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  1. 25yearfan

    David Wallinger Ludicrous situation.

    The 3rd tier is one of the best things to happen in British speedway in the last 30 years, if not ever! The 3rd Division should have started in the late 70's/ early 80's when a number of tracks were starting to struggle with the then 2nd Division (called the National League) getting more and more expensive. The great promotor that was Ian Thomas said as much at the time. Maybe then tracks like Barrow, Workington, Milton Keynes, Castleford, Boston, Scunthorpe, Paisley, Ellesmere Port, Birmingham Bordesley Green and probably others would of had a longer more viable existence in the sport. These combined with training tracks of the day like Felton, Iwade and Ringwood and other potential venues that would have been tempted to open in the lower cost League would of made a decent League that in them days would have been in undated with potential riders to make up the teams! The current struggles of one of Britains top prospects Drew Kemp in the 2nd tier emphasizes how the 3rd tier is needed to help nurture young riders rather than put them off by throwing them in the deep end of the 2nd tier to soon! Without the 3rd tier, Birmingham and Eastbourne would have closed a number of years ago which would have had a knock on effect in the 2nd tier cause without the Brummies and Eagles this season the 2nd tier would be down to 9 tracks! Likewise would speedway at Somerset have ever been attempted without the safety net of the 3rd tier when they first opened in 2000? Would Berwick have re emerged in the 2nd tier had they not had a number of seasons building themselves up again in the 3rd tier in the 1990's? I'm sure at some point attempts will be made to re establish League racing at Rye House, what's the betting this will be in the 3rd tier? Look at today! - Without the 3rd Division, I wouldn't be going of to West Row to hopefully enjoy Mildenhall take on Thurrock a currently homeless team which is no doubt being helped in their attempts to find a new track of their own by being able to run challenge matches at 3rd tier level. Combine this with the fac that young riders will be getting valuable track time especially in the junior match that takes place after the main meeting!
  2. 25yearfan

    David Wallinger Ludicrous situation.

    Whilst I agreed with Mildenhalls decision to drop David Walllinger, denying the lad the chance of rides to put himself back in the shop window is ridiculous!
  3. 25yearfan

    Mildenhall 2019

    An understandable move in order to maintain interest levels at Mildenhall! Wallinger was at Mildenhall as a 2nd heat leader to put pressure on Danny Ayres at number 1. While Wallinger was a steady scorer at home albeit not out and out heatleader form, his away form was poor and made Mildenhall weak. Due to Leek increasing his average he has become the unlucky sacrificial lamb in order to fit in Atkins. That said a reserve duo of Butcher and Kelly looks vulnerable especially away from home so Atkins will certainly have to score double figures every match in order for the team changes to have the desired effect.
  4. Essex Showground just outside Chelmsford? Romford Greyhound stadium? A stadium not far from Southend would surely be viable? I'm sure while Rye House remains as it is physically then League speedway of some sort will return at some point. Saturday nights were popular just a couple of years ago.
  5. 25yearfan

    Riders Who Never Made It?

    I remember Mel Taylor riding exhibition races at Mildenhall when under 16. He soon got the hang of League racing when h become 16 in 1977. He was also a decent servant to King's Lynn for about 4 seasons in the early 80's! A very stylish rider who was very unassuming, a nice quality for someone with his talent!
  6. 25yearfan

    Riders Who Never Made It?

    Mel Taylor rode League speedway from 1977 through to 1992, only stopping when Mildenhall closed mid season and he turned down a move to top flight Coventry! He rode a number of seasons in the top flight, made a couple of British finals in the days when their was 3 times as many more quality British riders than present times and was for most of his time in the 2nd tier a heatleader. While he promised more, to say he didn't make is a little bit harsh! Phil Collins like the above poster says rode in a World Final and was a top flight heatleader who no doubt made a decent living. Again while he promised more he done more than OK! Ed Kennett's been a decent League rider but lacks the focus to fully utilise his talents. Lewis Bridger was very talented but fell into the trap of being that talented he took it for granted and maybe over enjoyed his talent by riding like a bucking bronco instead of being steady! Richard Musson didn't go nowhere near as far as his talent could have taken him. didn't he meet an unfortunate end? Adrian Stevens had potential but didn't go far. Cobby could ride as well but probably didn't have the focus. Every rider only goes as far as their mindset and circumstances allow. How many 16 year old riders have we seen that have been labelled as future World Champions and get nowhere near?
  7. 25yearfan

