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Jul 2, 2011, 11:37 PM
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Saturday 2nd July 2011
Re: [BTFC2802] Where are you going - where did you go? SPEEDWAY!!!
Leicester Lions 44 Edinburgh Monarchs 49
Admission £15 (overpriced)
Programme £2.50 (32pp)
Attendance: 2,000 (estimate)
My first speedway meeting in almost exactly three years and not, given the poor reputation of the new Leicester track, as dull as I was expecting. There wasn't a huge amount of overtaking, but at least there was some, notably when Richard Hall passed Edinburgh guest Claus Vissing to win heat four and Monarchs rider Matthew Wethers went from third to first in heat eight. That said, I certainly wouldn't want to watch speedway at Beaumont Park every week. The facilities, for a modern speedway venue, are pretty good - though that says more about some of the timeworn dumps in which this sport is staged than anything remarkable Leicester have achieved. A covered terrace, two temporary seating stands and earth banking does not a stadium make.
Leicester, who gave home debuts to Henning Bager and Ashley Morris, never looked like scoring a rare victory. Providing just four of the 15 race winners did not help their cause. Edinburgh, the reigning Premier League champions, were always ahead, though the gap between the teams did close to two points between heats seven and nine. An Edinburgh 5-1 in the crucial heat 13 finished the home challenge, though the Lions made the final score respectable when Richard Hall won the penultimate race, getting double points (speedway's most ridiculous rule) from a tactical ride to secure an 8-1 heat advantage.
There was little in the way of crowd atmosphere. Edinburgh's travelling support did their best, but Leicester's fans have, it seems, become accustomed to losing and bored by the largely processional racing. Clearly, remedial action with the track simply has to be taken this winter. The merest glance indicates the straights are too long for the tightness of the bends. A bit like Brough Park, Newcastle. The racing's indifferent there, too. Given that Leicester started with a blank canvas (no squeezing a shale circuit inside a dog track), how did they get it so badly wrong?
The Lions issue a better than average speedway programme (though that's not difficult), despite a simply appalling cover design. Whoever came up with the dreadful mixture of ugly fonts must have the sort of eye on which nothing jars.
(This post was edited by Feversham Lens on Jul 2, 2011, 11:46 PM)