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  1. dantodan

    Stamford Bridge

    I often get questions from visitors to my www.defunctspeedway.co.uk website like thye following: - Would you know the names of any speedway drivers killed at Stamford Bridge? My grandmother never revealed the name of my mother's father. When pressed all she would say is that he was a speedway rider who had killed in a crash at Stamford Bridge. I have no way of knowing if the story was try, but given the limited period racing took place there, it is a possibility. So can you help?
  2. dantodan

    Newcastle 2018

    So our first home meeting will now be the British Under-21 Semi-Final on the 8th April 2018. Will our season tickets cover this event or are we to shell out extra for it
  3. dantodan

    Newcastle 2018

    I think our 6 named riders will all pop up and score points and the team will surprise a few people who are writing us off, but when results are in may get a surprise. We need a quality rider to lead us.. god knows who he will be
  4. dantodan

    Newcastle 2018

    I have received a few items for my Defunct Website which thankfully I am not having to add Newcastle to. The items relate to a long defunct southern track, namely Ringwood Turfs. There is a Ringwood team photo with a rider called Tommy Worrall. Does anyone know if he was a relation of Stevie and Richie?
  5. dantodan

    Newcastle 2018

    There are a few of our riders from 2017 who may be in the equation for 2018 Stuart Robson Ashley Morris Alfie Bowtell Ben Hopwood Danny Phillips. If Robbo, Ash and Alfie are keen to ride for us, I would get them to sign. To Ben and Danny I would thank them but bring in higher averaged riders hopefully the maths would dictate Ash starting as a reserve which would strengthen the team
  6. A very touchy subject but here goes. The trend in recent years has been for noticeably less supporters in the stadium every year so it comes as no great surprise that a Newcastle Promoter is putting doubt in our minds about the team continuing in 2018. The promoter says: “If people want to see Speedway at Newcastle in 2018, please come and show your support for Monday nights starting on October 9 (7.30) when we race the 2nd leg of the Knockout Cup Quarter final against Glasgow.” I totally agree and it shouldn't matter whether a match is on Sunday or Monday now should it? Some supporters may be working on Monday nights and others may not feel happy bringing their kids out on Monday night instead of their preferred Sunday. We need to respond to the promoter's concerns about badly supported Mondays by turning up this Monday 9th October 2017 at 7.30pm to give him a clear message that we will support the team any day of the week. Now my daughter and I will need the promoters to give us a clear message that we should renew our season tickets as we won't feel happy doing that if 2018 is in doubt!
  7. Yes leander The Defunct thread is now well and truly Defunct. Looking forward now to season 2019 which will be Brough Park's 90th anniversary. Not sure, but we could be the only club still operating at the same venue, that started in 1929
  8. Just what the doctor ordered, George tells us we are running in 2018 and hopefully for years after 2018. So Newcastle does not go into the Defunct Speedway Website. I will send off my cheque for a season ticket this week
  9. I have no problem with George English, he has kept us going through thick and thin and mostly thin! For that, a big thank you, George BUT! the last few days have been terrible and no-one, George or any other in his absence has had the decency to inform the fans what is going on. NEWCASTLE SPEEDWAY? please tell us fans if we are operating next year! If George you have been on a family cruise then congratulations, hope it was fun, but what about the rest of us? we are family too and need to make plans for 2018 involving our holidays around the fixture list . So come on tell us as follows: Are We Running or Are We Not Surely the time has come to tell the most important people involved with Newcastle Diamonds (The Fans) the truth about our future Visiting the official website is depressing as it is woefully out of date
  10. Hah No! I want George to continue as our boss of the continuing but financially ailing Newcastle Speedway and not be the boss of the given up Defunct Diamonds, but if there are no funds for the 2018 campaign then we should close down with dignity and grace and be remembered as a great old venue. If closing happens, be assured that Brough Park will not be allowed to stage speedway again and where does that leave us? There are no other venues that speedway would be able to start up in. I know I am the only person on this forum expecting Newcastle to close down and I really hope I am wrong so come on Newcastle Speedway put something on your website to explain the current situation are we running or are we not?
  11. woe woe and thrice woe! it's not nice being the guy with his finger on the button!
  12. Does anyone know why Steve Worrall, our rider of the year has signed for Scunthorpe? Good luck Steve for 2018, we will miss you
  13. There has been a deafening silence via the official Newcastle website so are we celebrating too soon I wonder. Perhaps it is still a case of "we may run" or "we may not run" I wouldn't fancy playing poker with George!
  14. Yes Ruff, my index finger has been hovering over the send button for a few weeks, a bit like Donald Trump and the nuclear button, but great I can take my finger off the button now and I hope mr Trump is never faced by such a worrying thing as adding the Diamonds to the Defunct Website He would blow it!
  15. dantodan

