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  1. As I'm a little bored at work and just seen the SGP Facebook post asking who had the best Race Suit this season... Got me thinking about the most memorable I've seen. Steve Bastable sticks out for me when he had black and white checks, I always think pure white is particularly striking and quite rare, I can only remember Eric Riss this season and Andreas Jonsson a few years back. Wiggy green with his splats, Jan Staechmann
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    AGM November 2018

    You'll be able to read all about it in the first set of accounts
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    BSPA Ltd.

    Absolutely not in the short term... But it opens up the possibility to do so in the longer term, the way things were, as has been proved over the decline of the last 50 years or so, big ideas were almost impossible to implement
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    BSPA Ltd.

    Rider control? If all assets have been transferred to the company. Meaningful shareholder meetings to push rules through, share sales if an interested party comes along wanting to buy the sport, collective bargaining power for purchasing shale or riders time, spread of profit/loss. I think this could be the most positive step in years for the sport
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    AGM November 2018

    The Chapmanship and The Championship
  6. The only way you should have Nicholls back is as a H&S steward so you can open up the whole of the stand for the capacity crowds
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    AGM November 2018

    I think you're spot on
  8. I think it's more likely the start of a franchising business model
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    Is Nobody bothered ?

    I'm no fan either but the benefit of 1 person owning the whole League or majority at least is that at least if he does balls it all up it can then be sold as a single entity for someone else to try... I think it's quite a positive move. Also regarding the new limited company does "All current business assets will be transferred in their entirety" mean rider control?
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    Leicester Lions 2019

    Yes, well done you Mystic flagrag, you're brilliant, that's exactly what you said "Saturday night racing and dropping to a weakened Championship"... Just remind me again exactly where you said this... Mystic Meg eat your heart out. What's the next post? "If what I'm hearing is correct some Lions fans are going to love the signing of the new Number 1 and they'll be surprised who's coming in at reserve?" As Venus enters Uranus
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    Is Nobody bothered ?

    As I've said in another thread, I think this may actually be a good thing in the longer term, if Chapman has majority control of the top League (which he hasn't quite got yet) he can pretty much do what he wants. If he does the right things, as opposed to the paralysis we have at the moment he could have a very saleable product in the future. Question is can he get that 4th club and can he then make the right decisions to improve the sport?
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    AGM November 2018

    I think that's exactly the reason for this. Much as I dislike Chapman if he can get control of a 4th club he has majority control he can at least make and implement decisions as opposed to the current paralysis in the sport and I see this as being the first step. It could be a very shrewd investment as if he can then actually make the sport into something he'll have a very saleable asset. It's a big IF though!
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    AGM November 2018

    Well... That was a waste of 48 pages!
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    AGM November 2018

    Yes, that guy was me... I assume you were trying to make the point that it's dangerous having the pits on the centre green? If you were then fair enough... My general point is that they must be in the view of the spectator, there generally tucked away behind the arena in areas the fans can't access
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    AGM November 2018

    And your point?
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    AGM November 2018

    One thing I always think could be a quick cheap (ish) gain would be to move the pits to somewhere where the punters can see what's going on, something like home team on the home straight away, team on the back straight (not at Wolves obvs!) Instead of them disappearing off the track after 60 seconds not to be seen again until after 5 minutes of tractor racing. A lot of clubs have their pit areas tucked away out of visibility of the paying punter and for kids especially how are they going to identify their hero? There'll be a lot of people probably reply to this, you can't do it because of X, you can't do this because of y... Just make it happen. I read in the SS and Dave(?) Hoggart was talking about the in between race experience and that the music needs to be brought up to date, pa systems improved etc. I don't go to Speedway to listen to music I go to watch racing and immerse myself in the racing experience this includes seeing what's going on in the pits, what the riders are doing, what the team managers are up to... It should all be part of the show!
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    AGM November 2018

    Isn't that what the SCB are supposed to do?
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    AGM November 2018

    We do! £18 every match, sadly if I did have the money to buy a club I wouldn't be able to change anything anyway, the only way to do that would be to buy the majority of clubs
  19. Don't really think it matters anymore what us fans think/want we are proven to be in a tiny minority compared to the people that don't or used to attend... It's those people who need to be attracted, we are the hardcore bunch that'll turn up regardless of anything that is decided/changed
  20. Well... Yesterday evening I ploughed through most of last week's speedway star special edition and I now have to say I am in 100% agreement with you! I've read through most of the articles of those actually in a position to do something about the alarming decline in the sport and they're all banging on about tinkering about with points limits and simplifying the rules, 1 league, 2 leagues, 3 leagues having a 2 minute clock on the centre green, setting up committees etc. You're right nobody has the vision to do anything radical! From what I've seen so far only Kelvin Tatum (love him or hate him) is showing anything like the vision required to drag the sport kicking and screaming into 2018, he doesn't really understand it but he gets it that the sport must be more interactive technology wise to attract a new audience and the next generation of fan with mobile apps etc. They seem set on sticking to FRN's on the worst nights of the week to comply with the ISLB(???)... I think we need to leave that in the short to medium term and get our house in order and run settled league teams to build up an affinity with the local public again... Spexit After having read what I've read so far I really do despair thinking about the future of the sport in this country.
  21. I agree with a lot of what you say generally and think you talk a lot of sense but I can't agree with this, things have got to change and radically, it's not going to be easy but it needs somebody with the backbone to do it, a lot of people are going to be upset, many riders may decide it's no longer worth it, the fans certainly have over the years but something has to happen, keep calm and carry on is not working
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    AGM November 2018

    To be fair to the Harris's she did say on Twitter that as she works for JLR they got it on some kind of employee lease scheme, she mentioned it on there because ill informed people were trolling them for it. Having said that Chris does need to wake up and smell the coffee, like most riders he's not as good as he thinks he is and don't get me wrong as a Cov fan I love him to bits but I'm also honest in my appraisal of riders.
  23. ... And the trouble now is that we are adapting to solely accommodate distinctly average riders!
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    AGM November 2018

    If Bomber had done better at school he would understand this... As he didn't, he doesn't
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