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Big Al

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  1. Big Al

    Leicester 2019

    Well that would make some sense, both in terms of the eligibility for a reduction and the apparent hitch in the team building. If they have come up against a problem with the rulebook it could cause a re-think about the middle of the team because I wouldn't expect Nicholls, Worrall, Mountain and Thomas to be changed.
  2. Big Al

    Leicester 2019

    Does the 2.5% reduction apply to Scott Nicholls? I've been presuming it doesn't because I don't think he was ever in the CL or NL. Or maybe he was? But confusion seems to be reigning over whether the 2.5% reduction eligibility is for that, or if it's given just for being British. If his average is reducable by 2.5%, that would give an extra 0.21 to the points left for rider 7. Maybe they are trying to get Jan Graversen in - but I think he'd need the CL/NL reduction in addition to Scott's Brit reduction!!
  3. Big Al

    Leicester 2019

    I thought the stadium was built on top of a sealed landfill, and Hemsley's rubble used to build up the land surrounding the stadium. There were rumours that the landfill seal was broken (illegally) when the track drainage tanks were installed - but I must stress they are rumours
  4. Big Al

    Leicester NL 2019

    Stuart Robson?
  5. Is Buzzkowski still riding?
  6. Big Al

    Leicester 2019

    IF Bates is 5.88 as posted somewhere....he would have 4.47 left including a Brit discount, or 4.37 for non Brit. But who is there? Greaves, Lambert, Perks. If Bates is 6.48 though, that comes down to 3.67 left. So I hope he has something clever in store. Like Jason Crump on 4.00
  7. Big Al

    Leicester 2019

    There's a scarcity of 4-4.5 point riders out there, and they'd need one of those to ensure that Mountain starts the season at reserve and have anything approaching a strong No.2. Nathan Greaves is the only one I can see, after Sarjeant being confirmed by Glasgow, or dare I say Simon Lambert. 5-6 average it looks like a few more to choose from - but that would mean another at 6-6.5 to complete the side.
  8. Big Al

    Leicester NL 2019

    So that's either Martin Johnson or Ben Wilson. Can't see Johnno on a speedway bike....
  9. Big Al

    Leicester 2019

    So with Josh Bates's average - is it confirmed if it will be reduced due to being out injured for a season? If so, and with Thomas having his aversge discounted, there could be scope for someone around 8 to come in to form a good spearhead with Scotty? Or a 7+ a 5?
  10. Big Al

    Leicester 2019

    I suggest a team name which provides an acknowledgement to Beaumont Park stadium having been built on top of a rubbish tip, or Beaumont Leys former location as a sewage farm. Leicester Landfillers? Leicester Loggers?
  11. Big Al

    Leicester 2019

    Douglas? Did ok on visits in the old PL days, before the track was altered, just looked and sounded like he was on a lawnmower engine! With the points left, they could probably fit in Wajtknecht, Sarjeant and Jack Thomas.
  12. Big Al

    Sheffield 2019

    I think they're called the Darwin Awards, the annual compilation of people whose lives have been ended by committing completely stupid acts. There should be a new category, for people who have just suffered bad injuries in similar fashion. I'd have made the list in about 1968.
  13. Big Al

    Sheffield 2019

    He also spoke of his enthusiasm for boxing. I thought that had come to an end after his first round defeat by the pits wall at Leicester a couple of years ago? I don't think it will be dull with him around this season, as long as he gets that far without doing something daft.......
  14. Big Al

    Leicester 2019

    You just have to like his positive talk in the SGB interview. Somebody needs to tell him that it's Saturdays and not Sundays for the home matches, though.
  15. Laura Morgan in SS accusing two clubs of acting irresponsibly by making over-lucrative offers to riders but declined to name the clubs. Who did she have in mind? And if what she says is true, shouldn't those clubs be in the Premier League?
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