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  1. harleynut

    Speedway In London In 1970

    as a wide eyed 13 year old I can remember my grand parents taking me to the full two seasons of the Wembley Lions; what seemed huge crowds on a Saturday night and a number of last heat deciders involving Bert Harkins getting us a 40-38 result; those were the days! Proper tactical substitutes, a team manager having to work it all out, changing your gate positions, elbows flying, or am I just delusional! I can still see laps from Ove Fundin and then Gote Nordin with his easy armchair style, Reidar Eide, Sverre Harrfeldt, Tony Clarke, Brian Leonard and a very young Dave Jessup. I have all the Lions home programmes and every now again succumb to nostalgia and have to get them out to re enact those seasons (what a sad old git) It set me up for travelling to Hackney, Wimbledon and then White City but like many others I have fallen out of love with the sport in the last 15 years.
  2. I would much rather see a formula based on Top 6 retained in the GP joined by the U21 Champion - at least it is won on the track and one GP wildcard as now The other 8 places come from some form of qualification rounds leading up to two 'Semi Finals' in which each of the top four go through. Could make much more of cut throat semi final; good for TV Of course will never happen because of TV money determing the 'right and needed' mix of nationalities; as TV is footing the bill we will always have those in power needing to manipulate who is worthy of racing on track. Bring back selction being earned by racing
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    Grand Prix Series

    thoughts on restructuring of the GP anyone? could not find the right thread for this and sure it has been debated but wanted to put my two pence in so here goes.... Assume we stay with the current format of X number of GPs in a season, involving 16 riders. It seems to me there are multiple benefits of changing the way to get into the series so how about: 1. Top 5 stay in for the following year - makes the competition that much more focused 2. Plus the World U21 Champion - brings in new, young blood and improves the stature of the U21 compettion 3. Plus 10 riders that come straight from two GP Semifinals - capitalises on the interest provoked by the current GP Challenge, more sellable to TV and does away with the stupid idea of the IMG 'picks'- the top 5 in each semi are then genuinely deserving of a place. Each country gets an allotted number of places in the semi finals line up (dont know how that works!) and each governing authority can decide how to do that ie we might decide it is through the top 5 finishes in the British Final whereas Sweden might decide to nominate or some combination of the two. The semi final make up is done in a transparent way on TV such as picking riders names out of a bag for each semi Well now I feel better!!
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    Once Your Team Has Closed Down

    Norbold - you are right; I did mean Sjosten in terms of a few occasions with the Lions but remember seeing Lofqvist in the second halves and he also cleaned up with a 15pt maximum when West Ham visited in 1970 Also a very young Tommy Jansson had a couple of second half outings I think??
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    Once Your Team Has Closed Down

    reading the recent post from Wembley Lion was like looking at something I could have written - very spooky. As a teenager living in Wembley my grandparents introduced me to the first two seasons at the old stadium and I can still see those old favourites of Bert Harkins, Gote Nordin, Tony Clarke and a very young Christer Lofqvist - those were the days!! I too have then been a wandering nomad by going across to see the Hackney Hawks, and another couple of great seasons with the White City Rebels - remembering the first sighting of Kai Niemi, the talent of Steve weatherley and of course the master Mr Kennett. Then ,when the Rebels shut up shop it was off to see the Dons followed by a long period of disillusionment with speeedway. In the last 6 or 7 years I got back to it following the Racers and the odd trip to Oxford. looking at my speedway history one thing seems to stand out - all of the clubs I have followed have all shut down and now there is no track in striking distance of Heathrow for me to regulalry visit. So to all those supporters on the forum who can sometimes have a right old whinge and moan and groan about 'thier riders, track or management' I say........... just be grateful you have a team to support and enjoy it
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    Gp Challenge

    Note to IMG: how about a long overdue restructuring of the whole GP so that you can make more out of hyping up the qualifiers (customer interest and TV interest) and get out of this stupid idea of 'picking' who should be in the GP. Picks seem to be based on politics/ country presence. So an idea....... have two GP Challenges which you could call GP Semi finals (!!!!) rotated around different countries, run on the same weekend (Sat and Sun) with the top 4 from each going through to join the 8 from the previous GP. Or take the top 3 from each Semi, keep the top 9 from previous year and hold one back for the winner of the world U 21. Sturture the rounds that feed into the two semi finals - have a sreies of quarter finals and brand them all which will also increase the potential TV exposure. The quarter finals can then be fed by some riders from the Country finals (ie British final feeds top 6 into the QFs etc)
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    White City Rebels 1976 - 1978

    oh yes ,remember those great days with Gordon Kennett at no 1, an emerging Kai Niemi, the stylish Steve Weatherley (what a tragedy), a track that seemed to take forever to get around and the cock up over Capital radio sponsorship being leaked and they took their ball home to be replaced by LBC Rebels. Have all the programmes tucked away somewhere and some of the away matches in the league winning season.
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    Reading Speedway

