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Robbie B

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  • Birthday 03/27/1963

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    Wimbledon, Smederna, Stal Gorzow

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  1. Just to inform everyone that the final National League averages are available on the BSPA website in PDF form. http://www.speedwaygb.co.uk/files/downloads/nl18_issue_35.pdf
  2. From the official Smederna website page at http://eskilstunasmederna.se/eklof-stannar/ Eskilstuna Smederna 2019 Fredrik Lindgren - 2,218 Michael Jepsen Jensen - 1,848 Przemyslaw Pawlicki - 1,472 Pontus Aspgren - 1,355 Andzejs Lebedevs - 1,341 Grzegorz Zengota - 1,146 Linus Eklöf - 0,919 Alexander Woentin - 0,500
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    Celebrity fans

    Phil Morris won £63,000 on the ITV quiz show 'The Colour of Money' back in 2009 and a further £25,000 on Sky's quiz show 'Are You Smarter Than A 10' Year Old' here is a link to a page in relation to it. https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/4304918.Gwent_speedway_star_nets___90_000_in_quiz_show_blitz/
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    Double Headers With Same Team

    In 1976 the Ipswich Vs Wimbledon Spring Gold Cup Final 2nd Leg also counted as the Gulf British League match. I think this was due solely as both teams normally rode on Thursday nights. Wimbledon home matches against Ipswich were always held when I used to attend Plough Lane on a Bank Holiday Monday. Maybe the Workington Vs Lakeside Challenge Shield Final and SGB Championship match count as one fixture, and the Play-Off (if Lakeside qualify) as a separate match then all three matches can be concluded in one simple double header.
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    Celebrity fans

    Seeing that the BBc TV Blue Peter is celebrating its 60th birthday it jogged my memory about a clip on YouTube featuring John Noakes and Peter Purvis at Hackney speedway that some of you might enjoy https://youtu.be/nsKQIihffE8 Shame that I can't find clip of the programme featuring Gordon Kennett riding around White City before their March 1976 opening meeting. Does anyone know whether they featured Wimbledon speedway or any other UK tracks?
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    Wild Cards 2019

    Dudek, Madsen, Vaculik and Zagar
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    Swedish play-offs 2018

    Fantastic result for Smederna to win back-to-back titles which is something that's not easily achieved by any team in any league. I'm so proud of all the team including the team manager Jerker Eriksson who gets the best out of the riders even when the odds are against them. WELL DONE SMEDERNA SWEDISH ELITSERIEN SPEEDWAY CHAMPIONS 2018
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    Simmo how is he remembered?

    There are many parameters that can be used to decide whether a riders deserves legendary status not just how many World titles or other titles that they might have won. You could also include a riders loyal service to a particular club or length of riding within the sport. Plus their attitude towards fans etc. Because of this what one person thinks of a rider is a legend another will not, as you can never please everyone. You list is a good list of 70s and 80s riders and everyone will have their own opinion on the riders mentioned. At the end of the day someone who wins multiple World Titles whether as an individual or within a team deserves all the credit for the efforts and most importantly the memories created and stored in the brains of those who witnessed them riding. Take the TV show Pointless today the 16 most famous Londoners that featured David Beckham he is only famous for achieving club success and not internationally, and for being in magazines all the time, so I was surprised to see him mentioned. London has produced far more successful sportsmen and ladies over the years than him.
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    Simmo how is he remembered?

    There is no way I was trying to state that Malcolm Simmons has exclusive rights to be called a Legend regarding speedway that would be a completely stupid assertion of mine. There are many riders that I admire right from the beginning of speedway starting in the UK that I would have loved to have seen riding and i wish that I had a time-machine to carry this function out.
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    Celebrity fans

    You may well be right, as 1976 was my first year of attending live speedway meetings. I'm sure Les Grey as Hackney suporter hand more importantly as a speedway fan would also attend meetings at other London tracks and maybe further afield. Personally I often used to go to meetings at White City, Hackney and Crayford even though I'm a Wimbledon fan. if I remember right I saw seeing Dennis Waterman at a Hackney meeting in 1976 it might have been the Superama.
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    Simmo how is he remembered?

    Although it's true he was past his best when rode for the Dons, but I would state that being a 4-time World Team Cup winner 3 World Pairs titles (with different partners) and a large collection of individual titles and what he achieved for his various teams as a rider and manager makes him a legend in my eyes. Post racing his excellent column in Backtrack magazine was always something worth reading - plus he gave his autograph many years ago as a child without any issue also made hi a top bloke to me.
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    Simmo how is he remembered?

    Super Simmo had an unusual start to the first time I ever saw him race live in the Wimbledon V Poole (Spring Gold Cup) match at Wimbledon in 1976 as he bike stopped I'm at the starting gate and thus retired from the race. But all of other memories of him regardless of which team he was riding for are one of his sheer excellence and skill as a rider and a rider I always looked forward to watching even in opposition against my Wimbledon team. His victory on a wet track and with the meeting not finishing until past midnight was superb. It was a shame that he never was an individual World Champion as this accolade would have been right for his skills but Wrld no. 2 isn't so bad. A true legend of the sport and this is a term that I don't use often except for riders who genuinely deserve it.
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    Swedish play-offs 2018

    Fantastic performance by Smederna on Tuesday night it proves once again that their riders have a never-say-die to disappointing results.
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    Celebrity fans

    1970s pop group Mud were Wimbledon fans back in the day. They even sponsored a second half at Wimbledon in 1976 a picture take at the meeting appeared on the back cover of 22 May 1976 edition of the Speedway Star. They are seen sitting on bikes whilst in the background are Martin Ashby, Tommy Jansson and Peter Collins. The picture was taken at the Wimbledon Vs Belle Vue (Speedway Star KO Cup) (35-43) match on 8 April 1976. The Mud Challenge Final result was Peter Collins, Martin Ashby, Tommy Jansson with Chris Morton (retiring). Martin Ashby was at Wimbledon due to his Golden Helmet challenge match against Tommy Jansson which Tommy won 2-0. Sadly, the Speedway Star was printed and published with a date 2 days after Tommy's tragic fatal accident in Sweden and was his last image printed on a cover of the Speedway Star magazine.
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    Ronnie Moore seriously ill

    This is such sad news to hear of Ronnie Moore's passing. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and many friends who will miss him dearly. Such a very sad day for his family, his many friends and speedway Although I never got to see Ronnie ride with my own eyes, but what I have seen of him riding on film showed me that he was a true legend of speedway not just for New Zealand, Australia and of course my own team Wimbledon. The memories of those who witnessed him riding I'm sure will last forever.

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