Jump to content
British Speedway Forum
eaglesno1

Eastbourne 2019

Recommended Posts

On 12/11/2018 at 5:09 PM, woofers said:

Worth enquiring. He’s not riding on Saturday nights anywhere else is he ?

And would be a huge boost to British Speedway.

Probably not, but you'd need him to be available to ride away on sundays when you visit the likes of Sheffield and Newcastle. That ain't gonna happen, even if you could afford him ( which along with every other championship team) I doubt.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nine teams now complete and the others almost.  I assume we finish with Kennett, Lawson and Zach.

Having never followed this League it is hard to tell just how strong the other teams are but they look on paper to be well matched. No outright favourites and I suspect that forecasting the top four is almost as hard as winning the lottery.

Redcar seem to be well fancied and we do know some of them.  I would think our heat leaders could match theirs so it is down to the bottom four. I don't know Stewart but have seen the other three and they hold no major fear over our four so we should be competitive.   It will be interesting to see how the continental riders handle Arlington as very few if any of them have been here.  I was also surprised how many English riders are 'strangers' to Arlington because they had not made the Elite League when we left but were past the NL when we joined.

Our home record should keep us mid table with the most likely challenge coming from Leicester.  Richie Worrell was brilliant as a guest with Poole scoring something like 18 points in the Elite League and Nicholls and Perks are ex eagles .  Mountain and Thomas have a fair bit of experience on the track but they did have difficulty against Wood and Brennan last year.

All in all a fascinating year ahead,  I just hope all those fans who refused to watch NL appreciate what is coming and return to the fold. 

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
11 minutes ago, Hunters said:

Nine teams now complete and the others almost.  I assume we finish with Kennett, Lawson and Zach.

Having never followed this League it is hard to tell just how strong the other teams are but they look on paper to be well matched. No outright favourites and I suspect that forecasting the top four is almost as hard as winning the lottery.

Redcar seem to be well fancied and we do know some of them.  I would think our heat leaders could match theirs so it is down to the bottom four. I don't know Stewart but have seen the other three and they hold no major fear over our four so we should be competitive.   It will be interesting to see how the continental riders handle Arlington as very few if any of them have been here.  I was also surprised how many English riders are 'strangers' to Arlington because they had not made the Elite League when we left but were past the NL when we joined.

Our home record should keep us mid table with the most likely challenge coming from Leicester.  Richie Worrell was brilliant as a guest with Poole scoring something like 18 points in the Elite League and Nicholls and Perks are ex eagles .  Mountain and Thomas have a fair bit of experience on the track but they did have difficulty against Wood and Brennan last year.

All in all a fascinating year ahead,  I just hope all those fans who refused to watch NL appreciate what is coming and return to the fold. 

As usual Eastie will be forecast to be bottom 4 and as usual will more than likely end up in the top 4. If that is the final 7 as expected, can't see us losing at home with that strength in depth of riders who ride well at Arlington. Think it will be a pretty open league this year which can only be good .

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

From the angle of putting together a team in the championship on a budget  I suppose with the Lakeside/Cook/Eastbourne collaboration the expected team will be put together with no loan fees? If as I suspect that is probably the case, when you look at the unease on the Birmingham section ref the team for this year, think we can be pretty happy with the team. Think Eddie's average is a bit high, but be good to see him back having seen him in the second halves all those years ago. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, Hunters said:

All in all a fascinating year ahead,  I just hope all those fans who refused to watch NL appreciate what is coming and return to the fold. 

There is a lot more interest from fans this season than before, I would expect a spike in attendance to begin with and with a good team around Arlington I would think they can build on crowds..

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12 hours ago, M.D said:

There is a lot more interest from fans this season than before, I would expect a spike in attendance to begin with and with a good team around Arlington I would think they can build on crowds..

With the loss of Lakeside and Rye, and with Kent treading water in a weakened NL, i would expect the Arlington crowds to go up. There are not a lot of options for fans in the South East.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
23 minutes ago, cityrebel said:

With the loss of Lakeside and Rye, and with Kent treading water in a weakened NL, i would expect the Arlington crowds to go up. There are not a lot of options for fans in the South East.

I question your optimism city rebel. I do not think there was any significant improvement in Eastbourne crowds when Wimbledon, geographically much nearer to Arlington, closed in 2005.

And consider if you were a former Rye House or Lakeside supporter, and lived to the north of these venues, the considerable travelling distance, the cost and time involved in getting to Eastbourne.

Edited by gustix

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Its never easy to judge what will put crowds up for speedway. I wouldlike to think that a few Lakeside fans may come down. I base that purely on the fact that I would have considered going to Lakeside had Eastbourne ever shut down and that was based on the fact I would have had to battle the Dartford crossing on a Friday night. The fact that Cookie and some Lakeside riders are involved, it may entice some Lakeside fans, espcially as it is on a Saturday.But who knows?

For me, I am not too fussed about the team winning everything this year. Just keep it good at home and have a solid middle table first year in the league will be great from me. Any better and I would be very happy. I just cannot wait to get behind a team full of local and British riders.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 12/13/2018 at 1:36 PM, Speedway197635 said:

Lawson, Kennett, Wajtknecht/Morley case closed.

Morley then?

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Think Eastbourne have got the balance pretty much right with the predicted side and shows the coffers are a little healthier than Brums. Keeping a core from the Nl side to appease the current fan base whilst adding some big hitters who are well know in the sport and have Eastbourne connections is clever. Add in a good race night and i think the home crows will grow (but by enough who knows?). With Kents issues in switching race day providing the opposition looks like it will put up a decent contest i suspect there will be a fair few fans travelling from the neighbouring county , myself included.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12 hours ago, stevec said:

Its never easy to judge what will put crowds up for speedway. I wouldlike to think that a few Lakeside fans may come down. I base that purely on the fact that I would have considered going to Lakeside had Eastbourne ever shut down and that was based on the fact I would have had to battle the Dartford crossing on a Friday night. The fact that Cookie and some Lakeside riders are involved, it may entice some Lakeside fans, espcially as it is on a Saturday.But who knows?

For me, I am not too fussed about the team winning everything this year. Just keep it good at home and have a solid middle table first year in the league will be great from me. Any better and I would be very happy. I just cannot wait to get behind a team full of local and British riders.

I would have gone to Lakeside more than I did but for the Friday afternoon Dartford Crossing fiasco. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I knew eastie would end up with morley, the worst signing of the perceived 7 by a mile average wise

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 minutes ago, ruckerroo said:

I knew eastie would end up with morley, the worst signing of the perceived 7 by a mile average wise

Think thats very harsh and un-true. Morley at home may look high considering his performances will be similar to Wood & Brennan who are available combined for the same average but away he will be far more experienced and is developing on the bigger tracks. Add in that he actually achieved that average in a tougher Championship last year showing he has been there done it. Perceived signing wise Kennett looks the worst signing average wise but i wouldn't say he will be a bad signing.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Still no official notification of the last 3 signings..yet everyone seems to know who they are and could be about right...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On ‎12‎/‎6‎/‎2018 at 8:08 PM, BLACKHEART said:

Lawson, Kennett & Wajtknecht apparently. 

So much for that.   If Zach was wrong so might be some others?

Just cannot see Ben Morley at No 4 or we will have problems.  He really has not improved much over the last four years and his average was arrived at by being reserve at Lakeside.  He scores big at NL but he did the same when we joined in 2015.

My one worry had been Eddie Kennett who had a bad year last year but comes in too high with the previous years average. Does not leave any room for improvement. 

With the pair of them the Eagles suddenly look a bit vulnerable. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. Privacy Policy