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  1. 7 hours ago, Starboy118 said:

    So all the riders have been training together for several weeks, so they have presumably all been signed. What the hell is the big secret? What are the promoters trying to achieve?

    Strange weird to be honest,Chapman has been the front of British speedway  what for  three years now???  i have seen no progress whatsoever.His communication skills are either poor or he does not grasp that supporters want to be filled in on any issue and quickly.Speedway has always had this reputation of a secret society a closed shop decision's being made and not being released.Look i am not knocking him for putting his money in but he can't sit behind that he has to be transparent on everything rules (etc).My best friend came down from Stoke on Trent and we were talking about the teams in the Prem King's Lynn was mentioned.I said they have not got a team yet he laughed he said how can you sell the club for a press day club start if you have not got a 1/7 in place.It is like going to new restaurant but not knowing what the prices and menu are ok look all the Lynn fans will know  there full team by February but that does seem a strange business decision.

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  2. 51 minutes ago, waytogo28 said:

    He can never do that until he is able to substantially UP the average crowd. That is at the heart of speedway's problems regardless of who rides where and even who owns which club! A minimum 25% increase in new supporters is a "must" over the next two seasons. If things continue with a 10% loss each year of existing supporters, it's Game Over.

    With this league i can see fans picking and choosing there meetings.At Swindon we generally get 1000 plus 12/1300 on a good day for the life of me how they can afford Doyley, Batch, Toby on those crowds god knows.But you are right if we cant encourage fresh blood to support the sport the longterm picture looks bleak.

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  3. 34 minutes ago, HGould said:

    Re Big Al, 

    Some NL riders coming up full time or for full season will be a big asset and could easily double (or better) their averages, Drew Kemp / Tom Brennan / Leon Flint would in my opinion all be capable of an average in excess of 6 in the Championship by the end of the season.

    There are the likes of Connor Mountain, Georgie Wood; James Shanes who will need to "kick on" with them having some more CL experience than the out and out newcomers.

    It has to be great for the sport to see so many moving up and gaining experience, the cream will rise to the top, the remainder will either find a level and become solid performers, a few will find it too much (either too soon or for now).

    Very interesting season ahead.

     

    What are the riders that you feel can make this there level.? For me Kemp/Brennan are future Prem riders they will do well but the two that interest me are Rowe/ Atkins at Somerset Anders being a Swindon asset i hope he kicks on and will be a future Robin.Shanes and Mountain will improve and Danyon Hume if he stays injury free will eventually get his chance again.

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  4. 24 minutes ago, HGould said:

    Re Big Al, 

    Some NL riders coming up full time or for full season will be a big asset and could easily double (or better) their averages, Drew Kemp / Tom Brennan / Leon Flint would in my opinion all be capable of an average in excess of 6 in the Championship by the end of the season.

    There are the likes of Connor Mountain, Georgie Wood; James Shanes who will need to "kick on" with them having some more CL experience than the out and out newcomers.

    It has to be great for the sport to see so many moving up and gaining experience, the cream will rise to the top, the remainder will either find a level and become solid performers, a few will find it too much (either too soon or for now).

    Very interesting season ahead.

     

    Those three young lads you mentioned are really promising but to average over 6 in there first full season at that level is a big ask.I dont see Flint doing it if he can average 4 that would be a great season.Yes the other two in my opinion are the two i believe can really kick on and have a good career.This league is still a tough one, different challenges for the younger lads the good thing is most clubs have riders at the bottom end all trying to prove this is there level.A  few will fall away and struggle but some will relish the challenge but good luck to all of them.

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  5. 22 minutes ago, norbold said:

    Much as I was a fan of Christer at West Ham week in and week out, I don't think he was quite in the World Champ category, Sidney. Sverre, yes, Christer, no.

    Agree totally about Christer, Bengt Banger Jansson would have to be considered one around 69/71 ?? Gote Nordin was classy and Toby Harrysson ( like Sverre injury) both World class.


  6. Christer had to be one of the most exciting riders that i ever see ride i can remember him getting the track record at the Abbey.Sverre i never see him ride at his best but without injury he is in a group alongside Graham Warren ( ect) that were good anough to be World Champ.


  7. Just now, iris123 said:

    Why should I pick on you Sidney the Robin?Nobody is bullying anyone as far as I can see.As I have posted,Grachan years ago backed up Falcace’s point with a fact

    You have had a nasty agenda against Gustix/ Mr Hyam for years why not keep your nasty vendetta going against me.?. Be great we could always have a chat over the speedway maybe a pint ??  don't bully just be measured.!!!


  8. 1 hour ago, iris123 said:

    Tbh John,nobody can damage your reputation quite as much as you do,yourself

    You have started to make a few decent posts.Surely you can see the difference and can also see the damage you have done to yourself over the years and still do at times

    Don't get so   personal like you always do you are a clown and a bully so why don't you pick on me.?


