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  1. Ommer Mon

    Cradley v Buxton NT 4/6/18

    Oh well. To misquote Eric Morecambe 'I got all the right numbers just not in the right order'. 68 -22 it was. Credit to Buxton who battled away throughout and did their best to make a fight of it. That said the Heathens were excellent from top to bottom. It really is a delight to see the likes of Bickley, Kemp and Edwards. They are excellent prospects. Sterner tests to come and I think the remaining encounters with our old mates Birmingham and Coventry should be really good encounters.
  2. Heathens attempting to go back to the top of the NT table with a home win tonight. Were pretty much at full strength tonight so, with all due respect to the Hitmen, it looks like a cricket score could be in the offing. Hope for some good races though and a safe night's racing for all. I'm going for 62-28. Let battle commence!
  3. Nice to have some Speedway to watch at last. Jordan Jenkins, Drew Kemp, Jason Edwards and Kyle Bickley were magnificent last night and it does look as though British Speedway has an encouraging future through those lads and others like them. I hope Kyle is Ok after his Heat 15 crash. Thank heavens for air fences. Not the kind of impact you would have wanted at Halifax 30 years ago! Always nice to win but I'm aware of all the controversy around our team this year and the main thing was to provide these lads with additional track time. Credit to Stoke. They battled well with Rob Shuttleworth, Tony Atkin and Danny Ayres putting maximum effort in. A word too for Paul Burnett. I think that's the best I've seen him ride. Looked like a healthy crowd in the sunshine too. Roll on the next one!
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    RIP Ivan Mauger OBE

    Just seen the news and had that terrible feeling in the pit of my stomach when you get bad news on someone close to you. Apart from getting a couple of autographs, I never knew him but he was one of my all time favourite riders and he provided me with so many special memories. Maximum against Cradley for Exeter in the twilight of his career, 17 points at Perry Barr shepherding Bobby Beaton round for a last heat 5-1 for a Hull win, providing bikes for all his team mates in the Cup Final at Cradley, giving the other three riders half a lap start at Monmore after a dispute with the Referee and winning etc etc the list is endless. I don't think we've stopped celebrating Pratty beating him twice in a night at Dudley Wood in 1970. That was the measure of the man a winner and a perfectionist who set the standards for the other greats to follow. RIP to the best rider in the history of our sport.
  5. Ommer Mon

    Cradley 2018?

    Yep you're right. just trying to put a bit of a brave face on it!
  6. Ommer Mon

    Cradley 2018?

    Final piece in the jigsaw (as predicted by many) Bradley Andrews. He'll be starting off in the team and admits he will be looking over his shoulder at the reserves. Most people are making us favourites at least for the group stage but the majority of the team is young and inexperienced so anything can happen. Have to say though it looks a very entertaining septet. Should have some good nights at Monmore Wood. Just not quite so many of them.
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    As Sings 4 Speedway said I think you need a few good quality riders so that the youngsters can have a standard to aim for. I'm thinking more of some other teams than Stoke here perhaps.
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    Well done to Stoke on an excellent signing. Cleggy could turn out to be he top NL performer this year. All they need to sort out now is a similar quality track electrician and it could be a good season. Hope they get a few more through the turnstiles on the back of this.
  9. Ommer Mon

    Cradley 2018?

    Just seen our fixture list. We knew it was coming but when you see it written down it does look very short. Feeling a bit left out now :-(
  10. Ommer Mon

    Bye bye Gate girls?

    I've never particularly seen the benefit in having the girls on the start line but equally I see no reason to get rid of them. What has all this politically correct campaigning achieved? - Quite a few people who no longer have jobs. Well done the PC brigade! I'm quite intrigued by the suggestion to play the bad boy and grab a few easy headlines by keeping them. On the basis that there's no such thing as bad publicity, that could put a few more bums on seats ( oh dear can I still say that - apologies to anyone offended!).
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    Cradley 2018?

    Perfect summary East End Fan. its all about giving track time to the kids at what always has been a very well run and professional club (and I'm not taking a shot at any other team in saying that). It helps them develop and they will undoubtedly learn a lot from Adam. It also allows us to stay in touch on race nights with many folks who we have met down the years. It's this or nothing for us this year and I'm looking forward to it.
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    Cradley 2018?

    Well I'm delighted withthe approach from the promoters. We've got some of the most promising youngster in the sport and I'm really looking forward to seeing them. Don't forget a strong, successful Cradley team = plenty of away support and that must be good news for the Clubs we will be visiting. Sad that we've only got 'half a season' but it's better than the alternative of sitting at home on race nights.
  13. Ommer Mon

    Cradley 2018?

    I'm delighted to see that Adam Roynon is going to be involved in the national trophy squad. He is one of the most popular Heathens of the modern era (or any other come to that). It's going to me a bit messy but I do applaud the Promoters for trying to assemble a squad that will actually look like 'our' team even though they will have to be borrowed and there may be 'guest' issues if we make progress.
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    Cradley 2018?

    Its very sad that we will only be doing a few meetings next season and will have to resort to loaning riders. I'm not going to criticise the promoters. I'm sure they have tried their best. If you are looking for a target to blame, however, all roads lead to Dudley Council! They have had many opportunities to provide or allow us to use land to make sure the Club got back full time and we have had backers (certainly in the past) who have been willing and able to build a modest facility to meet our needs. Dudley has lost a football ground, cricket ground, speedway and greyhound tracks and two swimming pools and there is no sign of any of them coming back. Sporting Disgrace!
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    Cradley 2018?

    I've heard a rumour that he is cnsidering it but that's all I know. As Brian says he has been a great servant to both of our Clubs and is a great ambassador with the fans.

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