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burgesshillbee
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Eastbourne 57 v 33 Poole Challenge Match Admission £16 Prog £2 Car Park £1

No in crease in prices here this season. The Eagles of Eastbourne ran out easy winners over the Poole Pirates who finished with just 4 riders. They only had 6 to start with R/R operating for the missing Pole before Davey Watt was injured in his first ride and Renat Gafurov was injured in his 3rd ride. Joonas Kylmakorpi top scored for Eastbourne with 11 + 2 and new signing Bjarne Pedersen scored 9+4. Dennis Andersson top scored for Poole with 12+2


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You've just reminded me why I stopped watching the joke that speedway has become. First match of the season, and one of the clubs cannot even track a full team. Operating the rider replacement facility in March? Do me a favour! That same team then finishes the meeting with just four fit riders. What great value for £16!!

Small wonder one of the national broadsheet writers dubbed speedway the 500/500 sport. ie. Guys on 500cc bikes performing for 'crowds' of 500 people.


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Eastbourne 57 v 33 Poole Challenge Match Admission £16 Prog £2 Car Park £1


I've just re-read this......£16 and its not even a competitive fixture??



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Tickets just arrived for Leicester's opening fixture at their new track on 2nd April, a challenge v Sheffield.


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Rye House 46 v 44 Sheffield PL Admission £16 Prog £2 Att 750 Est

After my trip to Biggleswade to see Bedford FC i took the short trip to Rye House to see them narrowly defeat Sheffield a team that in the past has not done that well at Rye House. Len Silver the Rye House promoter thinks they are in the Elite League as he now charges £16 the same as the higher Elite League. As usual the prog was overpriced. A decent match on a cold night Rye House were grateful to Chris Neath who rode a 5 ride maximum to ensure Rye House's league season started with a win. Josh Auty rode well for Sheffield but was unable to stop Chris Neath getting his maximum.


burgesshillbee
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Eastbourne 54 v 39 Belle Vue Elite League Admission £16 Prog £2.00 Food £4.40 Att 1100 Est

The Eastbourne Eagles won their 3rd home match on the trot edging out a spirited Belle Vue side who kept it close until the last few heats when unfortunately for them their number 1 rider and unbeaten at the time Chris Harris suffered engine problems which cots Belle Vue at least a point. Belle Vue were well lead by Chris Harris and Rory Schlien and the Eagles were strong all round and deserved their win but probably by a sammler winning margin.


The Moose
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FRI 8TH PREMIER LEAGUE

ZUMMERZET REBELS 59 IPSWICH WITCHES 34

ADM: £14 ATT: H/C 900 PROG: Free with admission

Well so much for the speedway star experts tipping the Witches to beat all before them this year! Mind you I was surprised that the Rebels managed to do the double over them so maybe they're in for a good season. Crowd up on the norm for OTA due in part to a fair few from Suffolk. One low point was the 'programme' which this year has become a four page scorecard. Poor form really and a tad amateurish compared to other racetracks. Still at least on the shale they appear to be more professional this season!

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FRI 8TH PREMIER LEAGUE

ZUMMERZET REBELS 59 IPSWICH WITCHES 34

ADM: £14 ATT: H/C 900 PROG: Free with admission

Well so much for the speedway star experts tipping the Witches to beat all before them this year! Mind you I was surprised that the Rebels managed to do the double over them so maybe they're in for a good season. Crowd up on the norm for OTA due in part to a fair few from Suffolk. One low point was the 'programme' which this year has become a four page scorecard. Poor form really and a tad amateurish compared to other racetracks. Still at least on the shale they appear to be more professional this season!

KRTM Cool


At least it was free, saved me doing my own for a change. Great racing as always at the OTA. We then had the shock of our lives on Saturday night, a well prepared track at Newport, been there a few times before and the racing has been crap, but this was really good stuff. Helped by the fact the Witches got back to winning ways.
Newport 42-50 Ipswich
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Anyone been Leicester yet?


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Anyone been Leicester yet?


Yes, I went to the first meeting against Sheffield.

Probably not the best meeting to judge the place on given the fact it was rammed (4500 at least) and they are still finishing some of the finer points of the stadium but overall very impressive.

There is a car park by the stadium for 250ish cars but beyond that you can use the Beaumont Leys shopping centre car park which is just in front of the stadium and 5-10 minutes walk from the entrance.

There are small, seated, covered stands either side of the start/finish area and a covered, raised terrace the full length of the back straight. On the curves there is banked standing which is also raised above track level improving the view.

We didn't get a great view from the third bend as we arrived about 7pm so it was already packed but as I say I think this is a one off and there is talk on the speedway forum that the banking will be improved.

The track was a bit slick and the management have admitted it hadn't bedded down quite as they would have liked, but they are on the case to improve it. Even so, there seemed to be scope for a few lines of attack round it so with a bit more 'give' in it, it could be a good place to watch racing. There is a clip on the BSPA website of heat 13 from the Sheffield meeting of Sweetman managing to stay on his bike despite hitting the air fence on the third bend.

The surrounding areas are a bit of a work in progress with the narrow tarmac path to the turnstiles clearly VERY new but all these things will improve over the following weeks. There were some quibbles about the food/drinks inside the track but I didn't visit them so can't comment.

All in all, an excellent addition to the sport and I'll certainly be back for a few more meetings. There was a good atmosphere there and there is clearly still a groundswell of speedway support in/around the city so I don't think it will wither on the vine. The staff and helpers were all very friendly and enthusiastic too.


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LEICESTER LIONS, 52 v NEWCASTLE DIAMONDS 43
Admission; £15, Prog; £2.50, Coffee; £1.50

Went to Leicester v Newcastle last night. Impressed with what they've done with the place so far.

Parked in the shopping centre car park and walked to the stadium. As you enter the speedway entrance where the car park and bar is you can purchase your programme and in the bar meeting tickets.

As per a previous poster the track surface is probably going to get better over the season but on tonight's showing there was very little racing to speak of. This was the only disappointment of a visit to a potentially very good speedway circuit. I will probably visit again later in the season to see if the racing has improved.



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Was also at Leicester Lions v Newcastle Diamonds having been to Wakefield for footie earlier. I aslo parked in the Shopping area Car Park though i did arrive early enough to park in the stadium car park. I purchased my ticket and programme up at the stadium. They have done well with the facilities so far but could do with improving the spectator banking on the bends so you can see properly and also the back straight terracing needs raising a few inches as well. I enjoyed the meeting despite the lack of passing though the track record was broken 4 times in the first 5 heats. The one down side was the Hot Dog I brought the sausage was fine but the roll just fell apart as soon as it was touched !!


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Another one at LEICESTER LIONS v NEWCASTLE DIAMONDS last night.

After experiencing the delightful Eastwood Town in the afternoon I wasn't expecting much of a new design speedway track. Based upon Redcar, Plymouth, Zummerzet, Weymouth etc. over the last ten years or so a lot of new tracks tend to open with the bare minimum to start with. Credit where it's due then to Leicester for trying to open with the new Beaumont Leys arena with decent enough facilities from the off.

As mentioned above there are around 300 seats on one side and a full length cover on the other. Clearly the track has been dug out and built up at both ends to provide banking for the masses. Last night was the third meeting and the crowd was down on night one to around 1,600 to 1,700 so it works okay for that size of attendance. They got their first win so if they can keep that up they've a good chance of maintaining a decent average crowd with a few ex Long Eaton fans also taking an interest.

Well happy with the Spring sunshine giving me the chance to re-complete the 'Speedway 28' once again. Think I'm right in saying that's how many tracks are in use this year albeit I've now managed to see shale action at 53 British tracks over the years. Good to see the Lions back in action although it did make me feel old when I realised it's been over 30 years since I last saw them at Blackbird Road!!

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Cheers for the replies everyone.
Was talking to someone at the footy yesterday who is involved with Leicester speedway and he mentioned how well it was going. He did say alot of improvements in facilities etc are still to take place and that they had encountered the odd teething problem , which i guess is to be expected. I did hear that Long Eaton will be using the track , until they get there own place.Last night may have been the 1st time ?

I'll have to give it a try sometime as i live locally, a win will hopefully keep the crowds up.


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Thurs 21st: ELITE LGE - SWINDON ROBINS 42 BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES 51

ADM: £16 PROG: £2.50 ATT: 1,400 H/C

Oh dear! tiz going to be a long, long season for the Moonraker shale action crew methinks. Brummies also expected to struggle in their first season back at top level looked comfortable from start to finish really. There was more passing in the first three races than the whole of last Saturday night at Leicester but to be fair the track needs to bed in there whereas Blunsdon has been around since 1948. Enjoyed the meeting nonetheless as you always seem to get decent racing here. Difficult to see where 'Big Ron' goes from here having already changed the side round and it not really helped!

