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  1. Following on from a post I made in another thread I thought this was quite interesting... if you find this kind of thing interesting https://britainfromabove.org.uk/cy/groups/speedway-tracks-uk
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    NO WORD FROM THE BSPA

    maybe crap was a bit harsh, Bomber used to be world class but that was 10 years ago and I still believe Cookie can be world class, though time is not on his side. To expect to make a world class living without world class performances is, frankly, pie in the sky, especially in a profession where everybody can actually see how good you are week in week out, there's no hiding place. I'm all for believing in yourself but after 10 years of year on year decline sometimes you need a reality check
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    Leicester Lions 2018

    Yes... but the UK was grim in the 70's
  4. iainb

    NO WORD FROM THE BSPA

    Perhaps Cook and Harris can't make it pay because they are crap? Big fishes in a small pond and in Harris's case a small fish in a small pond... don't get me wrong as a Cov fan I think Bomber is a legend but he has clearly been delusional in the last 5 or 6 years thinking he's world class and talking the talk without ever walking the walk. Similar for Cook... if he was as good as he thought he was he'd be riding regularly in Poland or even Sweden
  5. I can play a game of football, eat out at my local chippy and go and watch a film afterwards all for £6.19 Sorry it took so long
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    NO WORD FROM THE BSPA

    Like when Crabby used to remonstrate with the ref using the phone in front of the stand at Stoke... that was brilliant to watch
  7. I think if Wolves was any bigger it probably wouldn't work, there's no doubt it's a technical trick track but I have seen some cracking racing there.
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    NO WORD FROM THE BSPA

    Rockerfeller! There's so much I could say about this, I thinks it's a rather simplistic view and an analogy that can't be made... but to keep up the analogy... Imagine this restaurant you own is in a state of disrepair, the paint is peeling off the walls and you're ankle deep in p155 when you go to the toilet but people still keep coming because at heart the food is so damn good but then you are told by the council you can only open on Monday and Wednesday nights because that's what all of the other restaurants in the area have agreed even if you didn't and then all of a sudden one night the chef doesn't turn up because he's working at a restaurant down the road but it's ok because the council have arranged for one of the burger flippers at the local maccies to be sent in his place... but hang on this isn't a one off, it keeps happening, a lot of your customers stop coming but some continue to do so, you haven't changed your prices, you're still charging restaurant prices for fast food. One night you go out and ask one of the customers tucking into his Big Ace and ask him why does he keep coming, because I remember how good it can be here and occasionally it still is he replies. I'll go and ask some customers that used to come you think to yourself, only you step outside your restaurant and can't find any of them, they're all doing something else now. At this point you send the burger flipper back to macs, tell your chef he cooks for you and nobody else, you stick 2 fingers up to the council and take them to court for restriction of trade, you paint the place, mop up the p155 but do the customers return?
  9. Here are 4 tracks 2 of them, Sheffield and Peterborough renowned for good racing, Wolves also can be pretty good... and Leicester. Sheffield and Peterborough seem to be more rounded ovals where Leicester seems to be shaped more like Wolves. Wolves is 264m, Leicester 300m, Peterborough 336m & Sheffield 361m. Leicester does have a lot of weird off camber banking though. Pick the bones out of that
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    Leicester Lions 2018

    I think it's all down to the play offs Big Al, If PO's weren't in operation I suspect there wouldn't have been so many changes, if any at all
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    Leicester Lions 2018

    Scott Nicholls isn't a journeyman... according to the website he's a hearthrob
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    Leicester Lions 2018

    This is a symptom of the play-off system that British Speedway currently runs, when there's 4 spots available in a league of 7/8 teams most if not all clubs seasons are still alive until the final 6 weeks or so of the season... when in the good/bad old days before play-offs, if you started the season off poorly, that was your season pretty much done. These days we're told that a club has had a successful season if they've reached the play-offs and have only been 4 matches off of a league title
  13. Will this be like the "goodbye to the Abbey" commemorative meeting?
  14. That's what makes what we've got at BP all the more galling
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    NO WORD FROM THE BSPA

    NL & CL should be riding standard sealed unit engines, I read on another thread somebody saying that a rider, I can't remember who, but somebody of NL/CL standard was riding Ash-Tec engines so should be competitive! I've said before that riders of that standard would gain a lot more speed and be faster by learning to be better riders than having expensive tuned engines No... but it doesn't have to be so black and white does it? Time has come to commit to BL or wave goodbye, take the Aussies for example, live and work in the UK or live and work in Europe I remember when the BSPA teamed up with some marketing agency a load of years back and a load of minor celebrities appeared at a number of tracks... I'll never forget the night I saw Hinge & Bracket at Wolves Time for them to get a job to supplement their Speedway or retire from Speedway and do something else... the sport in this country can't be run for the few who can't make it pay
  16. My local track, Leicester, pretty much perfect I'd say
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    Leicester v Kings Lynn Monday July 16th

    or just start watering it before the inside goes too slick
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    Leicester v Kings Lynn Monday July 16th

    I decided to leave my Pizza and Beer in the fridge and did pop along to this one and I thought it was one of the better meetings of the season. A fast track does not necessarily mean an entertaining track and the watering does remain a problem... I doubt what you say about the agreement for watering is true, I go to a lot of tracks where the watering of the track is not an issue so why would everybody object to just the Leicester track being watered?
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    Leicester Lions 2018

    He's going backwards now, confidence seems to be shot, now quitting when he's at the back and returning to the pits after 3 laps
  20. While the riders continue to bleed the sport dry
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    Leicester v Kings Lynn Monday July 16th

    is it only £17? Bargain!
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    Leicester v Kings Lynn Monday July 16th

    What a lot of you are forgetting is that most promotions and KL in particular don't give a toss about riding away from home, why would KL promote Leicester's meeting? This has been evident in the last couple of years by the standard of the team KL have sent to Leicester, heck they can't even be bothered to inform the fans at a home meeting (vs Leicester) about what was happening let alone away from home. As for tonight, it's a tough one... do I travel the mile up the road on what's looking like being a nice evening hand over my £18 to watch 13 gate and go heats with the possibility of a sun delay and come home covered in dust? Or do I sit at home with a Pizza and a Beer watching the action from the NSS?
  23. And the stewards themselves are standing... they're risking their lives to keep us safe
  24. This requires a bit of effort
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