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  1. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle Diamonds 2021

    My first full season was the last year that Ivan Mauger was at Newcastle however I was too young to remember much about it... probably only have a half dozen or so memories of that year... I really started to appreciate it in the early 70's when Ian Thomas and Brian Larner took control of the spot and brought the Owen Brothers in and put fantastic half time shows on... unfortunately I can't see those days coming back any time soon for various reasons... I bought 10 quids worth of tickets and the people I was with bough another 20 quids worth between them... a think that was more of a 90/10 draw rather than a 50/50 and did Barry Collins not win it... the Jammiest of Jam Eaters... Yes... However I was a naughty boy and jumped the gun... I have had my botty severely smacked and the truth will out but not just yet as big brother is watching... "I'm a good boy I am" As posted on the BSPL web site they are going to be making an official release on there with more information regard to the new set up for reserve riders then I suspect the Promotion will follow that up with their own press release using their usual Channels... Shouldn't be long now but as things stand I've not heard anymore craic as yet... But I'll be seeing you" Not quite right RJ72 but once all the teams have been released the facts should be quite evident however you are right and there's nothing sinister about the decision whatsoever... Regards THJ Oh and as much as I don't want to do it "Watch the skies" there could be a possible name change for as Donald Trump once said "you can't censor the righteous" and if he didnt say it it sounds like one of his... I'LL BE SEEING YOU...
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    Newcastle Diamonds 2021

    The Friends of Workington Speedway who were a group of like minded people who raised money for the club... they became the clubs biggest sponsor... sold the 50/50 tickets held functions raffles and other fund raising activities to support the team... Good people whose names I wont mention to save any embarrassment but they know who they are... if it wasn't for them then there would have been no H18tory and there contibution should not be overlooked... other promoters and clubs were envious of the support and good work they did... Regards THJ
  3. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle Diamonds 2021

    Beware.... Big brother is out there and watching... Although I have never been bothered about followers I'm thinking of joining Twitter and see if I can do a Donald... #fakenews #fakenews #fakenews I'LL BE SEEING YOU... (and you have to be in the know to get that one or a perv) Regards THJ
  4. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle Diamonds 2021

    Just an update their will be potentially another change at 7 and as soon as I find out I will let folk on here know... however my contacts haven't heard what the new change will be yet but it refers to the new process for picking British reserves... which is all top secret apparently.... however if I get a call off Micki Pedersen looking for sponsorship you know it won't be him cos he's a 15 year old Dane... Must be a Brit... Regards THJ
  5. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle Diamonds 2021

    Honestly All paid up here Biffa VAT, Tax, HMRC, BBC. ITV, Football Pools and Lottery Syndicates owe no one nothing.... Cheapest year ever last year as my corporate monies that paid for season tickets for 2020 was kindly rolled over to this year 2021 by the new Rob Grant Newcastle promotion.... and with no rider sponsorship I was quids in.... Oh except one little Bolo who got a Christmas treat last Christmas of a 56 sprocket wheel which I don't think he has used yet (have you) Through personal sponsorship and company sponsorship I have now weighed over since 2008/9 in excess of £120k (So not quite 10k a year) however I have not had one enquiry from a prospecrive client in all those years of Speedway sponsorship... it's been a bit of a fools errand really and they do say an idiot and his cash are easily separated however I would be lying if I said I hadn't enjoyed it... especially being at Workington in their H18tory making season involved with some pretty fantastic people across the whole spectrum from management other supporters and sponsors the Worky fans the FOWS and of course the riders... There have also been good times at Newcastle and I know I'm not the only sponsor whose never had an enquiry from sponsoring the team but I think we all do it for the love of the sport rather than out of any benefits that may come out of any association with the team... ask Alan Hedley who pumped a lot of his company and personal cash into the club for very little return or respect for all his efforts in running the club or Laura Morgan as another who was pationate about the sport only to find out the tough realities and what it means to run a speedway club... Rob Grant and his team need all the help and support people can muster to make his tenure a success however I don't think the governing body are fully supporting and aiding him in his endeavours which means he will need as many fans through the doors as he can get... My interest is sadly on the wane but when some one is having a pee down your leg and trying to tell you it's raining what are you supposed to do? Regards THJ
  6. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle Diamonds 2021