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Good Friday and my first double!
Although tight, I honestly though Lakeside Hammers would win their home clash against Eastbourne Eagles in the Elite League, but right at the death the Eagles snatched a 4-2 to win 46-44.
Following this it was the National League fixture between Hackney Hawks and Stoke Potters. Although the Potters won the first race 4-2, the Hawks were never in danger, winning the match 53-41.


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Also attended Swindon 43 v 52 Birmingham Elite League.

A decent meeting with plenty of passing. Remarkable how far downhill Swindon have gone since Ronnie Russell got involved with Swindon.

On Friday after attending the Bickleigh match on the SWPL Hop we then went to

Somerset 62 v 32 Scunthorpe Premier League Admission £14 including Racecard. Car Park £1 Burger and Chips £4.40 i think Crowd 850 est.

Scunthorpe won the first heat 5-1 and that was as good as it gets for them with Somerset winning all the other heats, not the best of meetings but heats 13 and 15 were good with Cory Gathercole passing Scunthorpe's David Howe on the last lap in both races.


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First meeting of the year and a new track for me Tuesday 26th April
Wolverhampton 56 Belle Vue 36 - Admission £16, Concessions £12 - Programme £2.50 - The scene was set with a 5-1 to the Home side in Heat 1 followed by a 4-2, Belle Vue hit back with a 4-2 in Heat 3 but had to wait until Heat 8 for their next win which brought the score back to 27-21. This was their only success and Wolves pulled away,winning the last two heats 5-1 to seal an emphatic 56-36 victory. Fredrik Lindgren led the way for Wolves with an 18 Point Maximum. Patrick Hougaard top scored for Aces with 10.



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Eastbourne 24 v 12 Swindon Elite League Speedway Abandoned after 6 Heats due to Thuderstorm.

Despite it being a nice day in Sussex the evening turned out to be different with a few spits of rain occuring just before the start and then some gentle rain during the first 6 heats in which time Eastbourne had opend up a 12 point lead which included 2 heat wins for Lewis Bridger who in heat 2 started from 15M back and overtook everyone to win the heat, he also came from behind to beat Troy Batchelor in heat 4 however after a crash in heat 7 delayed things the gentle rain was replaced by torrential rain which lead to the meeting being abandoned.


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Ipswich 49 v 47 Rye House Premier League Admission £15 Prog £2.50 Badge £3.50 Att 2000 Est

Decided to do a Speedway Double Header on Monday, firstly going to Ipswich who just won this match when it looked like they had snatched a Draw from the Jaws of Victory. The meeting was a bit slow to start not helped by a delay due to Rye House rider Luke Bowen crashing in Heat 2 and being withdrawn due to a hip injury. Ipswich opened up what looked like a match winning lead nof 13 points by Heat 10, but a spirited comeback by Rye House helped a bit by home rider Chris Mills going through the tapes in heat 14 saw Ipswich's lead reduced to 4 points with 1 race to go and for 3 3/4 laps Rye House had a 5-1 but a superb last bend by Lasse Bjerre who snatched second place for Ipswich to record a narrow win in what was an entertaining match, Man of the Meeting was Rye House's Jordan Frampton.

After this we travelled South to

Rye House 45 v 34 Ipswich Premier League Abandoned after 13 Heats due No Medical Cover Admission £16 Prog £2 Sausage & Chips £3.20 Att 600 Est

This second meeting was not the best and was affected by 2 bad injuries which in the end resulted in the meeting being abandoned though the score stands as 12 heats had been completed. Rye House slowly opened up a lead but in Heat 7 the first bad crash occured when Ipswich's Morten Risager crashed on the 4th bend although he was able to walk away from the crash he had badly damaged his hand and we had to wait for an ambulance to arrive to take him to hospital (It appears he may have severed a finger in the crash). The meeting carried on with Rye House extending their lead until Heat 13 when Rye House rider Jason Doyle crashed and dislocated his shoulder which needed another trip to hospital but with no local ambulances available the track Ambulance was needed and with it past 10 O'clock and another minimum delay of 45 minutes expected the referee abandoned the meeting. Young Ben Morley who had earlier had 7 rides in the afternoon did well in the evening scoring 6 + 1 Bous Point whilst Jordan Frampton carried on his winning ways being unbeaten in his 4 completed rides for 12 points. Home after dropping my friend off in Crawley just before midnight.


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Did not go but watched VETLANDA 41 PIRATERNA 49 on Premier Sports last night, first meeting of the Swedish Elite season, they say they are going to show a live meeting each week. It was snowing !.

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Alarming noises already coming from the new speedway track at Leicester. Apparently, the crowds have been falling steadily from an opening meeting high of circa 4,000 - and the attendance for last night's defeat by a patched-up Redcar team was the lowest yet. Word is that, though the stadium is decent enough, the track surface is terrible, the racing processional, the team weak and entertainment virtually non-existent. A Redcar-supporting friend told me the Leicester promoter sounded "desperate" after the match last night.

I intend seeing only one speedway meeting this summer (used to be a supporter of the sport going back to the mid-1970s; gave up on its often laughable amateurishness two years ago), and it's going to be at Leicester, to 'tick' the place. Better go sooner rather than later, I'm now feeling. So, next Saturday (May 14th), I'll make the effort to see the Lions host Glasgow in the KO Cup, working it in with a day doing other things in the area.


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Think you will find that the problems Leicester are having are partly down to the New promoter who it appears has the attitude of do it my way or dont bother being here which has lead to at least 2 people who were involved in getting the track and team up and running walking away from Leicester Speedway. Looking at the speedway forum it appears that they are going to change the track shape to help with the racing and as for the team, its not the best not helped by choosing 2 Russians one of whom will be 38 shortly.

As for me on Friday i saw Lakeside 48 v 42 Poole Elite League and on Saturday Eastbourne 45 v 48 Kings Lynn Elite League

Bit of a turn up on Saturday with Eastbourne losing at home to Kings Lynn having themselves won at Kings Lynn on Wednesday.


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Oh dear, that sounds ominous. Speedway's history is littered with go-it-alone egomaniacs whose promotions have foundered because they turn everyone off. Not watched a meeting since July 2008, so I'll find it interesting to see what (if anything) has changed.


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Mildenhall to see the 'Young Stars' this afternoon, if the rain keeps off!



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On Saturday 14th May went to Rye House 39 v 39 Newcastle Abandoned after 13 Heats Premier League Knock Out Cup Admission £16 and Prog £2

My second successive abandonment at Rye House when after a 6 minute shower the meeting was abandoned without any effort what so ever to dry the track out, the shower was not that heavy at all. Only a crowd of approx 450 here and i very much doubt that if they will get that next Saturday as Lakeside are at home to Kings Lynn that night. The promoter Len Silver announced that Jason Doyle who was covering for injured Steve Boxall would be leaving as Boxall was now fit to ride today (Sunday) and then had a row with some spectators who were not happy abou the announcement. Reasonable meeting with Rye House unable to open up a decent lead. Chris Neath top scored for Rye House with 8 from 3 Rides and Stuart Robson top scored for Newcastle. Plenty of unhappy fans afterwards with the meeting being abandoned without any effort to run Heats 14 and 15. I wont be spending my money here for a few weeks as it is not value for money and if Mr Silver does not buck his ideas up then the crowds will plummet further and further.


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On Saturday 14th May went to Rye House 39 v 39 Newcastle Abandoned after 13 Heats Premier League Knock Out Cup Admission £16 and Prog £2

My second successive abandonment at Rye House when after a 6 minute shower the meeting was abandoned without any effort what so ever to dry the track out, the shower was not that heavy at all. Only a crowd of approx 450 here and i very much doubt that if they will get that next Saturday as Lakeside are at home to Kings Lynn that night. The promoter Len Silver announced that Jason Doyle who was covering for injured Steve Boxall would be leaving as Boxall was now fit to ride today (Sunday) and then had a row with some spectators who were not happy abou the announcement. Reasonable meeting with Rye House unable to open up a decent lead. Chris Neath top scored for Rye House with 8 from 3 Rides and Stuart Robson top scored for Newcastle. Plenty of unhappy fans afterwards with the meeting being abandoned without any effort to run Heats 14 and 15. I wont be spending my money here for a few weeks as it is not value for money and if Mr Silver does not buck his ideas up then the crowds will plummet further and further.


