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Posts posted by foamfence

  1. 3 minutes ago, topsoil said:

    One day we too will live in a land where local councils will build speedway specific stadiums (NSS coincidence?) and we too will see racing like this. Until then we will have to make do with renting greyhound, rugby or football stadiums, where dimensions are limited and local councils are just waiting to close it down due to noise or build houses on it.

    Gin for breakfast was it?

  2. 1 minute ago, Reliant Robin said:

    My personal take on that is that it is a bit different from actively selling season tickets and advertising "You'll be able to watch the second half of the season from the new grandstand" as you had originally said.

    I believe assurances were being given by Stadia UK a way into the 2016 season that work would be complete by July. This obviously proved false and we are where we are.

    Most Swindon fans have been following this saga since 2008 when original plans were outlined without a Speedway track included in them. We're 11 years on, 2 league titles on and still racing, with track alterations now taking place as is part of the revised plans.

    Yes but apart from the wording I wasn't wrong, it does say that "fans can now ensure they will be part of it." 

  3. 23 hours ago, Reliant Robin said:

    I don't recall season tickets ever being advertised on the back of a new stadium being in place. Lots of fictional facts being thrown about at the moment, so perhaps I missed this originally

    Well ok the wording was slightly different but the meaning was the same.....  

    British Speedway : Elite League Last Updated: Nov 18th, 2015 - 10:41:14

    Swindon Speedway: 2016 season tickets on sale,
    By Admin
    Nov 18, 2015, 10:42

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    Swindon have unveiled their season ticket details ahead of the 2016 season.

    The Robins are gearing up for an exciting year as they move to their new state-of-the-art stadium – and fans can now ensure they will be part of it.

    The club have unveiled special prices for supporters who purchase before the end of the year. Season tickets purchased prior to 31/12/2015 are priced at £210 for adults and £160 for senior citizens and students with a programme included at each home meeting, whilst season tickets for children aged 12-16 cost just £25!

    In 2016, prices will rise to £225 for adults, £170 for concessions and £30 for children.

    Season tickets will be valid for all 14 regular Elite League home fixtures whilst holders will receive rain-off text alerts for both home and away meetings and 10% off tickets for the End of Season Dinner and Dance.
    Supporters can buy their season tickets online using the secure PayPal system on the club’s online store.

    For those that prefer, postal applications are also accepted after downloading an application form.

    Full details available from www.swindonrobins.co/ticketoffice.php
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  4. 34 minutes ago, Reliant Robin said:

    I don't recall season tickets ever being advertised on the back of a new stadium being in place. Lots of fictional facts being thrown about at the moment, so perhaps I missed this originally

    You obviously did.

  5. 5 minutes ago, geoff58 said:

    just shortening the track so more houses can be built on bends 1/2 and car park !! where is the pre-built new grandstand ? shortening track = shortening life at the abbey sadly !!

    Several years ago they were advertising season tickets with "you'll be able to watch the second half of the season from the new stand."

  6. 10 minutes ago, Tsunami said:

    Thank goodness. JMA and Lasse were old teammates at Redcar in 2017. That have a history of riding each out, and there has been track incidents both at Redcar and away. Get’s a bit feisty at time. Quite pleased JMA doesn’t fit.

    Or JBA.

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  7. 12 minutes ago, pienpeesman said:

    Everybody seems to be thinking that Steve worrall & another is coming in for Victor & lunna,, me maths isn't to good but I'm sure ludvigs average is down at least a couple of points on last season so would that leave a Decent amount for a big number 1 to create in & move TJ to number 5 & could put ludde at 4 or 3 to partner lasse & Matty at 2 now that'll be a cracking top 5

    Your maths isn't the only problem.

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  8. 52 minutes ago, auntie doris said:

    Didn't follow speedway then..what was the story?

    Riders were open to bribery, someone would approach a riders and say 'so and so' wants to win the meeting and there's (whatever the inducement was) for you if you let him win the next race and maybe get under everyone else's feet as well. Some were openly bragging about it, some made it obvious when they suddenly slowed to let someone through and this was happening at all levels. It was eventually highlighted in a Sunday newspaper, complete with famous riders openly admitting it and seemingly seeing nothing wrong with it. I can't give figures but it seemed that a significant number of people stopped supporting and It never recovered, I knew a fair number who never went back and now consider the sport a joke. These days I'm sure there's much less of it but riders are still leading the sport's eventual demise by taking more out of it than is going in.

