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Piotr Pyszny

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  1. Piotr Pyszny

    Speedway Star and WH Smith

    Speedway fans in Boroughbridge. Who knew?
  2. Can't help feeling it would be useful for somebody outside speedway - possibly involved with another, more successful sport - to come in, speak to relevant parties and make a few suggestions. A 'fresh eye', dispassionate, without a vested interest, might be able to see the wood and the trees - not to mention the green fields beyond.
  3. Piotr Pyszny

    Speedway Star and WH Smith

    The one at Foss Islands, by the old incinerator chimney?
  4. Does OP HackneyHawk (or other posters) have anyone in mind to conduct this inquiry? Who would make a suitable inquisitor?
  5. Farringdon, according to the Defunct Stock Car Tracks website. Closed in the late 1990s. http://www.simonlewis.com/sc5.html
  6. Have to say I've enjoyed F1 and F2 stock cars on the rare occasions I've watched it. The best drivers start at the back of the grid and, over 40+ laps, manage to work their way through to the front. Some skill involved. Imagine how much more interesting Formula One might be if the guys with the fastest cars - such as Lewis Hamilton - started from the back of the grid! I did watch an unlimited bangers meeting at Brandon a few years ago. They held the pre-racing drivers' meeting on the infield. A family was sitting in front of me. The young girl turned to her mum and asked what was going on. The mum replied: "They're just telling the drivers there aren't any rules."
  7. I remember one of my brothers remarking: "The spectators at banger racing make those at speedway look well-to-do." In my (admittedly fairly limited) experience of banger racing, the pauses between races are considerably longer than in speedway (something for which the latter is often marked down).
  8. Given the revelations about the number of applicants for advertised job vacancies (15,000 for 10 the most extreme I've seen), how likely is that?
  9. Piotr Pyszny

    Speedways governors have failed us

    TV's interest in the British Basketball League has been very patchy, according to Wiki. Seems the present deal is with a company called Perform Content. https://media.sportbusiness.com/news/british-basketball-league-signs-new-deal-perform-content/ Super (rugby) League's 2020 deal with Sky Sports was worth £40m (it's since been reduced owing to COVID-19 disruption). Rugby league also has a less lucrative deal with the BBC, for Challenge Cup live coverage and Super League highlights (ditto). The BBC is to show every game - 61 - during the 2021 Rugby League World Cup (includes the men's, women's and wheelchair competitions). British ice hockey's Elite League has a TV deal with Free Sports. It covers the live screening of league and cup games. Can't imagine it brings in that much money. What did speedway get out of Sky Sports from its final deal?
  10. Piotr Pyszny

    Speedways governors have failed us

    Did the same myself once. A great day of sport! After that year (1990), mind, I always drove to Berrington.
  11. Piotr Pyszny

    Speedways governors have failed us

    For clarification: nowadays, it's only the finals of the annual knockout cup competitions - run by Lancashire and Yorkshire cricket leagues - that attract attendances into four figures. As for Berrington Lough, I guess it suffered from being very much in the middle of nowhere (ironically, today's model for new speedway tracks).
  12. Piotr Pyszny

    Speedways governors have failed us

    It's a key point. Speedway is a collection of small businesses, all of which prioritise their own, individual interests rather than the common good.
  13. Piotr Pyszny

    Speedways governors have failed us

    But a club used to taking £250,000 a year from clubhouse hire starts, post-COVID, from a much stronger position than, say, a speedway club relying on a few hundred spectators for 90 per cent of its revenue. They've got 'rainy day' money in the bank. Incidentally, club cricket in Lancashire and Yorkshire is the best supported in England. Lancashire League clubs charge £4 admission. The bigger ones attract crowds of about 250-300. Club cricket cup finals in Lancashire and Yorkshire often pull crowds of 1,000+. When did Berwick Bandits last see a crowd that size? Not on any of my visits, either to Berrington or Shielfield. As HGould remarked, speedway's big (insurmountable?) problem has always been most clubs are mere tenants, at the whim of the landlord, who in addition to banking rent, creams off takings from the bar etc. Even more concerning, as dog racing goes down the pan, speedway may well find a number of its clubs having to call it a day by default.
  14. Piotr Pyszny

    Speedways governors have failed us

    Think we can add top division rugby league to that list. I'd say 90 per cent of revenue through the turnstiles is a very high proportion of overall income. Clubs in other sports seem to do very much better than speedway with things like commercial sponsorship, corporate hospitality, replica/souvenir sales, bar takings and clubhouse hire (all over and above the number of paying spectators). I know of one Lancashire League cricket club - amateurs - that pulls in £250,000 a year from clubhouse hire alone.

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