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  1. Coventry 2017

    The other key ingredient was Willy's harsh exclusion in his first ride after tangling with Simmons on the first bend. Knew that he more or less had to win his other 4 (3 out of 4 was enough in the end), so every heat he took part in was nerve jangling stuff. The run off just shredded the nerves. Jessup's surprise failure heaped even more onto it all for us. Unforgettable.
  2. Leicester Lions 2018

    Looking at the fixtures list, the first 6 weeks of the season could be crucial. Leicester has a golden opportunity to take an early advantage so there can be none of that "our season starts in June" stuff if results in those 6 weeks arnt good enough. Nothing less than 100% at home will be enough plus at least two away wins during that period. There's a much better chance of achieving that with Stead as manager. Getting Vaculik and Pieszek dialled in, and Newman producing the goods is far more likely with him in charge.
  3. Is the league stronger in 2018?

    Stronger? Who knows. Nebulous concept anyway. But probably more stable. A relatively calm winter, for a change. Remember last year's turmoil? This time it's the same 8 clubs, line-ups all more or less sorted by end of January. Relatively low level of wholesale changes being made by clubs and in some cases "former favourites" returning and a small crop of newcomers to add interest. When Leicester moved into the upper league, there were three seasons of wholesale changes from year to year. Looks like that's finally at an end. I see that Rye House and Somerset are being widely tipped to occupy the lower places in the league, but it's only their second season, and there is a lot of rider continuity unlike with Leicester when they stepped up. Then you have the clamping down on doubling up clashes, the fast track lottery is gone for good, and so there's a lot of what supporters have been wanting for a long time. Foreign riders have always come and gone, so this time it's Lindgren and Bjerre but chances are they'll be back sooner or later. The biggest travesty is the continued absence of Woffinden.
  4. Rye House 2018

    But Hans Andersen has (apparently) joined Leicester. That's one major option already let go.
  5. Leicester Lions 2018

    The two televised league matches didn't do Jim Lynch many favours. I felt sorry for him during the home match v Swindon because he had so much sh*t to deal with, plus constant TV interviews, and a bad reffing decision. But at Somerset he blew it tactically, had a meltdown during a TV interview, and then Mr Tatum kindly stuck the boot in to finish the job off.
  6. Leicester Lions 2018

    Some of the team, we more or less know what we're going to get. There are two who you can put into the category of unknown quantities although we have good reasons to be hopeful. The key man I think is Newman, especially early season. Can he properly fulfil his promise, and stay clear of injury? This is the year when he needs to kick on. Will he??
  7. Leicester Lions 2018

    8.50 might have been more justifiable but until there is a proper Europe wide conversion rate which is set in October each year by an independent body it's always going to be unsatisfactory. Anyway, the mantra of "build the team to the points limit" hasn't been followed, which might not be a bad thing if a change is needed in early season.
  8. Belle Vue 2018

    Agree with one proviso which is that "knocking" is justified when higher-paid riders take the P out of the paying public
  9. Leicester Lions 2018

    If they are haggling over the loan fee or transfer fee it could have caused Mr Ford to start playing games via the media. Hans is, what, 38 but by no means over the hill yet. So Ford could be trying to get a better transfer fee than what Leicester are offering??
  10. Leicester Lions 2018

    Gone beyond daft, hasn't it? Why can't riders just have an average based on what they did in league speedway in the season just ended. If they rode in GB league use that one. If they rode in Poland or Sweden but not UK, use their average from those leagues with an adjuster which is set by the FIM immediately after end of each season. If they rode both Poland and Sweden the higher figure applies. Why is there this obsession with treating GP riders differently. The GP's are a different kind of speedway.
  11. Leicester Lions 2018

    If the new calculator with big buttons which Santa brought me is working properly, I make it to be like this- If Sargeants average is 3.81, it leaves 7.15. If his average is 2.56, it leaves 8.40. This is based on Vaculik 8 and KP 6 as per Flagrag. In the case of it being 2.56, they could bring in Hans Andersen and swap Josh Bates for Lasse Bjerre if Josh really does have to quit speedway. If I'm wrong let me know and I'll send the calculator back!!
  12. Leicester Lions 2018

    Ok maybe not. How about KK then?
  13. Leicester Lions 2018

    Most recent SGB average is 3.33 in CL which converts to, what, 2.++ for PL? Rumour about him signing for Lions began a few weeks ago, so perhaps the club were trying to get his GSA verified before confirming him? Based on his form in 2017 I doubt if the club would have him at 3.81 whereas 2.++ could mean Kim Nilsson or similar as the final appointment.
  14. Leicester Lions 2018

    Simon Lambert has to miss a large chunk of each season injured. Not easy finding replacements for someone with such a low average