Normally i'd go to Rye 2 or 3 times a season, but there's no way i'm paying £16 for Premier League. As for replacing Doyle with Boxall?? I think poor old Len has finally lost it.
Had my first taste of Longtrack in Parchim on Sunday, i was there with 2 English refs and another die hard speedway fan. We all agreed we wouldn't bother with longtrack again, it just dragged on and on and on. After 4 hours we said sod it, and headed back to the airport.


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Normally i'd go to Rye 2 or 3 times a season, but there's no way i'm paying £16 for Premier League. As for replacing Doyle with Boxall?? I think poor old Len has finally lost it.



According to Wikipedia he is 79 now, I see Andrew Silver is 43 !.


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May 16, 2011, 5:11 PM

Posts: 392
Location: Leicester
Team(s): Shepshed

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Any idea what the last crowd was at leicester against Redcar?


TheLinnet
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May 22, 2011, 7:51 AM

Posts: 168
Location: East Anglia
Team(s): Ruislip Manor(RIP), Middlesex C.C.C. King's Lynn Stars

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King's Lynn v Coventry Wednesday 25th May 7:30pm, £15 plus £1 for the 'royal box'


Hope to see Emil Sayfutdinov make his debut for the Bees.



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burgesshillbee
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May 22, 2011, 12:47 PM

Posts: 1957
Location: A Town in Mid Sussex
Team(s): Brentford

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2 Matches at Lakeside this week, 1st up on Monday was Lakeside 47 v 46 Wolverhampton and 2nd was Lakeside 61 v 32 Kings Lynn Both Elite League, Admission £16 Both Matches 1 Prog £2.50 covered both matches. Food and Drinks both matches £5.50 per match.

The first match was live on SKY and this affected the gate with approx 500-600 in attendance, Lakeside raced into an early lead of 10 points after 4 heats helped by a rare last place for Wolves Freddie Lindgren in heat 1. Lindgren then went unbeaten by an opponent for the rest of the meeting and with Wolves Peter Karlsson also winning 5 races the gap after 13 heats was just 1 point, however Lakeside got a match winning 5-1 in heat 14 after Wolves Ludvig Lindgren crashed. Stuart Robson top scored for Lakeside with paid 10 and Freddie Lindgren scored paid 18 and Peter Karlsson scored 16 for Wolves.

On Saturday Kings Lynn visited and were duly dispatched 61 -32, a long meeting not helped by some bad looking crashes which did leave Ryan Fisher with a bad finger injury. By heat 8 Lakeside were 17 points up and did not look back, Young Robert Mear scored well for Lakeside with paid 12 and Niels Kristian Iversen and Mads Korneliusen both scored 12 for Kings Lynn for whom Kenneth Bjerre was very disappointing.

This week the plan is Eastbourne on Monday and Isle of Wight on Tuesday.


SKY BLUE TAT
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May 23, 2011, 2:03 PM

Posts: 200
Location: hinckley
Team(s): coventry city ,leicester tigers, coventry bees, leicestershire ccc

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FRIDAY 20th MAY
ELITE LEAGUE
COVENTRY BEES v LAKESIDE HAMMERS 58-34.
ADMISSION £ 16
PROGRAMME £ 2.50

An entertaining meeting with some very good racing especially by Josh Auty. Heat 2 saw 3 riders crash ,Auty crashed on bend 2 while Sweetman and Wells crashed on bend 4 when the race had been stopped. Auty was excluded . Lakeside won the re-run 5-1. Lakeside led 16-14 after 5 heats, Coventry then hit back winning the next 4 heats 5-1s. Sweetman was withdrawn from the meeting on doctors orders and Auty took sweetmans 3 remaining rides and certainly enjoyed his extra rides , Heats 7 and 8 saw him come from last to 2nd with some excellent overtaking. Lakeside did tactical's in heats 10 and 11 but Shields could only manage 2nd place for a 4-4 and former bee Rory Schlein finished 3rd after being brilliantly over taken by Auty who just held on for 2nd place and give bees another 5-1. Heat 14 saw Coventry take their 7th 5-1 of the night. All coventry's riders scored well with Kenni Larsen 15+1 and Harris 14+2 the top scorers for the bees while Guest rider Schlein scored 12 for lakeside.


Workington FC
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May 25, 2011, 4:55 PM

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Sunday 22nd May 2011
Leicester Lions 45 Berwick Bandits 45
Programme £2.50 - very good
Admission £15.00
Attendance - not sure but it looked healthy


ozzys mate
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May 26, 2011, 7:58 PM

Posts: 457
Location: yeovil,somerset
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friday 27th may,7:30pm
somerset rebels v leicester lions


Red Robbo
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May 27, 2011, 12:09 PM

Posts: 1752
Location: Stevenage
Team(s): Local football in Herts and Beds

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Waiting on the weather before I make a final decision but this weekend I've pencilled in

Mildenhall v I.O.W (National League) 4.30pm on Sunday the 29th

(Actually cheaper for me to go here than Rye House even with the petrol price!Crazy)

Peterborough v Kings Lynn (Elite League) 4.30pm
on Monday the 30th

or

Rye House v Workington (National League) 2.00pm


But I am still considering the Stocks at Mildenhall on the 28th, 6.30pm and Northampton 30th, 1.30pmWink



I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.

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Goals : 214
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sandhurstbee
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May 27, 2011, 1:27 PM

Posts: 6446
Location: Little Sandhurst, Berkshire
Team(s): Brentford, Sandhurst Town and Most local Non League sides.

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Waiting on the weather before I make a final decision but this weekend I've pencilled in

Mildenhall v I.O.W (National League) 4.30pm on Sunday the 29th

(Actually cheaper for me to go here than Rye House even with the petrol price!Crazy)

Peterborough v Kings Lynn (Elite League) 4.30pm
on Monday the 30th

With very little on Footie wise I am now looking at going to Peterborough, weather permitting of course.



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escobar
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May 27, 2011, 8:02 PM

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One for a few weeks time:

LYDD SPEEDWAY CHAMPIONSHIP Round 3

Saturday 18th June 2011 @ 17.00

Lydd Speedway
Belgar Farm
Romney Road
Lydd
Kent
TN29 9LS


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ozzys mate
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May 29, 2011, 7:52 PM

Posts: 457
Location: yeovil,somerset
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friday 27th may,7:30pm
somerset rebels 53-41 leicester lions

ticket:£14
car park:£1
curry & chips £4


youngster
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May 30, 2011, 9:20 PM

Posts: 3259
Location: The EAST
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25th May
Kings Lynn 50-40 Coventry.
Dont usually head over the border into carrot crunching land, but i couldn't resist watching "that Russian" make his debut.

26th May
Ipswich 49-41 Newport.
Not bad.

29th May
Krosno 45-45 Lublin.
Poland Div2.
Att 1500ish (inc 300 away fans)
Adm £4-50 (posh seats).
Prog 60p.
Brilliant meeting with passing in almost every race. Krosno is the only track in Poland where you cant use a train to get there (realisticly). Of all the others, all bar 3 are walkable from the station. We got here with a bus from Rzeszow, 100 mile round trip for under a fiver. The track is only 2 mins walk from the main square, cant imagine this ever happening in Britain.


dottirofhod
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May 30, 2011, 9:27 PM

Posts: 13626
Location: The North. 'Ich hassen lehm kopfs'
Team(s): Crewe Alex and obviously England.(Unlike a lot on here)

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Krosno 45-45 Lublin.
The track is only 2 mins walk from the main square, cant imagine this ever happening in Britain.


It did happen in Crewe.



July 1, 2019 to June 30,2020 = 69 / 59 / 10 / inc 2 x 0-0's. (You know my rules) @ 19 / 09 / 2019.
2019/20. Benelux = Bel = 0-0-0-(0-0-0)-(0-2-1-1)/ Lux = 0-2 / Neth = 0-0-0-(1 - 2) Others France = 0-0 / Germany =0-0-0 / Italy =0-3(Act 4- Frosinone new ground)./ Iberia = P = 0-1 & S = 0-0.

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buncranaboy
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May 30, 2011, 9:33 PM

Posts: 17936
Location: South Birmingham
Team(s): Barnstoneworth United; Bostock Stanley

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Krosno 45-45 Lublin.
The track is only 2 mins walk from the main square, cant imagine this ever happening in Britain.


It did happen in Crewe.



Isn't that in Poland too ?


dottirofhod
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May 30, 2011, 9:48 PM

Posts: 13626
Location: The North. 'Ich hassen lehm kopfs'
Team(s): Crewe Alex and obviously England.(Unlike a lot on here)

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Prawie.



