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  1. TotallyHonestJohn

    Somerset 2020

    It didn't help Workington either and the Friday was only their alternative night to run... Regards THJ
  2. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle 2020

    Hi TG hope you are well.. Current Covid guidelines mean funeral ceremonies must have no more than 30 people attending, whether indoors or outdoors. This number does not include funeral staff but if anyone was popular or has a large family it proves very difficult for anyone to pay their last respects to the deceased... Sooner this vaccine gets rolled out the better and we get back to some sort of normal... even for something like sad occasions like these... Regards THJ
  3. TotallyHonestJohn

    Godfrey's 16

    Well the way riders are signing for Polish teams and with other riders who are falling by the way side it looks like the 16 names Rob Godfrey has come up with might just come in handy eh... Wonder if he can conjure up another 16 British names of say riders who have retired in the last 10 years and we can run a blended league of young kids and veterans... Names on a post card... Joe Screen. James Grieves. Stuart Robson. Adam Roynon. Lee Complin. Paul Clews. Andrew Tully. The Branney Boys. Jamie Courtney. Craig Watson. Gary Irving. Leigh Lanham. Dsvid Howe. Paul Cooper. Chris Schramm... There ya go 16... and there are many more... just to stir things up a bit like... Regards THJ
  4. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle 2020

    Aye a suppose ya right... at least we had pen's an paper to write with... that Walker lot used slates and nails... they needed a wheelbarrow to take thier homework to an from School... Regards THJ
  5. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle 2020

    Hahaha aye Longbenton Approved School... oops a mean high school... if you didn't hunt with the pack you got eaten alive... literally... Happy days as a misanthropic miscreant who progressed into the LBAB and become a football hooligan bouncing around on the Leases End Terraces... I was a total tool and probably not changed much over the years but I think I have definitely mellowed... probably grew up properly when my first child was born... I had a good run but I have been know to fall off the wagon occasionally... Regards THJ
  6. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle 2020

    Honestly I only do that to try and raise your intellectual esteem and educational standards you wooden headed Walker misanthopic miscreant... xxx Regards THJ And there he goes googling misanthropic miscreant... lol
  7. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle 2020

    To be honest I think this year would have been the last one of the three agreed by the previous promotion so RG has got them to extend it for this coming year and to be fair I think he would like a longer term rather than being on a year by year lease but with the whole world being upside down who knows what the future holds... Ya not wrong and you have to empathise with him after all the crepe he has had to put up with and having still not turned a wheel in anger he's hanging in there when most mere mortals would have been heading for the hills long ago... Keep fighting the good fight RG you'll get that 90th anniversary meeting on some day... or maybe a 95th eh... Regards THJ
  8. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle 2020

    Yep Newcastle will still be at Brough next year but if you know where there's 12 to 20 acres of land on the outskirts of Newcastle please contact the management... Regards THJ
  9. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle 2020

    I certainly rolled over my sponsorship package but I have no idea how many season ticket holders did the same. Not everyone is in the same boat and I can understand if anyone wanted to claim back their season ticket cash I wonder if Rob Grant knows which one of the ten mirrors he must have broke which is bringing all this bad luck What a palaver!!! Oh there's a thought for a replacement wonder what Victor is doing? Regards THJ
  10. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle 2020

    Think you could be correct there pp... The premiership need to sort out what they are going to do with the potential loss of riders (Not just Brits) to Poland... The impact come Jan 1 and Brexit... and what implications this will have on bringing riders in... work permits and the additional costs associated with this.. Continued Covid restrictions not just on travel but crowd sizes as I have heard clubs who use dog tracks will initially only be allowed to let 350 spectators in... so to make it pay the entry fee will need to be at least 20 quid... also how quick can they roll out a vaccine... So the build point level gets reduced to what 39 or 38 which is fair play but the club's have said they would try and commit to their original teams as selected from 2019 but have the riders reciprocated or are they going to go mercenary... Newcastle have lost one for sure to Poland and Birmingham also to HMP Service so they have an immediate requirement then who else isn't going to come back... So a points reduction means each team will lose a rider and a mini reshuffle will take place... Personally I think it will end up a right mess... hopefully not but I am not holding out much hope Regards THJ
  11. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle 2020

    That wouldn't be a reference to me old pal Matej Kus would It? You'll be telling me Stuart Robson is also being considered next... Ludde springs to mind but once Brexit kicks in he will need a work permit as will all Europeans come January 1st... The whole thing is a mess to me... and it's all going to bag-wash... Regards THJ
  12. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle 2020

