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  1. moxey63

    The continuing decline of Speedway

    There are really two options. Cut cloth and try to rebuild the sport by using affordable riders... or run only league matches - one home and one away - so clubs don't lose that much money if the stars actually return. Won't be as costly as running for seven months.
  2. moxey63

    The continuing decline of Speedway

    Tuning in occasionally to the Swedish and Polish leagues, I don't really notice better racing. Alright, the stars are there, but I doubt they are the stars of the past that used to attract thousands even for a meaningless individual meeting. Today's stars, compared to even 10 years ago, are plastic stars. If a speedway star can be manufactured - we have them. British speedway will be better served in the next five-to-10 years by riders it can afford. Stars will come from that.
  3. moxey63

    The continuing decline of Speedway

    The current plight of speedway isn't new. Back in 1987, the amount of tracks that were asking fans to pledge this much or that, so they can be sure of seeing their beloved boys racing next season, is very much like today. There has always been a belief from promoters that fans will dig deeper into their pockets to keep the track alive. No need for them to try and promote. For so many seasons we had it at Belle Vue it was like that boy who cried wolf. Play on the generosity of the fans when all else fails. But how far the few still attending will be able to afford in future if they're having to bail out for the lost fans?
  4. moxey63

    The continuing decline of Speedway

    I think the BSPA must be part of the government's austerity drive. The same values are shown to our roads - you pay more but don't necessarily get back what makes you happy, with little bits of tarmac surrounded by potholes. All the years of neglect may be irreparable.
  5. moxey63

    Simmo how is he remembered?

    Just think of all the old riders who were eventually forced into retirement by rules and difficulty being fitted in. Then think about today, when a rider must be looked at as being a bit daft if he isn't doubling up and down. And Simmo was a class act. A brilliant, stylish rider who also had a colourful side, someone who had a story to tell and which interested us for many an hour. I think his last fullish year with Arena Essex in the late 80's tarnished his image somewhat. If I recall, he kept them hanging on a bit when out injured and didn't really want to race again after the Gundersen crash. I watched him at 43, in his last but one match in a short-lived comeback for King's Lynn in '93 at Belle Vue. And, do you know what, god rest his soul, if he was racing at Belle Vue tonight, I'd be there in a shot.
  6. moxey63

    Simmo how is he remembered?

    I loved the old tac rule, six points behind and all that. But, for speedway's credibility and forward thinking, my modern-day take on this rule is not to have it. If it allows team managers behind the scenes telling their riders to accept a certain position and nothing else so that his team can either utilise the rule or stop the other team using it, although I like it, perhaps the aim for pure speedway racing overrides a rule I once loved (probably might still).
  7. moxey63

    Simmo how is he remembered?

    In the olden days, like when Simmo dropped points to enable a switch to the NL, it really didn't concern me one bit. The race-fixing allegation, also. I loved the sport back then and brushed away its impurities. But for some reason, things I readily accepted for years - like riders drifting back to drop a place to allow their team the use of the old tact-sub, I was brought up with that, were encouraged in other realms of the sport. I just think any rule that allows a rider to contemplate dropping the gas should be reviewed and scratched. We all recall the Crump v Pedersen slowest race-to-the- line in speedway history about 15 years ago, when one country wanted to use the Joker and the other side didn't want them to, so the leader dropped off the gas on the third turn and the second placed rider did likewise when he saw what the first placed rider had done. It was silly. The sport should be better than that.
  8. moxey63

    Simmo how is he remembered?

    I understand that. But just the inkling that a rider may be dropping points on purpose takes away from a brilliant race in the long run. The number of times in my latter years of watching did I ponder if a good pass was a good pass or just that the leader was going to get some form of advantage from it or had been told by his team to do so. I grew too cynical. I watched too many dodgy things happen in the latter years. And don't get me going about how Poole fans were calling for Matt Ford to quit just months back, crowds were dipping, the team were getting weak, weak enough to bring aboard riders to strengthen, but just in time to roar ahead in the title chase. Seems like a fairy tale, a wrestling match, but not the spot I believe in too much nowadays.
  9. moxey63

    Simmo how is he remembered?

    But the rule allowed him, encouraged him to do so, did it not. Like the mysterious engine failures the Poole boys suffered in the early qualifying matches of the league season about five years ago, there was even an investigation to see if they had (don't know how they'd have proved that one). so they could jettison a few under-performing riders and welcome aboard a few stronger one. If a rule is there to encourage cheating, it means some cheats may be encouraged.
  10. moxey63

    Simmo how is he remembered?

    Gordon Kennett was forced to quit in the mid-90s because he had performed too well in matches for Wolves at reserve, moved into heatleader spot after the first averages, struggled, was dropped by Wolves, wanted to go to Oxford in the second division, but his average was too high. Another stalwart forced to quit.
  11. moxey63

    Simmo how is he remembered?

    How can they (the league) have been a standard they're supposed to have been when at least one rider is purposely dropping points to get into the other league?
  12. moxey63

    Simmo how is he remembered?

    I don't blame Simmo for dropping the points so he could race in the NL the following season, he must have lost money, I do blame the fact that rules drawn up by the sport's governors meant he had to do so. Speedway fans will put up with it, to a point. The problem comes when you try to attract new support and there are still aspects of points dropping to allow a team to reshuffle during the same year. Even if Malcom Simmons would have gone through the 1985 British League season with a 12-point average, he couldn't have bettered that figure when he drooped down. So why encourage cheating. Surely it would have been better to assess him on a 12-point (the highest you can have) figure instead of making the sport look silly and encouraging him to throw races.
  13. moxey63

    Simmo how is he remembered?

    Malcolm Simmons was a smooth and classy rider. Winner of the British Final in 1976 during a period qualifying for the meeting itself was hard enough, there was always a whiff of controversy about him. I suppose the race fixing allegations in 1984 topped the lot, then there was his sacking by Poole in 1980 when he apparently threw a race, his honesty in saying he purposely dropped points one season so his average allowed him to race in the second tier the next year. An interesting rider. If anything though, the number of vehicle breakdowns on the way to meetings he subsequently missed tell how lax he was on his breakdown cover.
  14. moxey63

    BBC Sports Personality Stitch Up

    The beeb just didn't get speedway, often having a posh gentleman on commentary on the very rare occasions it was on which was more alined to all the other sports they covered. Just didn't seem right for speedway. The thing is, these sort of cheats by SPOTY to keep speedway out of the limelight possibly caused all sorts of damage in attracting new fans. Then it prevents the question, just what is the programme all about, when it has to dodge votes for certain sports. I recall sitting through the snoozefest, the last time about 1980 during England's Grand Slam, just hoping to catch a five-second glimpse of a speedway rider in many a show usually a horse would be paraded on as a sporting personality. Now I think it should be replaced by a programme looking at where all the personalities in sport have gone. It'll end up one day soon going the same way as Top Of The Pops.
  15. moxey63

    The continuing decline of Speedway

    Yes, superbly described. Was that you, the other person in the stadium? Think it was a human, could just about make out a silhouette on the far side.

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