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Brummie Boy

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  1. Brummie Boy

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    I always understood there was some sort of preservation order on the grandstand at the greyhound track, which has been an obstruction to previous plans to redevelop the site for things like housing or industrial use. I presume this is likely to remain in place, whether speedway takes place on the site or not. Also, given the massive amount of redevelopment taking place in Perry Barr for the games, I would imagine the stadium site would have been acquired (under compulsory purchase) for inclusion in the redevelopment if there had not been a preservation order in place. I am not 100% certain of this, so I stand to be corrected on this if someone knows the current position with the stadium grandstand.
  2. Brummie Boy

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    GiveusaB, I don't think I said either Tobias or Paco were not good enough. My post was more lamenting how British Speedway seems almost to be designed to prevent promising British riders getting the opportunities they deserve. Foreign riders add interest to British Speedway, but it seems to be the home grown riders who get squeezed out. And yes I am fully aware of both sides of the argument................!!!! I am more than happy to give Tobias and Paco a chance to prove themselves. After all a certain Nico Covatti proved to be a bit of a surprise signing at one time. On the face of it the 2019 Brummies look a little weaker than others, with an absence of top end strength, but its a solid team and they should have a good chance of having a strong reserve pairing through the year (always useful to have). Being positive, it only takes a couple of riders to hit a rich vain of confidence and up their average to provide backing to Ulrich and the Brummies may well be dark horses in the league. If not, then the 2019 season will likely be full of some great racing, with some close and entertaining matches at Perry Barr.
  3. Brummie Boy

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    I would opt for Shanes..........seeems to have got overlooked at Sheffield. Again its looks like a good british youngster missing out through the Tigers bringing in foreigners (Nicol & Kennedy). Yes.....I know the Brummies have brought in a new Dane and an Italian. I am not taking a dig at Sheffield, it's just the realities of British speedway. If we were all clammering to include Tom Bacon in the team, why not James; as he only just finished second to Tom in the Brummies averages last year. Still only 21, so still relatively young. Seen him have some good rides over the years. I would also worry about Mitchell Davey comming back after such a serious injury last year. It would be good to see Mitchell in a Brummies race jacket this year, but given the team the Brummies will have in 2019 I don't think we can afford to take the risk with Mitch.
  4. Brummie Boy

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    Seems Leon Flint has also signed up with the Bandits for 2019. Gutted....!!!!
  5. Brummie Boy

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    Got to admit I am in two minds about Ben coming back. The guy is Mr Entertainment and his last stint in a Brummies race jacket was one of the main reasons for turning up each week. My only concern with bringing Ben back is the effect on the top end strength of the team, with Ulrich on a 7.13 average. I would like to see Tom Bacon, James Shanes and Leon Flint back from last year + Zack Wajknecht returning. I think if Leon is included as one of the reserves then we need to have strength in the other reserve slot; with potentially Tom or james at No. 6. With another low average rider at No.6 it leaves us very exposed. Leon because of his talent is worth taking a chance on, but he needs some protection from having too much pressure on him in case he struggles at the start of the season. With Ulrich and the others I have mentioned this would leave us with 14.30 points for two riders. I would prefer a number one with a higher average than Ulrich, maybe someone like Richie Worrall on 7.80 average, leaving 6.50 for the No 5 berth. With a strong top two of Ulrich + A N Other and a solid main body of the team + a young reserve with massive potential, then we have a team with ability to finish in a play-off place. Ben would definitely entertain and I am a big fan of his, but having signed Ulrich then Ben just does not fit in my view. Having said all that I can see Ben being announced as our second signing tomorrow. I would not be disappointed, but it would probably be at the expense of some of the other good young riders we have brought in during our NL days. With Ben in the team I can see Danyon Hume getting the call over the likes of Shanes or Wajknecht. Roll on March 2019....!
  6. Brummie Boy

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    The way the 2019 Workington team is shaping up, it looks like they are not going to be able to accommodate both Dan Bewley and Rene Bach from last year's team. Would like to see either of those riders lining up for the Brummies next year; especially the former.
  7. Brummie Boy

