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  1. TotallyHonestJohn

    Sheffield 2020

    Honestly What a fantastic opportunity for Sheffield and their fans. Good luck as you head off to pastures anew. Enjoy the experience and here is wishing you all the success for the future. I will miss my visits to Owlerton but as it's only a couple of hours down the road I may be tempted down just to see the big boys ride. All the best THJ
  2. TotallyHonestJohn

    Poole Pirates 2020

    Aye first two riders in the bag and it looks like Poole mean this... So it would appear that this dropping down a league is coming off otherwise why sign riders... if it doesn't happen it will be a bigger bluff that the one Boris is trying to pull with Brexit... Regards THJ
  3. TotallyHonestJohn

    Birmingham Brummies 2020

    Thing is I am aware of one team already signed up and if it is not 41 points that's them stuffed before a wheel is turned (or the AGM has even sat to set a build level), unless the -5% rule is extended to all British riders or they apply the 1 rider on an 8 point average per team rule? riders will be thin on the ground IMHO to spread around the teams (fairly) if building to a figure of 40 or above; especially with the increase in the teams that are expected to be in the Premiership; it will be interesting to see what happens but I expect there will be a lot of unhappy Speedway fans post AGM. To give other teams a chance the build level should be less than 38 points however because that was done last year there are some riders on slightly inflated averages, its a difficult call and it will be interesting to see what the BSPA do... He is a personal friend who I have sponsored for years now and being Totally Honest the name gives the game away; he ain't coming Regards THJ PS. Just about every rider at every club says at the end of the season that they would like to be; or will be; back; if wanted; as it keeps doors and options open for them; however if you don't get how Speedway works now; you never will; so join the club with the rest of us... pull up a chair; sit back and relax and watch the circus unfold from now until Christmas.... its the start of silly season... and all part of the fun... (or not whatever your take is on it)
  4. TotallyHonestJohn

    Birmingham Brummies 2020

    Tero wont be back and I very much doubt the points limit will be 42.5 if one; or as suggested two more teams come into the league, as there wont be enough riders to go round for the rest of the sides, the build level will be 40 or possibly 41 depending on what happens with the British Riders reduction which again has been suggested that this will be -5% for riders who have raced in the National League within the previous 3 years. Much speculation at present but all should be a lot clearer by the second week of November post AGM Regards THJ
  5. Honestly Berwick are not... REPEAT not... going Premier next year; and we can only hope that Glasgow do... LOL Regards THJ
  6. Funny... I Honestly believed Lewi made you stronger with the track time he has at Brough, a track where he cut his teeth; Ellis has half a dozen or so meetings at Newcastle max; Lewi has multiple meetings under his belt and watch him go next year, he will be a rider in demand, Eastie have pulled off a good move signing him up early IMHO, I would be very surprised if Ellis gets anywhere near a maximum if used for the second leg; time will tell. (especially if its wet) It's a pity Kerr didn't fit for Tommy as I would have had him in like a shot as a guest if the shoe was on the other foot. As for Newcastle being the underdog; you bet; as I personally can not see them pulling back 12 points; I think Newcastle will win by 6; 8 or possibly even 10 but getting more than 12... well even without Redcar using any Guests it is a big ask; I do hope I am wrong but that's my honest assessment after watching Newcastle all season that this 12 point deficit to me is just a bit beyond their reach; the proverbial "Bridge to Far" but we will see. (again I hope I am proved Totally Wrong) May I add; unlike the Leicester Glasgow play off final where I don't think 12 will be enough for Leicester and Glasgow will win by about 16; but this is what it is all about isn't it? "opinions" and these "opinions" rightly or wrongly will be ultimately put to the test once the bloody weather relents and we conclude these meetings; however and again I will concede that IMHO both ties are interestingly well poised... Finally and back on topic with Wright; Riss and whoever the third heat leader is Ellis, Kerr or a half fit MPT; I think Redcar will have enough in reserve to keep the Jawdee's (aren't Smoggies funny) at bay and pull off the aggregate win IMHO (however here's hoping for a wet track and Brough lives up to its rough reputation; not this smooth; flat; dust pan we have seen most weeks previous as we need all the help we can get) Regards THJ
  7. TotallyHonestJohn

