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Posts posted by foamfence

  1. 16 minutes ago, 4thbender said:

    If Sheffield goes - as seems distinctly possible (if not likely) - with so many other clubs teetering on the edge, there will come a point when competitive speedway in the UK will reach a tipping point. Running two leagues with only 7/8 teams in each will not provide a viable option for the sport. At that point, combining the two upper leagues will be the ONLY option for survival of the sport. But I fear it will be too late to resurrect teams like Sheffield that have fallen along the way. Once they're gone they're gone for good.

    I think the only viable option is part-time or semi-pro racing, based around weekends and bank holidays, It's embarrassing to see meetings on TV with a pathetic number of spectators, we used to get bigger crowds for junior league meeting years ago, I doubt if any club in the country could pay it's way on just gate receipts.


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  2. 3 hours ago, GiveusaB said:

    The way I saw him was.......Ulrich is a good/hard rider, but his machinery lacks speed....I reckon if B'ham had of known about Zach quitting before sacking Ulrich, he'd of still been with us now???

    Great/likeable guy and I wish him well at Redcar!


  3. 19 minutes ago, Grachan said:

    A question for Scunthorpe fans. Who races there called Ed?

    The reason I ask is I was listening to the radio this morning, and there was a guy on the phone. When he did his "shout outs" he said hi to "everyone at Scunthorpe speedway, where I race". Then he requested a Busted track.

    Just wondered if anyone knows who it was.

    If anyone is curious and wants to listen, it was at about 5.55 this morning on Radio One.

    A stockcar driver?

  4. 3 minutes ago, ch958 said:

    JBA is an asset - , you want someone who can win races, otherwise they might as well bring in Wallinger thats got to count for something and save a loan fee. 

    Yes but he would be a disaster, you need someone who can win races, otherwise you might as well bring in Wallinger or Parr.

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  5. 4 minutes ago, boz said:

    Gutted for Ben, but not a massive surprise. Hope he can get things sorted. 

    Ulrich would look to be an almost obvious replacement. Not sure on averages, but what would the likes of Becker or Bellego come down on? 

    Becker would be good but would his visa allow it?

  6. 5 minutes ago, Najjer said:

    I'm trying to work out why it's acceptable to discuss it at a speedway track but not on a speedway forum?

    I don't they discussed the reason (other than just speculation) just the fact that rumours suggested he might leave.

  7. Apart from a couple of races I found this event boring, Tatum and Pearson where obviously under instruction to big it up but their misplaced enthusiasm (often after yet another procession) was frankly embarrassing, that is when you could actually decipher Tatum's slurred words (what is it he crams into his mouth in the latter stages of most meetings?).

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  8. 1 hour ago, 89buttons said:

    Right now by riding when not fit enough to ride to his full capability he’s letting his teams down and would be doing the same riding in the SON - is he going to be in the pair in place of lambert or woffy?? No

    Once the squad is declared you can't change it, surely it's better to have a half-fit rider than no rider.

  9. 35 minutes ago, 89buttons said:

    I kind of see what you’re saying but equally bomber literally has a broken hand right now and if he took a couple of weeks off to rest he could return stronger and in the interim we would be able to utilise guests!

    at the start of the season he was racing hard and doing well - since the injury it’s clear he’s struggling to race the bike hard through the bends and turn on different lines

    He can't take time off, that would mean our SON squad was a man down, Bomber would never let the country down.

  10. 19 minutes ago, SPEEDY69 said:

    Two team meetings at Belle Vue and has got 8+2 and 9 doesn't seem too bad to me.

    Harris' record there is not great and was only 9th in British Final there last year. 

    Yes but Harris has the experience abroad and you have to stick with your squad throughout, anyway Harris isn't likely to ride in the Belle Vue round, it'll be Cook, Lambert and Woffinden.

  11. 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?


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