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  1. Just got back from the National League meeting at Belle Vue. 1 p.m. start. Hottest day of the year in Manchester by a mile, but the water browser was out about every three heats (for just a few laps) and the meeting was completed in one hour fifty minutes. No dust at all! It can be done.
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    Speedway Star in the winter

    Hi, Philip, Regarding circulation figures. I am sure that many sales were made back in the day at Belle Vue/KIrkmanshulme Lane via the track shop situated in the space where every fan entered the stadium. This shop was operated by an independent as I recall but nowadays the small shop in the main stand of the NSS is staffed by the club. I watch from the South stand at the NSS so can't say whether the small track shop in the main stand stocks the Star, but if not then perhaps you could address that issue. There is certainly no Star on offer at the South stand, (but then those of us who watch from there are second class citizens to that extent!) Sore point but off topic. I also recall that during my (too many) years following the sport that most tracks I visited always had the Star on sale somewhere, usually from a 'seller' near to the turnstiles. Perhaps this is still the case (if not at B.Vue) but if not it could be addressed as an obvious way to reach those fans who would buy the Star, given the chance, even if only occasionally. Apologies if this post is a case of a fan teaching an expert how to suck eggs, but we cannot let the Star disappear without trying every avenue.
  3. As someone who was there I think it does seem an odd choice from a meeting that DID produce some really good racing at times. Perhaps it was chosen because it featured the two young kids at NSS this season getting at 5-1?
  4. If you want a grandstand seat you will have to pay at the box office at the front of the stadium. For the South stand (standing terrace only) you can pay cash at the turnstiles at that side of the stadium. (There is a car park there as well)
  5. Going back to the attendance at the BEN meeting. The photo posted on twitter/Facebook showed a long queue that I would estimate at about 100 yards. And all these people being served by what I can only describe as a 'hole in the wall' box office. Is this really the only way to get into the stadium or are there other ways?
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    Premiership Supporters Cup

    Bollocks! Sorry but there is enough negativity around our sport today without this sort of nonsense. I park in the Pink Bank Lane car park every week (the car park nearest the South Stand) and believe me this claim of a grass banking is absolutely wrong!!! The other issue about the South Stand fans not being able to access the facilities in the grandstand are correct. But any suggestions as to how this could be addressed would be welcome as I cannot see how it can be solved. Truth is if you want a seat and the facilities that go with it ,then you pay for a grandstand seat. It's a matter of choice. And I speak as a South Stand supporter.
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    Speedway Star in the winter

    Just joining in to echo those sentiments. Between me and members of my immediate family we have three subscriptions to the Star. Anybody beat that?
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    BELLE VUE 2019 CAR PARKING

    Last time I bought a £90 pass was in 2016. Used the Pink Bank Lane car park. Saw no priority being given to pass holders then. Since then just turned up but tend to arrive early so not had any problems. On the other hand when it has been a 'big' match I saw no sign of any priority being given to pass holders. In fact on the odd occasion we arrived a bit later were told to use disabled places. Always assumed that we had just been lucky in getting there with plenty of time. Maybe worth asking the club if you get any benefit for your 90 quid. (If you do then my apologies for appearing negative). Incidentally no criticism of the car park staff intended. Always found them a pleasant bunch.
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    Leicester 2019

    http://speedwayplus.com/ then go to 'programme generator'
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    Poland Div 1 & 2

    Fixtures will be announced on Thursday. https://sportowefakty.wp.pl/zuzel/799586/podjeto-decyzje-ws-nice-1-lz-w-czwartek-poznamy-terminarz
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    Belle Vue 2019

    You just don't get it do you? Andy rode for Aces from 1982-1900, 1998-2001 and 2005. Andy and his missus gave birth to Jack. (And those of us who stood on the home straight at Kirky Lane will remember a scruffy young kid running up and down supporting his Dad). That was Jack. Move on a few years and look at a table in the main stand at the NSS on nights when Jack was riding for the Colts. His mother and many other family members always there to support Jack. And in the pits his father Andy acting as mechanic/manager. Like I said.............you just don't get it do you?
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    Belle Vue 2019

    Err...........Andy?.......British Champion 1993/94/95. Aces in 1982-1990, 1998-2001. Jack is his son for God's sake!!
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    Belle Vue 2019

    Should make for an interesting 'supporters evening' at the NSS next Thursday................... https://bellevue-speedway.com/
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    Team body colours.

    Slightly off topic but I recall that when the current management took over at Belle Vue they had to come up with a new logo as the previous one had been copyright to the then management. Cost a few bob too as even the large sign affixed to the front of the NSS had to be replaced.
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    2nd leg play off final

    Eric can be seen every week in the Craven Suite at Belle Vue meetings. He also sponsors a heat in the programme via his business in Padiham.
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