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  9. 1 minute ago, steve roberts said:

    It's always gone in speedway whereby 'favours' have been exchanged. There was of course the infamous Sunday People investigation but I personally never took too much notice of it and it's a question I shall be asking Martin Rogers for his views in his 'Questions & Answers' Column in the 'Backtrack' magazine at a later date.

    A lot of people DID take notice of it, especially when the named riders admitted it, I had quite a large group of friends who travelled to big meetings all over the country and weekly at our local track, they all quit going soon after that.

  10. 3 hours ago, Richard Weston said:

    I wish I had a fiver for every time that something happening in speedway was explained by the phrase "unforeseen circumstances".

    Glasgow appear to be the latest in a long line of clubs to use the phrase; although they have course have now issued a fuller explanation over the Lawlor/Bickley switch.

    The moral of the story is:

    If you use the phrase unforeseen circumstances, explain what they were.

    Shall we keep a record of how many times we spot the phrase this year :neutral:

    There is an explanation on the Glasgow thread.

  11. Just now, pienpeesman said:

    Wallinger has invested heavily on new gear this season & Kyle Bickley is progressing in the correct way & as it's a friendly 4 TT I'm sure the track time ( extra ) will do them the world of good,,, good on Ben for the invitation

    I hope it will too but that doesn't exactly make it a great line-up.

  12. 7 minutes ago, jenga said:

    its  a pity riders old and new just cant jump on a bike and be world beaters .  looks like everyones opinion of a decent lineup varies between us humans ..  i would pay money to watch this line up . its for a good cause and i hope it gets a good following . 

    That's fair enough, I was a little disappointed when I saw it, I know some of Ben's close friends among riders but they don't seem to be there.

  13. 52 minutes ago, jenga said:

    can you point out the poor riders please ?

    Wallinger, Bickley (good lad but out of his depth),  Ostergaard (clapped out), Lambert, and a few others who are being given an outing because they're in the team but who won't be challenging the bigger names. I suppose it's a good thing it's a 4TT. Anyway NB stated it was a pretty good line up (in his opinion) and I didn't agree (my opinion), which is what happens on forums. I suppose the one name still to come, could make it look more attractive though.

  14. 30 minutes ago, Norfolk Bear said:

    Pretty good line up for Ben Barker testimonial 

    Line up for testimonial meeting is:
    Ben Barker
    Charles Wright
    Michael Palm Toft
    Jordan Stewart
    Tom Bacon
    Nathan Greaves
    Sam Masters
    Ulrich Ostergaard
    Bradley Wilson Dean
    Kyle Bickley
    Lewis Kerr
    Steve Worrall
    David Wallinger 
    Thomas Jorgensen
    Simon Lambert
    1 to be confirmed 

    Read more:  http://bears-talk.proboards.com/thread/3419/barkers-testimonial-plans#ixzz5g51Lsw1k

    Looks pretty poor to me.

  15. 1 minute ago, Fromafar said:

    Think Ritchie Worrell says it all in this weeks SS,signed for Edinburgh  last year where he loves the track ,not going back though would have been great financially but not average wise as it would be high at the end of the season.Who says riders don’t watch there average. Joke IMO.

    Ritchie Worrell?

  16. 1 hour ago, waytogo28 said:

    One problem is that they nearly all, after a year or two, believe that they are "international star motorcyclists" even if they have only ever practised abroad. They are brave jockeys of high powered bikes who need only to battle for the first half lap of a race, before waiting to see if they can start better next time. That skill must be worth £100k  a season they believe, but sadly there are so few paying punters interested in their gating ability that if they get 25% of that in future they will be lucky. Part-time semi-pro status for those who race on in future.


    Bog standard 250 cc bikes would produce better racing despite Rob Godfrey's declaration that racing is better than it has ever been. Were that so, the terraces would be heaving instead of being almost areas of empty silence. 

    I think a very big problem is tracks, most are inaccessible unless you have transport and when you get there the facilities are embarrassing. What produced great racing in the days of the upright engine, isn't now up to the job, Belle Vue is brilliant (but too pricey) but some (once great) raceways are now too narrow and the bends aren't flowing enough.

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