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About Tigerblade

  • Birthday 03/14/1967

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  1. Tigerblade

    Having a laugh

    It's a combination of circumstances as to why Sheffield finished so early this season. 1. Reduced number of fixtures anyway with teams only meeting each other the once instead of twice - which was introduced as a way to alleviate fixtures congestion at the end of the season (as you can see, that has been a roaring success ) 2. Failure to progress from preliminary rounds of Championship Shield/KOC. 3. One rain off, due to the mainly excellent summer. People can talk about Challenge matches/Individual meetings from the old days, but unfortunately nowadays they don't have the appeal, nor do half the riders want to ride in them.
  2. Tigerblade

    Simmo how is he remembered?

    Simmo was England captain when I began going to speedway, and was truly one of the biggest World Class stars of that era as far as I am concerned. Also like others have said, he carried Poole for many years. You knew that your own heat leaders had taken a scalp if they beat him. On the other hand, he seemed to drop out of a lot of individual meetings/Testimonials at the last minute. He actually chastised me on this very website some years ago about the latter, claiming every one he was booked in, he rode in - I wasn't that desperate to prove myself right that I was going to dig old programmes out etc. but over a period of about 3 years I went to Wilkie's Benefit, PC/Mort/Wyer/Wilson/Cartwright Testimonials, and there was an air of "oh, he hasn't turned up again" in at least a couple of them. Obviously his attitude in later years made up plenty of people's minds about him, but until the end of his Poole days at least, he seemed generally faultless in the main for club and country.
  3. Tigerblade

    Celebrity fans

    In the 70s most of the bike sports folk went to watch each other - Barry Sheene was often pictured at meetings, and another road racer Mick Grant who was around at the same time, was at Sheffield more than once. As for more up to date, the football referee Uriah Rennie was a regular at Owlerton a few years ago.
  4. Can echo what Bagpuss said about Craig Cook with self belief/confidence, it definitely appears to be his biggest issue. I know what people have said about GP/Premier Riders, but had we taken all of those out we would have been left with a line up of second strings and reserves, and this is supposed to be the Championship's plum individual event with the cream of the League in! I also don't remember much dissention about Carl Stonehewer racing in the PLRCs when he rode in the GPs either! The only issue I would have with Cook's eligibility is that he has hardly ridden any Glasgow meetings, where there used to be a cut off point for qualification for this meeting. But the fact this hasn't applied, well this season at least, is not Cookie's fault. It was an excellent meeting I thought, how close it was shows by the fact that the top 3 after 20 heats were all on 11! Ty Proctor may well have been top qualifier had it not been for his crash, I don't think I've ever seen him race Sheffield as well as yesterday (auditioning for 2019 maybe? ) Both Kyle and Charles started like steam trains but then faded a little, but like Kyle said, "third is better than bottom".
  5. Tigerblade

    Sheffield 2019

    I was thinking this earlier - throw in James Shanes too, and you'd think none of them really deserve to be dropped. But someone's going to have to miss out.
  6. Tigerblade

    Sheffield 2019

    As I said on the Monarchs thread, I would love to see Kasper fitted in at second string/reserve. But then again Todd hasn't done anything really wrong this season either.
  7. Tigerblade

    Sheffield v Edinburgh 23/08/18

    After the last few weeks, getting a 5 - 1 in the last heat to get a draw, is definitely a point gained, rather than two lost! I agree with Charlieboy, I also thought that Broc would be better at reserve, don't know if it's equipment or confidence. I definitely would like to see Kasper back, he would be a steal at second string on the basis of what I've seen in these last two home meetings.
  8. Tigerblade

    Sheffield 2019

    Although it shows as TBA on the fixtures on the official website, we've raced the match at Peterborough.
  9. Owlerton has dog racing on Saturday nights, it's always been scheduled for Sunday 2nd.
  10. Tigerblade

    Sheffield 2019

    I could live with that - usually (as in not the last 4 Thursdays!) we would have enough firepower with the rest to get away with it. Mind you, the last rider we had like that (Ricky Wells) wasn't hugely popular with Tigers fans. As I said on Facebook, the signing may or may not be someone that makes us go "ooh", but the good thing is that there is going to be a 2019. I don't know if it's because it's coming up to 30 years since 1989, and it's been a terrible end to the season, I was beginning to get a bit nervous.
  11. Tigerblade

    Sheffield 2018

    And that's what it is - a run, not a season. Some people who have been going long enough to really know better have been saying "worst ever" and stuff like that. I don't know if it's frustration or what, but some people come across as being utterly delighted when a rider doesn't do anything. I'm not making it up either - I've heard them. Re being paid, I do wonder though about some riders, Neil Machin was well known for not paying that well (I've no idea about what the Bates' do), but riders were always paid every penny on the dot. But some riders do seem to prefer to take the risk of getting hardly anything, rather than a guaranteed lower amount, judging by what you hear about some of them being owed money.
  12. To use a cricket parlance, the Diamonds "declared" after Heat 12 as well it seemed, you might have got 60 otherwise!
  13. Probably 1994 - we lost all our first 12 meetings, surely there must have been 4 home meetings on the trot somewhere in there.
  14. Tigerblade

    Rider Rivalries

    Thank you for that, Salty, said book has been duly downloaded! I never saw Garry Middleton, he sounds like someone you would either love or despise - somewhat unfortunate that the fella he pointed a gun at was called Trigg.....
  15. This. All of a sudden we are getting people saying "I've been going since 1960 and this is the worst ever" - some people have clearly forgotten about 1994 and 1980 in that case.

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