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Feversham Lens
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Sep 6, 2015, 12:02 AM

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Re: [bagman] Where are you going - where did you go? SPEEDWAY!!! or Reply Privately

Saturday 5th September 2015
Berwick Bandits 64 Rye House Rockets 29
Premier League
Admission 15
Programme 2 (28pp)
Attendance 350 (rough h/c)
Refreshments available (didn't bother)


No wonder speedway in Britain is dying on its arse. This really was the most awful pish. Like millions of others, I turned my back on the sport years ago and attended this meeting (my first since 2011) only because I'd been to Kelso RU in the afternoon and it was billed as very probably Berwick's last. I'm not surprised the club is on the verge of packing in: how on earth do you operate a professional sports club on such tiny crowds? When I reported on Middlesbrough Bears for Teesside's evening newspaper, the promoter told me during the club's final season (1996) he was losing a grand every home meeting. And that was on average gates of 850. Two decades on, how much must Berwick be losing?

Took the opportunity to speak to several Bandits fans. It seems promoter John Anderson is not popular. He has appealed for a cash injection but the supporters I chatted with said nobody wants to stump up while Anderson remains the majority shareholder. None had any confidence the Bandits would come to the tapes in 2016, their 50th anniversary season.

On the track, the action was lamentable. Ex-Bandit Edward Kennett apart, Rye House were way off the pace. Without Kennett's 15 points, the Herts-based visitors would have been humiliated. Berwick tracked two guests and operated rider replacement (how crap is that?). A number of crashes meant the early heats dragged on interminably. We'd reached heat four when I remembered why I no longer watch speedway: it simply is not value for money.

Injury-ravaged Berwick have endured a dreadful season but if this was farewell at least their riders enjoyed a decent pay-day. Kevin Doolan (15), Richard Hall (12+5), guest Ryan Fisher (12+2) and guest Theo Pijper (11) all hit double figures. As demanding as taking candy from a baby, most of it.

Berwick's programme always was one of the best in British speedway - at least they've maintained that standard. Shielfield Park is much improved since my last visit in 1997. What could be the last meeting at the track - the British U19 Final - is on September 12th.


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