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  1. Richard Weston

    #DigitalEagles

    Eastbourne Speedway has announced how it intends to use digital technology to enhance Speedway night at Arlington. This will help fans feel more involved and part of what is going on. It will be something other clubs need to watch and learn from as the #DigitalEagles concept develops. And while they're going digital, the traditional (older?) supporter will not be ignored. Makes you proud to say Eastbourne Speedway is the club I support. https://www.eastbourne-speedway.com/eagles-plan-digital-transformation/
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    Eastbourne 2020

    Great to see Eastbourne Speedway gearing up for the new season by unveiling plans to go digital. #DigitalEagles This has to be the way forward for all clubs. Digital is so flexible and offers so many possibilities. Guess fans from clubs visiting Arlington might want to "buy-in' to the service on a one-off basis. And there's no throwing out the baby with the bathwater...well not the baby – those who are older, more traditional who want a printed programme, PA announcements and interviews via the centre-green presenter. The secret is to cater for all your fans and make speedway night a real night out. Well done Eastbourne for having this vision https://www.eastbourne-speedway.com/eagles-plan-digital-transformation/
  3. Richard Weston

    BSPL AGM

    If you gave them the keys to the brewery, everyone would go home stone cold sober. They have had months to work it out - the Polish situation has been known for months and you cannot say that you didn't know the Brexit transition was ending and how that might affect employment rights of Europeans. It could, and should, have all be sorted out months ago. They are dithering.
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    Railway pic

    Was the railway used as part of the effort to supply Allied troops in Normandy after D-Day in 1944? Did the railway transport parts for PLUTO -- Pipe Line Under The Ocean?
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    2021 speedway season !

    If your ten match ticket is for Eastbourne Eagles, there is no need to worry. Club has said on more than one occasion season tickets and ten match ones will roll on to 2021. They've got a team all set to go, works been done to Arlington Stadium, all we need know is for Covid to ease off and vaccinations to ramp up
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    No Government Support?

    Speedway is not in motorsports-- the government list mentions which motorsports will get the money
  7. Richard Weston

    Eastbourne 2020

    Here's the link to the Eastbourne Speedway magazine, Flying High -- https://www.eastbourne-speedway.com/flying-high-magazine-your-first-edition/
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    Eastbourne 2020

    Real quality again from Eastbourne Speedway this morning. They have just published an online magazine for supporters which is free to download. Lots to read, some great photographs and a really, really, really good comment column from . . . me!!!! Hugely surprised to be asked to contribute but a real pleasure to have a small part to play in something like this. A free magazine for supporters is a great idea. It just shows what can be done for fans and Eastbourne have done it.
  9. I thought it would help if there was one place where fans could you locate full speedway matches online, out there by the club they support. Eastbourne certainly started it off in the land of the Eagles with a cracker last Saturday night. Love the timing, 7.30 --- almost felt we were altogether at Arlington Stadium. Coming up tomorrow, March 28, also at 7.30pm is another cracking match with a last heat decider: Eagles v Lions from 2019. It is on Eagles TV - part of the official club website. Well done Eagles...another Championship performance, as we have now come to expect. I think Edinburgh are doing something similar on a Friday. Be great if fans of other clubs could add to this thread with details of what's on, where and when.
  10. Richard Weston

    Positive Championship update

    Easter is right at the start of the month.
  11. Poultec are doing a great job with their apprenticeship scheme for young British riders. They learn so much. It is more than speedway that is taught. The Poultec apprenticeship helps makes them better people, better able to handle the pressures and better people all round. They are learning loads of skills. Well done Poultec. For information I started this thread because it was pointed out praise of Poultec was getting lost in a thread about a rider who is now in jail.
  12. Richard Weston

    Jason Garrity

    You are quite right. I have started a new Poultec thread so the Apprenticeship scheme can get proper publicity and is not tainted by JG
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    Jason Garrity

    Thank you. Looks like an excellent programme for the apprentices - including running your business.
  14. Richard Weston

    Jason Garrity

    Wonder if such advice comes from the Poultec apprenticeships? Anyone know.
  15. Richard Weston

    Jason Garrity

    I have seen and been told about the drugs tester visiting Arlington. Apparently, he was a former police officer, now working for the testing organisation. He turned up out of the blue. Apparently, I was told, the riders to be tested were chosen at random. The test is – again this is what I was told - is analysed at the track before racing starts. Anyone testing positive is out of the meeting. My memory says that random tester has twice been to Eastbourne in recent years. I'm not sure reports of testing get routinely publicised but I have seen the tester in the pits myself so it does happen. Speedway is a close knit group of people and maybe word gets out to riders when the tester turns up. Fans may not see the tester at other tracks especially where they are prohibited from the pits. Eastbourne allows fans in pits from time turnstiles open until about 45 mins before meeting starts. Lots of Eagles fans arrive early and go to the pits every meeting so we know when a 'stranger' turns up, especially with a briefcase etc and takes riders off to to do test in private.
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    Eastbourne 2020

    Yes Spedeworth had a meeting last week (I think) and have one scheduled for tonight and the big finale on 31st. They have been leading the way in getting stadium set up for dealing with fans in Covid era. I'm told Spedeworth have done a great job. Lots learned by stock cars which will help speedway next year, I would imagine. Speedway couldn't really find dates, especially as it has to be 'amateur' = NDL. Eagles youngsters had fixtures on or around potential dates when speedway might have run and then here are always concerns about the October weather.
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    2021 speedway season !

    That's excellent news
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    2021 speedway season !

    I think @JohnHyam he is referring to greyhound racing which is going on in Covid secure stadiums without spectators. The thought is that stadium owners will not want to let crowds in and risk closure when things tick along with the dogs.
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    2021 speedway season !

    Good Friday is April 2 next year and the start of Easter bank holiday weekend. Speedway should put a laser focus on that date to get the leagues going. Who knows how bad Covid-19 will be then but Good Friday should be the target.
  20. Richard Weston

    How Many Of Us Are Losing Interest.?

    I think you are right. I have managed to see 1 speedway this meeting this year so keeping up my record of watching speedway for the last 50+ years. I've not lost interest at all in the sport and have my fingers crossed for April 2021 and seeing speedway again. Pretty certain there will be some restrictions but sport seems to be singled out over fear of crowds. In contrast, it was mayhem in my local Asda on Tuesday this week. The shop was crowded, no social distancing, the store's home delivery pickers out in force, some people without masks and one lowering the mask to sneeze. Would fancy my chances far more on the terraces at Arlington or any other speedway stadium.
  21. Richard Weston

    Belle Vue Aces 2020

    Good point – but football is football and gets special treatment from the government and we are poor old speedway.
  22. Richard Weston

    Belle Vue Aces 2020

    Wonder whether govt will stop this with total Manchester lockdown and a ban on travelling into greater Manchester the city has been under restrictions for some time but Covid cases are still high. Boris will probably hit hard with a two week ban....
  23. No doubt he is working – it's a job which puts the food on the table.
  24. Richard Weston

    Streaming

    Spot on. Plymouth, of course, were paying NDL level rates to riders. They also sold every ticket to paying spectators that they could. Add turnstile income to streaming and they could well have broken even. If Plymouth own the concessions for drinks etc, they could well have made a small profit on the 3TT. Hope they did
  25. From the BBC website (but does not give date as from when): The pilot programme will also be paused.
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