July 1, 2019 to June 30,2020 = 69 / 59 / 10 / inc 2 x 0-0's. (You know my rules) @ 19 / 09 / 2019.
2019/20. Benelux = Bel = 0-0-0-(0-0-0)-(0-2-1-1)/ Lux = 0-2 / Neth = 0-0-0-(1 - 2) Others France = 0-0 / Germany =0-0-0 / Italy =0-3(Act 4- Frosinone new ground)./ Iberia = P = 0-1 & S = 0-0.

Now blogging at https://eccentricity.video.blog/



Workington FC
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May 31, 2011, 2:15 PM

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Sunday 29th May 2011
Mildenhall Fen Tigers 61 Isle of Wight Islanders 33
National League
Admission £10
Programme - sold out - picked one up in the bar later - 16 pages £1.50
Crowd - around 500

There was a long delay due to the Islanders John Resch suffering a double break of his leg. At the least the promotion pushed the meeting along after he was taken to hospital

Monday 30th May 2011
Rye House Rockets 51 Workington Comets 41
Premier League
Admission £16.00
Programme £2.00
Crowd - around 600

I've got to say this meeting was awful. I know very little about speedway but the entertainment on show was very poor. It took around 40 minutes to complete the first 3 heats due to numerous falls and the treatment of Thomas Topinka after he crashed.

There also seemed to be some strange refeering decisions as was the case at Mildenhall the previous day.

Further falls delayed things even further but the whole atmosphere of the place appears to be run down. I know speedway stadiums are no places of beauty but this place does need some tlc. The tinny PA system is poor along with the poor choice of music during the delays. This added to the sense of gloom in a meeting that appeared like it would never end.


escobar
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May 31, 2011, 6:05 PM

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Monday 30th May 2011
Rye House Rockets 51 Workington Comets 41
Premier League
Admission £16.00
Programme £2.00
Crowd - around 600

I've got to say this meeting was awful. I know very little about speedway but the entertainment on show was very poor. It took around 40 minutes to complete the first 3 heats due to numerous falls and the treatment of Thomas Topinka after he crashed.

There also seemed to be some strange refeering decisions as was the case at Mildenhall the previous day.

Further falls delayed things even further but the whole atmosphere of the place appears to be run down. I know speedway stadiums are no places of beauty but this place does need some tlc. The tinny PA system is poor along with the poor choice of music during the delays. This added to the sense of gloom in a meeting that appeared like it would never end.


That's strange as i always think of Rye House as one of the more tidy and well kept tracks. You should have seen it a few years ago. Maybe not the best track from a racing point but as a spectator you can always get a good view of the racing.

As for refereeing decisions, the more meetings you go to you'll get to understand more of those decisions but like any sport the referee is only going to please half of the people!


Red Robbo
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May 31, 2011, 10:32 PM

Posts: 1752
Location: Stevenage
Team(s): Local football in Herts and Beds

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Sunday 29th May 2011
Mildenhall Fen Tigers 61 Isle of Wight Islanders 33
National League
Admission £10
Programme - sold out - picked one up in the bar later - 16 pages £1.50
Crowd - around 500

There was a long delay due to the Islanders John Resch suffering a double break of his leg. At the least the promotion pushed the meeting along after he was taken to hospital

Monday 30th May 2011
Rye House Rockets 51 Workington Comets 41
Premier League
Admission £16.00
Programme £2.00
Crowd - around 600

I've got to say this meeting was awful. I know very little about speedway but the entertainment on show was very poor. It took around 40 minutes to complete the first 3 heats due to numerous falls and the treatment of Thomas Topinka after he crashed.

There also seemed to be some strange refeering decisions as was the case at Mildenhall the previous day.

Further falls delayed things even further but the whole atmosphere of the place appears to be run down. I know speedway stadiums are no places of beauty but this place does need some tlc. The tinny PA system is poor along with the poor choice of music during the delays. This added to the sense of gloom in a meeting that appeared like it would never end.


Also at Mildenhall on Sunday. Unfortunate accident to John Resch overshadowed the meeting but some good performances from the Tigers. I honestly thought the referee got both incidents spot on but they did go against the home side so plenty of moaning from the terrace. The referee was an ex Mildenahall rider as well, so perhaps they were expecting some "home" decisions!

Only been to Rye House four times this season and can only echo the sentiments above. I hope it improves soon otherwise I can see it folding up at the end of the season. Over priced entrance for both Premier and National League racing has made a lot of supporters stay awayMad but to be honest the racing at Rye has never been that good. Unsure, well, no comparision to the old Hackney Hawks anyway!



I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.

Games seen in 2016/17: 54
Goals : 214
Goal less draws: 0




RRYFS
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Jun 1, 2011, 1:18 PM

Posts: 1012
Location: Poole
Team(s): Leicester City, AFC Bournemouth, Hamworthy United

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Krosno 45-45 Lublin.
The track is only 2 mins walk from the main square, cant imagine this ever happening in Britain.


It did happen in Crewe.


Poole Stadium is only 2 minutes walk from the George Roundabout, which as a resident, I've always treated as the centre of Poole.


Red Robbo
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Jun 3, 2011, 8:42 PM

Posts: 1752
Location: Stevenage
Team(s): Local football in Herts and Beds

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This weekend I will be attempting to enjoy the racing at the following venues;

Saturday 4th June

Rye House v Edinburgh (Premier League)
7pm


Sunday 5th June

Mildenhall v Hackney Hawks (National League K.O. Cup 1st Leg) 4.30pm



I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.

Games seen in 2016/17: 54
Goals : 214
Goal less draws: 0




sandhurstbee
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Jun 12, 2011, 3:36 PM

Posts: 6446
Location: Little Sandhurst, Berkshire
Team(s): Brentford, Sandhurst Town and Most local Non League sides.

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Friday 17th June
Weather Permitting - Somerset Rebels v Workington 7.30



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Red Robbo
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Jun 12, 2011, 4:30 PM

Posts: 1752
Location: Stevenage
Team(s): Local football in Herts and Beds

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Tuesday 14th June;

Isle of Wight v Hackney Hawks (National League)

Weather and Wightlink catamaran permitting!



I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.

Games seen in 2016/17: 54
Goals : 214
Goal less draws: 0




youngster
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Jun 12, 2011, 5:46 PM

Posts: 3259
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Thursday 30th May.

Polish Champ Q/R.

Krakow.

Att 700ish

Adm £3, they'd run of out progs by the time we got there, but i had allready done my own. One of the more awkward tracks to find in Poland, tucked away a bit, but only 400 yard walk from the tram line on the outskirts of this lovely City.


Thursday 7th June.

Ipswich 51-41 Edinburgh.

Adm £15. Didn't bother with prog.

Att 1200 ish.


Saturday 9th June.

Euro champ Q/R in Braila.

Free adm, no prog, no drinks, no food, but luckily only a 15 walk from the only decent restuarant in the Town.

Att 4-5000.

The free admission certainly attracted a good crowd and created a bit of an atmosphere, we were told that this is a very poor area, and if they charged even £2, hardly anyone would have turned up. We were given VIP passes and we eventually found some progs hidden away after the meeting, even the referee didn't see them. Weekend got off to a bad start, Blueair flight from Luton-Bucharest delayed 8 hours due to a knackered plane. But to their credit they found one and got it to Luton, so all we missed was a few hours kip. The wonderful crumbling municipal stadium is also used by the towns football club C.F. Braila, a typical old eastern block ground. Not a bad meeting, but we weren't expecting that much, just nice to get Romania's only track visited for a FIM meeting, always best to do these types of tracks for an FIM meeting, you know they'll go ahead come rain or shine. Very tiring trip, but worth it, and hopefully after the mega delay Friday evening we should be entitled to a nice bit of compensationSlySlySly.


burgesshillbee
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Jun 12, 2011, 5:59 PM

Posts: 1957
Location: A Town in Mid Sussex
Team(s): Brentford

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The plan this week is weather permitting.

Tuesday Isle of Wight v Hackney National League and Friday Coventry v Kings Lynn Elite League or Somerset v Workington Premier League.

If anyone is going to Isle of Wight this season the travel arrangements are 18.15 or 18.45 Catamaran to Ryde then Taxi from the Pier Head (Ryde Taxis who are based at the Stadium) Taxi back after meeting. Best thing to do is after Heat 14 go round to near entrance to watch heat 15 and then Taxis are ready to go straight after meeting hopefully will get you back for 21.47 Cat if meeting is late finishing then will get 22.47 Cat. Speedway Flyer ticket is £21.50 includes Cat, Taxi, Entrance and Programme.

