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chunky last won the day on October 18 2018

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  1. chunky

    Guardian article today

    Okay, perhaps some of you do have your head in the sand - or at least can't comprehend what I said. Maybe that was a little harsh of me, but... How many actual speedway "supporters" are there left in Britain? I'm not talking about "ex-supporters". I'm not talking about new ones or potential ones? Even if every real, existing supporter in the UK attended live speedway, they alone would not be able to save British speedway. Look at the BSF... I am a real supporter with a life-long love of the sport, but I am one of several on here who physically CAN'T attend. There are a number on here who CAN attend, but WON'T. I am reluctant to include those as real supporters (they support speedway as it was 20 or 30 years ago - not the modern game), but being the nice guy that I am, I will include those as real and existing supporters. How many of those are there? If every one of those clubbed together and bought a minibus (that's how few of them there really are), and went to speedway in the UK at EVERY AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITY, they wouldn't be able to save ONE track, let alone the sport as a whole. Look at the TV viewing figures that were mentioned in the article? If every one of those were a weekly speedway-goer, they couldn't save the sport alone. The sad fact is that there are not enough current speedway supporters in the UK to keep the sport afloat without a major reconstruction, major cash injection, and most importantly, a massive influx of NEW supporters. Which is why I said that "we supporters" can do nothing to stop the rot. And that is the sad reality... Steve
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    Guardian article today

    How - and why - is it worrying? There is nothing written there that we didn't already know. It's been covered to death on the BSF. I don't think the head-in-the-sand attitude comes from the supporters; we all know British speedway is in trouble. The apathy from supporters stems from the fact that realistically, there is bugger all that we supporters can do to stop the rot... Steve
  3. chunky

    Your club's all-time top team

    Then there was Max Schreck, who starred as the original Nosferatu... He would probably have scored more points for us - certainly a team spot would have been something to get his teeth into... Steve
  4. chunky

    Memories of Ron How and Brian Crutcher.

    It was The Crown in Little Missenden, Steve. We used to go there and play darts with Jim Tebby. Ron was the manager before buying the pub, and as far as I know, it is still run by his son Trevor. Steve
  5. chunky

    Your club's all-time top team

    Both Biggs and Hunter could be classed in that category of "what if???" Steve
  6. chunky

    Your club's all-time top team

    Can't argue with that - with the possible exception of Plech. Steve
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    Your club's all-time top team

    All of the riders here were very talented. Although Middleton had one very good season at Oxford, I would place still place Thomsen above him on the strength of his record at international level, particularly Gothenburg in '77. Both, though, could be considered under-achievers. I know Plech has a couple of World Final rostrums behind him, but I am still not totally convinced as he never pulled up any trees in the BL. Looking at some of the comments here, I think another worthy contender for a spot (based on all-time) would be dear old Jimmy Gooch. What about Simon Wigg??? Or perhaps Mike Broadbank? Steve
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    John Chaplin

    Very sad... One of the "old school".
  9. chunky

    Season 1979 queries.

    Wow... Reading this gave me a really weird feeling. 1979 doesn't seem that long ago to me, but of the four riders you mentioned, Middlo is the only one still with us. Really sad and thought-provoking... Steve
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    I still have a couple of programmes too, but they are in storage. I really have to go and get all my stuff soon... Oh, and I also played darts at the Granby Halls once, when we had a major youth tournament. That shows how long ago it was!!! Steve
  11. chunky

    Your club's all-time top team

    And Rohan, Jye, Layne, Danyon, Arran, and Dakota aren't??? I remember when speedway riders were called Norman, Harry, Bert, and Fred... Steve
  12. chunky

    Tai Woffinden Best Ever!?

    Again, you claimed that I had stated - or at least implied - certain things, which I had not. No, it is not a case of me not respecting what you say, but yes, I do get pissy when I am accused of saying something I clearly did not. I also stand by my reaction to your comment about Lee needing Penhall around to motivate him. Yes, that is a remarkably bizarre claim, and if that really is true, then Lee is not the rider I thought he was... Steve
  13. chunky

    Your club's all-time top team

    Closely followed on the BSF by "Tia"...
  14. chunky

    Tai Woffinden Best Ever!?

    My "tone is not good"? Look at some of the stuff YOU have said here, and I haven't twisted anything. You said my post was "one of the craziest" because I didn't rate Sanders alongside a handful of legendary riders. You said I stated that Sanders as an "also-ran", which I didn't. You asked if I had even seen Sanders in that time period, because if I had, I would "know"... Nice tone there, eh? You said that Sanders was "obviously improving" - which he wasn't... Is that twisting things around to make you "look the villain"??? Please, let's back to the script... Steve
  15. chunky

    Tai Woffinden Best Ever!?

    Not at all. You said my post was crazy because I stated that Sanders was an "also-ran" - when I never said anything of the sort...

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