    lets hope a little glimmer of light turns into reality. Taken from the Reading website today............. TODAY'S Reading Evening Post reports there is finally some good news regarding the Racers new stadium SUPPORTERS’ fears regarding the future of the Reading Racers have been eased following reassurances over the proposed new stadium at Island Road from Reading Borough Council. It has emerged that the situation regarding the town’s speedway and greyhound venue was discussed at a secret cabinet meeting on Monday 29 September. Understandably, there have been rumours flying around that neither sport will return once Smallmead has shut for the final time after the Racers’ End-of-an-Era meeting on 19 October. This follows delays in work commencing at the new site, coupled with the current economic climate prevailing in the UK. However, the council has released a positive statement about the future of the new stadium. Reading Borough Council Oscar Mortali said: “From 2010 onwards, Reading will be home to a new stadium just off the A33, which will host top-class speedway events, as well as greyhound racing and a casino, all on one site. “The Reading Stadium – which currently hosts the town’s speedway and greyhound racing – is situated just to the north of the Madejski Stadium and forms part of a regeneration site. “It will close in October this year and the Reading speedway franchise will not run for a year while reconstruction of the modern new £9 million multi-purpose stadium takes place. “Work on the new stadium is scheduled to begin in spring 2009 and the aim is for it to be ready to host top-class speedway action for the whole of the 2010 season, with construction of the greyhound track alongside.” Councillor Graeme Hoskin commented: “As a council, we’re committed to supporting the return of speedway to Reading as soon as possible. “Speedway is important to our town and we hope that the agreements we’ve put in place will mean we see racing in a vastly improved stadium by 2010.” On behalf of Gaming International, Graham Parr said: “We are delighted that this agreement has been reached. It is a major stepping stone on our route to build the UK’s first ‘racino’ in Reading. “Reading Borough Council should be congratulated for their support of such an imaginative and innovative project. “We have a perfect location that will give Reading a destination leisure facility.” Still a long way to go but its the only thing we have to hold to at the moment and at least something is out there in the public domain
  9. U23 international matches - what a great idea. Really looking forwrad to it for a number of reasons 1. give some youngsters the experience in this type of competitive arena 2. do not have to worry about Elite league performers not being availabel to ride for thier country because of previous commitments 3. much prefer the 'old' test match to the current world cup - I know they are two different things but all the effort seems to be in the WTC How about making U23 test series a proper part of the yearly calender? So next year lets have a three test series against Aus; three tests aginst Poland ( hoem and away)?
  10. harleynut

    The League Structure

    if' and it is a big if, they are considering a league split what about adapting the idea from the interconference games in the NFL. For example, you would ride home and away against the 10-12 clubs in your regional league plus 4 home and away to clubs from the other league. In that way you avoid some of the repetition you get in the Elite - I kmow it would require some advanced planning ( ie how to agree those clubs to play interregionally) but it cannot be beyond the wit of man - oh, I forgot it would be down to the BSPA - srap that idea then!
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    First News From The Conference

    surely more pandering to the gods at Sky?? Makes good news and gets a 'final' set of matches in on the TV screens; from that point of view good exposure for the PL; but from the League winners point of view not so good. Ah apart from the conspiracy theories...... it now gives a way out for the team that wins the league but DOES NOT wnat to be promoted. What better way than manufacturing a loss in the promotion playoff match - blushes saved all round!
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    First News From The Conference

    just found on the Reading site comments from jonathen chapman about a major change in the PL scoring system.... 3points for an away win 2 points for a home win and 1 point for a draw; no aggregate scores. Sorry if this has been mentioned elsewhere, but a pretty fundamnetal change which eems to have dribbled out in the BSPA communications!
  13. harleynut

    Rider Lovefest

    is it just me? or has speedway become overly sanitised. Now that riders race with each other in multiple teams and TV cameras are more common place, when they are interviewed it is all very politically correct, they are 'focused on the next race', 'the opposition is always 'hard to beat' etc etc. Where have all the characters gone? Where are all the rivalries? Who hates whom and says it? I want to see the Mauger-Olsen/ Carter-Penhall battles and less of the lovefest Or am I out of touch with the man of the 21st century?
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    Team Managers

    I dont think so.... I have not seen a rider put in as a tactical all year - a rider in an existing race given the B/W helmet yes no chance of changing the gate positions once the toss is made riders have predetermined gate postions for each race. seems to me they do not have much to do during the match itself through their tactics that has a significant outcome on the result
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    Team Managers

    in the past managers had to sort out which riders to put in as tacticals in which race who to replace decide ( I am sure with some rider input!) to take gates 1&3 or 2&4 when 6 points down which rider would take which gate and loads more What do they do now?
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