Speedway visits in the last few weeks are as follows :

Monday 23rd May Eastbourne 55 v 41 Peterborough Elite League Att 800 Approx
Tuesday 24th May Isle of Wight 53 v 39 Belle Vue Colts (At Lakeside) National League Att 200 Approx
Friday 27th May Hackney 42 v 48 Dudley Heathens National League Att 300 Approx
Saturday 4th June Eastbourne 46 v 44 Kings Lynn Elite League Att 1350 Approx
Friday 10th June Lakeside 63 v 29 Birmingham Elite League Att 750 Approx


Admission Prices were Eastbourne £16 both meetings plus £2 Programme both meetings. Isle of Wight £21.50 Speedway Flyer Ticket, Hackney Admission £12 Prog £1, Lakeside £16 Prog £2.50.


Red Robbo
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Jun 12, 2011, 9:01 PM

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Location: Stevenage
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The plan this week is weather permitting.

Tuesday Isle of Wight v Hackney National League and Friday Coventry v Kings Lynn Elite League or Somerset v Workington Premier League.

If anyone is going to Isle of Wight this season the travel arrangements are 18.15 or 18.45 Catamaran to Ryde then Taxi from the Pier Head (Ryde Taxis who are based at the Stadium) Taxi back after meeting. Best thing to do is after Heat 14 go round to near entrance to watch heat 15 and then Taxis are ready to go straight after meeting hopefully will get you back for 21.47 Cat if meeting is late finishing then will get 22.47 Cat. Speedway Flyer ticket is £21.50 includes Cat, Taxi, Entrance and Programme.



Thanks for the info, my first visit to the Islanders so hoping for some good weather on Tuesday.



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Games seen in 2016/17: 54
Goals : 214
Goal less draws: 0




ozzys mate
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Jun 13, 2011, 6:26 PM

Posts: 457
Location: yeovil,somerset
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weds 15th june
poole pirates v eastbourne eagles


ozzys mate
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Jun 16, 2011, 9:44 PM

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weds 15th june
poole pirates 54-40 eastbourne eagles

elite league
ticket:£16
prog:£3
car park:£1.50

poole pirates won this meeting at wimborne road to go top of the elite league and keep up there 100% home winning record.


Red Robbo
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Jun 17, 2011, 8:16 PM

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Saturday the 18th of June;

RYE HOUSE v REDCAR, 7pm

But in this weather the meeting looks doubtful already!



I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.

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Goals : 214
Goal less draws: 0




sandhurstbee
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Jun 19, 2011, 12:04 AM

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Friday 17th June
Weather Permitting - Somerset Rebels v Workington 7.30


RAINED OFF Mad



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grumpydwarf
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Jun 19, 2011, 4:32 PM

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Saturday 18th June-LEICESTER LIONS 28 GLASGOW TIGERS 62

Admission-£16 Programme-£2.50 Attendance-around 800

LIONS SAVAGED BY TIGERS-should be the newspaper headline as Leicester were completely overrun by a rampant Glasgow side; two 5-1 scores for the visitors in the first two heats set the tone for the evening and it was a very poor evening of speedway. The track is situated in the new shopping complex of Beaumont Leys and is an old landfill site; the owners have done marvels to get the track and ground up to scratch in such a short time; however it is still very much work in progress around tthe environs of the site; inside there are tow covered stands each holding around 250 spectators either side of the referees box; on the far side is a long, narrow covered terrace area with both ends open to the elements. Parking is available inside the speedway area and in some of the areas of the shopping complex. After initial crowds of around 4000 their support is starting to dwindle and will carry on even lower unless they can provide sterner opposition.


SteveR
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Jun 21, 2011, 1:50 PM

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Location: Chesterfield
Team(s): Manchester City, Djurgardens

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Sheffield v Leicester on Thursday. I was also at Leicester on Saturday, but, dismal as they were, they have riders who are well equipped to score well at Owlerton, so they should put up more of a fight.

Saturday; Annual meet everyone event at Cardiff with some below par racing for afters,


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Sunday 26th June
3pm

NATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP SEMI-FINAL 1st leg
Stoke Potters 62 – Dudley Heathens 32

A scorching Sunday afternoon and the meeting was delayed an hour and three quarters because a paramedic was not available. When it did get going it was four straight 5-1’s to the Potters which the Heathens never recovered from.

Tuesday’s 2nd leg could be over fairly quickly.

£12 admission including Match Magazine & Racecard (16 pages). An extra £1 to park trackside.

A large turnout of “Heathens” in a crown of around 400 (maybe).



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This weeks agenda;

Weds; Tigers legend Shawn Moran returns to Owlerton for an evening of Q & As etc in the Panorama Room. 7.30pm admission £5.

Thurs; Tigers v Workington

Sat; Leicester v Edinburgh

Sun; Newcastle v Scunthorpe


ozzys mate
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weds 29th june
poole pirates v belle vue aces
elite league

friday 1st july
somerset rebels v plymouth devils
premier league


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Sunday 26th June

Mildenhall 'Fen Tigers' 47 Buxton 'Hitmen' 43

Crowd - Approx 750-800

Entrance - Adults £10 Programe £1.50

Another good meeting at West Row, although the track wasn't quite up to the standard of the previous five meetings. The introduction (finally) of young Aussie 15 year old Cameron Heeps at reserve added to the theatre and he didn't let the crowd down with a 2+3 return on debut. A name to waych out for in the future. As is Robert Branford who fired a 15 point five ride maximum for the visitors.

Since the new promotion of Chris Louis, Mike Lee and Kevin Jolly have taken over the club has moved from a shambolic mess of the last five years to a well run one very quickly, add in a good announcer and ex Mildenhall legend Robert Henry as Team Manager and all looks very promising.

Next meeting at home is Sunday 17th July when Isle of Wight visit for the 1st leg of the KO Cup Semi final, one not to be missed!!




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Saturday 2nd July 2011
Leicester Lions 44 Edinburgh Monarchs 49
Premier League
Admission £15 (overpriced)
Programme £2.50 (32pp)
Attendance: 2,000 (estimate)
Free parking

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.


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I notice Lakeside Hammers are scheduled to be at home to Coventry Bees on Sat Aug 6th which should comprise the second half of a neat double, assuming they start at 7.45. I don't yet know which league are on that day, but there must be some.....................Crazy


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weds 6th july
poole pirates 58-36 kings lynn stars
elite league

this was an easy win for the pirates as kings lynn only won one heat and that was when they were going for double points.


SteveR
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Thurs; Sheffield 56 Edinburgh 40; Easy victory for the Tigers with the visitors score including two 6 pointers. Wolbert and Wethers responsible for 25 of the Monarchs score with little or no support from the rest,

Upcoming fixtures;

Sat; Leicester v Ipswich

Sun; Newcastle v Edinburgh

Thurs; Sheffield v Scunny


TheLinnet
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World Cup Event 2 tonight at King's Lynn 7:30pm, come on GB!



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World Cup Event 2 tonight at King's Lynn 7:30pm, come on GB!


I hear people left before the end because the meeting was so drawn out!! Over three hours for 25 racesShocked

Oh well proper speedway this weekend

National League KO Cup Semi Final 1st Leg - Mildenhall v Isle of Wight - Sunday 17th 4.30pm Cool


National League KO Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg - Isle of Wight v Mildenhall - Tuesday 19th 7.30pm Cool




2011/12 Season

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TheLinnet
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I hear people left before the end because the meeting was so drawn out!! Over three hours for 25 racesShocked

Oh well proper speedway this weekend

National League KO Cup Semi Final 1st Leg - Mildenhall v Isle of Wight - Sunday 17th 4.30pm Cool


National League KO Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg - Isle of Wight v Mildenhall - Tuesday 19th 7.30pm Cool


We stuck it till the end but people near us left early, it was obvious that Poland would walk it.

Looking forward to Mildenhall on Sunday.



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TheLinnet
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Mildenhall v IOW is off, we'll both have to wait till next week!



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Just watched the WC Final from Gorzow on delayed transmission; what a fantastic meeting - a world away from any club track in the UK and while the Poles continue to invest in the sport, the more they will dominate. Only the Aussies offered any real competition. Have they any tracks of note over there by the way and, if they have, what are the chances of them getting to host a GP meeting ?