  9. I would say Moxey the racing now is not as good as in years gone by the odd good race of course but overall no.I still enjoy speedway but the entertainment generally is not that great i preferred it when the bikes were slower.I am with you on the team element factor in years gone by at Swindon Hitch,Munday, Keen, Duke (ect) were no world beaters but they were loved by the home fans were great value and the working man/lady could relate to them.I often think Swindon started some years knowing damn well that they would not win anything but Swindon speedway on a Saturday night was a profitable night.This was because teams kept a regular core of favourite riders which the fans grew to love.


  10. 4 minutes ago, g13webb said:

    Are you for real ??       There are fans who have been waiting for 54 years for success.       

    Let me assure you there are only two reasons why the team hasn't been announced yet, 

    (1),  They haven't or can't acquire the rider(s) they want.    If they had any good signings they would be shouting it from every media possible 

    or  (2)  The team is in place but they don't want it rubbished by the media as being poor. 

    So yes,  I am concerned for the lack of names,    it does nothing for promoting interest in the club.       and highlights how the club feel towards their fans....

    Your Owner  promoter being head of British speedway should of grasped transparency is very important to everybody.If he has not got a team sorted out say so, but to say nothing is madness.Is he going to leave it to  February and then just expect or PRESUME fans will turn up i believe this year more fans are going to pick and choose there meetings so drumming up interest is crucial.You look at my club things are not stable there track wise, rumours galore but they announced there team nice and early and  fair play to Rossiter on that front.I worry for King's Lynn surely to have Andersson at reserve they must have something up there sleeves?? if they haven't you would of thought it would be very important to have two strong reserves all year Kerr/ Auty spring to mind.

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  11. 5 minutes ago, foamfence said:

    This is impossibly difficult, if pride is simply achievement then just go through the records and list the most impressive but if pride means someone who seemed to give their all, no matter what, then we get down to our personal experiences in whatever capacity we attended Speedway. Blokes who gave their all and who readily come to mind (mine that is) are; Aub Lawson, Nigel Boocock, Peter Craven, Torbjorn Harrysson and Andrew Silver. I think someone who you know is doing their best, is at least as impressive as someone who has the winning formula and seems to find it oh so easy.

    Spot on great post Clive Hitch was my rider that comes into the category of the one's you named.

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  12. 16 minutes ago, gustix said:

    I respect your listing Sidney the robin.  We all have our own views. But I have just one query. Nine of your 10 riders are 'modern era' riders who most likely you have seen. But the nomination for one rider - who I have full historical respect for is also listed - Tommy Farndon. His death in 1935 was most probably 25-30 years before some of your nominees started to come to the speedway forefront. On what basic grounds to you include him?

    More so on listening and reading articles on him and respecting  the view points of the likes of yourself, Norbold , Chaplin, (ect) .Also my uncle spoke about him he did not see him ride as he was from the Parker/ Langton era he raved about him. My  take is four riders i believe for different reasons  were robbed of the chance to show there real GREATNESS (ie) Farndon ,Duggan, Huxley, Craven all in a top 20 of alltime.

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  13. On 1/4/2019 at 5:46 PM, Steve0 said:

    I think the same reason as Thorsell and Kurtz - riding at number 1 puts a lot of pressure on a rider and they just weren’t ready.  Plus, he seemed to no longer like the Swindon track and that affected his confidence.

    I am still surprised that Rosco let him go on that bargain average and I am sure Wolves will benefit from signing him.

    Last year Steve the track was pretty poor all year and we all know  just how good Nick can be at the Abbey.Then he had a three week period when he fell in nearly the same spot three times running when in winning position's  that really drained his confidence.Wolves have got a good rider there and i would love Nick to rejoin the Robins again in the future i really hope Nick does well.  But Nick needed a  new challenge and he will  more and likely do some damage to the Robins over the season good luck to him anyway.

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  14. 1 hour ago, Vince said:

    Sam Hurst, only rode NL for Newport and Weymouth (well a bit of PL for Newport but out of his depth). Reasonable amount of talent and a good set of balls but lacked the dedication to make it any further.

    How do you view the NL now Vince ? do you like the direction it is going in.The few meeting's i have seen going back to the Conference i have really enjoyed it.We have some great kids coming through now  do you think there is still a place for old hands in that league.?


  15. 31 minutes ago, Arch Stanton said:

    Me too. Just like the old days, had to be a Pole in there somewhere!

    A great signing did well in his stint with  Leicester and he impressed me before at King's Lynn in the U21s.For me he is at the level of Musielak and he has improvement in him the biggest plus is he can win races and against nearly everybody in this league pleased for the Witches fans.


  16. 12 hours ago, Racin Jason 72 said:

    I would not be surprised to see auty at kings Lynn and garrity at Ipswich.  

    I think Kings Lynn have missed a trick they could of had the likes of Auty/ Kerr at reserve all year.Unless they have a big signing sorted and if  Iversen does give the UK a miss Kings Lynn with Anderssen at reserve look really weak.


  17. 14 hours ago, KevH said:

    Do you feel a bit silly now?

    Not really i can't believe, 

     

     

     Andersen at Kings Lynn  has been re signed a strange  one even in a watered down league Andersen will struggle. 

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