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  1. East End Fan

    The top ten NL riders.?

    Well, JJ, I'm not sure that I agree with your view that a top NL heat leader is a "struggling" 3 point reserve in the next league above. True talent will always shine through and there are loads of ex-NL riders who have made it in the top leagues. None the less, it is my view that the present NL is at a lower standard than it should be because of the intervention of the BSPA in setting pre-season points limits at a low level. If they had the nouse to understand that it would be far better for the sport if the NL was as strong as possible, thus training riders to a better level.
  2. Can't se Berwick making much of an impact in spite of the fact that they are top of the table. Too much power for them on our tight circuit.
  3. East End Fan

    Rye House 2018

    Cannot let Kelvin's passing go without lifting my hat to his memory. One of Speedway's Great Characters as well as being the best team man in the whole of the sport. If only we could turn the clock back !
  4. East End Fan

    The top ten NL riders.?

    GWC wants all the National League's top riders to move up into the Championship. I wonder if he'd want that if he was a Plymouth or Birmingham supporter instead of Rye House ? I very much doubt it. No fan like to lose top stars from their team....or the league for that matter. These are the riders who put bums on seats.
  5. East End Fan

    Buxton

    The Dean Machine and Sotonian clearly have no understanding of riders. Unlike all other forms or motor sport which people get involved in as hobbies and pastimes, Speedway demands that you appear as and when required at tracks all over the country on any day of the week. This makes it very hard to hold down a full time job. Not impossible of course but the interference in the day to day working life must create a loss of wages when the rider is on his bike. As another side issue, Speedway is far and away the most dangerous of all motor sports. ALL riders get injured on a regular basis. No help in any sort of outside career. Yet the previously mentioned correspondents begrudge them earning a crust. Shame on you.
  6. East End Fan

    Buxton

    Talking in Tongues !
  7. East End Fan

    The top ten NL riders.?

    I agree with Teaboy. I have watched a few Kent matches this year and, apart from having the occasional fall, mostly due to riding too hard, Stoneman has been very impressive. Obviously Bowen is in the top ten list and maybe even Thomas whose performances have been upo and down. On the Kent theme, does anyone know the starting time of the Southern Dev. League match at Iwade next Sunday ? It was originally stated as 3pm but I've since heard that it is 1pm.
  8. East End Fan

    I.O.W vs Kent 24/05/2018

    A very honest report by Barry. Very few promoters open their hearts in such a way. From a Public Relations and publicity point of view, I'm not sure that he should express his problems so publicly. There's an old saying " Nothing succeeds like success" and it is very true. So noises form promoters should alway be positive IMO. IOW have a lot going for them with skid schools and the like, biggest and fastest track in the league. This is what should be stressed.
  9. East End Fan

    I.O.W vs Kent 24/05/2018

    Rider-wise, IOW suffer from their location. They are a long trip from everywhere plus only an 11pm ferry normally to get back. So very late night driving. Not easy to pick up good youngsters with that obstacle. All the more reason to have a higher team average so that there is not the need to find fresh new kids all the time.
  10. East End Fan

    Potters v Colts - 5/5/18

    Macauley Leek went through the fence at full throttle and head on last Monday at Kent. Air bags were smashed to bits but Macauley, who ended up behind the fence, got up and walked away unharmed. Why aren't all fences as safe as that ?
  11. East End Fan

    Eastbourne v kent NT 12/5/18

    Was just about to leave for the trip to Arlington when I learned that it had been cancelled. It was a match I'd been looking forward to. Heard nothing about a re-run date. Does anyone know anything about that ?
  12. East End Fan

    Kent 2018

    Well, Ben91, I don't know what World you live in, but where I come from I am experiencing price rises in virtually every field. Fuel, electricity, gas, train fares, rates, etc etc. Why should we expect Speedway to be so different ? Each stadium suffers price increases just like households do, relentlessly upwards year on year. How do you suggest they pay their way ? And, according to the Bank of England, wages are now increasing faster than inflation. If your argument was true, and price increases keep fans away, then Speedway promoters should only be charging what they did ,say, 10 years ago. I can't even remember how much that was, but must have been about half what it is now. That would mean every Speedway in big money trouble.
  13. East End Fan

    Kent 2018

    Interested in Richard Weston's comments when he says that Silver considers that the sport will only survive if it makes a profit. No one could argue with the truth of that. As a very long standing fan, I wish all clubs charged enough money to survive because I am fed up with hearing about so many clubs in trouble for money, and how many have we lost over the years? One of the things that is often overlooked is the excellent practice now exercised at many clubs where children are allowed free entry, but it's obvious then that the adults attending must generate enough money for the club to be profitable. Teaboy279 hits the nail smack on the head.
  14. East End Fan

    Kent 2018

    Don't know where you go for long drawn out meetings. There is an 8.30 curfew at Kent for normal meetings which start at 6.30. Although predictions can be near enough correct, they can often turn out to be surprisingly wrong. Unexpected incidents will always# affect results, injuries especially. As for admission prices, it's all very well for "Sings" to think £10 is a fair price, but out of that £10 he forgets that the government take £2 in VAT. While, of course, I don't know what it costs to stage a meeting, I doubt that £8 admission income would be enough.
  15. East End Fan

    Kent 2018

    I suppose the price you pay depends on where you go to watch. If the stadium is little more than a field you would not expect to pay too much. The reverse is also true. Comfort has a value IMO. Some tracks are now charging £3 for a programme. Does S4S moan about that ? Compared to most alternative entertainments, Speedway is on the cheap side.
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