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  1. 23 hours ago, arnieg said:

    They were trying to prevent the match getting to heat 10 as they were loosing and didn't want the match result to stand.

    And the match continued after the curfew. 

    So is there a curfew at Kent or is this something made up so Len can get home by 9pm for his cocoa and slippers;)

  2. Just now, gazzac said:

    They have given Danno a 2 year deal to give him stability, perhaps Eastbourne doing their usual and thinking long term as well as the here and now, and he has agreed to be one of the mentors for the really young riders as they get into the development leagues. I also expect he would have been thinking he was without any rides this season, at least now has a good chance of moving up and on over the next 2 years.

    Exactly, Verge is signed on a 2-year deal. And, if he is an Eastbourne rider, he would not be a guest if he was brought in. A guest is only when a rider is contracted elsewhere and Verge isn't so Eastbourne could use him for any missing rider. 


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  3. 3 minutes ago, Sings4Speedway said:

    What the Seagulls is going on??? Squad members to be announced. Since when did the squad system get brought in? Verge included to cover Atkins i assume while he is on CL duty?  Im actually for guests to not be signed to other teams but grabbing the monopoly on them  feels a little strange?

    Eastbourne Seagulls, sponsored by Dyson :)

    Means Verge will definitely get rides this season which is no bad thing. 

    I did read the NDL was cracking down on the use of guests and it looks like Eastbourne are getting ready.

    Rather one of your own than a guest, I say.

  4. 2 hours ago, Sings4Speedway said:

    Final signing seals the title for Eastbourne? Nick Laurence is a very solid reserve with the league strength this year and has plenty of laps around Arlington under his belt. In several teams he would be the strongest reserve so can't help thinking that Dugard opting for Newcastle and the IOW riders becoming available has really improved this team from the first draught.   

    Final signing? Doesn't look like it from what it says on their website. If you read to the end of the story about Slick Nick it says:

    "Stand by for more Seagulls NDL signing news later today and more NDL and MSDL Development Squad News in the next few days."


  5. Eastbourne Seagulls v Kent Royals  is now a standalone fixture at Arlington Stadium on Saturday, June 19 (7.30pm) + MSDL second-half. Adults and concessions: £10. Children (5-15): £5; Under 5s: Free.

    Tickets launching soon.

    Ten quid speedway. Eastbourne do it again.

    Proud to be an Eastbourne Speedway supporter as the club is increasingly setting the standard.

    Loads of news online and social media every week during the pandemic, social media is often every day. 

    Four editions so far of a wonderful online FREE magazine, Flying High, and a fifth on the way.

    Plenty of publicity for the club in the local media, both online, in print and on TV and radio.

    Online ticketing facility already up and running with tickets for first two matches on sale.

    Feels to me as if it is Eastbourne which is the pacesetter these days.

    People says promoters should promote – well that's exactly what the Eastbourne management are doing. 

    Well done.


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  6. On 3/12/2021 at 7:25 PM, cityrebel said:

    Hopefully you are right, but planning to run seven double headers hasn't gone down well with the Arlington regulars i know. Being a 10 meeting ticket holder, i have the option to leave, if it's dragging on too long. 

    Might be worth having a look at this-- gives some real detail on how Eastbourne will run these meetings. Good pragmatic solution in my view.



  7. 1 hour ago, Sings4Speedway said:

    and here was me thinking im ahead of the curve but yet again Eastbourne beat me too it (i can't find any info on the website at present but doesn't mean its not there).

    as for the skate park whilst im sure many would gladly like to see me have a go and i can assure you it will 100% result in broken bones (that may inspire some to want to see it more) 

    Ski slope first at knockatch and then skateboard. And they say speedway is dangerous 

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  8. 3 hours ago, Sings4Speedway said:

    Good price structure, forward thinking all im hoping for now is that Eastbourne link up with Knockhatch & Drusillas in the future to offer some kind of combo day and night entertainment ticket and i might have to stop saying bad things about them ;)

    You are quite right that it is a good idea...in fact, such a good idea that prior to the 2020 season, Eastbourne announced news of reciprocal arrangements with Knockhatch, the new skate park on the seafront at Eastbourne (I'm sure you will want to have a go:)) and some of the resort's hotels.

