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Grachan

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Grachan last won the day on May 28 2020

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    Trying to recapture the excitement of my lost youth,
    Whilst sitting by the fire on my arse.

    (Copyright Mungo Jerry - 1970...ish)

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  1. Grachan

    Lewis Bridger Returns

    I remember Bob Kilby and Phil Crump also coming back and being poor reflections of themselves too.
  2. I used to go to Reading on a Monday. I went to Swindon on a Thursday. The crowds were big at one time. Youngsters went with no problem regarding school the next day. Reading crowds dropped massively when they lost Per Jonsson and the stadium became more and more delapidated. Then they dropped down a league which also affected crowds. Swindon dropped down to Division Two in the nineties. Crowds visibly dropped. I, myself, stopped going for a while when the standard of what I was seeing at Swindon dropped to levels that weren't enjoyable. Swindon crowds shot up when they became more successful and there were top riders there every week. They visibly dropped again when promoters weakened the product in the mid-2000s. What will bring crowds in is giving people a product that they want to see. that is what would get me, personally, going. Low standard leagues with only unambitious riders in them are not the way to go. Die hard supporters may well be happy with a weak league, but you're not going to get people in with that. Dumbing down the standard is what killed the sport in this country, and it was done just as the sport looked to be staging a mini-revival. Jason Doyle riding at Belle Vue may well not bring in an extra 200 these days, but Jason Doyle, and other top riders, NOT riding will take another 200 off the gate and then, before we know it, we are in crowds of 3 figures.
  3. It's not just top riders who go to Poland though. Poland now is, basically, what the British League was in the 70s and 80s. Riders have to ride there to have a chance of making it. What about riders such as Adam Ellis and Anders Rowe, who also want to ride in Poland to try and improve themselves. Shut out everyone with ambition and we'll end up with a league of novices and pot-bellied middle aged men that would be f little appeal to anyone. I don't think the problem with speedway in this country is the day of the week it is ridden. It is that it has become a second rate version of the sport. Excluding any rider with any ambition will only add to that.
  4. Grachan

    European Union - In Or Out?

    We already had sovereignty. Without it we wouldn't have been able to have a vote to leave and an act of parliament being passed to allow it.
  5. Grachan

    Somerset 2020

    I didn't mean you personally when I said witch hunt. Just that is what it becomes as he is the one GP rider who has stuck with the UK.
  6. Grachan

    Somerset 2020

    I don't get this thing about banning GP riders. There was only due to be one GP riding here this year anyway, and he has never, as far as I can recall, missed a meeting because of it (unless you count getting injured riding in one). Now, with Swindon pulling out, there won't be any. It just turns into another witch hunt against Jason Doyle, who has always shown loyalty to the UK anyway. I don't see why any club should not be allowed to sign a top World Class rider who wants to ride here if they want to. How does this effect other clubs? If anything, it gives them an attractive opposition when Jason comes to ride.
  7. Grachan

    European Union - In Or Out?

    The first two interviewed definitely sound like they voted to leave judging from the way they are talking about it. The third guy says he voted to stay. It is unbelievably stupid for people who live in Spain to vote for Brexit, but it seems that quite a lot of them did.
  8. There was a doctor on TV this morning who said that the first jab gives you about 85% protection and the second bumps that up to about 90% protection. What that protection means, I don't know. Does it mean percentage within yourself or percentage of people? He then said that, in comparison, the flu jab, which nobody is questioning, gives about 65% protection.
  9. Grachan

    Swindon Robins 2020

    He was. I have programmes from Bristol and his photo is in them.
  10. Grachan

    Swindon Robins 2020

    Indeed. A statement by Clarke Osbourne that must set alarm bells ringing. For years there have been excuses for the stadium not being built. Will we, from 2022, be seeing excuses for the sport not returning, with the same statements about the stadium being built soon and that speedway will be back once it is built, and these statements going on for a few more years? I think that in Rosco and Lee Kilby we have a promotion who would bust their balls to help find a new location for the sport if it was needed, but they can't do that until this one is finished with. I hope that speedway will be back in Blunsdon next year, but there has to be doubt from that statement. To quote directly: "we do not anticipate any public attendance until the new customer facilities are in place." Think about that. How long ago was it that they all sat on a digger in the car park and indicated that work was due to start?
  11. Grachan

    European Union - In Or Out?

    As already stated, not all performers are an Iron Maiden. The EU, apparently, offered a visa-free opportunity for musicians to tour Europe but the UK turned it down as it would have meant allowing European artists to do the same here.
  12. Grachan

    'the Donald' Trump

    Well, not intentionally, no. Just my own interpretation of the words: "Fun Fact: A few short years ago, Capitol Police arrested Rev Raphael Warnock for praying in the rotunda in protest of Republican efforts to take away health care from millions of Americans. But Trump's Traitors get to RIOT there and then just GO HOME." Because the police shot and killed one of them, 68 of them were arrested, and 3 died of "medical emergencies". So, to me at least, they didn't all get to go home.
  13. Grachan

    'the Donald' Trump

    Did someone do that? My God! Unbelievable! That's nearly as dopey as someone posting that the White House protesters were all able to go home despite 68 being arrested and 4 people dying. People, eh! Whatever next?
  14. Grachan

    'the Donald' Trump

    Yeah. People, eh. Tsk. What are they like?
  15. Nothing wrong with gardening if it within the 2 minutes. No worse than just sitting there waiting for the clock to count down. Why do people have such a problem with "gardening"? I don't get it.
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