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Deeply deeply saddened indeed by this announcement.  Has enough been done to try and raise enough to mitigate against the expected losses that would be incurred next season? well there has certainly been no figures produced about the sums that may be needed and the possibility of an appeal to fans and the wider public such as what helped save the Monarchs. To the parties that pledged financial backing all I can say is where is your integrity, words are indeed cheap.

Speedway is in deep trouble, currently it's a mickey mouse setup which is a huge shame because it is deserving of so much better. What other supposedly professional sport would have no prize money for winning the league/major trophies, with the clubs having to pay for their own medals. Then to add insult to injury fine the winning club £3000 for not completing its final fixture at the 3rd legitimate attempt thereby compounding the losses already incurred.

The AGM instigated nothing that will reduce the costs of the sport to the riders or increase the entertainment/value for money to fans.

I love speedway but it is in serious need of a blood transfusion if it is to stay alive.

Up the Comets.

 

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It's a sad situation. I feel desperately sorry for the riders who had committed and the loyal fans who have watched speedway in Cumbria for years. To the true fans it will leave a big hole in their lives. I know how much I would miss if the sport was lost in Newcastle which could easily be the case. I suppose the annoying thing is why did Workington commit to running when it was obvious there was financial problems as was stated. You can't gamble and hope the financial clout comes along later. I honestly don't know what the fix is to entice supporters through the turnstiles. Is it cost? or lack of entertainment? Just hope no other clubs go the same way and Workington can be up and running I  the near future. Although I think once closed down it's even harder to start again. Here's hoping.

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Could be the first of many. With so many people opting to keep their hard earned money in their pockets, this could be the season that breaks speedways back. After losing Lakeside and Rye last year, my enthusiasm couldn't be lower. I bet Eastbourne and Birmingham are wondering what they have commited to.

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4 minutes ago, cityrebel said:

Could be the first of many. With so many people opting to keep their hard earned money in their pockets, this could be the season that breaks speedways back. After losing Lakeside and Rye last year, my enthusiasm couldn't be lower. I bet Eastbourne and Birmingham are wondering what they have commited to.

Sadly you could be spot on.

To lose Lakeside,Rye and now Workington in a short space of time is very very worrying.

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3 minutes ago, blueherb777 said:

Sadly you could be spot on.

To lose Lakeside,Rye and now Workington in a short space of time is very very worrying.

And the grass roots of British speedway in also losing Buxton . 

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2 minutes ago, bigred said:

And the grass roots of British speedway in also losing Buxton . 

Yes,I should of also  said Buxton.

Sorry :blink:

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54 minutes ago, SteelShoe said:

Deeply deeply saddened indeed by this announcement.  Has enough been done to try and raise enough to mitigate against the expected losses that would be incurred next season? well there has certainly been no figures produced about the sums that may be needed and the possibility of an appeal to fans and the wider public such as what helped save the Monarchs. To the parties that pledged financial backing all I can say is where is your integrity, words are indeed cheap.

Speedway is in deep trouble, currently it's a mickey mouse setup which is a huge shame because it is deserving of so much better. What other supposedly professional sport would have no prize money for winning the league/major trophies, with the clubs having to pay for their own medals. Then to add insult to injury fine the winning club £3000 for not completing its final fixture at the 3rd legitimate attempt thereby compounding the losses already incurred.

The AGM instigated nothing that will reduce the costs of the sport to the riders or increase the entertainment/value for money to fans.

I love speedway but it is in serious need of a blood transfusion if it is to stay alive.

Up the Comets.

 

Do you know for a fact that Workington were fined £3000 for non-fulfilment of fixtures? If so, does this also apply to Mildenhall, Coventry & Buxton.

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3 hours ago, Baldyman said:

Didn't Laura help out Edinburgh with a rather large cheque once?? If so maybe she could ask for some help back

No chance. Had the shoes originally been on the opposite foot no money would have changed hands.

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You can make a small fortune out of speedway but you have to start with a large one.

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5 hours ago, comet49 said:

He was losing money too, unlikely to want to lose more..

Good old ian thomas in his book talking about newcastle said "its not nice getting up in the morn knowing u are going to lose a £1000 " i am sure laura done everything possible be interesting to know who let her down !

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So many memories as a 12 yr old going to the first meeting in 1970 to taking my children and grandchildren making friends with people who stood near us on the first corner i hope all is not lost forever to all promoters over the years a massive thank you .

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Unfortunately  nowadays most Clubs rely on Sponsors and Supporters pouring in money just to stay afloat,it can’t go on forever.! Feel sorry for Laura Morgan but that’s Speedway these days.As I have said before Personaly I think the racing at Workington is entertaining but crowds have disappeared,the money is just not about  for the admission prices IMO.

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1 minute ago, Fromafar said:

Unfortunately  nowadays most Clubs rely on Sponsors and Supporters pouring in money just to stay afloat,it can’t go on forever.! Feel sorry for Laura Morgan but that’s Speedway these days.As I have said before Personaly I think the racing at Workington is entertaining but crowds have disappeared,the money is just not about  for the admission prices IMO.

Their is plenty of money just look at the bus loads that go to watch football in manchester liverpool and others on saturdays !

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1 hour ago, rocket007 said:

Do you know for a fact that Workington were fined £3000 for non-fulfilment of fixtures? If so, does this also apply to Mildenhall, Coventry & Buxton.

Yes we were fined despite our fixture against Coventry being rained off twice and then unable to get any response from Mick Horton to rearrange.

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