    So we are already looking at two riders eh... what with Brexit... Covid... and Poland... added to us being a Sunday track... there can't be a very long list to choose from... I certainly don't envy the job the promotion have... Like I said earlier I was genuinely looking forward to seeing our original team of seven perform in the Championship... This won't be the last change I fear... to Newcastle... or for any of the other teams in our league for that matter... Regards THJ
  13. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle 2020

    Well another fly in the ointment Nick Skorja ain't coming next season unfortunately To be fair I was really looking forward to seeing him ride round Brough... The hunt is on for a replacement Somehow I don't think he will be the last change. . Regards THJ
  14. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle 2020

    That's the thing... it ain't hearsay... Regards THJ
  15. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle 2020

    Honestly I find your naivety in these matters quite charming however you seem to infer that I am factually inaccurate with what I am saying... well rest assured when it all comes out I will refer back to this to confirm what I am saying is in fact correct... boy will I refer back... I have been involved financially with Newspeed and Newcastle Speedway since 2008 and I have been with my/our mutual accountant since 2006 and the accountant (who used to sponsor heat 4 and sometimes heat 2 at Brough for many years) had done the club's accounts from 2003 so my knowledge on the liquidation of Newspeed is reasonably accurate... You question my figures... however it's a well known fact that I was genuinely interested in firstly supporting the club financially when Alan Hedley left and done some "due diligence" on the club... following meetings with the main protagonist who wanted me to blindly put thousands of pounds into the club without any checks, ballances or govenance... so I decided that was to much of a risk and backed off... especially when I found a black hole in the accounts and I could not get an answer (any answer) to my questions... so much so that after that meeting I was actually ostracized by Gru and his minions... they actually stopped speaking to me and I had to pay my club sponsorship through a third party who took a fee off them for collecting it... (nuts) Then when the place came on the market I considered buying the club... however I was told that... "this may not be the best thing to do"... in fact the actual words were "don't touch it with a barge pole" as things transpired that was excellent advice... Finally on the figures quoted and what one might expect as to a punishment... if it is deemed as willfull avoidance rather than incompetence... it can been seen by reading some of the cases on the link below what can be doled out... https://www.mynewsdesk.com/uk/hm-revenue-customs-hmrc/latest_news/tag/vat See some of the fines quoted for avoidance... and if you want to you can dodge paying VAT for years... it's only when you get caught the problems start... the company are responsible for paying VAT not the accountant... whether you are registered for VAT or not... unless instructed of course and that's normally for sole traders not companies... You seem to be one of these guys who needs a smoking gun before they believe the inevitable that they have actually been shot... so keep watching and when it goes "PoP" I will point it out to you... As for what I am saying there is already enough evidence to show that the gun is smoking... there has been no over or under declaration on the VAT it's just the fact that I don't believe it has been paid (for years) and you notify quarterly not six monthly it's 3 month in arrears and what about Christmas Party ticket sales Season Ticket sales Merchandise which are all procured during the off season and of course prior to the season starting Sponsorship which all should include VAT... Regards THJ
  16. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle 2020

    I'm pleased to see that you think they have used a reputable firm of accountants as I have used the same one man band company to do my accounts for the last 15 years and to be fair he isn't that bad so you have recognised that at least... and he was the first guy I spoke to when I was 1. Looking to invest in Newspeed and then 2. When I was considering buying Newspeed... and he gave a very honest assessment hence Rob Grant got burnt and I didn't If not paying the VAT man and leaving a new promoter with unpaid bills from the previous season after telling him that everything was paid up and there was nothing outstanding doesn't Sully or Besmirch the seller of the business then I don't know what does? I have a reasonable understanding of what has gone on and it's a disgrace... pure and simple... If my assumptions are correct and Newspeed was Liquidated for none payment of VAT then there is enough on there to indicate turnover and my calculations are from this and the knowledge I have from running a business... also it's usual for business of this size and with their turnover to be responsible for filling out their own VAT return... If I'm wrong I will apologise on here unreservedly... however I am pretty confident I am right... Regards THJ
  17. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle 2020

    Honestly If you understand your way around a set of accounts all the information is there in front of your eyes... https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/04865297 All the information is out there... all the substance you require... all you need to do is look... Do you doubt the figures I am suggesting... 8 year at 20k a year is your 160k which is only 5k a quarter... then look on the Tax and Vat web site about the fines... Your beloved former leader is in a whole world of poop I would suggest and he will have to come up with some good excuses to worm his way out of this... Or at least better than the lies I got in the Costa Coffee opposite the Civic Centre... Regards THJ
  18. TotallyHonestJohn