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Just watched the WC Final from Gorzow on delayed transmission; what a fantastic meeting - a world away from any club track in the UK and while the Poles continue to invest in the sport, the more they will dominate. Only the Aussies offered any real competition. Have they any tracks of note over there by the way and, if they have, what are the chances of them getting to host a GP meeting ?



If Wiki can be beleived the 2002 Australian Grand Prix was held here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telstra_Stadium won by Greg Hancock.

I watch the Swedish Speedway on Premier Sport, their tracks are like the Polish ones, though the stadia are not so grand. For British Riders Polish and Swedish tracks must seem totally different to many British ones. Imaging riding Rye House and then going to a Polish track.

In the Semi at Kings Lynn one of the UK riders said if Ben Barker could score a few more points we would be ok, I thought I least he has managed to stay on his bike unlike a number of the other riders who had all been excluded for crashing.


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Sat 16th July

Leicester 45 Sheffield 48

Bit of a win-win for me, as well as the Tigers winning, it was great to see my friend Magnus Karlsson return to British Speedway with a maximum. Nice to catch up with Magnus (even if the Tigers couldn't), before and after the match. Good that he has signed for Leicester as we have been going quite regularly this season.

As for the match, the track staff did well bearing in mind the amount of rain, and indeed the track record was broken again this week, by Graversen in heat 1. unfortunately for him he was off the pace for the rest of the meeting.Sheffield basically having more strength in depth, with Lambert in particular providing good support .

Fixtures, weather permitting for this week exclusively involving Workington.

Thu; Tigers v Workington
Sat; Workington v Tigers
Sun; Leicester v Workington.


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Yes a shame but the right call for sure

Off to the Isle of Wight tomorrow for what is now the 1st leg.

Will miss Sundays league fixture v Hackney as I am off to Lords for the fourt day of the first test between England v India




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Grounds: 1

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ozzys mate
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friday 22nd july
somerset rebels 46-44 newcastle diamonds
premier league k.o.cup 2.1

good nights racing at the oak tree arena with it all still to play for in the 2nd leg.


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Sunday 24th July

Mildenhall Fen Tigers 57 Hackney Hawks 35

Most interesting part of a one sided meeting was Heat 9 which ended with one rider! Len Silver got very upset with the Ref. and said he was going to put a complaint in!



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The Moose
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Thinking of another trip up to Blunsdon for;

SWINDON ROBINS v KINGS LYNN STARS

Not a happy year for the Moonraker Mob so far.....

KRTM Cool


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ELITE LGE: SWINDON ROBINS 43 KING'S LYNN STARS 47

Tkt: £16 Prog: £2.50 Att: approx 1,200

NK Iversen was a class above anything the Moonraker Mob had to offer. Even though the scores we're tied with three heats to go you never quite felt they had enough to stop KLS winning for the second time this season at Blunsdon. Don Rogers from 'that' final in 1969 was a guest on the centre green so not sure what he's thinking of both the local footy and shale boys struggling Unsure

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Tigers 64 Rye House 29

Rye House every bit as bad as the scoreline suggests. Frampton was the only visitor to offer any resistance. Match only memorable for a bizarre heat 6. Ricky Ashworth was off 15m after failing to beat the 2 minute rule. When they finally got away, Bowen fell on the first bend, on the second bend Skidmore fell, and Ashworth laid down his Bike to avoid Skidmore. Boxall then slowed down and eventually ground to a halt, the other 3 riders had remounted but were just coasting around until they realised that no red light had been put on.The race then "recommenced" resulting in a 5-1 to the Tigers and a winning time of 78 seconds, some 17 seconds slower than the other races.


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Premier League : Leicester 45 Newport 45. Admission £15. Programme £2.50. Attendance about 1,300

Two of the bottom three in the league meant it was probably going to be close and it was with never more than 4 points in it and even that only happened once - after a horrific heat 5 crash caused by Russian wild-boy Bondarenko and ended up with his team mate Henning Bager on the terracing having been pinged over the air fence and track surrounds. Amazingly he got up for the re-run where he trailed third (then 13-17) and didn't appear again for the rest of the night. Leicester have signed Kauko Nieminen and Magnus Karlsson so are a little stronger but Newport's Charlie Gjedde dropped only one point all night, that in heat 15 when Leicester needed a 4-2 to tie it which they did in by far the best race of the night - many of the others being pedestrian.
Liked the stadium and it, and the track, will only get better. Meeting delayed till 8 to allow fans from the Leicester City-Real Madrid PSF to do both events, but I didn't see a single Real fan doing the double.


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Since my last post have been to a number of meetings as follows :

14th June Isle of Wight 47 v 43 Hackney NL
18th June Eastbourne 50 v 40 Wolverhampton EL KOC
22nd June Poole 55 v 41 Swindon EL
26th June Rye House 54 v 39 Berwick PL
1st July Lakeside 48 v 41 Belle Vue EL
2nd July Hackney 59 v 35 Newport @ Rye House NL
15th July Hackney 54 v 41 Buxton @ Lakeside NL
18th July Eastbourne 22 v 14 Coventry EL Abandoned after 6 Heats Rain
22nd July Lakeside 40 v 38 Poole EL Abandoned after 13 Heats Rain
23rd July Newport 58 v 32 Ipswich PL
25th July Coventry 49 v 42 Poole EL
28th July Birmingham 43 v 49 Eastbourne EL
29th July Lakeside 55 v 41 Peterborough EL
30th July Eastbourne 59 v 34 Swindon EL

Crowds varied at all tracks from 200 to at Isle of Wight and Hackney Meetings to about 1750 at Poole and 1500 at Lakeside v Peterborough. Meetings at Newport, Coventry and Birminhgam were marred by injuries to riders. 2 Ipswich riders injured in same heat at Newport, 3 Poole riders were injured at Coventry and Lukas Dryml broke his thigh at Birmibgham when he hit another bike which acted as a ramp and sent him 15 feet in the air and approx 50 - 60 Metres lengthwise, he was lucky he only broke his thigh. And at Eastbourne, the Swindon Number 1 Scott Nicholls arrived early but his bikes only turned up about 15 minutes from the end and he only scored 5 points.
On Friday will be going to Scunthorpe v Ipswich in the PL, if this is rained off will go North Ferriby v Grimsby


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Tuesday 2nd August

Dudley Heathens 38 Mildenhall Fen Tigers 51

Crowd - looked about 800-900

Admission £10 Programme £2 good!

Great night for the travelling band of Mildenhall supporters! I personally thought we'd loss this by 10-12 points, but wasn't banking on 15 year old sensation Cameron Heeps scoring a brilliant 20 (yes 20!) points from reserve Wink
He was only beaten the once by Tom Perry in heat 12, I can't remember seeing a better race for some time, absolute quality from the youngsters.

Good banter with the Dudley supporters and some excellent mushy peas and chips completed a pretty special evening.

The play offs look much more likely now, add a possible KO Cup final appearance and 2011 just keeps geting betterSly




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Sat Aug 6th - Elite League : Lakeside Hammers 42 Coventry Bees 48. Admission £16; Programme £2.50. Att - TBBM said around 1,600

A rare Saturday meeting at Arena Essex gave an easy double after the earlier game at Takeley. We even had time to be refused admission to the Traitors Gate in Little Thurrock on the grounds that dwarfdwarf was just too small to gain entry (probably a good thing judging by the crew assembled out the front) so instead a GBG double in Grays at the White Hart and The Theobold Arms, situated about 5 mins walk from the station and on opposite sides of the road by Grays Wharf. 4 ales in each with the former very lively. I'm sure the stats of TOWIE were there, if only I could be bothered to watch it, but I wouldn't have wanted an argument with any of the females I saw in there.

Arena Essex occupies a big area just off M25 J30 but will win no prizes for aesthetic beauty. One large covered terrace on the near side and a couple of Takeley covers on the far side up against the perimeter fence comprise the cover, unless you count the balcony on the cafe/pub by the first bend which looked well populated. Having said that, it's well banked all round with good viewing from most areas, although you're some distance from the track as it's inside a banger-racing circuit.

Cracking meeting with both teams chasing the 4th and last play-off spot for the end of season Sky hype-fest. After Heat 5, Lakeside were 19-11 up and failed to gain another heat advantage all night as maximum man Eddie Kennett proved unstoppable. A brief delay for a squall after heat 7 - after that it was all Coventry and they should have taken all 4 points but for Rossiter not giving Pawlicki a run out in Heat 15 when he had scored 12 already and Sayfutdinov only 4+2. Sayfutdinov came last in that heat on a track that was much too tight for him.


