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  1. 25yearfan

    Peterborough Panthers 2019

    I'm more concerned with Peterborough getting viable crowds on a Monday or a Thursday night. Something which has been an issue in the past.
  2. Exactly what I've been saying in the last few weeks! While not the reason for every club, a lot of the problem is the cut of dates to finish your clubs League fixtures. This is cause many clubs including my local track Ipswich, hold back on staging to many meetings before the 6 week School summer holidays because this period is the time when they attract their biggest crowds, so not staging a home meeting during one of these 6 weeks is not a good financial move. This means that the cut of dates which are normally a week or two after the summer holidays makes things tight and you then get the financial suicide situation of clubs staging more than one home meeting in a week which many fans struggle with in terms of money and/or other commitments! Another reason is the riders unwillingness to ride on a surface that isn't 100%, the Craig Cook led, riders refusal to ride in the Ipswich V Glasgow fixture in August being a prime example. Chris Louis was right in saying that in his day that meeting would of taken place!
  3. 25yearfan

    Simmo how is he remembered?

    Simmo rode speedway from 1963-87 then in 89 and 93. He won the World pairs, was it 3 times in a row? World team cup winner multiple times and came 2nd in the individual World Championships. He was also a team manager, track curator, promotor, quality grasstrack rider, done other motorcycle racing disciplines and had very interesting/insightful opinions on the sport! His longevity, at his best, World class ability combined with his interesting character in my opinion makes him a legend!
  4. 25yearfan

    Good luck Robbo

    Great entertainer and servant to speedway for a lot of years! Surely deserves a 25 year farewell meeting!
  5. 25yearfan

    Simmo how is he remembered?

    Two things that spring to mind when thinking of Simmo is, wonderfully talented rider, dodgy wideboy character!
  6. 25yearfan

    Current league riders who started in the 80s?

    Scotty Nicholls started junior grasstrack in the mid 80's and was riding after the meeting at Ipswich around 87/88! Jon Armstrong would of probably started around the same time I reckon! Paul Hurry the same again!
  7. 25yearfan

    Mildenhall v Eastbourne Sept 2

    Their was little interest in Englands 3rd place play off game while Ipswich Town V Norwich City at Ipswich next Sunday lunchtime will have the best part of 30,000 mainly East Anglians present, quite a few of whom are Mildenhall speedway regulars and I'm sure a few track staff and medics may be at the football as well! For the sake of an hour it makes sense although I'm sure a few fans maybe messed up by the start time!
  8. 25yearfan

    Mildenhall v Eastbourne Sept 2

    I'm afraid its a common sense solution because quite a few Norwich City and Ipswich Town football fans go to Mildenhall speedway. The East Anglian football Derby is a bigger draw than what many with little interest in it would imagine! Unfortunate for those with no interest in football who also have time schedules but the crowd would definitely be down if the football fans couldn't make it in time!
  9. 25yearfan

    Ronnie Moore

    One of the greatest riders I've ever seen in my lengthy speedway watching time! Although he obviously done very well in speedway if Ronnie Moore would of had Ivan Maugers dedication and professionalism he'd of eclipsed Maugers achievements!
  10. 25yearfan

    Does this league have a future ?

    The 3rd Division in its many guises has survived since 1994, even in 1995 and 96 when it became the 2nd tier because the usual top 2 Leagues amalgamated and in 1998 when the League membership dropped to 5 tracks! The trouble in recent years has been the inclusion of ex top flight clubs that have had the extra clout to outcompete against the more grassroots clubs in the Division. But without the 3rd tier, these ex top flight clubs would have folded and indeed all of the others wouldn't be running. The ex top flight clubs, Birmingham, Eastbourne and Coventry need competitive teams in order to attract viable crowds. My local NL team Mildenhall are in the same boat as well cause you'd lose half the regular crowd at West Row with a poor team. Plymouth and IoW struggle to attract riders because of their locations and Buxton is run on a shoe string budget so lose potential riders to wealthier clubs. Kent are competitive and viable, Belle Vue are the only remaining "reserve team" from a higher League track left in the NL and seem to do OK. Stoke with its middle of the Country location, decent shaped track and Saturday race night should be in a good position to be highly competitive but the dreadfully poor way its run means that's not the case and that place has been in sharp decline ever since they left the 2nd tier which was before the above mentioned 3 ex top flight clubs dropped down. Another concern of mine is the lack of 2nd half's at many tracks which results in less opportunities for riders trying to make their way! Whilst we are in tricky times (when hasn't British speedway been in tricky times in the last 36 years?) I'm sure the bottom Division will continue to exist!
  11. 25yearfan

    Bob Dugard RIP

    Bob Dugard made a massive contribution to speedway over the years like the Dugard family overall! Without him speedway would of finished at Eastbourne a long time ago!
  12. 25yearfan

    Tony Briggs How Good Could He Have Been.?

    I don't doubt for 1 second that Tony had immense pressure on him because of his fathers success and never said otherwise in my post! Still say he was given more chances than others would have been given!
  13. 25yearfan

    Tony Briggs How Good Could He Have Been.?

    Tony Briggs had ability and I think could of made a decent League rider but I feel he was a bit over rated and given opportunities others at the same level wouldn't have done cause of his father!
  14. 25yearfan

    08/10/1990 Exeter Speedtrack Trophy

    I think it may have been a grasstrack meeting on the old County Ground track, hence why it was called "speedtrack"? If it was the case then I'm sure theres guys/gals around that rode in it if it did take place?
  15. The Groveway struggled on for 10 years until 1988. The Groveway lasted until the late 90's I think? Had Milton Keyenes speedway been viable there they'd of stayed on there after 1988. When you delve into it, it was amazing they lasted 10 years there given it struggled for most of them 10 years! Hopefully speedway will return to Brafield and it will hold its own, in the NL!
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