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  1. Isle Of Wight 2018

    Success for me is a sustainable business where we participate to the best of our ability with three objectives - to win, to be solvent (and therefore continue) and most importantly entertain. Success is when people shake my hand and thank me for a great night, win, lose or draw... success is watching our kids from the school progress, success is building a team of volunteers with a common objective, success is knowing that I could not do another thing to make it better... (when I say I, I mean Martin and I). What success isnt is going bankrupt to win, buying victory, or not entertaining, in my view.
  2. Isle Of Wight 2018

    Email me speedwayontheisland@yahoo.co.uk - will be easier for me to put you in touch. Welcome to the club
  3. Isle Of Wight 2018

    Warriors Aim To Make It An Opening Double After last week’s action packed win over the Belle Vue Colts, Warrior fans will be hoping for more of the same as the home side take on Plymouth Devils at The Andrew Younie Smallbrook Stadium this Thursday evening. A superb all-round team effort from both riders and their pit crews was the ideal way to get the new speedway campaign up and running so now it is time for the Warriors to launch their assault on the National Trophy against a Devils side that features former Island skipper James Cockle following his move west. Wise-cracking Cockle will undoubtedly be out to rack up a big score against his former employers and will rely on strong support from big hitting Adam Roynon and rapidly improving teenager Henry Atkins. Whilst Cockle could turn out to be a thorn in the home team’s side, the Warriors will be making plans of their own to deal with the Devonians who won all three visits to the Island last season. Both sides have made personnel changes over the winter months and on paper look evenly matched so the chances of a close encounter of the speedway kind should make for another gripping night of fun and track excitement. Co-promoter Barry Bishop (pictured), proud as a peacock after the Belle Vue win, said, “Last week’s fantastic family meeting had everything, passion, great action, lots of fun and a brilliant win over last season’s league champions. If this week’s meeting is half as entertaining our fans will once again leave very satisfied. Be sure, we want a win to set us off on the best possible start in the National Trophy. I cannot wait”. The riders on duty are expected to be: Warriors (from): Scott Campos, Ben Hopwood, Ben Morley, Adam Portwood, Jamie Sealey, Danno Verge and Chris Widman. Devils (from): Bradley Andrews, Richard Andrews, Henry Atkins, James Cockle, Macauley Leek, Adam Roynon and Ryan Terry-Daley. Speedway supporters around the world will have been saddened at the weekend to hear of the death of Ivan Mauger, a six time world champion in the 60’s and 70’s, at the age of 78. Immediately before Thursday’s meeting, there will be a short tribute to one of the very greatest speedway riders of all time. As usual, the turnstiles will open at 5.30 p.m. and the pits will be open for viewing from 5.45 p.m. to 6.15 p.m. The Warrior mascots will then take to the track for some demonstration laps followed by the grand parade of riders at 6.45 p.m. with tapes up on the first race at 7.00 p.m. sharp. The ever-popular kid’s on-track cycle/running race will also feature during the speedway interval.
  4. Isle Of Wight 2018

    If you can get to Portsmouth on the scooter or by public transport then our paramedic said he will bring you there and back on the ferry
  5. Isle Of Wight 2018

    I am also interested to know - what is cost prohibitive and if we can help in some way to get you to the stadium. I think our paramedic or one of our team for example,may travel from your area. All the best
  6. Isle Of Wight 2018

    Hi, I read you comments with interest as I do with as much as I can on here to gather feedback or to look at how we can improve our night of family fun. However, one sentence in your post set my alarm bell ringing.... "come October the fans feel that they have had their monies worth." Now, from my point of view not one fans has ever said to me "Barry, change the team line up - we have to win" or "Barry, I dont feel like I am entertained..." in fact, reality was quite the opposite. Fans we saying to me (because I do try and say goodbye and hello to as many as I can) thanks for another great night of racing we will win next week or "loved the racing, we were unlucky tonight"..... you see winning is great, but its not everything. Feeling entertained vice disappointed because your team lost are too different things... I was gutted (and always will be) everytime our team loses because I want to win... but more important to me is that everyone has a great time, are entertained, feel valued, love the Warrior Way, know that Martin and I along with all our volunteers do the very best for our club. So, I dont agree that come October fans will feel any more value for their ££ as they did last season. We put on a great family show from start to finish and this is the future of speedway. I hope that comes across how I meant it to be and if anyone doesnt feel they have value, write to me speedwayontheisland@yahoo.co.uk and tell me why.
  7. Peterborough Panthers 2018

    Hi, Can you please tell me what award I have just won?? It's news to me Many thanks, Barry
  8. Len Silver - Last Of A Dying Breed

    Thanks for the nice words, we try to always look at the positives of the sport, our club and put our best foot forward so to speak. We also value the effort everyone makes to come to speedway or be part of it... we know what it is like to travel because we do it every week too. However, we really do love the action in the National League and to be now able to tie up the shool with entry in to the Southern Development League we really can say the we have a develop step for anyone who wants to be a speedway rider. Your question was could we come up a league.... this is of course something we would consider but it isn't really on the radar for now. For now, we have to grow the club, ensure its longterm existance by breaking even (at the very least) every year. If you ask me where I want the club to be, then I hope my response is the same as any promoters...we want a viable club that provides great entertainment and a fun filled family night out. If that is in the NL or another one, the objective has to be the same. I also truly believe we can be the Manchester United of speedway.... if that makes sense.. to have an internationally marketed clubs with followers everywhere... thats the target. All the best Barry
  9. The next My First Skid on the IOW is February 1st - 18.15 to 21.30 on track. Why not come and experience speedway for the first time on one of our hire bikes, or come to perfect your skills on our 385m track. Please email speedwayontheisland@yahoo.co.uk for more details.

    Thats brills... please let me know when you do as it will be great to meet you and have a chat all the best

    Emails replied to and I look forward to welcome you to Smallbrook
  12. Hello Everyone, I has struck me that this is one of the finest medium in which to communicate to the speedway community so I would like to offer you or your business an opportunity to get involved with the 2018 Wightlink Warriors. Hopefully you will have read about the club and how we promote speedway on the Island. We truly believe in this sport of our, we believe in our riders, in its community and educational values, as well as being the best entertainment and fun around. We know we are fortunate. Hardwork, delivery of promises and a strong community ethos has helped us achieve a strong sponsorship backing and as we continue to improve the stadium, the track, our community, as well as the goodtime feel about speedway, we know we cannot afford not to offer you all the opportunity to get involved with the club no matter how big or small. It's always valued and always welcomed. So if the Warriors, or Wizards, could be for you please reach out on here or via speedwayontheisland@yahoo.co.uk and we can discuss what we can do together. Come be a Warrior in 2018, sponsorship is great, rewarding and works both ways. Thank you and no matter who you shout for in 2018, have a great season. See you trackside. Barry

    ha ha not to miss out on your staged crash

    Write to me at Speedwayontheisland@yahoo.co.uk and I will be delighted to send you and yours a family ticket to experience the Warrior Way with us in 2018. If at the end of it you dont like it, or feel we can improve it (this is always possible) then tell me, but if you and yours like it, shake my hand to visit your local track or us again. All the best Barry (Co-promoter IOW)
  15. So where did it all go wrong?

    I must talk to him about that.... as there is a limit ha ha ha ha ha ha... joking.. thats great to hear.