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  1. Hawk127

    Ipswich 2020

    Time will tell for both sides whether this is right or wrong but let’s enjoy the moment. I am old enough to remember another 44 year old Aussie who joined Rayleigh in 1973. Black leathers, old fashioned handlebars but boy could Peter Moore gate and with a style that looked so laid back and he managed an average of 8.30. His equipment was nowhere near the standard of today’s machines but he knew how to ride and was a fine example of someone who had honed his craft as a rider. Crump knows what he is doing. History says we should not write the older rider off, just yet.
  2. Hawk127

    Ipswich 2020

    If you take out the doubling up/down you probably couldn’t fill seven teams. Yes the fall from grace is dramatic hence the powers that be should start to re-build the sport from the bottom and forget Poland etc. Those days when British speedway was a force to be reckoned with are for now, long gone. They should be encouraging riders at all levels and let teams without home tracks compete in the NDL. What is the harm if it is unearthing new talent. Get as many teams as possible named and race matches on a 4TT basis but with one rider from each team in each race over 20 heats. Make it interesting by starting on green light, no tapes and no exclusions for offences. Just handicap the offending rider by the starting position with 10, 20 or 30 mtrs handicap depending on the offence. Just do something different and stop the same old same old routine.
  3. Hawk127

    Ipswich 2020

    What on earth has happened? Really cannot believe this. No words can express how all supporters feel and for his family, our thoughts are with you. Words cannot express the support for his family but the speedway world is with you. Our heartfelt thanks for a great entertainer.
  4. Hawk127

    Rye House 2020

    When the Rockets moved from Rayleigh to Rye House they ran on Sunday afternoons with I think a 4.30 start albeit it might have been earlier. I travelled regular on the coach from the weir to Rye House and latterly by car when I was learning to drive. Those were the days with some real characters as riders. Fingers crossed that they can re-establish the sport at Rye and introduce what I think was the Hearts Trophy. Memory not as good as it used to be but I certainly enjoyed the early transitional days with the transfer from Rayleigh to Rye House. Not quite as good as Saturday at 8 but better then losing the name altogether. A shame they never got permission for the track at Rawreth Lane.
  5. Hawk127

    Ipswich 2020

    It could be Jason Crump. Now that would be interesting against Nicki Pedersen but then again it could be Jarek. Who knows but at least they have a six man team that most would be happy with and support, so whoever the number seven announcement is it will be a bonus. My money is on JL or JD or possibly Tony coming out of retirement. Is it not time to have a touring side made up of former GP riders to whoop these so called whipper snappers. Oh well dream on with fond memories of how good weekly racing use to be.
  6. Hawk127

    Ipswich 2020

    Perhaps them old farmers north of the border relied on the old Suffolk Punch to get them fields ploughed. Latterly those Suffolk folk showed them Norfolk yokels how to drive them tractors cause they could not ride them four legged friends. Mechanics hit Suffolk first but the ripple effect eventually went north of Diss. Can’t see how else the reputation arose. A bit of a debate over the sugar beet but in reality all is even. Norfolk farms grow sh... and Suffolk boys dish it out. A draw as far as one can see.
  7. Hawk127

    Newcastle 2020

    The new ownership is good news for speedway but great news for Newcastle. So pleased that this great name with such an illustrious history continues. May they grace their own and many an away track for years to come.
  8. Hawk127

    Ipswich 2020

    If NP rides a full season, he is one of the few who will put bums on seats at every stadia Sheffield visit in the U.K.. A great signing for the club and someone who you can really look forward to visiting Foxhall which is something that has been sadly missing from the UK scene. If only Ipswich could sign Jarek or similar and take it up to another level to the success of last year.
  9. Hawk127

    Speedway's future IMO

    I think you are doing these trades a huge disservice. I would say it is more likely to be run by investment bankers, foreign exchange/money market dealers and that wholesome group of con merchants, the Estate Agents. All three have broadly the same ethics and could not give a fig about anyone else.
  10. Hawk127

    TV new deal?

    That may well be the case but if you look at the sponsors and partners who are behind British Superbike, speedway could only dream of that sort of support. Speedway needs a main sponsor and some serious partners but as long as it carries on being so insular ranging from engines through to parts it is never going to happen. Speedway is not a mainstream sport and most followers of other two wheeled sport certainly show no interest or have not even heard of speedway. Until they have a serious change of direction then it will be an obscure sport on the edge where only ‘anoraks’ follow it. Eurosport cannot change that.
  11. Hawk127

    Poole 2020

    Whilst they have ‘exclusive’ rights to both leagues that does not necessarily mean they will show matches from both leagues. Didn’t BT have exclusive rights to both? If not I wonder why some matches were not streamed by a third party. Anyway, as has been said the devil will be in the detail and probably it will all depend on the make up of the leagues etc. Is it only BSPA that tries to con you into thinking that it will reinvent the sport each year and everything in the garden is rosey only to regularly fail miserably and the shambles rolls on. I hope Eurosport have done their homework on the workings of the BSPA and U.K. speedway.
  12. Hawk127

    Poole 2020

    If you take the play offs away from the 18 mentioned that leaves 12 live meetings. Can someone confirm if that is either more or less than BT broadcast over the last season? Didn’t BT say how great it was to add speedway to their two wheeled offering? I guess it is a case of wait and see but hopefully they are able to match the live scheduling that BT and Sky gave to the sport as no one wants to see the last five or six heats of a live meeting because another sport has overrun. At least those with BT can cancel the subscription and watch the GPS on YouTube.
  13. It is what they did not say and only referred to the GP for next year. It sounded like a farewell but hopefully not.
  14. Agree and on the night they did well but when it really matters having achieved this they could not step up to the real challenge. A team on form crying out for a real match but alas it was not to be. It did not make a great spectacle from a TV perspective but alas it was what it was. Not the best of play offs and one that historically will be recorded for the wrong reasons as far as the Witches are concerned. Time to re-Group and see where the sport takes itself.
  15. Were the closing words on this broadcast confirmation that domestic speedway will not be on BT next year?

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