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  1. HertsRacer

    Bradford To Return ?

    Not to mention the proposed return of speedway to Barrow.
  2. HertsRacer

    Fixed night farce-how much longer

    Its an odd one. In the late 60's I was a regular at Reading who ran on a Monday. They averaged 6000+ in those days. Also went to Romford on Thursdays who averaged about 5000. Not much difference, people worked the next day and kids went to school. Today I can walk down our High Street Mondays to Thursdays evenings and all the pubs and restaurants are empty, and the place is like a ghost town. I don't think its just about money as our town is fairly affluent, it seems that people just don't want to go out midweek these days.
  3. HertsRacer

    Any Chance Of A Brafield Revival?

    Notice in this weeks Speedway Star that a couple of enquiries have already been make re the possibility of speedway returning to Brafield. Answer seems to be no in the short term, but maybe in a couple of years time.
  4. Rye House will never work as a mid week track. The trouble is much of their support is not local but from all over Hertfordshire. People just don't have the time or inclination to get home from work, change, grab a bite to eat and rush out again. The chaos on Govia trains at present is also doing the club no favours.
  5. HertsRacer

    Programmes?

    Agreed, with attendances now in their hundreds rather than thousands, and many not buying programmes or printing off their own race cards, it now does not appear good value in terms of return to place adverts in programmes. Most of our advertisers did so as a sense of loyalty to help keep the magazine going rather than any potential benefit to them. If we had raised the price for advertising along with the rise in printing costs, I'm sure their loyalty may well have been tested. As Mr. Snackette posted, no reason why a simple race card with accompanying adverts cannot be produced. I have many non league football programmes from the 1950/60's when this was the norm with just the team line ups and the rest local adverts.
  6. HertsRacer

    Programmes?

    I doubt the advertising revenue makes a profit. I used to contribute to a local magazine which was printed on glossy paper with colour photos. There were a few more pages than your average programme, but the printing costs for about 500 issues was about £950. The charge for advertising was £25 for a quarter page (The most popular), £50 for half a page, and a full page was £100 (The least popular). The revenue from this helped but didn't fully cover the printing costs.
  7. HertsRacer

    Programmes?

    Quite agree. Today programmes are printed on glossy paper with coloured photos and packed with adverts. In the past they were just cheaply produced with half a dozen pages consisting of a scoresheet, something written by the promoter, fixtures/league tables and any bits of latest news. That's basically all you need.
  8. HertsRacer

    Programmes?

    Agree, in my youth I was an avid collector of programmes of speedway, football and ice hockey going back to the 1920's. Still get them out occasionally to look at them. I love them from a historical point of view. The last time I went to a premier league football match it was more like a glossy magazine full of stuff that didn't interest me, for which they wanted £6. I didn't bother. Gone are the days when programmes were a cheap and simple addition to the match day experience.
  9. HertsRacer

    Poole 2018

    Owners Phil Fry and Charlie Walker. Record 1 outing, 1 win, so worth a flutter if you like that sort of thing.
  10. HertsRacer

    Ben Fund

    Especially as they are forecasting snow now.for Sunday.
  11. HertsRacer

    Swindon 2018

    Barretts letter may be an attempt to preempt the Government's proposal to shift the responsibility of dealing with any noise nuisance onto the developer rather than the venue when new houses are built near an existing music or sports venue.
  12. HertsRacer

    Romford Speedway Reunion in 2019

    Pretty sure the Greyhound Stadium would have been the first place the promoters looked at to replace Brooklands all those years ago. If there was any chance of speedway at Romford Greyhound Stadium it would have happened before now. As you say it would have been successful, no doubt.
  13. HertsRacer

    Ron Bagley R.I.P

    You'll be pleased to know there's nothing wrong with your memory. Ron rode for the Tigers between 1962-4.
  14. HertsRacer

    Romford Speedway Reunion in 2019

    Yes, I've always wondered what would have happened if they had not been forced to close. When Custom House was sold, would they have bought West Ham's First Division license instead of Ipswich. As for the Greyhound Stadium, no chance of speedway there I'm affraid. The houses are even closer than at Brooklands.
  15. HertsRacer

    Ron Bagley R.I.P

    Very sad news. Remember Ron riding for Yarmouth against Norwich"B" in the first meeting I ever saw back in 1961.
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