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    Two Legends World Final records. Fundin v Briggs.

    The interview i quoted was made by Bob in 1973 Steve so it could of been later.???? Later on in 1977 ( April) Swindon v Exeter Bob and Ivan had a clash in heat 13 remember it well Ivan took Bob off he got at excluded for dangerous riding.Ivan had to get a police escort out of the stadium that night real drama in that meeting Ivan rode at number 2 with Verner at number 1 Bob had already beaten Ivan in heat 11 and had won all of his three races.
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    Two Legends World Final records. Fundin v Briggs.

    What do you think Steve on the misconception of Kilb not getting on well with Ivan ??? i have heard loads of stories.Kilb was old school said things as it was no back stabbing from Bob he said in interviews he got on very well with Ivan i have a few photos of both of them laughing and joking together.Bob did say when Ivan came to Exeter that meant he missed out on open bookings as he was not the number 1 anymore.Kilb has to be up there as one of the best around the County Ground( did Bob, Autrey,Adams have the track record???) up there with Ivan, Autrey, Crump, Crash, Adams.
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    Two Legends World Final records. Fundin v Briggs.

    He had to go for it bruno but Bernie should of gradually eased his way through on the inside but i believe he knew Barry would of eased back over.Looked at that programme endless times and with Ole having his Knightmare first ride fall i believe Barry would of won it with maybe 14?? .We look at Ove and Barry differently now history wise but it would look different if Barry had five titles.I do think as it stands Ove just edges it mainly because he did dominate for a number of years Barry also had his spell as well Barry edges though longevity wise 18 Finals to 15.
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    Two Legends World Final records. Fundin v Briggs.

    Yes that was at Wembley Doris heat 11 , Dukey did well paid 8 from the ultra tough number 2 position Briggs scored 14. In the home match Dukey rode at number 6 so didn't meet Ove, Briggs got a max Pete Monday ( RIP)beat Ove in heat three as well. Wembley included Fundin, Eide, Wayne Briggs, Harkins have you read the Kilb book Doris ?? a great read still pick it up now and then and read again.
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    Two Legends World Final records. Fundin v Briggs.

    No don't disagree WK , this night has wrangled me for years he should of won a fifth world title.
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    highest avg rider

    Exeter did put Ivan at number two for tactical reasons as well.
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    Two Legends World Final records. Fundin v Briggs.

    Hope you are well WK, yes my take on things were that Barry would of scored 14 points and maybe Ole would of beaten him.Persson was a rider I liked so never hated him Briggoe's biggest mistake was leaving that hole on the inside Persson was way over zealous though.
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    Two Legends World Final records. Fundin v Briggs.

    I do think from 1972, Briggo was not the force of old he was still good and to average well over nine was some feat.The one thing with Briggs was was he a good gater or not? i could not quite make my mind up to be honest.My uncle who first took me said oh not to worry Briggs will pick them off after a few laps for me his gating seemed pretty good.His son Tony who was talented again his gating was terrible sure that contributed to him having to override at times.
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    Two Legends World Final records. Fundin v Briggs.

    Only saw Ove once 1970' Swindon v Wembley Briggo beat him twice so a massive regret of mine was not seeing Ove at his peak.Also not seeing Craven/ Knutsson was a downer as well but generally been lucky i do think in 1970 Barry came back stronger. He beat Mauger home and away and that took some doing how did you think Briggs went at Cowley Steve.?
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    NEW LOOK FOR STAR

    Got mine at 9am yesterday Philip it is always on time apart from Bank holidays ( day later) another great read enjoyed the Denzil Kent piece.
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    NEW LOOK FOR STAR

    Very cant see where the other 18,000 is coming from on a regular basis.Even in the Prem season i had to pick and choose matches could not afford both Football and speedway.I think people do that alot today pick and choose matches .For me if you are getting between 11/14 000 EVERY week at the Town you will be doing well is it all about winning ??? promoted this year yet the average gate is not great.
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    NEW LOOK FOR STAR

