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Richard Weston

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  1. Bt Sport Coverage

    The value will be if the clubs can win (or retain) sponsorship on the back of the TV deal. The other side of the coin is that some supporters will sit on their sofa, watch the racing on TV and not go to their local club. I know for a fact that King's Lynn lost two supporters some years back...they were speedway fans; not necessarily Stars fanatics. They did the maths. They calculated the cost in petrol, admission, programme, refreshments and set it against the cost of a Sky TV sub. The TV sub was by far the cheaper. OK, they don't get the atmosphere of being at a track but then don't get cold, wet or travel a 100-mile round trip for a rain off. Speedway needs to make TV work by gathering in more sponsors. Why is there not national sponsor for the Premiership?
  2. Cradley 2018?

    The more I think about this, the more it becomes a total farce. It is so wrong on many fronts. Cradley fans won't like this but perhaps all concerned should accept it aint going to happen. As for Eastie, hope they do a reverse ferret on the NT.
  3. Coventry Bees Nl ?

    Should be a whizz on the mechanical side of things; which is a big bonus at this level when many of the team are starting out and need to learn.
  4. Mildenhall 2018

    Whatever happened to the notion of riders being 'cup tied'?
  5. Change to qualification for a UK visa

    Surely, it should only be the top one from Aussie State championships.
  6. Mildenhall 2018

    It's still daft...but then it is only speedway; so who gives a damn as to how silly things get. No doubt Kemp will get a guest appearance somewhere else during the NT. Not having a pop at Drew; if he can get the rides, he would be the daft one to turn them down.
  7. Coventry Bees Nl ?

    It was a reply to a member who queried why the news had not been shouted from the rooftops. The point is: Speedway struggles to get publicity. NL clubs are at the bottom of the pile. Coventry riding at Leicester makes it even harder.
  8. So where did it all go wrong?

    Told something similar by Cyril Crane who used to stomp up the ladder to the ref's box and wave his arms around. He was apparently asking the ref if he wanted a cup of tea, one lump or two, milk? Got the crowd excited.
  9. Coventry Bees Nl ?

    Perhaps Coventry should have paid for adverts in the Press, on social media, on buses, billboards, TV, radio; well perhaps not. Those who followed Coventry in the Elite League will have to get used to where you are in the pecking order when it comes to riding in the NL. You are in the bottom division now and that's how you will be regarded by much of the media. It makes it worse that you are riding in Leicester -- doubt the Leicester area media will be much bothered and you will have to fight for every scrap of publicity in Coventry. You will be in the back of the book in the Speedway Star; your big news will be small news when set against the likes of Poole. Good luck Coventry, you are going to need it.
  10. Cradley 2018?

    British Speedway addicted to doubling up; no matter what the consequences.
  11. First matches of the season.

    Hope there isn't a return leg. See far too much of Kent, anyway
  12. First matches of the season.

    Personally, I would always start with a Challenge to work off the winter "rust'. Would hope they would start with Forman IT Eagles v and IT Eagles Select.
  13. First matches of the season.

    Daft to start before the end of March. Start at Easter, which is at the end of March. Plenty early enough.
  14. 120K + is just the Sunday. Can add tens of thousands to that for all 3 days. BTW, races start when the red lights go out. Edit: Just seen the attendance at Silverstone over the 3 days in July 2017 was 344,500.
  15. Up to a point, Lord Copper*. However, speedway could learn a few tricks from F1 at Silverstone. Tickets are eye-wateringly expensive, car park £50+ but still 120,000 go. Is it value for money? Everyone who goes has to make up their own mind but it is worth noting what you get for for your money: 1. The F1 GP but before that 2. Three support races, first one from about 8.30am 3. A drivers' parade 4. Display by Red Arrows 5. Quality merchandise on sale 6. Big screens to watch the action 7. Commentary 8. Radio commentary 9. Pop concert after racing is over 10. Walk the track at the end of racing 11. Live Silverstone TV on big screens during the course of the morning. I list these to reiterate the point frequently made on here that there is insufficient entertainment at a speedway meeting. Clearly a local speedway track couldn't go to the lengths Silverstone does but, especially at top level, more should and can be done. *From Eveyln Waugh's Scoop.