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  1. lucifer sam

    Ipswich 2020

    True. I remember the immediate impact that Todd Wiltshire - returning after a two-year retirement - had on the Oxford team a month into the 2006 season. The very first meeting he rode for Cheetahs, there was an improvement and the team started to look more like a team rather than seven individuals. I recall that we beat Coventry in that meeting and eventually avoided the wooden spoon that we had been odds-on to collect. Crumpie will make such a difference to the rest of the Ipswich lads. I’m excited to see how a young Australian such as Jake Allen will progress riding alongside Crumpie. It will be a fantastic thing for young Drew Kemp as well.
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    Un-official World Finals

    Yes, which means it went from official to unofficial and then seemingly back to official again! I think it's only a few years ago that they decided that 1969 was official after all! Like Steve, I'm sure I saw it somewhere - would be interesting to know where! Mauger always included it in his tally - as far as he was concerned, he had the medal so it counted!
  3. lucifer sam

    Un-official World Finals

    I think Steve Roberts is correct - I'm sure the FIM declared that the 1969 World Pairs championship was official a few years ago. It would be nice to find a source for that. I don't think the 1968 event has ever been considered official. It had no semi-finals, only six teams in the final, including two West German teams, and many of the top nations were not present. In '69, there were two semi-finals and a final, with seven teams in the final. The only difference to 1970 was that there were six teams in the semi-finals in '69 and seven in '70.
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    Edinburgh & Glasgow race night

    Glasgow are also Fridays.
  5. Iris, don't believe everything you read in the papers. Especially when it comes from the animal rights brigade. I've been a part-owner of a greyhound, which was treated very well by the trainer and then looked after he retired by one of the other families involved. Plus there's a whole Greyhound Trust in the UK which doesn't exist in e.g. Ireland.
  6. Well said. The animal rights brigade seem determined that all animals should not be allowed to enjoy themselves.
  7. lucifer sam

    Oxford

    All discussed at the three-hour-plus Local Plan hearing. The value of the site is its current value.
  8. lucifer sam

    Oxford

    That's pretty much it. Plus with a planning inspectorate decision behind them, the council will use a CPO if necessary to get the stadium into the hands of someone who would follow the Local Plan.
  9. lucifer sam

    Oxford

    I thought you were the supposed King's Lynn "fan" who always attacks his own team - which does make you a troll. Always out for a reaction. Apologies if I've mixed you up with someone else, although I don't think so. Well, congratulations, because you did get a reaction from me, although you'll be going on ignore from now on.
  10. lucifer sam

    Oxford

    Well said.
  11. lucifer sam

    Oxford

    The main-money will come from the 100 homes included as part of the plans, that's for sure. But if it's used to leverage speedway and greyhounds back, that can only be positive. Both sports are much missed in Oxford, and have been well represented in any public meeting. On the other hand, the hypocritical PETA could not even get a single supporter to the Local Plan Hearing. I wonder why? Anyway, please go and troll another section on this forum. That's all you ever seem to do.
  12. lucifer sam

    Oxford

    Why on earth are you believing a biased newspaper report, which doesn't even know that speedway is a motorcycle sport? GIve me strength. More dogs are destroyed by PETA each year. The supposed "animal rights" group kill more dogs than anyone. That's not the policy of the Greyhound Trust charity, who re-home the dogs.
  13. lucifer sam

    Oxford

    So you'd listen to these people, would you: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/17/peta-sorry-for-taking-girls-dog-putting-it-down Sounds like really nice people, don't they? On the other hand, the Oxford Mail report the other day chose to omit certain information. This is the full quote I gave them, with the missing bits in bold: Save Oxford Stadium campaigner Rob Peasley said: "As a speedway supporter, I've often seen negative comments towards greyhound racing, but the reality of the situation is very different to that stated by PETA. A group of us once bought a greyhound and then one of the families involved had the dog as a pet after he had retired. The greyhounds are very well looked after by the trainers, and you can tell how much the dogs love to race - they are doing what they love doing. No-one from PETA attended the Local Plan Hearing. All the members of the public who took time off work and made the commitment to attend the hearing were in favour of the return of the greyhounds and speedway." Unfortunately it didn't fit the reporter's story to let people know what happens to a lot of the greyhound once they retire. In fact, there's a whole charity, the Greyhound Trust, who re-home retired greyhounds.
  14. lucifer sam

    Frank Arthur a real Pioneer.!!!

    I vaguely remembered that we may have discussed this before
  15. lucifer sam

    Frank Arthur a real Pioneer.!!!

