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Big Al

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  1. Maybe more like a bit of re-distribution of riders among the three teams. Iversen's decision, Tungate's destination, Ipswich struggling to put a side together...... If Chapman had not bought out the two clubs, and put them into the PL thereby keeping it in existence, would anyone else have? So I'm not too convinced it's about trying to dominate the league. Out of the 21 riders which eventually comprise the 3 teams, how many of them will actually be Chapman "assets"? Again, that's still to be known.
  2. So it's Rider Control back again then? But just for 3 clubs of course. And if there has been no response by Harris, then more likely he has been fixed-up with a team place elsewhere already? The stuff about financial operating model causing the change has the strong whiff of smokescreen.
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    Ipswich 2019

    Nothing by BSPA today in the way of the daily news updates. Is there a meeting going on? Could this be one of the subjects under discussion......??
  4. Big Al

    Ipswich 2019

    Form and confidence seemed to fall off a cliff after looking like a potential heat leader early doors. Started to be a bit of a hazard to team mates. Probably true that cost-cutting was also a factor. But he does really need to work on his English.
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    Swindon 2019

    Surely, the land and stadium owners can just play the long game now, as long as the developers have sold enough houses to satisfy their shareholders for the time being. Is the local council under pressure from Central government to build more homes in the area? - it wouldn't surprise me if that was the case. If the council does pass a requirement for the developer to carry out the work on the stadium ( track included) until further houses can be built, could the landowners & developers then decide to just take their own sweet time and focus their efforts on other projects ( not in Swindon) and hinder the council's hitting their targets?
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    Leicester 2019

    Yes, I should have added "in 2011"
  7. It seems as if a few threads have been taken over (more than is normally the case) by contributirs whose sole aim is to wind-up and throw personal abuse around. Its become ridiculous. Are you going to take some decisive action??
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    Moderators: are you there?

    Fully agree. Just interested in seeing what, for example, Wolves fans think about their team, but it turns into scrolls of Donald Trump impersonators. Never mind.
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    Moderators: are you there?

    Well fair enough, when you know it's futile, then you stop - that's about making an intelligent choice. Part of the problem seems to be that some don't know when to stop!
  10. Big Al

    BSPA Ltd.

    Reasons, implications, ?
  11. Big Al

    Moderators: are you there?

    It's just a bit sad really, dragging down the sport
  12. Big Al

    Moderators: are you there?

    Yes but it would take me all day
  13. Big Al

    Moderators: are you there?

    Arguing requires skill and intelligence!!
  14. Big Al

    Ipswich 2019

    This is sounding all too reminiscent of Leicester's recent dabble in the top flight. At least your promotors are not telling you whoppers about supposedly having world class stars queueing up to sign (and I don't mean Damien Bates). Hope it turns out better for you and that all of the fears prove to be groundless.
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    Leicester 2019

    I agree, the three of Perks Mountain and Thomas between them have good experience at the level required and if you stack them against other teams' lowest 3 they do seem stronger, and the double spearhead has plenty of scoring ability to let the middle two have some "license to thrill"! If Scott Nicholas can emulate the job Joe Screen very ably did for Stewart Dickson at Glasgow, it should go well. At last.
  16. Have the promters of this league collectively done a very good job by raising the overall quality of this league whilst increasing the number of teams and working to a low points limit? The league has lost Erik Riss, Adam Ellis, Rene Bach, Ludvig Lindgren, Nicolai Klindt and Dan Bewley (to take just those with 6+ averages who ended the season in their teams' declared 1-7's). Others have gone due to retirement, not returning, or had left their teams' during the season for reasons other than retirement or injury. The league in 2019 will re-gain Kennett, Sedgmen, Kerr, Douglas and Bates plus 5 or 6 others with previous experience in the PL. Then there are 12 or 13 newcomers (some of whom have a small amount of previous experience). This group is going to be significant in terms of how good the 2019 league is, compared with the 2018 version. Some teams (Eastbourne, Glasgow, Scunthorpe, Somerset, Eastbourne) are including at least two newcomers to the league - will this turn out to be the undoing of those clubs or are there some potential big averqge-gainers in there? Overall my view is that by the end of the season, the changes made this winter will be viewed as a success.
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    Poole 2019

    Is he related to Finn Jensen, of Leicester and Birmingham 1980's and now engine tuner? I know Jensen's a common name, but he looks similar.
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    Swindon Stadium

    But who is actually supposed to be paying/arranging for the track work to be done? Is it Swindon speedway, or the landlords? If it's the latter, well,.......
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    Buxton - epitomy of NL racing?

    Would have though a different approach is more suitable for the NL. Riders making the step into the PL need 1 or 2 seasons when they can continue taking part in the PL if they wish to, without becoming effectively barred from doing so because of stringent team points limits. Some thing along the lines of having a tight points limit for 5 NL team members, alongside a squad type of arrangement for the top two riders - say for example up to three riders with a generous combined points limit - and rules which set out minimum and maximum number of matches these 3 riders can take part in, with facility to draft in and out a replacement in the event of injury.
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    Leicester 2019

    Fair enough it looks like Perks was moving ahead in 2017 but somehow things went a bit wrong so hope he can get back on course. Can't be definite but did Rye House muck him about a bit (not sure when it was). This probably means the Bates injuryy reduction was a red herring, and they are honouring the deal with Douglas.
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    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.
  22. 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!!
  23. 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
  24. Big Al

    Leicester NL 2019

    Stuart Robson?
  25. Is Buzzkowski still riding?

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