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uk_martin last won the day on October 18 2016

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  1. uk_martin

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    See previous comments / debate about letting the news out on a drip feed.
  2. uk_martin

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    Well I wonder what that disaffected femme fatale will think of Kyle Newman signing for the Brummies? Start taking those anti-vitriol pills folks.
  3. uk_martin

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    The main question that needs answering is why someone from Coventry, obviously so sour about the loss of "his or her" team has nothing else to do but to belittle everything that the Birmingham management are trying to slowly and steadily build up?
  4. uk_martin

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    Maybe Argos would be happier if Mick Horton was running the Birmingham show?
  5. uk_martin

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    Possibly so, but with the long term in view, do you buy or do you rent forever? Which is the cheaper option in the long term? Those who have to put their money with their mouths are, have decided to buy. Personally, a long term view being taken here is reassuring for the general future of speedway in Birmingham. Maybe you're not as interested in that as a Brummies fan would be, I dunno. But how about we make judgements on Castagnas performances 4 months after the start of the season, rather than 4 months before?
  6. uk_martin

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    Welcome to the difference between the National League and the Championship. Unlike the National League, the Championship isn't run as a Social Service. Unless the Brummies can sign someone up as an asset, that rider will cost loan fees, which is money that the Brummies have to be very careful about. As I said before, teams (like Ipswich as an example) who could sign assets for fun whilst the Brummies were in the "assets-verboten" NL, can subsidise their business with the income from loan fees. A luxury that the Brummies don't have. YET! It'll take many, many years for the Brummies to build up a viable asset base, and until then, if the choice has to be between a foreigner who might get 4 or 5 points and not cost a loan fee, and a Brit who might get 4 or 5 points, get damaged in the process and cost several thousands in loan fees, have a guess which the business decision will favour?
  7. uk_martin

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    Why? Just because he's Italian? Er, because ALL Italians are the same, right? Or maybe it's just like signing Julius Ceasar all over again? He was Italian too. At least, unlike a lot of other foreign imports into the Championship, after Brexit, when foreigners have to prove their worth to get work permits, Castagna can show that he IS a regular in the Italian international pair/team.
  8. uk_martin

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    I wonder if Ipswich will be as generous with Michael Hartel? Do the 4 meetings he rode for them even qualify for becoming an asset? Wouldn't mind betting he's got a lot of improvement in him, and the Witches won't be able to take him into the Premiership with them this year, so maybe there's a rider that the Brummies could invest in?
  9. uk_martin

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    To be Italian Champion, wouldn't he have had to beat Nico Covatti?
  10. uk_martin

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    Is Paco anyone else's "asset"? If he's a free agent then it could be the first step towards Birmingham building their own asset base, and it will save on paying Danyon's loan fee assuming it really was a one or the other choice.
  11. uk_martin

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    Does this drip feed of information happen anywhere else? Polish fans knew who was in their teams weeks ago. Why wouldn't Sheffield, Somerset and Scunthorpe want 7 newspaper articles if they thought it was good for them? Like many things in Speedway, this is outdated thinking, perpetuated by those who can't or won't move with the times.
  12. uk_martin

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    I would assume that the BSPA would offer up time for the Brummies to accumulate some riding assets. Especially as the BSPA stripped the Brummies of all their previous rider assets when they were in the National League, so leaving the team to start from nothing. For as long as it takes to get an asset base together, the Brummies will be under considerable financial pressure. For now, every rider will incur loan fees without any "own asset" riding elsewhere earning loan fees in return. The established teams will be able to balance out the swings with the roundabouts, whereas the Brummies won't have that luxury, so whilst other teams can budget on paying for their riders, the Brummies first have to see what's left in the wages kitty after feeding the other teams in the league who they have to pay the loan fees to. Something to be remembered when the inevitable squeels are heard from some fans when they learn of the increased admission prices for next year.
  13. uk_martin

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    How about Austin Morris? Or even Morris Traveller for the away meetings?
  14. uk_martin

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    What's the current situation about Championship teams needing to own a certain number of their own riding assets?
  15. uk_martin

    Birmingham 2018

    Riders in Poland and Sweden know what they will be doing next season. Riders at teams like Sheffield and many others already know. Why should any other riders be treated like second class citizens? I bet he knows by now anyway, it's just us fans who are being kept in the dark.

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