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'RIDER CONTROL' was knocking about in the early Seventies when I first attended. .

 

(A good job the Internet wasn't invented back then)

 

Bottom line is chopping and changing personnel year in year out does nothing to engage fan or rider loyalty, does nothing to engage long term sponsors who may want to associate themselves over a long period with 'star men' and does nothing to help the promotion or marketing of a team locally...

 

Yet year on year on year teams make wholesale changes swapping riders just for the Sport to (at the very best) stand still...

When we had Wilson, Boulger and Jessup at Leicester, plus a cast of regulars filling the other places, the crowds were good and interest high.

All three moved on at various times although I think that DJ was first to go. There were conflicting stories around at the time as to whether he moved due to Rider Control, excessive money demands, or tightwad promoters. Whatever, we were then treated to a succession of riders coming in via the Rider Control system who were substandard and in many cases didn't want to be there and showed it by their performances. The club's decline was rapid and steep from then on until Rogers revived it a few years later.

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A form of "Rider control" might have been better this year. With three 8 pointers being forced out of teams, surely they should have been allocated to the 3 teams that need such a rider.

 

Perhaps a degree of flexibility that wasn't around in the 70s would be needed - as in which riders left clubs and who went where - but it should have been ensured that all the riders left out were allocated to another team.

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I don't envisage that being much of an issue.

 

The bigger risk is he has never even ridden at heat leader for any prolonged spell.

 

His average is based upon riding at No 4 and is quite inflated as a result.

 

Next year should have been the year he transitioned to No 2 heat leader.. throwing him in at No 1 is a big ask, especially if the team he is in is struggling.

Indeed, some fans think he's better than he is. Maybe they are trying to talk up the value of another asset to sell to prop up the ailing business?

 

Clearly at least one of the wolves top two won't be back, I doubt anyone would be in the market to buy lindgren as an asset but the younger swede will be of interest to someone, but not for next season on that inflated average. Big bucks if someone is stupid enough to buy him as a number 1 though, but I'd expect him to knock as much as two points off his average next season starting at no.1, probably for wolves.

 

Masters on the other hand is a much more attractive proposition having ridden at no.5 and regularly finishing last in heat 13 to depress his average, he should have little problem at least maintaining his average even when he moves up to no.1 to replace a floundering thorssell.

 

Given wolves financial difficulties (why else would Adams moan on the radio about crap support?) I reckon wolves will keep the 2017 team minus lindgren, who probably won't be affordable, and he will be replaced with an old favourite like Howe, the rest of the 2017 team will be retained despite losing the league at home after being 8 points up with only a few heats to go (again, lol!), the talk of woofinden and pawlicki is simply pie in the sky.

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I believe you have read the situation well.

 

I do however believe every club will be up the creek without a paddle this year unless they find a way to fund the large gap left in their finances from the lose of Sky TV money.

maybe working harder to improve core attendances is a good place to start

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And it also smacks of having no vision for the Sport and therefore, no mid or long term plan...

 

(And therefore no Strong Leadership)...

 

Stick up a five year plan for the Sport, set yearly goals and make everyone aware of what you are doing, why you are doing it, how you will deliver it, and the ultimate objective it will deliver...

 

And stop trying to 'appease' everyone who will, by definition, have differing agendas...

 

Build the plan collaboratively but make it clear when finalised all sign up to it or walk away if you dont agree...

 

No Half Arsed "ahh but's", however well intentioned...

 

The tail seems to wag the dog in British Speedway, but by keeping the weakest on almost permanent 'life support' it can never grow the Sport as it will be continually dumbing down instead of moving forward...

 

A perfect example is this year's 42.5 average per team. Potentially a good move. But no need for the caveat of only one 8 pt+ rider. More appeasement...

 

Simply, if you cannot afford to put out a team of Premiership quality using the 42.5 target,then don't ride in it...

 

Then, if that means there are not enough teams available to make up a credible Premiership then don't run the League at that 42.5 strength and build the top League to a lower standard...

 

But make that decision, stick with it, and don't bring in any appeasement adjustments, as in the long run you will be making them for anyone and everyone forever, and ultimately therefore, never moving forward..

Couldnt of said it any better myself top post 👌👍

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Not dumbed down "much" still means being dumbed down.

