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  1. MattJ81

    Cradley Heathens 2019

    It's a Cradley type team for sure. Big hitters and a potentially long tail, but that's the way it's mostly been since about 1980 so I'm comfortable with it Happy to see Luke back, as mentioned above he has progressed steadily and will hopefully challenge for a heat leader birth as the season progresses
  2. MattJ81

    Cradley Heathens 2019

    Thanks, didn't realise that
  3. MattJ81

    Cradley Heathens 2019

    Thanks, that makes sense
  4. MattJ81

    Cradley Heathens 2019

    Would both be on a 2.00 average? I assume so, Lewis is showing as 3.00 on 2018 list but I can't see Tom on there. With Harry also starting on a 2.00 it may mean one of Lewis or Tom would be in the main body of the team to allow Harry to start at reserve. I must admit I know nothing of Tom, I saw Lewis briefly at Buxton last season when Cradley rode there but he had to pull out after a fall in Heat 2. If they are on a 2.00 each it would, I think, leave 6.43 for the final rider Strange for the club not to announce the signings in the usual way via Social Media though?
  5. MattJ81

    Cradley Heathens 2019

    I'm sure cost comes into it but there are also very few available dates at Monmore - the smaller NL this year makes it possible but I wouldn't imagine there will be too many free Mondays over the summer. I think the support would be there for it, should it ever become a realistic prospect.
  6. MattJ81

    2019 NL Season

    One I believe, hence Cradley being able to fit in the matches at Monmore (with the odd one at PB should the need arise)
  7. Ben Morley replaces Kyle Bickley for Cradley
  8. MattJ81

    Is Speedway still viable in the UK?

    Not including his stint with Poole Hancock rode 18 seasons in Britain, which I think puts him level with Hans Nielsen in terms of time spent in the British League. Nielsen quit the UK when he was 35, Hancock when he was 37 (or thereabouts). I don't think you'll find anyone claiming that Hans owes the UK anything, who did much the same and rode his final years in Europe. Forgive me if my stats or memory has let me down - I've taken them from Wikipedia but it seems about right. The main difference is that Hancock has carried on riding at the top level long past the usual, and perhaps by his mid thirties felt he didn't want or need to chase around Europe every day of the week unless the money was silly, which it isn't going to be in the UK. He certainly isn't the only one to make that decision I will admit being a Cradley fan of a certain vintage makes me probably a little biased
  9. MattJ81

    Cradley v Mildenhall

    I wouldn't imagine so for a second, and if it was it didn't work as Kyle Bickley slid off in the next race anyway. I guess they put as little water down as poss beforehand as it had rained a lot earlier in the day so they were trying to keep it as good as possible as they went along, but then I know nothing of track preparation!
  10. MattJ81

    Cradley v Mildenhall

    I think the wet weather earlier in the day didn't help, along with the threat of further rain this I'm sure affected the track prep - after (I think) heat 4 they were watering the track which we thought unusual.
  11. MattJ81

    Cradley v Mildenhall

    The best team did win, both on the night and obviously the fact they are a team. I don't think I've seen too many people from Cradley dispute that but I'm not sure what else the management could have done in this situation? At the start of the season they tried to keep a flavour of Cradley past with Adam Roynon, Bradley Andrews and Connor Dwyer in the team. 2 of these have been sadly injured and Connor only had rides for Cradley (which many seem to think the club could convince 6 others to do) which I think wasn't enough for him to get back into the groove after a promising season last year. Now that other promotions have finished counting their cash from an away Cradley crowd they have decided that it shouldn't have been allowed and won't be in future - a view I don't disagree with from a credibility point of view but I'm still glad I got another year of watching my team. It looks as though unless there are significant changes to the league structure next season, or a way can be found to share Monmore and Perry Barr, we won't be back. It's been a pleasure to watch Drew Kemp ride this year and Max seems to be back on form which is good to see
  12. MattJ81

    Birmingham Brummies v Cradley heathens

    Sorry I must have misheard - I did make a point that 53 sounded really quick!
  13. MattJ81

    Birmingham Brummies v Cradley heathens

    Oh just one small gripe, and I'm sure it's nothing the Birmingham promotion have much control over but the food outlet being closed at the start of the interval wasn't great. Whether the (I understand) larger than usual crowd had cleaned them out of supplies I don't know but when there isn't any other option to get food in the stadium it's not ideal. One thing that the Brummies promotion did have control over was the entertainment on the centre green for the kids during the interval, a great and fantastically simple idea which my 10 year old really enjoyed
  14. MattJ81

    Birmingham Brummies v Cradley heathens

    When you have a top two riding like Shanes and Bacon did last night it will usually be pretty close, being a Cradley fan of a certain vintage you got used to being 6 down with a few races left knowing there were at least two heat advantages to be had in the latter heats and it was the same for Birmingham last night. We needed to have a decent lead going into the last few races and we just about managed it even with only 5 or 6 race winners all night. With a solid reserve in the Brummies team the result would have been very different, but that's the one thing you could have predicted with confidence before the meeting I thought the turning point may have been when Richard Andrews came to grief chasing down Shanes when we were on a 4-2 and the re-run was a 4-2 to the Brummies, although the way Shanes was riding you wouldn't bet against him winning the race from that point anyway. The move he made in Heat 15 to cut through into second place coming off the 2nd bend was a beauty, though I would perhaps not have appreciated it so much if the result was in the balance Heat 1 of the MDL meeting he won in 53. something seconds, beating Jamie Sealey by a decent distance. He looked good in that race, although I only saw it as we were leaving
  15. MattJ81

    Cradley V Brummies Mon 2ndJuly NT

    Absolutely, we only have 1 match left as it stands - away at Birmingham - and Kemp will miss that along with Bickley as Belle Vue and Mildenhall ride each other on that date. Kemp will be in the main body by that point so I guess a guest and R/R with possibly a couple of 3 point reserves if Chris is out of action after last night.

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