    Honestly I am talking to the guys I will be sponsoring this year and to be fair all they want to do is get back on the track and race and it will have been a long 18 months since we last seen any racing but to be fair my business has been hard hit and (loose) money is becoming much tighter and the way things are panning out not only am I considerinfg pulling up the drawbridge on what I put in now but I am actually considering doing what many others have done and bailing out of the sport all together.... I have enjoyed my speedway since the late 60's but the way things are panning out I'm not enjoying it anymore... even coming on here and taking the Mickey is losing it's appeal... we aren't Poland never have been and never will be and I think it could be time to become an armchair fan and don me slippers and dressing gown sit in the warm and reminiss about the good old days which will save me a fortune... Regards THJ
  7. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle Diamonds 2021

    EDITED FOR ACCURACY NOW I HAVE COOLED DOWN AND SLEPT ON IT... As I understand it from some of the guys I have spoken to with regards to Sponsorship for this year... there has been a change it the original proposed team... 1. Claus Vissing 2. Adam Roynon 3. Matty Wethers 4. Max Clegg 5. Ben Barker 6. James Wright 7. Oops Top Secret new reserve... To be officially confirmed by others... Hopefully for a May start Covid vaccine roll out and Government restictions permitting... Regards THJ
  8. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle Diamonds 2021

    Think ya right Norm unless something radical comes out of this meeting today... Regards THJ
  9. TotallyHonestJohn

    Temporary Plan for 2021?

    No he was one of the first ones I scrubbed...
  10. TotallyHonestJohn

    Temporary Plan for 2021?

    So with potentially 26 off that list it means we are starting to get down to the magical 96 figure for the two leagues and all you need are a few injuries and that will potentially wipe out a team as there will be no viable replacements, so back to R/R and Guests and we all know how everyone loves them... Think Plymouth might be disappointed... (hope not but it isn't looking good) However that still doesn't improve the position for 2022 either unless its North and South Leagues with doubling across the leagues or one big league but for one big league you are back in the same predicament that there just isn't the riders available to run one big league with 7 man teams 126 riders for 18 teams 108 for sixes and 90 for five man teams... the other problem is "our usual go to rider pool i.e. foreign riders... are not the easy option they used to be following Brexit" Taxi for anyone... could be time to go... Regards THJ
  11. TotallyHonestJohn

    Temporary Plan for 2021?

    Well I looked at your starting list and have pulled the following off the net and I have removed the ones I know for sure who aren't riding in the UK this year and there will be a few more who wont be riding on the here that others know for sure who will not be available and maybe one or two more who will be but I think we will struggle... The pot is still half full but I think someone might have had a Pee in it when no one was looking... All were used in the last full season (2019) 1 Aaron Summers 26 Danyon Hume 51 Joe Thompson 76 Matt Marson 101 Sam Jensen 2 Adam Ellis 27 David Bellego 52 Joel Andersson 77 Matthew Wethers 102 Sam Masters 3 Alex Spooner 28 David Wallinger 53 Jordan Jenkins 78 Max Clegg 103 Scott Campos 4 Alfie Bowtell 29 Dawid Lampart 54 Jordan Palin 79 Michael Palm Toft 104 Scott Nicholls 5 Anders Rowe 30 Dimitri Berge 55 Jordan Stewart 80 Mikkel B Andersen 105 Simon Lambert 6 Ashley Morris 31 Drew Kemp 56 Josh Auty 81 Nathan Greaves 106 Stefan Nielsen 7 Ben Barker 32 Edward Kennett 57 Josh Bailey 82 Nathan Stoneman 107 Steve Worrall 8 Ben Morley 33 Ellis Perks 58 Josh Bates 83 Nick Agertoft 108 Tero Aarnio 9 Bradley Wilson-Dean 34 Erik Riss 59 Josh Grajczonek 84 Nick Morris 109 Thomas Jorgensen 10 Brady Kurtz 35 Fernando Garcia 60 Josh MacDonald 85 Nicklas Porsing 110 Tobias Thomsen 11 Broc Nicol 36 Georgie Wood 61 Josh Pickering 86 Nicolai Klindt 111 Tobiasz Musielak 12 Cameron Heeps 37 Hans Andersen 62 Justin Sedgmen 87 Niels-Kristian Iversen 112 Todd Kurtz 13 Charles Wright 38 Henry Atkins 63 Jye Etheridge 88 Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen 113 Tom Bacon 14 Chris Harris 39 Jack Holder 64 Kasper Andersen 89 Paco Castagna 114 Tom Brennan 15 Claus Vissing 40 Jack Smith 65 Kristian Pieszczek 90 Paul Starke 115 Tom Perry 16 Connor Bailey 41 Jack Thomas 66 Kye Thomson 91 Rasmus Jensen 116 Tom Woolley 17 Connor Coles 42 Jacob Bukhave 67 Kyle Bickley 92 Richard Andrew 117 Troy Batchelor 18 Connor Mountain 43 Jacob Thorssell 68 Kyle Howarth 93 Richard Lawson 118 Ty Proctor 19 Craig Cook 44 Jake Allen 69 Kyle Newman 94 Richard Lawson 119 Ulrich Ostergaard 20 Dan Bewley 45 James Sarjeant 70 Leon Flint 95 Richie Worrall 120 Valentin Grobauer 21 Dan Gilkes 46 James Shanes 71 Lewis Kerr 96 Ricky Wells 121 Victor Palovaara 22 Dan Thompson 47 James Wright 72 Luke Becker 97 Rob Ledwith 122 William Lawson 23 Daniel Gappmaier 48 Jason Edwards 73 Luke Chessell 98 Rory Schlein 123 Zach Wajtknecht 24 Danny King 49 Jed List 74 Luke Harris 99 Ryan Douglas 124 Zaine Kennedy 25 Danny Phillips 50 Joe Lawlor 75 Luke Ruddick 100 Ryan Kinsley 125 So let the scratching begin and lets see what we are left with as like I have said there will be loads of these on here who will not be back any time soon... and the bottom line is we require at least 96(ish) riders as a minimum... Regards THJ
  12. TotallyHonestJohn