 

Ok, forget the much. They are not being dumbed down at all.

 

The league will be stronger.

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I don't envisage that being much of an issue.

 

The bigger risk is he has never even ridden at heat leader for any prolonged spell.

 

His average is based upon riding at No 4 and is quite inflated as a result.

 

Next year should have been the year he transitioned to No 2 heat leader.. throwing him in at No 1 is a big ask, especially if the team he is in is struggling.

You've dumped on me, rightly, over Thorssell before, I'm not going there again :D

 

Indeed, some fans think he's better than he is. Maybe they are trying to talk up the value of another asset to sell to prop up the ailing business?

 

Clearly at least one of the wolves top two won't be back, I doubt anyone would be in the market to buy lindgren as an asset but the younger swede will be of interest to someone, but not for next season on that inflated average. Big bucks if someone is stupid enough to buy him as a number 1 though, but I'd expect him to knock as much as two points off his average next season starting at no.1, probably for wolves.

 

Masters on the other hand is a much more attractive proposition having ridden at no.5 and regularly finishing last in heat 13 to depress his average, he should have little problem at least maintaining his average even when he moves up to no.1 to replace a floundering thorssell.

 

Given wolves financial difficulties (why else would Adams moan on the radio about crap support?) I reckon wolves will keep the 2017 team minus lindgren, who probably won't be affordable, and he will be replaced with an old favourite like Howe, the rest of the 2017 team will be retained despite losing the league at home after being 8 points up with only a few heats to go (again, lol!), the talk of woofinden and pawlicki is simply pie in the sky.

:rofl::rofl:

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A form of "Rider control" might have been better this year. With three 8 pointers being forced out of teams, surely they should have been allocated to the 3 teams that need such a rider.

 

Perhaps a degree of flexibility that wasn't around in the 70s would be needed - as in which riders left clubs and who went where - but it should have been ensured that all the riders left out were allocated to another team.

It would appear that certain clubs don't want an 8pointer allocated to them, just want to stop others from having two, thus forcing them out of UK speedway, so Swindon could be forced into breaking the bank for a rider with little uk speedway tracktime and all the air fares opposed to a UK resident, great cost cutting, let teams build to 42.5 how they see fit without having your arms tied all the time.

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The Chairman said after the 2015 AGM; “We’ve got a five-year plan and I’m confident we can get to where we want to be within that time scale."

 

Please let this be a wind up? If it's true it's bye bye and ta ta time from me from the terraces. If that was an official statement it's Far Far beyond loss of credibility. It's more like Daaave in 2001. Who would be Hal in that case?

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The Chairman said after the 2015 AGM; “We’ve got a five-year plan and I’m confident we can get to where we want to be within that time scale."

Great News....

 

It could though look to the untrained eye that we are still very much in 'reactive' mode rather than moving forward with a clear vision given the many differing views coming out from the AGM and the various comments from Promoters during the season. .

 

ie Some think having the big names back will increase crowds, some want more guests, some don't think having only one eight point rider per team is the right thing to do, one wanted to change their race night and been refused permission, some have changed their race night with permission and one team has changed Leagues....

 

All things which would suggest they are not aware of any 'five year plan' to improve the Sport or where their Clubs fit within this 'Masterplan'...

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Oh My God! It's not a wind up! It really happened - our Glorious Leader ( so pleased to be appointed ) now has two seasons to Get It All Done. Sadly I have run out of patience, along with thousands of others. But it's a grand GP sport on TV Grommit!

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'A five year plan' .... I doubt they could even plan a trip to the supermarket without taking a wrong turn :rolleyes:

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'A five year plan' .... I doubt they could even plan a trip to the supermarket without taking a wrong turn :rolleyes:

Don't get your hopes up. This lot had 13 goes at it :D

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So 7 riders finish above 8.00 average, Cook, Doyle and Lindgren will probably be back at Belle Vue, Swindon and Wolves respectively. Vaculik is Leicester no. 1 as should have an 8.00 average. Kurtz should be back at Poole leaving Thorsell and Morris, personally think Bjerre will be loyal to Denmark as will Andersen. So bar the 8.00 GP riders and Danish riders there are still some decent riders who could ride here next season.

 

Don't agree with the rule but not as such a disaster as people are making out.

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