    Birmingham 2018

    Shocked to hear of JPB's retirement from the sport. He seemed to be a rider with heaps of talent and one of the promising youngsters with a big future ahead of him. Wish him all the best for the future in whatever line he chooses to pursue. Also, it seems the fans who gave David Mason stick for signing Mitchel Davey and Tom Bacon instead of JPB now owe him an apology. Appears, as surmised by some, the Brummies management were perhaps aware of something many of us weren't. The new season would have got off to a bad start if we had been hit with the last minute withdrawal of Jack, especially following the calamity last year with the Ritchings and Hay retirements.
  8. Brummie Boy

    Birmingham 2018

    Whilst I am a Brummies supporter and would love my team to be winning everything in sight, I do not feel the idea of including Erik in the team is the right thing to do. Once I had guessed who the intended rider was, I looked him up on the internet and got the impression, to all intents and purposes, he was a Polish rider. You just have to look at his Youtube channel to see where he seems to do the majority of his riding/training to see he is in reality a Polish junior. He definitely seems to have talent and I feel he would quickly make a mockery of a 3pt average. I also doubt whether long term Erik would genuinely renounce his Polish nationality given the support and sponsorship available in Poland for a talented rider. It was my understanding the NL was set up with the intention of bringing on British talent to try and at least compete with countries like Poland, Denmark, Australia, etc. To now start providing league spaces to help with the training of Polish riders now seems a bit self-defeating. My fear is once one team is able to do this it sets a precedent which other teams will avail themselves of to try and stay competitive. I know there are many Aussie riders taking advantage of the NL, but they tend to be based here more permanently. However, if it was left to me they would not be able to ride in the NL at a 3pt level. In fact, if a foreign rider (without any qualifying British ancestry) wants to ride in the NL I would set a minimum starting average of 6pts. I would ask David Mason and Laurence Rodgers to reconsider this idea and put the future of the sport at this level ahead of Birmingham speedway.
  9. Brummie Boy

    Birmingham 2018

    Wondering when we are going to hear who our number 7 will be for the coming campaign. Only ourselves and Buxton to complete their teams now.
  10. Brummie Boy

    Birmingham 2018

    Not bothered either way, just relieved Tuesday are no longer an option for the league meetings.
  11. Brummie Boy

    Birmingham 2018

    Was very concerned looking at the Swindon fixtures that Mitchel Davey would potentially be missing for at least half our home fixtures this year. However, just read on the Brummies website we are planning to run on some Tuesdays next year. Relieved to see this is a way round the problem for the team, even though it means I'll miss some meetings due to having other commitments on a Tuesday. Damn !!!
  12. Brummie Boy

    Birmingham 2018

    On the one hand I would agree club officials should try and avoid getting into confrontations on social media, as very often personal views quickly become construed as club views. Unfortunately, criticism is part and parcel of any job when managing a sports team, as the passions of supporters often run high and everyone is an expert when it comes to what should or should not be done. I am sure Laurence Rogers knows this from his years of experience in the sport and accepts it as part and parcel of the job. However, on this occasion I think the accusations made of LR were beyond the level of normal criticism anyone would or should be expected to take. I know if I was in a similar position to LR I would want to defend myself, whether I was the Brummies team manager or not.
  13. Brummie Boy

    Birmingham 2018

    Why would that be the case?
  14. Brummie Boy

    Birmingham 2018

    Is that all ! Christ, you had me worried there for a moment.
  15. Brummie Boy

    Birmingham 2018

    Not sure that's the fairest of comparisons, as Bartosz was riding from a very early age. His older brother also rode speedway, so probably Bartosz had a lot of help and guidance as a youngster. Also, I seem to recall hearing his father owned a speedway track (although I may be getting my Polish riders mixed up), which would have given Bartosz unlimited access to a track to ride on while he was developing. However, no doubt Zmarzlik is an exceptional talent and there are not too many of those about. I would not be unhappy to see Cuppitt return for 2018. He upped his average last year and I would be satisfied if he could do that again, even if he did not reach the 6.00 point average you suggest is his limit. Maybe, Layne is already aware of how far he feels capable of going in speedway; not every rider is going to be a grand prix star or even make the premiership. I wonder how many fans said Jason Doyle would never make a world champion when he was partying as a youngster and developing slowly in the lower leagues. I seem to recall Jason admitting it took him a while before he became totally focused on speedway and less on partying. I am sure David Mason will make his own mind up about Layne Cuppitt, having rode with him last year. If David has any doubts about his ability and commitment then we probably won't see him in the red B again.
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