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Buster Chapman and the Secret Society

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 So, three clubs, namely Lakeside, Workington and Peterborough, have seemingly had the plug pulled on their Friday meetings for the foreseeable future, despite the fixture list being approved by the BSPA at the start of the season. If the regular race night is lost it will be a financial hit to the  clubs. Even if the Friday Race night is somehow restored it will mean attndances are likely to be hit because many fans, especially season ticket holders build other arrangements around the original fixture lists an cannot easily change them, not to mention  the problems of trackstaff having to change their arrangements, at a time when we have the main holiday season approaching. On top of that we have all seen how difficult it is to re-arrange rain-offs let alone a whole block of fixtures. And that is the best case scenario. The worst case scenario could be having to change race nights and going down the same plug hole as Rye House have just gone down

Lets be clear. The buck stops with the BSPA who have conduct of the Day to Day running of the sport, and its chairman Keith Chapman. For years now Kings Lynn fans have been on here becoming increasingly disenchanted with Chapmans lack of information about what is going on at Kings Lynn.  This now seems to be polluting the sport in general despite Chapmans rhetoric about openness when first elected. This has now plumbed to new depths with the withdrawal of Friday race nights to three clubs, as it seems even the clubs themselves, let alone the fans have been kept in the dark. This is the relevant section of Jon Cooks comment on the Lakeside website :-

  “This meeting however, and all our other Friday meetings, mysteriously disappeared from the official BSPA fixture list at the end of last week and although the club has yet to receive any explanation from the Association, the SCB (Speedway Control Board) has reassured us on the continuation of our season,......"

It seems from this that even the clubs themselves have not been told anything by the secretive Chapman, and that follows the palpable silence from the BSPA regarding Rye House.  To my mind, that tells you everything you need to know about the way the present MC regard its fan base. Needless to say the BSPA website, which should be first with the news  carries on as if nothing has happened. Personally I have been going to speedway meetings since before I started school, more than half a century ago. I have never been as close to walking away as I am now.  There must be loads more like me.

While I am on my soap box perhaps I could add that I have in my memorabilia a copy of the old Speedway News dated April 1939 previewing the start of the season for that year. The editorial stresses the need for having balanced and competitive teams to generate interest in the league and each match. I doubt if there is a fan in the country today that would disagree with that. its what gets the crowds in. Its all the fans want: competitive racing in a competitive league with no shenanigans behind the scenes.  Not a lot to ask for really.Nearly 80 years after the Speedway  News hit the nail on the head Chapman and his secret society still dont get it 

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Chapman hasn't even addressed the events of last night at KL, so what hope for the rest of the sport?

What's the thinking behind the withdrawal of Friday's for these clubs, any ideas?

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Maybe to allow Belle Vue to move their racenight to Friday, and make sure all their riders are available instead of Championship sides having preference. It is no secret that BV are in dire sh*t and Bspa wouldn't want to loose another team, let alone the the NSS being left idle.

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1 hour ago, rocket007 said:

Maybe to allow Belle Vue to move their racenight to Friday, and make sure all their riders are available instead of Championship sides having preference. It is no secret that BV are in dire sh*t and Bspa wouldn't want to loose another team, let alone the the NSS being left idle.

But if they do that then Rye House should surely have been allowed to move to Saturdays..?

But then again,

This is British Speedway so you never know...:rolleyes:

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5 hours ago, Daytripper said:

 So, three clubs, namely Lakeside, Workington and Peterborough, have seemingly had the plug pulled on their Friday meetings for the foreseeable future, despite the fixture list being approved by the BSPA at the start of the season. If the regular race night is lost it will be a financial hit to the  clubs. Even if the Friday Race night is somehow restored it will mean attndances are likely to be hit because many fans, especially season ticket holders build other arrangements around the original fixture lists an cannot easily change them, not to mention  the problems of trackstaff having to change their arrangements, at a time when we have the main holiday season approaching. On top of that we have all seen how difficult it is to re-arrange rain-offs let alone a whole block of fixtures. And that is the best case scenario. The worst case scenario could be having to change race nights and going down the same plug hole as Rye House have just gone down

Lets be clear. The buck stops with the BSPA who have conduct of the Day to Day running of the sport, and its chairman Keith Chapman. For years now Kings Lynn fans have been on here becoming increasingly disenchanted with Chapmans lack of information about what is going on at Kings Lynn.  This now seems to be polluting the sport in general despite Chapmans rhetoric about openness when first elected. This has now plumbed to new depths with the withdrawal of Friday race nights to three clubs, as it seems even the clubs themselves, let alone the fans have been kept in the dark. This is the relevant section of Jon Cooks comment on the Lakeside website :-

  “This meeting however, and all our other Friday meetings, mysteriously disappeared from the official BSPA fixture list at the end of last week and although the club has yet to receive any explanation from the Association, the SCB (Speedway Control Board) has reassured us on the continuation of our season,......"

