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  1. RobMcCaffery

    MSDL Destroyed by BSPA?

    I live in hope. Trouble is the next village is called despair....
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    Norden Stadium

    Hmmm, might be bit tricky to fit the pits in behind the Food Hall.
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    Norden Stadium

    If you prefer a car boot sale to Selfridges then fine. Not for a major speedway event. It would be like staging the British Grand Prix at Berrington Lough. There's 'funny' and there's 'funny'.
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    MSDL Destroyed by BSPA?

    I suspect the response may be. "Hey, you can't run your DL team any more but you can run mine for me"
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    Norden Stadium

    Let's face it, Groningen was more fun than Norden ;-)
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    Norden Stadium

    A great Dutch tradition. Simple food in the automatic dispensers, larger or more complex meals knock on the kitchen door ;-) Not being able to read much Dutch back then it was like playing edible Russian Roulette with the croquettes in the automatic dispensers. Then there was Tony's Tattoo Bar. Let's see if anyone admits to knowing that place.....
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    Norden Stadium

    Guilty as charged, but in my defence it was only a pit stop between bars. "ok, it's 2 am, we're closing but there's a great bar down the road open until 6" I did have to pick up a mic the following day.....
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    Swindon Robins 2020

    But it's in the same place!
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    Ipswich 2020

    I can see Sheffield signing Dag Lovaas and running a full season with rider-replacement at number 2 for him. Shares the load ;-)
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    MSDL Destroyed by BSPA?

    Sadly the DL clubs have to focus on the Championship and National League tracks. Effectively though they have only lost seven tracks, although seeing it written down it still looks harsh. I see the press release refers to tidying up the system. That's to fit in with the rest of speedway in Britain.....isn't it? Somehow I managed to keep a straight face while writing that. I wish the new competition well, and the development leagues too. Anything that adds to the value for money for supporters has to be welcomed. Consideration for volunteers and supporters? That would be a nice idea ;-)
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    Norden Stadium

    Ah, Groningen! A superb base for ice racing trips to Assen. I was lucky enough to cover Dutch ice hockey at the time and made many trips to Groningen. Oh those bars and a marinaded pork chop from an 'Automatiek' in the back streets at 2 am. Some Ice Racing qualifying events were held there for a while.
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    Norden Stadium

    Thank goodness for the mute button, eh? My goodness, I haven't even got a copy! That was a rather, ahem, 'unofficial' job, shot from the terraces. After the event the KM Video proprietor had the cheek to get us into the hospitality tent and chat to Barry Briggs while a very camera-shaped object was hidden in a holdall under a jacket....... I went 'straight' later, honest!
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    Norden Stadium

    Only one of us commentated on it ;-) The point about Muller's engine is probably very close to the mark. Either way, maybe it was the surroundings but the whole event just didn't feel 'right'.
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    Norden Stadium

    I didn't say nobody else could ride it . If having the track prepared to favour the home rider and to allow maximum track practice isn't an influence why do countries, especially the Poles but apart from Britain do it?
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    Norden Stadium

    Were you there? If the track had been set up for Muller then having the fastest times would prove, not disprove the point. There were plenty of people with this view on the terraces. Muller had been good at speedway bit not that good, either before or after. So, how was it that suddenly he was faster than the world's elite.....for one day?
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    MSDL Destroyed by BSPA?

    I take it Coventry's match at Leicester is still on? ;-) Re Milan, it doesn't matter what the balance is between landlord and tenant the argument was put forward that all ground sharing is undesirable. The fact thast it works in a major sporting league is surely relevant, whether Internazionale are landlords or joint tenants?
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    Tai Woffinden book at £8.99

    Medication IS available
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    MSDL Destroyed by BSPA?

    Inter Milan & AC Milan? I respect your involvement in and opinions of our sport but would suggest that this matter should e taken on a team by team basis rather than a blanket ban. At Rye House in 1999 we had to overcome a great deal of official hostility but it worked. Both Weymouth and a certain Mr.Godfrey's Scunthorpe both ran as nomadic teams. I know, I presented a meeting featuring both one at Iwade ;-) With some it works, with some it doesn't. In any case these junior league matches are only a step up from after-meeting practice. If a track like Swindon is happy to allow Reading to play a very minor [part in their meetings then why not? A little colour has been lost and some competitive second half action along with it.
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    MSDL Destroyed by BSPA?

