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  1. SteelShoe

    Glasgow 2019 Onwards

    Not at the majority of clubs for sure . Most clubs ran at a loss last season. There are otherways to help but i'm not appealing on here.
  2. SteelShoe

    Glasgow 2019 Onwards

    Like THJ has stated the wounds of no Worky speedway do indeed run deep. I don't believe that the huge majority of Comets fans bear Glasgow any malice whatsoever. Your fans are arguably the best and most welcoming in speedway and I always looked forward to seeing you all at Derwent Park and my visits to Ashfield. The fact is, last years apparent unmanageable debt coupled with the non forthcoming offers of help have resulted in the loss of Workington Speedway which for a lot of Comets fans is akin to losing someone close. The term 'speedway family' is often mooted on here but in my opinion there is no great evidence of this. Speedway is in trouble and there is no better time than now for clubs to work together in order to help each other survive. I'm not advocating repetetive assistance for clubs who have repeatedly demonstrated poor financial management but last season the Comets were very much victims of circumstance the results of which are plain to see. Laura came to the assistance of the Monarchs in their hour of need but where are the offers of help from the speedway family to help Worky to get back on their feet ?. The loss of the Comets and their travelling fans will be felt by the northern clubs especially the likes of Newcastle, Redcar and Berwick who will lose the income generated by the travelling Comets fans, which is unlikely to be replaced by the numbers travelling from the likes of Eastbourne, Somerset and Birmingham. The potential is there for clubs and riders to come together to help in whatever ways possible to ensure that clubs such as the Comets are not lost forever due being tipped over the cliff edge following a crippling season. Speedway family ? nah everyone just looks after themselves and herein lies the problem.
  3. SteelShoe

    Workington 2019

    Yeah spot on geoff100. Still annoys greatly that those pushing this facility have inexcusably excluded the Speedway. It too could have attracted more prestigous meetings and on a more regular basis than a World Cup once in a blue moon. The council deserve credit for their ambition but castigation for their exclusion of the Comets. Hypocritical to call it a Community Stadium in such circumstances.
  4. SteelShoe

    Workington 2019

    Just subjective perceptions from meetings attended and not always to watch the Comets. Cookie had a good apprenticeship at Edinburgh.
  5. SteelShoe

    Workington 2019

    Newcastle is a track that does require more learning than most. For me the entrance to the first turn is too tight which appears to result in many more spills than any other Championship track that I can think of. There is room to alter the shape but obviously this would erode home advantage. The most accomplished away riders who are also slick gaters do alright on it but I've always felt that the excitement struggles to get past a certain level. I've been on many occasion when poor throttle control has been given as the reason for the frequency of falls but this has rarely been entirely true in my experience . The inconsistency of track prep has played its part and has created problems even for the likes of Lambert and Cook.
  6. SteelShoe

    Workington 2019

    I'm pretty sure that Laura has more than enough integrity to ensure all monies paid by fans will be returned in full.
  7. SteelShoe

    Workington 2019

    Still find myself thinking someone is going to step in to rescue the situation and its all just been a bad dream.
  8. SteelShoe

    Workington 2019

    I believe this to be correct. Very mickey mouse for professional sport and yet another indication of how relatively poorly the sport is run in the uk compounded by the continuing inability to attract major sponsorship.
  9. SteelShoe

    Workington 2019

    Without the offer(s) of financial support it's fair to say Worky's position at the AGM would have been one of not coming to tapes in 2019. The fact that the support wasn't subsequently forthcoming ultimately resulted in the very untimely withdrawal and the putting of the licence on 'ice'.
  10. SteelShoe

    Workington 2019

    Got to feel for them all but Mason in particular has been hit really hard by the what has happened at Worky. Hopefully we can return to racing in 2020 on a stronger financial footing. I would like to think that there is a strategy being compiled that can help us achieve this, one that all us fans can contribute to in whatever way and to whatever level we can. Gonna miss my speedway fix at Derwent Park of that there is no doubt.
  11. SteelShoe

    Workington 2019

    As far as I know Worky were at the AGM.
  12. SteelShoe

    Workington 2019

    If you determine fitness for purpose as not losing money you may only end up with a couple of clubs. Last season it was widely recognised that nearly all clubs with the odd exception lost money, Championship and Premiership. Combined losses mooted to be around £900K.
  13. SteelShoe

    Workington 2019

    Deeply deeply saddened indeed by this announcement. Has enough been done to try and raise enough to mitigate against the expected losses that would be incurred next season? well there has certainly been no figures produced about the sums that may be needed and the possibility of an appeal to fans and the wider public such as what helped save the Monarchs. To the parties that pledged financial backing all I can say is where is your integrity, words are indeed cheap. Speedway is in deep trouble, currently it's a mickey mouse setup which is a huge shame because it is deserving of so much better. What other supposedly professional sport would have no prize money for winning the league/major trophies, with the clubs having to pay for their own medals. Then to add insult to injury fine the winning club £3000 for not completing its final fixture at the 3rd legitimate attempt thereby compounding the losses already incurred. The AGM instigated nothing that will reduce the costs of the sport to the riders or increase the entertainment/value for money to fans. I love speedway but it is in serious need of a blood transfusion if it is to stay alive. Up the Comets.
  14. SteelShoe

    pairs 2019

    Hope not will be a dark meeting. NSS for me personally.
  15. SteelShoe

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    James Shanes has bags of potential, very good signing in my opinion.
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