It seems from this that even the clubs themselves have not been told anything by the secretive Chapman, and that follows the palpable silence from the BSPA regarding Rye House.  To my mind, that tells you everything you need to know about the way the present MC regard its fan base. Needless to say the BSPA website, which should be first with the news  carries on as if nothing has happened. Personally I have been going to speedway meetings since before I started school, more than half a century ago. I have never been as close to walking away as I am now.  There must be loads more like me.

While I am on my soap box perhaps I could add that I have in my memorabilia a copy of the old Speedway News dated April 1939 previewing the start of the season for that year. The editorial stresses the need for having balanced and competitive teams to generate interest in the league and each match. I doubt if there is a fan in the country today that would disagree with that. its what gets the crowds in. Its all the fans want: competitive racing in a competitive league with no shenanigans behind the scenes.  Not a lot to ask for really.Nearly 80 years after the Speedway  News hit the nail on the head Chapman and his secret society still dont get it 

I think all speedway fans need to get on there soapbox now mate, this is getting critical.

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Hope the 3 Clubs affected by this injustice appeal to the SCB as they have the power to overturn the decision, 

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For many years the members of the BSF have never been united just like the BSPA. Now is the greatest opportunity to unite and send the current Management Committee the message they don't want to hear, trust me it's not all Buster as a unit they have effed up big style, it's time to go. Worst ways the SCB could run it short term and do a better job.

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This is the time for all clubs to stick together and for once forget self-interest. They all need to refuse to ride anymore meetings until the BSPA  come out with a full and comprehensive explanation as to why they have suddenly stopped clubs from riding on a Friday Night. Are they going to compensate any fans that have bought season tickets on the back of the published fixture list at the start of the season? Fans have been treated badley  for many years now, but this surely has to be the final straw. This farce has to stop and a complete overhaul and rethink needs to be done openly and with all clubs having an imput.

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Could some clever person not set up an on line petition?

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1 hour ago, Argos said:

Hope the 3 Clubs affected by this injustice appeal to the SCB as they have the power to overturn the decision, 

SCB and BSPA one and the same 

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11 minutes ago, adonis said:

SCB and BSPA one and the same 

Sorry but no there not 

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2 hours ago, Starman2006 said:

I think all speedway fans need to get on there soapbox now mate, this is getting critical.

Risk being called negative by BWitcher if you do ;)

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15 hours ago, Daytripper said:

Lets be clear. The buck stops with the BSPA who have conduct of the Day to Day running of the sport, and its chairman Keith Chapman. For years now Kings Lynn fans have been on here becoming increasingly disenchanted with Chapmans lack of information about what is going on at Kings Lynn.  This now seems to be polluting the sport in general despite Chapmans rhetoric about openness when first elected. This has now plumbed to new depths with the withdrawal of Friday race nights to three clubs, as it seems even the clubs themselves, let alone the fans have been kept in the dark. This is the relevant section of Jon Cooks comment on the Lakeside website :-

Many King's Lynn fans are appalled at what has happened at their club since Keith Chapman attained his lifetime ambition to "do things his way" not just at one club, but at them all. Your's as well as mine. And not merely do things his way but " it's my way or the highway" without listening to you or being concerned about the effect of his decisions on fans ( backed up by the others who must be hypnotised and are now a secretive gang ). It's really not unlike post-war Russia in the 1950's. Thankfully their policies have not killed anyone, only killed off the sport. Only the Top Man knows all and is never wrong.

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4 hours ago, waytogo28 said:

Many King's Lynn fans are appalled at what has happened at their club since Keith Chapman attained his lifetime ambition to "do things his way" not just at one club, but at them all. Your's as well as mine. And not merely do things his way but " it's my way or the highway" without listening to you or being concerned about the effect of his decisions on fans ( backed up by the others who must be hypnotised and are now a secretive gang ). It's really not unlike post-war Russia in the 1950's. Thankfully their policies have not killed anyone, only killed off the sport. Only the Top Man knows all and is never wrong.

Im very pleased you have put this up being a KL fan. Please can you correct me. Im to take it Buster Chapman is top man at the BSPA management comittee ?

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