    Did anyone slide a bike at the original Indianapolis, before they laid the bricks to make it safer for the cars?
  16. lucifer sam

    2020 BEN FUND BONANZA?

    Venue normally announced in late December or early January.
  17. lucifer sam

    Oxford

    KEY DATE AHEAD FOR MULTI-MILLION POUND OXFORD STADIUM PLAN OXFORD STADIUM could be revitalised by a £20-25 million investment which would include the return of Oxford Cheetahs – if the exciting plans of Nick Budimir come to fruition. The South Coast businessman revealed his intentions to supporters at a packed Chequers pub in Headington Quarry on Tuesday night, with his financier Peter Webb also in attendance, along with Alex Hollingsworth from Oxford City Council and former Oxford East MP Andrew Smith. Budimir would restore the stadium to full operation, with greyhounds, speedway and ancillary activities as part of his business plan, along with a small number of homes on the site. However, a major date is just ahead in the campaign to bring the decaying stadium back to life – when the planning inspectorate consider the Oxford Local Plan for the next generation ahead. The current stadium owners have a very different idea to Mr. Budimir when it comes to the future of the stadium - which would involve Galliard Homes developing the entire site for housing and spell the end of hopes of a return of speedway and greyhounds. The public have a crucial role to play on Tuesday, December 10th, from 10am to 1pm, when they can show the level of support for Mr. Budimir’s vision for the stadium to the planning inspectorate at the King’s Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford, OX2 0ES, as part of the overall hearing regarding the Oxford Local Plan. Legal representative Steven Sensecall, employed by the Save Oxford Stadium campaign group, will be putting forward a defence of why the stadium should remain. Budimir told supporters: “I don’t want to go into a gunfight armed with a knife. We are going in with a gun to take on Galliard and win this battle.” The council have approved the use of a CPO (Compulsory Purchase Order) should it be necessary, if the planning inspectorate rule in the favour of Budimir’s plans. Save Oxford Stadium chairman Ian Sawyer urged: “We need as many people as possible at the King’s Centre in Osney Mead between 10am and 1pm on December 10th, for the local plan hearing, because it’s vital that people show to the planning inspectors the level of enthusiasm behind Nick Budimir’s plans and how much passion there is for the stadium. “We need fans along there with their tee-shirts or jackets or scarves or anything which shows their support. “If Nick’s plans come to fruition it would be brilliant for fans of the Oxford Cheetahs, greyhound enthusiasts and the whole community. “The council have been very supportive, but they’ve done all they can for now – it’s the general public who can show the level of support to the planning inspectorate on December 10th.” Speedway came to a halt after 59 successive seasons at Sandy Lane following the 2007 season, with greyhounds also ceasing in 2012. Oxford City Council subsequently placed both heritage status and conservation status on the stadium, which have tied the hands of the stadium owners, in terms of any housing development on the site.
  18. lucifer sam

    Scunthorpe Scorpions 2020

    News here: http://www.scunthorpe-speedway.com/?p=10596
  19. lucifer sam

    Scunthorpe Scorpions 2020

    More news on its way tomorrow morning...
  20. lucifer sam

    Grand Prix changes

    What a load of rubbish. Complete throwback to the way they used to award points, which was abandoned for a reason. EVERY point should count.
  21. lucifer sam

    Scunthorpe Scorpions 2020

    JORDAN PALIN confirmed (technically already announced for 2020 way back in March, and more of a reminder than anything else): http://www.scunthorpe-speedway.com/?p=10581
  22. lucifer sam

    Anders Michanek - Swedish career

    Have posted this in International Speedway, but thought I was also post in this section, just in case someone doesn't see the other one. I’m currently putting together an article for Backtrack magazine. Tony McDonald interviewed Anders Michanek in 2004, and Mich mentioned he was still riding for Rospiggarna at the age of 53 in 1996. Looking at Wikipedia, it suggests that his year at Rosppigarna was 1989. I have Anders’ Swedish career as: 1965-1966 Gamarna (second division) 1967-1983 Getingarna (first division) 1984-1985 Gamarna (which league?) 1989 Rospiggarna (which league?) I would be very grateful in anyone could fill in any gaps, and also if they have the details (date, location, opposition, points scored by Mich, result of match) of what they believe was his very final professional appearance. Also, did Mich ride EVERY year for Getingarna between 1967 and 1983, or were there certain seasons which he had to miss due to his British/continental commitments? Thanks in advance for any help that people can provide.
  23. I’m currently putting together an article for Backtrack magazine. Tony McDonald interviewed Anders Michanek in 2004, and Mich mentioned he was still riding for Rospiggarna at the age of 53 in 1996. Looking at Wikipedia, it suggests that his year at Rosppigarna was 1989. I have Anders’ Swedish career as: 1965-1966 Gamarna (second division) 1967-1983 Getingarna (first division) 1984-1985 Gamarna (which league?) 1989 Rospiggarna (which league?) I would be very grateful in anyone could fill in any gaps, and also if they have the details (date, location, opposition, points scored by Mich, result of match) of what they believe was his very final professional appearance. Also, did Mich ride EVERY year for Getingarna between 1967 and 1983, or were there certain seasons which he had to miss due to his British/continental commitments? Thanks in advance for any help that people can provide.
  24. lucifer sam

    Anders Michanek - Swedish career

    Thanks - the website is excellent and had answered most of my questions. As far as I can see, there is no '96 meeting. Anders mentioned that Bengt Jansson also rode for Rospiggarna in the meeting and he also stopped in 1989. I bumped into Zetters at Oxford once - I might ask him if he's able to clarify some of the details of Mich's later career.
  25. lucifer sam

    Anders Michanek - Swedish career

    Cheers Arnie - that looks a complete goldmine. Used the site to check World Championship results before - looks equally useful for Swedish stats.
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