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  1. There is a saying that could be adapted for this: "There's none so deaf as those that don't want to hear!"
  2. I don't thank it matters a joy what the juniors read on here. That's part and parcel of the game. A pre-war England international and Hackney rider. Dusty Haigh, once had his attention drawn to an adverse comment. He wasn't in the least annoyed and has been quoted bu subsequent historians as saying: "I don't really care what they call me so long as they call me for dinner!"
  3. I know exactly what you mean! Even the 'Eurovision Song Contest' offers more appeal! And there's more 'Rye House fun' tomorrow with this message on their site: "The British Dirt Track Riders Association will be staging the second round of the British Flat Track Championship at Rye House Stadium this Sunday, May 19th. Practice is at 10.30, with the meeting itself starting at 12 noon." For further details, please log on to www.shorttrackuk.com or dirttrackriders.blogspot.co.uk.
  4. That looks interesting. It's years since I saw a practice session. I might come along to the event. By the way, I clicked on your website link and received this message Logon Failure: The target account name is incorrect.
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    Kent Kings V Stoke 20/05/2013

    All taken on board Doug. I see the points you are making. For me I liked the simpler world of speedway - the days from 1946 to about 1956 when teams were stable season-on-season and no 'fancy frills' to achieve equalisation. Those days will never return. What goes on now does tend to baffle me. That's the trouble with getting old I guess? I do however think the loss of David Mason after two matches will disenchant some supporters - he would have had a following after all. I'll draw a personal parallel. The first speedway meeting I ever saw was on April 17 1946 when New Cross beat The Rest in a challenge match. The NX rider who caught my eye most and was an instant favourite was Geoff Pymar - 9 points from his first three rides then a fall in last outing robbed him of a maxmum. I wanted to see him again and the following week scored 10 points as NX beat West Ham in a National League match. Pymar was my drawcard to watch more matches. Had I suddenly heard that New Cross had 'sacked' him after two matches I would probably not have gone to speedway aagin. They didn't and I was hooked on the sport. I think that some newcomers this season to Kent Kings will have had David Mason as their hero and want to see more of him. That they now will not could affect their continuing loyalty to both the sport and Kent Kings - that's my view anyway. At my age and the distance I live from Sittingbourne apart from the next Bank Holiday Monday afternoon meeting I doubt that I will ever again visit Central Park. I do hope they succeed but I have no intention of developing into a diehard supporter of them. But then I have not supported one club especially since about 1948 - and then I was a follower of Odsal Tudors and used to watch them on their visits to London tracks.
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    Kent Kings V Stoke 20/05/2013

    I have not been to Spain since January 2012 when I was there on sad family business. Are my comments negative? I seem to have attracted so far 12 'like' messages in regard to Kent Kings. Yes Doug, I plan to go to the next Bank Holiday meeting.
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    Kent 2013

    And in happier times.... http://kentkings.co/david_mason.html
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    Kent 2013

    ...and it's stupid rules like this and many others that over the years have and are continuing to do so ruined the sport.
  9. Any chance that somebody let a dog loose in the stadium and it wandered on to the track area?
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    Ron James

    The James' brothers at Poole were Dennis 'Ticker' James and Ken James.
  11. It's always well to remember that an appeal can also result in an increase in a penalty. That would cause a major stir but worth bearing in mind.
  12. An understrength team is usually when the best available riders are deliberately left out of a match not what is available at the time a match taking place. If the team produced is all that is available that is permissable. It can also mean only having riders available for a seven rider squad.
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    A New Speedway Track For Norwich

    But Steve Ribbons has had promotional experience with Rye House and Wimbledon, plus some involvement with attempts for promotional ventures at Mildenhall and Swaffham and he also supported a project in Spain?
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    Ron James

    The only riders I can recall with that surname were the brothers Ticker and Ken James who were at Poole in the late 1940s. The name of Ron James remains very much a mystery - at the moment. The name of Ron James does not register as a team rider in the 1950s - he may have been just a trainee somewhere. A location of somewhere would be a good line - where is your village?
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    Kent Kings V Iow 13/5/13

    Well we know that won't be David Mason after the activities of the past two days!!! And I guess those same local homeowners will be keenly watching the finish time curfew is adhered to?
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    A New Speedway Track For Norwich

    I have also made a check in regard to a planning application for speedway at The Showground and have indications that so far this has not been made.
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    A New Speedway Track For Norwich

    Yes, at the start Steve Ribbons seemed to be driving things along in a very positive way. That initial event where the Norwich revival attempt was announced was a real showpiece and received much local publicity.
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    Ron James

    It would possibly help if you named the village and county when Ron James lived then research could be in regard to local tracks where he may have appeared. It would also, of course, be of assistance in regard to the year(s) when the photos you mention were taken? Are there any of him with a race jacket showing an emblem. You are sure he was a speedway rider and not a grass track rider?
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    A New Speedway Track For Norwich

    Last July (2012) and in the immediate following months, much was made of a venture to rake speedway racing to the Norfolk Showgrounds. It was a highly publicised venture with a lot of local media coverage, big personalties there including Ove Fundin as guest of honour. There was a promise of racing by mid-summer this year. However, since February the venture seems to have gone cold - very rare updates on the Norwich Facebook and even less on its website. Norwich speedway also gives me great pleasure when I think back to its proud history with greats including Fundin, Bert Spencer, Wal Morton, Max Grosskreutz (rider promoter in the 1930s), Geoff Pymar and many, many more who made it such a great name in the sport. It would be simply wonderful to have a Norwich return (albeit not at the magical First Stadium). How near are we to it happening? Is the latest attempt to get speedway back to Norwich on course - has an actual planning application gone forward for it?
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    Kent Kings V Iow 13/5/13

    It is indeed a possible excellent attendance but is only a forum member's estimate. But if correct is certainly encouraging for the new venue.
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    Kent Kings V Iow 13/5/13

    Updating my own query: I have seen an estimate elsewhere that it was a possible 1,000 (near enough!) attendance for the Kent Kings v IoW match.
  22. gustix

    Kent Kings V Iow 13/5/13

    It would be interesting to have an estimate of the attendance for the match against IoW to compare it with the massive 3,000 for the opening match the previous Monday - albeit that on a sunny Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.
  23. The key to Tyson Nelson's Ukraine "visa refusal" is this; (1) when did he know of his election for the WU21 meeting and ( 2) why was he sorting out his visa on Friday May 20 just 24 hours before the meeting?
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    Kent Kings V Iow 13/5/13

    What a shame! Any idea of crowd size? What heat was a halt called - enough for result to stand?
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