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Bit of a scandal this meeting now as according to an official satement on the BSPA Website the result has now been dcelared as a 42-30 win to Lakeside as Mr Maximum Kennett rode witha tampered Silencer and all his points have been deducted along 3 other points when Nick Morris used his bike. Kennett has been banned for 7 days pending an inquiry report indicates Coventry and Kennett have accepted findings bike was illegal. Will be intersting if Kennett knew he had an illegal bike.


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Sunday 14th August

Mildenhall v Stoke



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ELITE LGE: POOLE PIRATES 48 BIRMINGHAM BRUMMIES 42

TKT: £16 PROG: £2.50 (60 pages) ATT: approx 2,000

Cracking meeting at Wimborne Road where to their credit the Brummies gave a far better account of themselves than expected versus the leaders. Pirates had a few gremlins on the bike front and never led the meeting till the eleventh heat before just taking the win. Mind you after last year coming top before the play offs means nought. Their Aussie Posse though are quite impressive when firing on all cylinders. One of the best tracks and facilities on the shale circuit and still fairly well supported.

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Mildenhall v Stoke


Mildenhall v Stoke - National League - Sunday 14th August - Final score 49 - 43
Crowd 1000+
Admission £10.00 (kids free)
Programme £ 1.50

Mildenhall v Scinthorpe - National League - Sunday 21st August - Final score 47 - 43
Crowd 850+
Admission £10.00 (kids free)
Programme £ 1.50

Cracking good meeting v Stoke in front of a 1000+ crowd, and Mildenhall I felt unfortunate not to claim all three points.

Also last Sunday v Scunthorpe (21st August) was another cracker!! Crowd around the 850 for this one, and congratualtions to the promotion for the smart initiative of letting kids in for free for all three August meetings.

I didnt expect Mildenhall to get anything from this meeting to be honest. Scunthorpe at NL level are a fine side, and have produced some excellent young british riders in Irving, The Worrall Brothers and Birks, just a pity they don't see it through into their PL side, but things are rather do as I say not as I do at ScunthorpeShocked

Mildenhall were without new No 1 15 year old future star Cameron Heeps and Mark Baseby so had a guest in Ben Morley and Rider Replacement! But the five Fen Tigers pulled together and neither riders or a non show from Morley could stop them from winning by 4 points.

Both meetings were an excellent example of the quality speedway that can be seen at NL level, especially when a top track is prepared to race on, credit to trackamn Bob Ellis for thatSmile




2011/12 Season

Games: 1

Grounds: 1

New grounds visited this season: 0

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TheLinnet
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Aug 27, 2011, 12:14 PM

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Sunday 28th August Mildenhall v IOW (National League KO Cup)

Wednesday 31st August King's Lynn v Peterborough (Elite League)



WE ATE'NT DEAD (with acknowledgement to the late great Terry Pratchett)
Last new ground (Football) - Emirates Stadium
Last new ground (Cricket) - Trent Bridge
Last new track (Speedway) - Buxton




The Moose
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Sep 1, 2011, 6:25 PM

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Friday 2nd: ZUMMERZET REBELS v LEICESTER LIONS in the Premier League.

KRTM Cool


The Moose
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Sep 2, 2011, 11:24 PM

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Fri 2nd: ZUMMERZET REBELS 51 LEICESTER LIONS 43

TKT: £14 ATT: H/C 700 PROG: Free scorecard just 4 pages!

So the Rebels new signing from Worky, James Wright stole the show with some last to first overtaking. Lions though with a much changed line up put up a fight before not quite managing to get anything from the meeting. Decent crowd considering 'Eng-er-land' were on the box against Uncle Bulgaria and an enjoyable evenings shale action.

KRTM Cool


TheLinnet
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Sep 16, 2011, 7:41 AM

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19th September EL Play-Off Semi Finals 1st leg

King's Lynn v Poole

Should be a good one!



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Last new ground (Cricket) - Trent Bridge
Last new track (Speedway) - Buxton




burgesshillbee
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Sep 18, 2011, 8:09 PM

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Went to Rye House 56 v 35 Plymouth Premier League Admission £16 Prog £2 Att 300 Approx

This meeting was postponed last week due to a bad weather forecast which was inaccurate and was run this week up against a Tottenham Home game. Those who stayed away missed little as Rye House beat their poor opponents, the best rider was Plymouth's Ben Barker who scored 13 for Plymouth.


TheLinnet
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Sep 19, 2011, 9:39 AM

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Thanks for the 'events' on facebook, BTFC2802

Mildenhall v Stoke (twice)

25th Sept KO Cup Final 1st leg and 2nd Oct Play off Semi 2nd leg



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Last new ground (Cricket) - Trent Bridge
Last new track (Speedway) - Buxton




BTFC2802
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Sep 20, 2011, 9:32 PM

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No problemsCool

Should be a cracker on Sunday, hopefully the sun will shine and a large crowd will be there!

Obviously hoping for a Fen Tigers victory, but whatever the result a great season after the chaos and closure last year, bring it on!!Laugh




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Grounds: 1

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SKY BLUE TAT
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Sep 22, 2011, 8:41 PM

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Team(s): coventry city ,leicester tigers, coventry bees, leicestershire ccc

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May go to Coventry bees v Birmingham brummies in a midland cup 2nd leg meeting tomorrow night.
Prices have been reduced to Adults £10 ,Concessions £8 and u16 £4.


BTFC2802
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Oct 6, 2011, 2:38 PM

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Saturday October 1st - Stoke 44 Mildenhall 46

Sunday October 2nd - Mildenhall 51 Stoke 40

Happy times!!

A fine team peerformance on Saturday setting up the right result on Sunday. Mildenhall through to the Play Off Final versus Scunfield or Belle Vue.

Great season, never could have expected this and we still have the chance of winning the KO Cup as well as we defend an 8 point lead at Loomer Road Stoke on Saturday 22nd OctoberCool




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Games: 1

Grounds: 1

New grounds visited this season: 0

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Wheelbarrow
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Nov 13, 2011, 8:50 PM

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Looks like there could be some progress with a new stadium for Reading after all. The developers of the casino/dogs/speedway venue were given a three year extension to the planning permission in mid-October and look set to proceed. No firm date set for work to start, so I hope this isn't another false dawn.

more details from the website: http://www.readingspeedway.com/news.php?extend.1732


slough_womble
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Apr 29, 2012, 8:40 PM

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Not looking so good for Reading Speedway returning now with news that a rival casino been given the go ahead so complex which would of included casino, speedway and dogs now in doubt.

Which is a shame with the good feeling that must be in the town right now what with the football club reaching the Premiership.

http://www.readingspeedway.com/news.php?extend.1734.2

http://www.readingspeedway.com/news.php?extend.1735.2

http://www.readingspeedway.com/news.php?extend.1736.2



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acmold
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Apr 30, 2012, 10:47 AM

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Not looking so good for Reading Speedway returning now with news that a rival casino been given the go ahead so complex which would of included casino, speedway and dogs now in doubt.

Which is a shame with the good feeling that must be in the town right now what with the football club reaching the Premiership.

Did we ever think it would come back, sadly in most cases if a club closes down it seems to be the end in most cases. Oxford are rumoured to come back every year but nothing happens Cradley are back but as a Junior side, but not at Cradley. Belle Vue are moving (again) hopefully it will happen and they survive Coventry have a wobble every year or two about folding Swindon may be moving, but will it happen or will houses just be built with no new stadium The list is endless. 28 meetings of Poole v Eastbourne for the Elite League may well be boring even for Sky.


ozzys mate
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Jun 2, 2012, 9:57 PM

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Location: yeovil,somerset
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somerset rebels 47-43 ipswich witches(89-91 0n agg)

friday 1st june
koc 1.2
ticket:£14
prog:£2.50


Red Robbo
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Jun 2, 2012, 11:17 PM

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Rye House Raiders 51, Kings Lynn Lightnings 39

Admission £10, free race sheet (Programme not received from courier!)

Poor crowd but we at least got the 15 heats in before the heavy rain!

Should be an interesting meeting with Mildenhall on Monday (weather permitting)



I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.

Games seen in 2016/17: 54
Goals : 214
Goal less draws: 0




martin55
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Jun 5, 2012, 10:03 AM

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Monday 4th June

With the return of the dry weather and a double header on offer, off to that wonderful destination of Scunthorpe and the Eddie Wright Raceway.

Scunthorpe Scorpions v Sheffield Tigers 40 – 50
Premier League Cup

Followed by

Scunthorpe Saints v Buxton Hit-Men 56 – 36
National League


Admission a very reasonable £16.
Program £1
Parking £1



Can you remember who you were, before they told you who you should be?


