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  1. How long has Cook been an Ace? How long has Cook been a Tiger? Who owns Cooks contract?
  2. I have been to 2 matches this season where there has been inadequate medical cover to keep the meeting running. Peterborough a few weeks ago and KL last night. Are there any rules as regards medical cover or is it up to each club to do what they see fit? What does your club do? When I was having a moan on the Peterborough thread about the lack of a second ambulance Neil Watson came on to correct me that there was a second ambulance but it was the paramedics decision to call a county ambulance. I wonder why that was? Were the ambulances in attendance inadequate? Did the paramedic have to stay with the injured rider? Was there only one paramedic in attendance? Should there be 2? At KL last night, only 1 ambulance in attendance, they had to ring around to try and get another one out after it was discovered that the county ambulance was going to take 3 hours to get there. Anybody that has ever had to call an ambulance these days knows that the days of them turning up within minutes are long gone. I've been going to Speedway for 40 years now and have been to many many tracks where ambulances have had to take injured riders off to hospital, sometimes the meeting continues as there is adequate provision in place for it to do so and other times there has been a massive delay with disgruntled fans streaming away vowing never to return... It does seem a bit of a lottery
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    The 2 minute Polish system

    That's just ridiculous!!! Have you seen the price of clocks these days!!!
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    Flying laps.

    That is, after all, what people go to Speedway to see... a man driving around in a tractor
  5. same old, same old it's funny because the word sorry goes a long way
  6. If I had a pound for every time I've heard the phrase "totally beyond our control" trotted out by promoters of Speedway I'd be a very very rich man It's a shame that the Chariman of the BSPA wasn't overseeing the track prep for British Speedway's showpiece event of the week then (Cardiff being last week)
  7. So... We can't run speedway in the rain, snow, ice, fog and now when it's hot! I wonder when they can run it?
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    Cardiff 2018 21st July

    That's because you kept moving about
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    Unsatisfactory starts

    I was thinking about this the other day and thinking that we may have gotten a bit too uptight about the starting process. So what if James Sarjeant traps ahead of NKI or Doyle surely it would be good to watch NKI or Doyle trying to get by Sarj. I remember Jason Gage beating Hans Nielsen at the EoES, he brought the house down and I also remember Andy Meredith nearly beating Hans at Cov when Nielsen rode for Oxford!
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    Cardiff 2018 21st July

    I thought yesterday's British GP was the best I've been to (and I've been to them all), the on track action was top notch. I don't think the parade worked though, I had absolutely no idea where I was supposed to be looking, couldn't hear any of the announcements, there were no rider interviews and the replays of the crashes were few and far between. And the hush that came over the stadium when Doyley was down was reminiscent of Bradford 1989, somebody could have said something or played some low volume music or something! That said I took a friend and his lad down with me who'd only been to Speedway with me twice before a number of years back and they both said they had a cracking day out, which proves Speedway can attract new people. I had no hesitation taking them to a GP for £19... a League match at Leicester though? Forget it
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    Cardiff 2018 21st July

    OK we get it, you're smelly and poor, get over it... move on
  12. 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
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    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
  16. 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
  18. 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?
  20. 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
  24. Will this be like the "goodbye to the Abbey" commemorative meeting?
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