    Scunthorpe Scorpions 2020

    Jake Allen officially signed up and announced Regards THJ
  8. TotallyHonestJohn

    Edinburgh 2020

    Can't see it my self... there's a good guy trying to make inroads into the council to see what support they might give and he has all the gear from DP including the shale to set out a new track but the last I heard was the land is proving difficult to obtain... but he is on the case and hopefully the council will back him... Would be nice if he does and I have offered support but we will just have to see where he gets with it... fingers crossed... but the longer it drags on the less optimistic I am unfortunately Regards THJ
  9. Honestly That is an inspired guest... Lewi is flying and certainly knows his way around Brough... Definite improvement on Adam Ellis... makes them even stronger... Redcar really going for this... Regards THJ
  10. Honestly He says owt... Apps... ask their lass he's got a string of seaweed hanging at the back door.... there all the same that Whitley Bay lot.... bladder wort.... the seaside's bubble wrap that doubles up as a weather predictor... And Apps!!! Apps... lol... ave seen his phone... it's like a council clemmy with buttons... Tres 21st century there like Dave... Apps... PMSL... Regards THJ
  11. Honestly My fault totally I lost myself there DOH!!! I miss read or miss interpreted your response to bigred I thought like most Redcar fans you were talking hydraulics but obviously you weren't so sincere apologies (should never prejudge) I thought you got your Premiership and Championship mixed up and were trying to say that they would be missing because the Premiership had priority when clearly you were correct now I have read the thing again and made a total tool of myself (not for the first time) Sorry.... Never mind I will go away now... Note to self "don't try and do two things at the same time, concentrate on the job at hand, read slower and understand the response to the response before you respond.... Argggghhhhhh! Sorry I'm having a bad day... Regards THJ
  12. We (both teams) are in the Championship? DOH!!! Regards THJ
  13. TotallyHonestJohn

    Poole 2020

    Honestly Told you there was an angle; I worked on that for four years with Darryl Illingworth at Newcastle for the BSPA putting forward proposals and it was thrown out; although Matt was one of the promoters who supported the ideas we were promoting to be fair there would have to be a big shift for that to happen Been there done that and definitely got the tea shirt... Regards THJ
  14. TotallyHonestJohn

    Poole 2020

    Honestly Thing is if it ends up with everyone coming down i,e, one league; I will guarantee that any money available will not only be spent on providing a competitive team but there will be the additional travelling cost (to all points north of Belle Vue) so any perceived savings will be lost. Its a precarious juggling act financially I would say because crowd levels will drop off if the team are not competitive whatever league they choose to go into. Regards THJ
  15. TotallyHonestJohn

    Poole 2020

    Honestly Is this pre AGM manoeuvring? is Matt angling for one league or something else, "a switch back to Wednesday racing for a more varied fixture list and a more palatable option to drop to the Championship" really? Obviously a 7/8 team top league does not seem to suit and going on the tramp to Newcastle Berwick Edinburgh and Glasgow in the cold wet north (yes and that's in Summer as well) would appear to be a more palatable and viable option. However knowing the machinations that go on between the top clubs and especially the promotions is this setting the scene for something bigger that is going on in the background and all this is to allow Matt a fall back position if things don't turn out as expected (or wanted) I honestly don't know however there is something just not sitting right with this for me IMHO; If a club like Poole are considering dropping down a league due to cost there isn't much hope for the rest of the sport (again IMO) Be interesting to see what comes out of the AGM as I am hearing certain promotions are hardening their positions on the big changes they deem are needed and require implementing to take the sport forward and Buster may have a mini rebellion on his hands... Regards THJ

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