    Stamford Bridge

    Thanks for the Wikipedia information. It looks like it would have been possible to have accommodated speedway after the 2nd World War as is proved by the car racing!
  8. 25yearfan

    Stamford Bridge

    I wonder why speedway never returned to Stamford Bridge in the immediate years after the war, given how popular the sport was then, the track still existed and the midget car meetings were well attended?
  9. 25yearfan

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    25 meetings a season, one day a week at the most, at Perry Bar in which 30 minutes of motorbike noise is spread over 2 hours and the pits area is adequately situated and acoustic barriered of so that no noise is heard from it doesn't constitute a noise problem! A designated park for wheeled/noisy motorsports uhmmm! - Birmingham have been there before in the 1980's when speedway struggled through 2 full League seasons and a handful of open meetings in 1984 at Bordesley Green! Birmingham Brummies speedway is in its spiritual home and best place - Perry Bar Greyhound stadium!
  10. 25yearfan

    Mildenhall 2019

    Yes a horrible moment which in reality Dugard should have been heavily reprimanded for but he done it in a way that makes the incident look like it could have been accidental! Like you say that ruthless determination from Dugard that no doubt helped him go as far as he did! Haven't a link but try typing Eastbourne v Arena Essex 1995.
  11. 25yearfan

    Mildenhall 2019

    Theirs an infamous incident involving Robert Ledwith and Martin Dugard from Eastbourne in about 1995 on Youtube. Ledwith riding as a reserve for Arena Essex inflicted a shock defeat on Arlington expert Martin Dugard who then would of had one of the highest averages in the top flight. In true Dugard family bad losing fashion, Dugard took offence to this shock defeat by a reserve on his home patch where he was nigh on unbeatable by not shutting off after the chequered flag and taking Ledwith clean through the fence which as one can imagine caused quite a commotion. This shows how much ability Ledwith had. I'm sure some posters on here would have been present that evening and will be able to elaborate more!
  12. 25yearfan

    Mildenhall 2019

    A 15/16 year old rider who is quick enough, and ready for the commitment of League racing will almost certainly get a team place in the NL. Putting a wobbler not yet ready for NL racing is counterproductive to everyone including the rider. Anyway if a promotor has the choice of either an inexperienced 15/16 year old or a 30+ year old journeyman whos been around for a while who are at the same level, then the youngster will get the team place cause he/she will be seen as having more potential to improve. As a Mildenhall speedway regular, I can categorically state that Jon Armstrong has provided some top notch racing at West Row in recent seasons and is renowned for his great experience and mentoring of young riders! As for Robert Ledwith, he was a tenacious, talented rider in the early 90's in the top 2 Divisions who probably didn't achieve as much as what his ability suggested he would. If hes just half as good as what he was back then, he will serve a useful purpose in next years NL!
  13. 25yearfan

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    A very weak 2nd Division team but built within a budget understandably. The move up was needed to create more interest cause a club like Birmingham should have higher aspirations than the NL. The trouble is that losing to many home meetings will see crowds plummet. Really hope things work out for Birmingham in 2019 but it looks likely team changes will be needed mid season?
  14. 25yearfan

    Mildenhall 2019

    Ipswich speedways greatest rider and one of Englands finest, John Louis was born in 1941 and had his first rides on a speedway bike at Foxhall in mid 1969, so he was just 28 I believe! I'm all for bringing on young riders, that has to be a main aspect of the National League but I disagree with putting a rider in the team just cause hes young. Also if riders like Jon Armstrong, Robert Ledwith are still quick enough then their experience can be invaluable to young riders!
  15. 25yearfan

    Buxton - epitomy of NL racing?

    Quite agree Dean, but on the other hand I've always taken the stance that if a track attracts a paying crowd then its only fair that the riders get a share of the gate receipts cause they are the reason why fans are paying to watch!
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