    Temporary Plan for 2021?

    Honestly I think there could be as many as 5 double up/down riders per team between the leagues with possibly a couple of foreigners who don't/wont (if they can be attracted at all); (or maybe one or two like Dan Bewley who may have a Polish team but will possibly still ride in the Premiership only) the only way they can differentiate between the leagues is let the 6 in the top league build their teams to 48.5 points (or more if they can find the riders) and allow the championship to build to 38.5 points as its the only way I can see to put some distance between the leagues. The National League can build to 28.5 points. With 6 top league teams and 12 teams (if Plymouth come up) in the championship leaving Mildenhall and the IOW as stand alone teams in the National League with others clubs 2nd or junior 7's it isn't boding well; as posted on another thread you need 126 riders to fill the slots in the top two leagues so that's 42 for the Premiership and 84 for the Championship and if 30 of those riding in the top league double up/down that still leaves 54 riders required for the Championship and the question is do we have that number of riders available? Its not looking good is it? Regards THJ
  13. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle Diamonds 2021

    So if the rumours are true about Somerset will Plymouth be allowed to come up... as it is rumoured that they would be interested if the opportunity arose! Regards THJ
  14. TotallyHonestJohn

    2021 Season

    So any gnashing of teeth or chewing of nails yet... Big countdown to the Zoom BSPL AGM come this Thursday... Any predictions? Any more teams dropping out? Team Changes? Team Build Points to stay the same or be lowered? Covid vaccine roll out impacts and will it just delay the start of the season or will it mean no Speedway in 2021 either? Will averages be done away with all together in favour of something else? What will the League structure and competitions structures look like? What competitions will be run; Leagues; Cups; 4TTT; Pairs; Individuals? if any? Will we have another restricted GP with around 6 or 8 venues centred on Poland? With Swindon now not running that frees up 7 riders but will there be enough riders to go round and what restrictions will travel have on riders and team selections and not just Europe wide but travel in the UK as well with Nicola Sturgeon restricting unnecessary cross border travel between England and Scotland... Currently six teams in the top league and 12 in the championship... will anyone fancy going up for a season but if you consider that's 126 riders are required for 18 teams and if 5 per team in the top league at the minute double up/down that covers 30 of them so 66 riders are required to fill out the rest of the teams and will they allow Plymouth to come into the Championship which will mean another 7 riders required? Then the dreaded work permit situation for riders who are potentially now deemed to be foreigners... and not least Poland and what they are up to... Wow... Think I have asked this question before but who would be a promoter... Regards THJ
  15. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle Diamonds 2021

    Or Abner Brek got an older brother called Ready... Apparently he's an American Regards THJ
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