improver'. Belle Vue on the other hand look very well balanced and if Kurtz and Wright can step up they will be very hard to beat.
  16. Great win for the Aces, Bewley seems to have gone up a level already this season
  17. It's definitely broadside
  18. I thought that it was a great advert for (current) British speedway. Unpredictable, exciting and the result in doubt until the end. Sort of "happiness is 40-38" for the younger generation. Both teams looked rusty at times and you could tell that Holder and Bewley are already getting up to speed, but give the others a break, they've had nearly 18 months off their bikes, give them a chance. I'd also like to say Eurosport did well, for a first meeting they did well and Abi Stephens was excellent as an anchor.
  19. Thought she did really well to be honest. Just the right level of enthusiasm without going over the top
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    Scottish independence?

    With any referendum I think that there needs to be a clear majority before any changes are made (and I include Brexit in that as well). Anything less than a two thirds majority is too close too me. When it's nearly 50 / 50, people can vote on a whim rather than their true convictions.
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    Peter Lorimer RIP

    A hard but skilful player with a thunderbolt of a shot. What a strange coincidence that there's been quite a few from that Leeds team pass away in the last couple of years (Charlton, Cherry, Hunter and now Lorimer) - and relatively young.
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    I think Harry should take up painting, (if Meghan will let him of course). Then he can call himself, 'The Artist Formerly Known As Prince'.
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    Worldwide town and city game

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    RIP Jean Wilkinson

    So sorry to hear that. She dedicated her life to him, especially after his cruel accident. Wonderful woman who is back with the man she loves RIP Jean
  25. Just read Brian Burford's excellent biography of one of the most naturally talented riders I've ever seen, Kelly Moran. His character shines through the book, both the happy go lucky friendly guy and the demons that were released by his addictions. He led his relatively short life the way he wanted to, and I'm sure that he could have been world champion based on ability, but he just couldn't commit to it sufficiently, compared to Erik Gundersen or Hans Nielsen for example. It's terribly sad to hear that the speedway world virtually shunned him after his retirement and the final chapters were very hard to read. Highly recommended speedway book however, even with it's terribly poignant ending

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