    I'm sure they would have approached Drusillas as the zoo is so close to Arlington but I don't know about that, just a surmise. 

    These are the sort of things the promotion at Eastbourne are hot on..building links with the whole community of Eastbourne and the surrounding towns and villages.



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  9. 54 minutes ago, gazzac said:


    You'd hope other teams would have a look and follow suit. With everything in life the worst thing is the unknown, at least for the early part of the season coming to Eastie as you say everyone knows exactly what's what and hopefully everyone will follow the arrangements. 

    This really is a template that other clubs can use, adapted to their particular circumstances. BSPL would do well to point all member clubs to the Eastbourne site.


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  10. 12 hours ago, old bob at herne bay said:

    Congratulations to Eastbourne for being first to publicise their arrangements for managing meetings for the start of the 2021 season under  Covid 19 guidelines.




    The level of detail is impressive. People know exactly what's what.

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  11. 13 minutes ago, Sings4Speedway said:

    Certainly does. Especially when he was signed back in August so either the lowered points limit was widely known then or Eastbourne were determined to enter a team no matter the cost. Personally i can't see it being the latter and the former just adds fuel to the whole shady business that happened behind the scenes. 

    I thought i had cracked the final two riders but was non the wiser about the outstanding 3 pointer(s) and now its blown my theories wide open.

    I think when they signed Ablitt in August last year it was about adding to the asset base and not with an NDL team in mind. He lives within earshot of Arlington so makes sense he rides there.

    Fans love to see a local lad riding, remember David Norris and, of course, now Edward Kennett also come from the doorstep of Arlington.

    Don't forget Ablitt was signed up for Mildenhall, as was stated in the Star last week.

    Eastbourne very much want to grow their own team so MSDL>>>NDL>>Championship teams. There is something for a rider to aspire to if you have a structure like that. It also gives continuity and hopefully means over time the Eagles won't be paying out for loan fees etc.

    You know it makes sense!


  12. 2 hours ago, Sings4Speedway said:

    No great surprise that Ablitt signs but still a very potent reserve? especially this season. Hopefully the extra time to mature and develop will have helped him as he was slightly rash and in a hurry when at Kent. Also nice to see the Thurrock hammers stepping up to be NDL sponsors rather than just the MSDL side although i fear that is largely because the writing is on the wall for the demise of the latter. The big interest will be who the other 2 x 3.00ers are? If both have less league experience than Ablitt then he will be forced into the main body of the team and the initial threat nullified.

    Website story says Ablitt will start at reserve.

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  13. Kent should really have named their 2nds the Kent Jacks. Then, if the riders progresses it will be a case of: From a Jack to a King.

    You will need to be a student of popular 1960s music to get that one.

    In the meantime, I will get my coat.

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  14. 10 hours ago, Sings4Speedway said:

    Eastbourne looks better value at both levels. Less rushing for time on a weekend too so more likely to view more in Sussex this year.

    And Eastbourne are going to have some 2nd half 'junior dash' races which will help bring on the youngsters. Also has the advantage of flowing people away from the meeting more evenly so as to avoid a rush to leave at end of ht15.

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  15. 1 hour ago, Sings4Speedway said:

    Other starting 3 pointers that season included Jacobs, Blackbird, Kerr, Ellis, Nielsen, Morris and Bates so strong reserves although there seems no reason why Knight couldn't have achieved the similar levels as those listed have achieved? 

    Perhaps money. 

    One thing we do know is that Jake Knight will bring dash, excitement to the Seagulls NDL outfit. His big advantage over most is that he entertains -- sadly, he sometimes falls off but that is probably the price to pay. I saw him at Plymouth last September and wow, wow, wow - breathtaking (perhaps even frightening to watch). 

    What Jake Knight understands is that speedway is in the entertainment business. And good for him.

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