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About Tigerblade

  • Birthday 03/14/1967

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  1. Tigerblade

    Sheffield 2019

    It's Danny King and Ty Proctor, as per official Facebook page.
  2. Tigerblade

    Sheffield 2019

    Agreed, after the season we've just had, which was partly due to not replacing him earlier than they did, I don't think either the Club or him could take the risk.
  3. Tigerblade

    Sheffield 2019

    Zaine at second string would be somewhat of a risk IMO, he hasn't even been proved at reserve yet. **EDIT - realise that is the average he has to come in on, hopefully the other reserve will be as much of a steal as Drew!
  4. Tigerblade

    pairs 2019

    To be fair, the 2017 Pairs in October was a re-arrangement from the night before Cardiff being rained off at Somerset.
  5. Tigerblade

    Sheffield 2019

    Pretty much my reaction as well, I went to Cov v Cradley at Leicester in the summer, to meet up with my Mildenhall supporting friend who knows the Kemps, and came back being seriously impressed with him. That has really sparked my enthusiasm for next season.
  6. Tigerblade

    Sheffield 2019

    Where was that? Even if it hadn't been, I don't think the promotion can afford the risk on him after last season. As for Drew Kemp, I didn't think we had a hope in hell of getting him.... Extremely happy to be proved wrong!!!
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    AGM November 2018

    Whilst it saddens me as much as the next fan, London has hardly had any action in almost the last 30 years, and none since 2005 (I don't really class Rye or Lakeside as central London) But the reasons for this are not all down to the current BSPA.
  8. Tigerblade

    Sheffield 2019

    It surely can't be much more difficult than Thursdays have been the last couple of years, with the dog racing on Thursday afternoon meaning the track staff weren't able to get on until 6.30pm. Maybe Sundays was the best option available - as well as the fixed race night, Sheffield also have to deal with availability (or not) of Owlerton, which seems to have been getting more difficult as years go by. Re the stock cars, Tigers wouldn't be racing every week anyway with only meeting other teams once, and possibly having to race away some Sundays. Another possibility is that more away fans may be able to travel on Sundays. As it happens, Sunday is better for me, although I am lucky in that I have a job where I don't work evenings or Sunday. Unfortunately it's make or break for the sport as a whole, and promoters need to look at trying to get new younger fans in. I'm not entirely convinced they're out there waiting to be converted, but we'll see. I can also understand the reluctance to go Premiership immediately after this season just gone.
  9. Tigerblade

    RIP Bernie Leigh

    In a way it is poignant for me too, as the first time I saw Sheffield race league opposition (first two home meetings were a pairs and then an individual), it was against Reading, and Bernie was in that side.
  10. Tigerblade

    Bert Harkins' Book

    I can only echo what Steve and Tim say, I read it a couple of weeks ago, and it was excellent. As I only started going in 1977, I had no real idea of Bert's career save for Edinburgh and Milton Keynes, although of course he was one of the characters who immediately stood out. So all the abroad stuff was new to me, and fascinating, because he did it when many people of his generation would not have done. So I can understand why he recalls these events so well.
  11. Tigerblade

    Celebrity fans

    I believe the story to be that he promised the 1973 top scorer (who turned out to be Bob Valentine) a new engine, but allegedly it ended up as the track spare, and Rod Haynes beat Ole Olsen in a second half in 1974 on it. Although someone who was there at the time will know better than me.
  12. Tigerblade

    Having a laugh

    They did stage an individual meeting for younger/NL standard riders, with slightly reduced admission, and it was an excellent meeting. However it didn't attract that many people.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

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