    I can understand the need to ensure that these events are organised and run properly but the key point is that it is volunteer organised and there are limitations, as at higher levels of speedway, how much you can control and restrict volunteers. The point being missed is that these people are running the nomad teams out of love for their lost tracks. As a by-product they give opportunities for riders, and a bit of extra entertainment for the track's customers. Expecting them to instead run a junior team on behalf of, and in the name of the staging track needs a different motive. I know what it's like to lose my track, in my case 47 years ago so I know where these guys are coming from. Speedway has a dreadful record in quashing the enthusiasm of volunteers. Too often the attitude is "You did that? Well you can do much more - get on with it". It surely is possible for the sport to find room for this enthusiasm without applying the big stick?
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    Norden Stadium

    If he mentions speedway in his public appearances then I can't see a problem. Out of interest, how influential is Schroeck's father over there?
  21. His longevity was remarkable, and a tribute to his fitness. His winning of four World Titles has to earn respect but he lost a great deal of respect from me when he kept failing to ride in major events in Britain, coming up with the excuse of "Giving kids a chance". I suspect the real reason was a good deal less positive. To me he snubbed his British fans on more than one occasion, but then when did the fans count? His antics at Melbourne didn't impress either. It rather echoed the appalling mistake made by Bruce Penhall at White City. It's sad that there is no American representation in the SGP for the first time. A great flow of talent has come to an end....for now. I do hope that Nicol or Becker can meet the challenge to replace him in due time. Over the years the Americans have given us a lot of fun, even if some of it was rather worrying ;-) Not in Greg's case. I did work with a few and those smiles weren't all that real in several cases in the 80s. I never got to know Greg so can't comment on him. The illness to his wife will have changed all priorities. I wish him a good retirement with the woman he loves at his side. Speedway is important but not THAT important.
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    Norden Stadium

    I'll concede that one to you but while he could have been competitive if he'd focussed he took advantage of a situation where it was laid on a plate for him to win. He still needed the skill to complete the deal. I know Egon has a high profile in Germany through his singing and drag work but did he ever use his title win to boost German speedway? Regarding Norden, the fundamemtal point is that there was no hurry to stage another final there.If people enjoyed it then fine. Enjoyment's a good thing. I just remember the relief the following year to see a truly great speedway rider (and person), Erik Gundersen, win at the Ullevi Stadium. That felt 'real'.
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    Tai Woffinden book at £8.99

    The marketing is impressive. I disagree with you that he is both British and Australian in his mind. It's pretty clear in the book that Australia is number 1 to him and there is no number 2. Riding for GB is just a business deal like riding for Sparta Wroclaw. I would have liked to hear more of his speedway past but he really only seemed to want to justify himself and his actions.
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    Speedway On Tv And The Internet In 2020

    I don't understand. I record BT and Eurosport on a Virgin Media Tivo box and it will all be with Eurosport in the long term. We don't all open our financial veins to Sky you know ;-)
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    Rye House 2020

    Ben, it's already in the public domain that this season was being strongly considered. In fact, had things gone better last year we would have been running by the end of that season. You only have to look at Dave Longman's photos on Farcebook to see that a very major reconstruction of the stadium is underway. As for available promoters, well three attempts have been made so far in the form of the Dugard, Mead and Jolly attempts, so there's plenty of interest and I'm sure that there's plenty of others. It's also been put in the public domain that Rye House Group (a.k.a. The Dog People) are very keen on having speedway back and you don't need to have specialist knowledge to know that the Rockets will be returning eventually. The information is out there, providing it is accurate. What was not helping the situation are doom-mongers predicting the end of speedway, that the stadium will go and that the BSPA are putting up huge financial entry barriers. I responded to the OP to reassure them. What an awful thing to do and thoroughly deserving of pitstop84's abuse. What an idea, wanting to help people!!!! The Mead project wouldf have seen me returning to a very hands on role at Rye House, including presentation. I get enthusiastic, start working on ideas then I run up against the likes of pitstop84 and think "Why bother, let others take the rubbish". (edited ;-) )
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