    Positive Championship update

    Oh.... a like this... then the Rob Godfrey list of 16 would come in dead handy then now wouldn't it... good idea Phil I'll second that... Regards THJ
  19. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle 2020

    Well its official... The winding up order on Newspeed 2003 has been posted in the London Gazette today 11/11/2020 https://m.thegazette.co.uk/notice/3673273 Now its a case of "watch this space" as "The VAT Man Cometh" and what will the demand be on potentially £160 grand of owed VAT and what will the penalties be... another £40 or £50 grand... Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas.... Good move and Good Luck to Rob Grant and the new promotion... dumping the millstone that was Newspeed 2003 was the best move ever made... The new company name has been revived and posted on companies house and here's hoping they go from strength to strength... https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/12324842 Get cracking with those vaccinations and get the world back on an even keel then hopefully we can get to see some Speedway again next year... The new brush will sweep clean... It will also be interesting to see who of the "winnets" turn up to support the new regime as there were a few who used to "hang on" for grim death to be included (and usually ignored) in the inner circle... full of their own importance... again Ho Ho Ho... however I am also unsure if they will be made welcome? I have not laughed this much in a long time... in fact I'm not sure these underpants will ever dry... So its "Excelsior" or onward and upward for the New and Improved Newcastle Diamonds Promotion... Get in... Regards THJ
  20. TotallyHonestJohn

    Leicester Lions 2020

    Its not the "Top" of the sport it purveys right through it Regards THJ
  21. TotallyHonestJohn

    Godfrey's 16

    To be fair to the guy (Rob Godfrey (RG)) he's not saying here are 16 riders you must use these guy's that's it; the way I read it is; here are 16 Brits who are without team places it would be nice if you could consider these guy's before bringing in some foreign rider. You would think he is telling teams to put 3 point riders in as heat leader's. Also have Glasgow not declared the same 7 already for next season as it was mooted that all clubs had agreed that they would try and start with the same teams as announced at the start of 2020 season so what's the problem. If Newcastle manage to get all 7 back they will be around 2 points under the team build level but that's their choice. If either of Nick Skorja or Ondrej Smetana cant make it next season I would like to see a British 7 point rider replace one of these 5 pointers and if there is someone available on the list fine; if not Ludvig Lindgren (foreign rider) fits the bill; its not mandatory to pick one of the 16... If neither make it then again a 9 point rider with a 3 pointer off the list of 16 would be fine by me... (we are about 2 points under the limit) Obviously there will be the odd rider who changes his plans; especially foreign riders I would suggest; (or the rider retires (prematurely) because they have a proper job now and are earning regular cash for a change) and the odd rider who is spending the next 3 to 4 years at Her Majesty's pleasure who wont be available (ever hopefully) and also I have heard that THJ (no the other one) may not be back at this level next year so teams will by default require new riders. However RG has a list of 16 brits who are available and should be given consideration first; but if that's not viable for the team re-building and if all that's available are riders with averages from 3 to 5 points then they wont be filling in for heat leaders (will they?); They should do this every season by the end of November and float riders names around the clubs nationally and if one brit rider gets picked up over a foreign import then great; furthermore it would make all the clubs aware as to who is available to fill in for injured riders as well... There has been many a daft scheme to push riders on to clubs to promote young British riders but this isn't one of them I think people are making a bit of a mountain out of a mole-hill on this... Regards THJ
  22. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle 2020

    Honestly I think this story has got legs but I doubt we will ever get the whole truth on the matter... but it says a lot about in who we should trust... could get interesting. Mr Newcastle Speedway my posterior... Regards THJ You know when you read that it reads to me like he still thinks he has an involvement in what is going on at the club... but rest assured after what he's done and the mess he has left behind he wont be seen around Brough again... ever... or the new venue for that matter... hopefully Rob Grant and his team can learn from this debacle and go from strength to strength... Just a little after thought....
  23. TotallyHonestJohn

    Newcastle 2020

    So I'm told this was in this week's Speedway Star? No comment eh... lol Regards THJ
  24. TotallyHonestJohn

    Positive Championship update

    Sure will... got the old BCG at school an never looked back... They should be made compulsory... this thing is a killer and anything that helps to fight it off and stops it spreading is okay by me... Had a business lunch on Osbourne Road in Jesmond about 3 weeks back and there were students on the other table planning a Covid party cos they reckoned once they had it that would be it... idiots... give me a jab any day of the week... Regards THJ
  25. TotallyHonestJohn

    Positive Championship update

    Just make sure you have had your Flu Jab and your Covid Vaccine and we will all be good to go... Yeah... Inoculations and celebrations... Regards THJ
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