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    Craig Cook Sacked!

    Whatever the future holds, I hope that Cook makes the right decision for himself and not because he feels it's the 'right thing to do'. If (and it's a big if) he's lost his confidence, whether temporarily or permanently, he needs to be given the support to recover his self esteem. There's so much talk of mental issues these days and being nervous about being on a potentially lethal speedway bike is fully understandable from my point of view - wouldn't go near one personally, so I respect those who have the nerve to do so! If that nerve goes, so be it............ and thanks. Insert other media
  2. I think that the Panthers are going to be very inconsistent this season with no obvious 'improver'. Belle Vue on the other hand look very well balanced and if Kurtz and Wright can step up they will be very hard to beat.
  3. Great win for the Aces, Bewley seems to have gone up a level already this season
  4. It's definitely broadside
  5. I thought that it was a great advert for (current) British speedway. Unpredictable, exciting and the result in doubt until the end. Sort of "happiness is 40-38" for the younger generation. Both teams looked rusty at times and you could tell that Holder and Bewley are already getting up to speed, but give the others a break, they've had nearly 18 months off their bikes, give them a chance. I'd also like to say Eurosport did well, for a first meeting they did well and Abi Stephens was excellent as an anchor.
  6. Thought she did really well to be honest. Just the right level of enthusiasm without going over the top
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    Scottish independence?

    With any referendum I think that there needs to be a clear majority before any changes are made (and I include Brexit in that as well). Anything less than a two thirds majority is too close too me. When it's nearly 50 / 50, people can vote on a whim rather than their true convictions.
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    Peter Lorimer RIP

    A hard but skilful player with a thunderbolt of a shot. What a strange coincidence that there's been quite a few from that Leeds team pass away in the last couple of years (Charlton, Cherry, Hunter and now Lorimer) - and relatively young.
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    I think Harry should take up painting, (if Meghan will let him of course). Then he can call himself, 'The Artist Formerly Known As Prince'.
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    Worldwide town and city game

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    RIP Jean Wilkinson

    So sorry to hear that. She dedicated her life to him, especially after his cruel accident. Wonderful woman who is back with the man she loves RIP Jean
  12. Just read Brian Burford's excellent biography of one of the most naturally talented riders I've ever seen, Kelly Moran. His character shines through the book, both the happy go lucky friendly guy and the demons that were released by his addictions. He led his relatively short life the way he wanted to, and I'm sure that he could have been world champion based on ability, but he just couldn't commit to it sufficiently, compared to Erik Gundersen or Hans Nielsen for example. It's terribly sad to hear that the speedway world virtually shunned him after his retirement and the final chapters were very hard to read. Highly recommended speedway book however, even with it's terribly poignant ending
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    Ian St John RIP

    Great player and by all accounts a really nice man. RIP YNWA
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    Tiger Woods balls have been lost in the rough after a poor drive
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    Kelly Moran - 'A Hell of a Life'

    It's well worth it!
  16. Another cover to cover read. My guilty pleasure during lockdown (2/3 hours locked away in my front room with a couple of cans!) Loved the piece on Zenon Plech - such a trailblazer in his day and a real entertainier.
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    Swindon Robins 2020

    So sorry for the Robins fans (and speedway fans everywhere). Sadly they won't be the last.
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    Best/Worst Christmas Songs

    Best - Greg Lake - I Believe In Father Christmas Worst - Cliff Richard - Mistletoe & Wine
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    Just a thought, has the Speedway Star ever considered going on 'Readily'? I don't know of how it works in regards revenue for the magazine and if it might actually tempt subscribers to look at the 'free' content instead (there's a monthly subscription to pay, but it's for pretty much unlimited magazines). I get monthly issues of magazines on there that I wouldn't ever think of buying a hard copy, but it keeps my interest going (eg gardening, photography etc). There's some really obscure sports have their mags on there which I am sure wouldn't be viable through hard copy sales, so maybe it keeps them afloat? It might just attract former fans back into the fold again and of course it keeps the sport slightly more in the public eye.
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    Zenon Plech RIP

    Such sad news, a classy rider and a classy guy by all accounts. A rider from Poland riding in the UK (along with Edward Jancarz) was real box office news in those days, but they both lived up to the hype and were real crowd pleasers. RIP Zenon
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    Ray Clemence RIP

    A true football legend. Either he or Shilton would have had 180 caps if the other hadn't been around. RIP Clem YNWA
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    Arnold Haley

    Yes, all good points. 1979 and 1980 were pretty unsettled years for the Aces
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    Arnold Haley

    I remember when he joined Belle Vue at the very end of his career when he came in as a reserve. I thought that he could be a really potent weapon there but sadly time had caught up with him and he was a shadow of his former self. A great rider at Sheffield though.
  24. Some riders never quite achieved what they could have done. The bar was so high with Michael though. The fact that Michael Lee became world champion and, in most people's opinion, was an amazing talent, but still we think of "what might have been" shows to me that he could have been one of the greatest riders ever instead of a one off world speedway champion. I'm sure that he's thought that himself many times. I support Belle Vue and can't pretend that I liked the guy for his off the track troubles and the bad publicity it brought he sport, but I was never in doubt when I saw him ride that I was watching a unique talent.
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    Who would have thought that two men in their 70s could maintain an election for so long?

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