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Big Al

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  1. Big Al

    Leicester 2019

    From pictures of the crash it looked like he landed more on his upper back, so hopefully no damage to his previous back injury if that was the case. Hand injury? Maybe he's had another fight with a cinder block wall somewhere. Never a dull moment....
  2. Big Al

    Leicester 2019

    Good, as long as he stays on it
  3. Big Al

    Leicester 2019

    I wouldn't be at all surprised. He needs to prioritise looking after his health for the longer term.
  4. Just ride on that wave man, all the way in.....woohooooo!!!
  5. Big Al

    Leicester v Edinburgh 8/6/19

    I'm a bit surprised it wasn't called earlier on
  6. Big Al

    Leicester 2019

    Have to say that Josh Bates is beginning to cause me some concern. Yesterday at Ipswich he didn't look fully able to control the bike and there was a comment by Tatum (I think) about him not walking properly. Have his falls so far this season caused his back injury to re-emerge? He began the season in such fine style but its looking as if things might not be so good now. If the injury is causing problems again, surely its a matter of time before he needs to go back to rehab? Let's hope that isn't the case and that his recent misadventures are a blip, and that more track time, with Peterborough, will be a help rather than a hindrance.
  7. On the track he's matured beyond recognition. Can't comment about off-track but would like to think he's improving in that area.
  8. Apologies for asking the bleeping obvious, but how come, after the Cook business, the Peterborough team picture ( with 6 riders) has 5 riders in their rule-compliant team kevlars, plus Charles Wright who is clearly not in them but is wearing his own set?
  9. Big Al

    Guardian article today

    But, with Swedish leagues having their problems, just maybe a combined top tier league including 3 (at a guess) UK clubs could salvage something to derive sufficient income from TV and investment. The UK clubs would need to be stadium-owning or at least non-greyhound tenants. Belle Vue, Kings Lynn and Glasgow for instance.
  10. Big Al

    Guardian article today

    Another move this winter, and another one probably done far too late, was the creation of the BSPA as a limited company. How many current venues are either owned by the speedway club (rare, probably) or ones where the club is its main tenant/user (possibly a few more). If you were a potential investor, interested in taking a significant stake in the sport overall, looking to develop it, the lack of current clubs within those categories would be a substantial deterrent I'd think. Alternatively an investor might say - ok I'll put money into running speedway only at the venues that meet my criteria, with exclusive rights, and maybe look at one-offs at other venues, and I want to be the controlling shareholder of the BSPA as well. But the chances of that happening could be slim of course.
  11. Big Al

    Guardian article today

    It's a bit of a soft target, isn't it? Journalists are good at picking on them, when they need some column inches to fill. For me, the bikes are too quiet now (but my hearing's also not what it used to be) and that addictive aroma isn't all that addictive now. These take away a lot of the dramatic effect. The material that's needed to produce good racing tracks doesn't seem to available any more, or if it is, it's too expensive. So many other sports have upped their game massively when it comes to venues and their facilities, but speedway operates with hands tied behind the back for the most part with no source of capital to tap into, anyway. What was done this winter with regards to the second tier, should have been done a long time ago, and I fear it's a case of too late. If the promoters had been enlightened enough to have done it 6 or 7 years ago, you could now be seeing the benefits. Instead they pratted around with the reserves draft experiment in the top tier. I think that may turn out in hindsight to be the last chance to save the show, which sadly wasn't taken when it was crying out for it.
  12. Was in Derbyshire today but was quite warm and very windy - if it was also in Leicester that would have been just what the doctor ordered. Hope it stays dry tomorrow.
  13. can't be certain but I'm presuming his company still owns the lease on the area that includes the stadium. I doubt if the City Council would be all that keen to take it back into their control, far better to have some mug controlling it I'd imagine.
  14. I hope this goes ahead OK after all the recent rain and lack of warm weather to dry the ground. Probably better with it being scheduled for afternoon. On a separate tack, I wonder if Sam Ermolenko will be having a beer with his old bosum buddy David Hemsley, now the Beaumont Park landlord, and having a good chuckle about old times??
  15. Big Al

    Leicester 2019

    Sam Ermolenko coming to Beaumont Park for the BenFund meeting then. I wonder if him and the landlord will be reminiscing about old times?

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