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  1. uk_martin

    Birmingham Brummies v Edinburgh Monarchs

    Batteries not included?
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    How many fans would or would not have attended is a matter of speculation. Probably a fewer number but the hardcore that attend would have still been there. The possible lower income would have been offset so some degree by the lower appearance money needed to pay for a 3 point NL rider compared to what would have been paid to a CL #1. OK a short term financial hit, but one that could be recovered from. What the long term financial hit will be of losing the trust and confidence of the paying public will be, only time will tell. But when the public lost confidence in Gerald Ratner, Perrier, and others, history tells its own story. As for resigning, the Birmingham promotion is made up of The Father, The Son and the Holy Ghost...if one resigns, there are still two left. And it sends a message to other promoters about the consequences of their conduct too. Consider the alternative...the last time a promoter came up with a "no electricity here" excuse, he was elevated to Chairman of the BSPA. Is that really the precedent that you want the sport to follow??
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    Thanks Brian. As you say, fans can put two and two together. The fans are also the customer, who in any other business, is "king". Reading the posts above, it's clear that the lesser of the evils would have been to stage the meeting, be honest with the fans and maybe even promote it as has been said before by other people along the lines of "the rules are against us", or "David v Golliath" or "we will never surrender" or any of the other cliche's that invoke a rallying call when the odds are against us. The problem is that the official, and erroneous, policy was to lie and deceive the people who the club counts on as its paying customers. This is playing with fire on a Gerald Ratner scale. There is no "innocent" means of deceit. The fans were lied to, and the very least that is owed now is an official apology, on the microphone, on the centre green, in front of everyone who is left in a position to forgive. And if the person responsible for this shambles has any honour, a resignation should be tendered too.
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    This is what you call audacity! And somewhat interesting that this post on Facebook comes 5 days before next Wendesday's fixture, but it didn't feature 5 days before Wednesday just gone. In fact the Brummies Facebook page was remarkably quiet all last week.
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    F.A.O. Phill Rising

    A suitable epitaph to adorn the tombstone of the sport.
  6. uk_martin

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    An electrifying performance!
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    F.A.O. Phill Rising

    My guess as to what'll happen...
  8. uk_martin

    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    Maybe the Speedway Star investigative journalist can look into this matter too?
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    Maybe Speedway Star will send an investigative journalist around to dig deep into the truth of the matter?
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    What can you do given a few bread loaves and some fishes? Prophecies'R'Us or what? Shades of the mysterious Kings Lynn electrical issues of 2010 if you ask me. British Speedway, making Brexit look like an organised efficient process, every day.
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    The regulations are the BIble of the sport. And just like the Bible that gets interprated one way by the Catholics, another way by Greek Orthadox's, another way by Jehovah's Witnesses, so the SCB regulations get interprated differently, whether you are Matt Ford, or CVS, or Buster Chapman, or just a mere mortal. Isn't that why nobody outside of the love/hate relationship that those who are involved have with this state of affairs, can take the sport seriously?
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    Wolves...CVS...the man who knows best at all times what's in the best interests of British Speedway...what else do you expect? However, up to the box for the official word... https://www.scbgb.co.uk/regulations How do you interprate rule on page 44 of the 2019 regulations? - "No facility is permitted to replace a rider, who although included in a Re-declaration has not made an appearance for that Team since being re-declared"
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    Unless they've changed the rules, you don't get a facility for a rider who hasn't ridden for you, whatever the reason. (Emiliano Sanchez, 2007, springs to mind, but as I say, the rules may have been changed.)
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    Brummies v Eagles 1.5.19

    Is he the one who's biding his time before taking over from Peter Kildemand in the Stal Gorzów team in Poland?
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    Birmingham v Leicester

    I can recall, I think it was in about 2008-2009, it had been fine all day. the stadium was filling up nicely, and then almost without warning, at about 7.15pm the heavens opened. And it didn't stop. An hour later, no-one could believe it was still raining and the inevitable happened, the meeting was called off, with those who hadn't gone already, facing a wasted evening, and those who pay the bills, having a big hole in their finances. I got the news at about lunchtime. I looked out of the window,. with spots of rain appearing on the glass, looking at a few weather forecasts on the web, and thought, yeah, sensible decision. And let's face it, what would any of us have done in the same situation? I wonder if those fans who want promoters to take the extra risks would want to club together to fund the insurance premium for a policy that will compensate promoters for the financial losses that they could incur as a result of taking the extra risks and falling foul of them? Such "pluvius insurance" policies do exist. See if you can negotiate one, and pay for it? Maybe this could be something that the Federation of British Supporters Clubs, (or whatever that concoction that the BSPA was proposing, is called) could mastermind? They need something to do.
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    Speedway Related Co Finances

    Not one set of accounts has been audited, and only one set described as "full". Hardly the stuff to engender trust and confidence is it? And of course Terry Russell's company is running at a loss again. (shock)
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    I love the way that Thomsen and Castagna are being ignored like they don't exist. If one or both of them bloom into decent riders, then that'll wipe some smirks off some faces. These things happen. Who'd have foreseen how riders like James Birkinshaw and Jack Hargreaves would have done so well for us until their respective injuries stopped them, all those years ago?
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    Rev Limiters

    I wonder if the rev limiter could ever become a "smart" rev limiter, hooked up to a transponder whereby like in Formula E the fans can vote in extra revs for a rider of their choice for certain (safe-ish) parts of the track?
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    I assume that means "kick-off" our season, not "knock-out" our season? Ya gotta love abbreviations, innit?
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    National Supporters Club Group

    Sounds like speedway supporters are showing the BSPA how to run a shambles. "Consistution sorted by individual clubs" - how is that supposed to work?
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    National Supporters Club Group

    OK, so the BSPA would like a "United Nations" of Speedway Supporters Clubs, with an "ambassador" from each team's supporters club to sit around a table with all the other ambassadors, to come up with a united voice of the speedway fanbase? Is that about right so far? Has anyone decided on where the meetings are to take place? Will the BSPA / SCB donate their offices in Rugby to convene these meetings? As this organisation is at the desire of the BSPA, will they be funding the travelling (& other) expenses for those fans from the likes of Plymouth, Kent, Glasgow & Edinburgh, who will have substantial journeys to make to the meetings? Will the BSPA be drafting a constitution for their desired Supporters Club of Clubs, or will that be for the supporters themselves to sort out? And how often and in what way do the BSPA intend to "listen" to, or enact any of the things that the supporters suggest?
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    Birmingham Brummies 2019

    Maybe the BSPA should publish a YouTube video of our beloved and highly professional association's officers dressed like Kwik-Fit Fitters, doing a Derby-arranging draw, with all the team names being pulled out of a cardboard box?
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    Polish Extraleague TV contract 2019-21

    What's the difference between a rider getting injured in Poland on the Friday to a rider getting injured in Sweden on the Thursday or in England on the Wednesday? If they are out injured on the Saturday, then they are injured. End of. What does it matter how long ago the injury was incured? And are memories so short as to forget that British Elite League teams used to ride on Fridays? What qualifies us to criticise anyone else for doing the same?

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