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Harry The Goat

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  1. 19/04/18 - Premiership - Swindon v King’s Lynn

    Nine (count them!) wins from Gate 3. Four wins from Gate 1. Only a single win for each of Gate 2 and Gate 4.
  2. Somerset 2018

    Agree, very good video. Well worth watching.
  3. How many fixtures run over Easter?

    Very true mike, you're right. Things change and evolve, and times are obviously different now to what they used to be. But I do miss the days of once-a-week home meetings.
  4. How many fixtures run over Easter?

    This, and talk of gaps, reminds me how times have changed. Just been digging through some old programmes from the 70s. Here's one: 'Meeting No.34' - the 34th home meeting of the season, running every single week from mid-March to the end of October. Count them. More than twice what you get now. And of course you had second halfs then, too. I recall it raining on occasion, but not that many rain-offs. Back to 2018, and I was really hoping to travel to several meetings over the past week. All postponed!
  5. Once A Jolly Swagman

    Superb clip, that! Love the all-too-brief shots from the rider's POV. Nicely done. Question (because I can't remember): when did riders stop wearing those type of face masks?
  6. Somerset 2018

    Weekly speedway can be a chore? Really? Each to their own, I suppose. I personally would like the opportunity to attend far more home meetings. Back in the day it was regular for teams up and down the country to have a home meeting almost every single week of the year from mid-March to the end of October. Think about that. It's a total of around 36 home meetings year - versus about 15 (plus a few more assuming KOC/playoff success) at present. This is one of the massive differences between then and now.
  7. Speedway Noise

    Unfortunately no, this somehow passed me by, but thanks Adonis, I'll go off and do some googling. It all sounds mad. I don't know that part of the country very well, but I did call in and see a meeting there last summer, thanks to being in East Anglia for a while. As I drove out for what felt like miles along small roads in the middle of nowhere, I remember thinking it was an ideal location for a stadium and couldn't possibly have any noise complaints. How wrong I was! Whereas at Swindon, for instance, from the track you can now almost look into people's living rooms...
  8. Speedway Noise

    Amazing to hear this because Mildenhall is surely one of the most remote tracks, right out in the countryside. I wonder if the people who complained about this also complained about the local RAF airbase which is much, much closer to a built-up area! And what about all the many houses built right next to busy roads where there's constant rumbling traffic noise?
  9. THINGS DON'T CHANGE

    If demand isn't there for the full price, then the full price is too high. Simple as that. A lower price needs to be applied on a regular basis, not just as a one-off. The aim of a promoter, from a business point of view, is surely to maximise the gate receipts? Not just to keep blindly charging the same as last year + £1 (not counting increases for parking and programmes). Unfortunately, in the manner of HM Government wrestling with the Laffer curve, this would require some testing at different prices, and for different periods of time, to see what would happen, and I can't imagine any clubs would bother to try this.
  10. THINGS DON'T CHANGE

    Good points, although I wonder if the bit I've highlighted should be the other way round. Higher admission costs = a dwindling fan base.
  11. Somerset 2018

    2016 - Admission £15.00, Car Park £1.00, Programme £2.50 2017 - Admission £16.00, Car Park £1.50, Programme £3.00 2018 - Admission £17.00, Car Park / Programme not sure yet I've been printing my own racecards since early last year, when I turned up for one meeting and they'd sold out of programmes. Since I always want to score the meeting, it seemed the only sensible way to ensure I wouldn't miss out again, and it's now become a habit. But if they offered cheap racecards at the OTA (instead of or in addition to the full colour programme) I would probably buy them.
  12. SGB Premiership Confirmed signings 2018.

    Thanks for updating and pinning this thread. Very useful for reference.
  13. Somerset 2018

    Well done Somerset. Really looking forward to seeing this new-look team in action.
  14. So where did it all go wrong?

    Is this true? You'd think a forum of dedicated fans would - or at least could - provide vital feedback for any promoter. Re Barry Bishop's words, I'm hugely impressed and wish him every success. If only I was within easy striking distance of the IOW.
  15. Somerset 2018

    Great news about Jake returning. A rider who's always enjoyable to watch, and I think he's going to do very well in 2018. Fingers crossed we can get Charles back too. It'll be disappointing if not.
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