    That says it all if we can only average 15, 274 in the Fergie era with the romance of being in the Premiership can't see us getting that even in the top 6 in the Champs.Times have changed maybe if you can get the Indian population in Manchester Rd to convert to being Town fans that might bridge the gap. !!!!!
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    NEW LOOK FOR STAR

    I think you are dreaming 8/11 000 for Champs, capacity sometimes for Prem.The thing is DC to go and watch Division 2 now is not cheap both my boys went to see Spurs v Arsenal two seasons ago for 43 pound what is Swindon charging for a category A game 25 quid.??
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    NEW LOOK FOR STAR

    Swindon Town now only averages 6/7000 i have been when there were 32,000 fans there.It just shows you how society has changed more things to do and it puts into perspective what a hard job Speedway has to keep going.A much closer relationship with the Promoters / Customer would help but no real signs of that happening anytime soon.
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    NEW LOOK FOR STAR

    For a last resort Shocker Grange Drive shops always stock it if you are stuck.Got mine a day late last week because of the Bank Holiday.otherwise it is always there on a Thursday.Three people including me order the Star from that shop never realised we had three speedway supporters in Stratton.!!!!!
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    British Speedway to be reborn?

    I am with you City i would be happy anough, but i am not so sure about the majority.Also there could be a percentage of the supporters who have got used to not going now because of the shutdown.And it might take alot more than this on offer to entice them back, it could of course have the opposite effect where people have really missed the sport and will put up with anything.
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    British Speedway to be reborn?

    I totally agree 100 per cent but lots of supporters would not,even some of the diehards.Would you pay 18.00 for the line up you suggested ? when they have tried the 10 pound offer before it never really worked.This is why Speedway in this Country let's itself down no forward thinking nobody in power asking the sort of Questions you asked why not? they have plenty of time on there hands.I always feel that in SOME cases ( not the Swindon the promotion ( i.e.) Kilby / Rossiter) that some promoters make it a promoter v supporter battle.The supporter not being valued and listened to where would you get this attitude in any other business.As you say there is a chance now to change the model but to do that you need to interact with the supporter/ customer is that that to difficult.?
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    British Speedway to be reborn?

    If this did happen it could be the final nail in the coffin surely to run at this level it would have to be a 10/12 pound sport.Would some clubs not run ? for me personally i could except the level but i would imagine plenty of others could not ( even some diehard fans).I can't see Speedway happening in the UK until 2021 at the earliest and with this stubborn Government stance on not being flexible and admitting SOME of there mistakes speedway has a long wait.The biggest problem could be getting all the medical cover for meeting's even by April / May 2021.
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    Wimbledon Memories

    Ernie Roccio a superb American rider who only had two and a bit seasons for the Dons 1950 /52 until his untimely death.
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    highest avg rider

    Yes Lee beat him from the back in his last race to win the title in 1980.
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    highest avg rider

    Your last point is totally spot on if those five named were still around that could of changed some part of history but that is how it goes.Going back to Erik one of the things that i admired about him was that he adjusted to the new tapes ruling ( something Lee never did).Erik had a nightmare with that new rule at first but conquered it which took a lot, great rider Erik great temperment and had a great personality to.
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    highest avg rider

    I never really used that shop Steve don't know why, usually headed straight over the other side.I remember watching the Carter semi final meeting in 84 coming out of bend two for the only time.
  23. Boring times for all of us at the moment and to be honest i cannot see any speedway happening in 2020.So i have been cracking on with my speedway memorabilia and i have just finished completing a collection of Crump ( jnr) Crump (snr) Adams, Sanders, Young. What order would you place these legends in a very difficult call it would be interesting to hear people's views.Gustix, maybe?? could of been the one of a few on here who saw Young ride. My top five order would be 1.Crump ( jnr) 2.Young 3.Crump (snr) 4.Adams 5.Sanders.
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    highest avg rider

    Blackbird, Mark Courtney, Mel Taylor were all three riders who should of achieved more.
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    highest avg rider

    I can remember those shed huts over the far side that sold memorabilia i was always spending shedloads there.
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