    Newcastle 2018

    It can't have been easy for George to decide to run in 2018 without Sapphire backing him. George will have been in charge for 21 years in 2018. That deserves a medal as no other of our promoters comes close to his 21 yrs. We still need sponsors and to attract some quality riders, so the work has only just began. A great turnaround is the BSPA decision to do away with the "its a knockout double points joker" and bring back the old Tac Sub
  16. Great news, George English has a role to play within the BSPA, he wouldn't be doing that if Newcastle were about to close and better still Newcastle are named in the Championship KO Cup for 2018. So if everything goes to plan, Newcastle will continue and I will not have to add the Diamonds to the Defunct Speedway Website :party: I hope the missing fans all come back next year. When can I buy my season ticket
  17. Speedway GB website has a feed giving bullet points and saying they will say more on Monday They say: - Full update to follow on Monday. Great progress with fixed race days 8 Premiership clubs 11 Championship clubs Team building averages agreed Fans feedback re tac sub and starting rules taken on board PLUS other initiatives i wonder who the 11 championship clubs are? Fingers crossed
  18. You must see me as the grim reaper RD! I am sure that if it is possible, George and Steve will find a way to keep us going. If we close it will be the saddest thing I can imagine for me to put our beloved track into the "Defunct Speedway" website
  19. George will be at the SGB/BSPA meeting this weekend I believe? So we should be put out of our misery soon
  20. I was looking for a more positive thread title but couldn't find one! So as the villain of this piece I am asking as follows: - We must be getting close now to the promoter's meeting, referred to, I believe by George over the mic. I didn't hear him on the microphone too well, as where i stand close to the 4th bend is often a children's playground. They were making such a din I could only catch the odd word George was saying. Is there a promoter's meeting and when is it? Just wondering how long it will be before we hear what the future has in store for us the Brough Park faithful
  21. dantodan

    Newcastle 2018

    No that team with Kenny Carter was 1978. But you are right to say "1982 team", coz 1982 Team had Ian Thomas (Promoter), Dave Younghusband (Manager), Alan Emerson, Tom Owen (Capt.), Joe Owen, Rod Hunter, Keith Bloxsome, Bobby Beaton and Robbie Foy, I believe this was the strongest Diamonds line up ever. Alan Emerson, Tom Owen, Joe Owen, Rod Hunter Bobby Beaton These 5 were in the league's heatleader class Keith Bloxsome was a high scoring reserve Robbie Foy was our other reserve I remember home matches went 5-1 followed by 5-1 etc but watching the team on away tracks was awesome. Our promoter was criticised by some for finding loop holes in the regs to assemble a team of heatleaders but really in the far off past when this awesome team were on track every track we visited had a bumper crowd because of the talent in the Newcastle side, so why criticise excellence when you are raking in much more cash through the turnstiles? I think the team building regulation averages we have now serves a useful purpose as we see closer scores and better racing than I remember when we were all conquering! But fingers crossed we operate in 2018 and we have a team like we had in 1982. It's all a matter of opinion which Newcastle Team was best but tell me a better line up than the above team
  22. I like the thread title but anyone who doesn't like it should exercise their forum rights and start a "positive thread title of their own" YAWN!
  23. The takings at the cafe under the grandstand must be considerable judging by the number of people with chips and burgers! Is it all profits to the landlords or does the speedway make anything from the sales? If the "dogs" (no not hotdogs!) pun intended, get the lion share, or all of it, perhaps this could be a bargaining "chip" another pun intended, when trying to get them to lower the rent to help speedway keep going. What date is the promoters meeting scheduled for?
  24. We have stared at the face of closure before: - 1930 (Don't know why it closed) 1939 (Due to 2nd world war, with the Diamonds top of the league) 1951 (Possibly due to the entertainment tax) 1970 (After losing Star Men Ivan Mauger & Ole Olsen) 1984 (After a disastrous season in the top flight) 1994 (Don't know why it closed) George English took the plunge as promoter in 1997 and has been there until 2017 and a lot longer I hope. Correct me if you can about any of our closures. Newcastle are now one of a handful of tracks who started at the beginning 1929 and are still operating in 2017

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