Red Robbo
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Jun 5, 2012, 10:41 AM

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Double Header at Rye House

Rye House Rockets 53, Ipswich Witches 36 (League Cup)

Followed by

Rye House Raiders 40, Mildenhall Fen Tigers 50 (National League)

Admission £16, programme £3

Track staff did an excellent job of getting this meeting on after a day of heavy rain. Good crowd for two local opponents. Plenty of incident to keep everybody interested!

Mildenhall's Stefan Nielsen scored a six ride maximum on his first ever visit to Hoddesdon. That will probably earn him a guest booking before the season's out!



I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.

Games seen in 2016/17: 54
Goals : 214
Goal less draws: 0




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buncranaboy
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Jun 5, 2012, 2:29 PM

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Location: South Birmingham
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Sunday June 17th - Ekstraliga : Unia Leszno v Polonia Bydgoszcz

Really looking forward to my first overseas speedway action.


Main Drain Man
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Jun 6, 2012, 1:02 AM

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Sunday June 17th - Ekstraliga : Unia Leszno v Polonia Bydgoszcz

Really looking forward to my first overseas speedway action.


Sunday 3rd June Polish 1st Division

Daugavpils Lokomotiv (Latvia) 48 - 42 Lodz Eagles (Poland)

Admission 4.5 Lats (Best seats approx £5.17) Prog 1 lat (text in Russian) Beer 1 lat for half litre, Various edibles all good value.

Crowd approx 6,000.

Wow. Faith restored in just how good speedway can and should always be. Great stadium, sensational racing including last heat decider, superb atmosphere and presentation of the highest order. Arriving four hours before the start we decided to park at the stadium to allow a swift getaway before hitting the town as the car had to be back in Riga by midnight and the roads aren't that brilliant. Even 4 hours before the start there were queues at the ticket office buying admission and programmes, so we joined in. Fans were even arriving by taxi to get their reserved seats in and the place was packed, although not to capacity owing (as we were told) to the weather forecast not being too good.

Speaking with a local, who had gone to school in London he summed up that he only did 2 matches during that time as the fans were boring and the atmosphere and racing poor in Britain. Seeing what he is used to in this "backwater" he was 100% correct.

Young reserves Lebedevs for Dauga and Adamczak for the visitors were the stars with the fomer's last bend pass of Peter Kildeman in his last race just unbelievable. definitely look forward to doing it again.


Red Robbo
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SATURDAY 9th of JUNE

RYE HOUSE ROCKETS 59, BERWICK BANDITS 34 (PREMIER LEAGUE)

Admission £16, programme £2

The Rockets continued their good form of the last couple of weeks recording the best win of the season at the Hoddesdon Stadium.

Visitors Berwick were unfortunate to lose reserve Alex Edberg to injury during his first time out. The Bandits heat leader trio never gave up trying and the racing was certainly more closer than the score line suggests.



I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.

Games seen in 2016/17: 54
Goals : 214
Goal less draws: 0




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cl
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Jun 10, 2012, 4:04 PM

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Leicester 46 Newcastle 44

First meeting for a few years and normally I would want nothing more than a close meeting and these were the top two.

However I came away with little enthusiasm to return to a sport I was once watched regulalry. The positive was the way Leicester have developed the facilities from nothing, a fact others have reported on. I found leaving the car park, eazy a fact I had been warned,might not be the case

However the riding was with the exception of the last race mostly processional and a twenty plus min stoppage due to the low sun was something that I had never seen before. Safety has to be king but it certainly does not add to the spectacle and fans around me were understanding, but equally struggling to entertain kids etc. I assumed this was a one off but apparantly Workington had this the week before and then with an injury ran out of time to complete the meeting. Surely tinted visors or something but it does not seem insurmoutable

However the biggest concern was that the reserve berth seemed to be somwething to manipulate and surely should not contain the best riders. Three of the reserves were in heat 15 and for Newcastle the two reserves scored 26 of their 44 points. The two heat leaders at one and three scored 4 from 8 rides.

Have Newcastle just unearthed a couple of gems with low averages or this more common than it used to be. Leicester stated in the programme that they plan the track for the reserves not the head leaders!


Feversham Lens
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Jun 10, 2012, 8:29 PM

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I went to Leicester last season after a few years away from speedway and, like you, left the stadium feeling the sport had completely lost the plot. Not been to a meeting since, which says it all, really.


mip
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Jun 11, 2012, 11:05 PM

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Monday 11th June 2012
Danish Speedway League
Grindsted v Holstebro postponed Admission DKK100 (£11), programme and scorecard free, att. looked around 800-900.

I’ve never been to a speedway meeting but had been eyeing up one for some time now but I couldn’t have made a more inauspicious debut. At first the meeting was postponed for 45 minutes while the track was worked on. When the lines were chalked up I thought we’d be going ahead but that was a false promise as a few minutes later it was announced the referee had called the meeting off, the pitch too heavy in his judgment. The person next to me sneered something about Danish riders being too spoiled. It had been a beautiful Monday but apparently the rain over the weekend had done the damage.

The track is located some way out of the small town of Grindsted basically in the middle of nowhere. Parking is on an adjoining field. The track itself is very basic with few amenities for spectators. The oval is enclosed by a large grass bank too steep for standing on but on the near side a shelf had been formed halfway up along some of it and on the far side seven or eight rows of uncomfortably looking benches had been bolted onto it providing seating for some 250-300 spectators. The usual fare of sausages, beers and soft drinks were sold from concession stalls in three of the corners. I was surprised by the number of children in attendance, many not more than 4 or 5 years old.

No refund but the ticket is valid for the re-arranged meeting. After two late postponements of football games during the last month (in Scotland and Germany) I'm now beginning to feel a tad jinxed Pirate.


The Danish Speedway League runs with seven teams this season. Grindsted are drawing the lowest crowds, just under 1000 on average, while Holsted with the best crowds have an average of just under 2000.


Red Robbo
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Jun 17, 2012, 10:18 AM

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Saturday 16th of June,

Rye House Rockets 48, Somerset Rebels 42 (Premier League)

Rye House Raiders 38, Dudley Heathens 53 (National League)

Admission £16, programme £3

Somerset claimed a deserved League point in an exciting encounter between the sides of this double header.

In the second meeting high flying Dudley proved too much for Raiders but the home side kept in contention until midway through the meeting.

Once again a very disappointing crowd if you take out the Dudley and Somerset supporters.



I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.

Games seen in 2016/17: 54
Goals : 214
Goal less draws: 0




bagman
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Jun 21, 2012, 6:15 PM

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Wednesday June 20 2012

Poole Pirates 46 v Birmingham Brummies 46

Poole came back from 12 points down after heat 8

to draw 46 points all with Chris Holder passing Bjarne Pedersen on last bend to follow Davey Watt for a five one.

Josh Auty top scored for Brummies 12+2

Great meeting very good crowd


Red Robbo
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Jun 24, 2012, 10:23 AM

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Saturday 23rd June

Rye House Rockets 20, Edingburgh Monarchs 16 (Premier League)


Meeting Abandoned after heat 6 - rainFrown

No luck this time with weather as the track staff efforts to get through this meeting were thwarted by the inclement weather. First time that I've been to a rain off during the meeting since the new rules came into being. Apparently there as hard to work out as the Duckworth Lewis rule in cricket!Wink

Not that many dates left to fit this fixture back in the list. Perhaps a double header when Glasgow visit in July. Then the fish bar could add deep fried mars bar and haggis to the menu!



I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.

Games seen in 2016/17: 54
Goals : 214
Goal less draws: 0




footiemug
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Jun 25, 2012, 11:38 PM

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Mon 25th June
EASTBOURNE EAGLES 51 LAKESIDE HAMMERS 39
admission £17,car park £1,prog £2 and mug £5.50
Att. less than a thousand.
A very enjoyable evening watching the Eagles come back from being
8-16 down in heat4.To securing a win in heat 14.
They gained maximum 7 points tonight.


Red Robbo
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Saturday 30th of June,

Rye House Raiders 53, Buxton Hitmen 42 (National League)


Good performance by Buxton who were 18-5 down after heat 4. They managed to pull this back to 37-34 after heat 11 with good use of the Tactical Rider rule. Rye hit back with a 5-1 in heat 12 and after two drawn heats finished off with another 5-1 to claim maxium points.

Second half;

Milton Keynes Knights 16, Belle Vue Colts 19 (Midland Development League)




I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.

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Goals : 214
Goal less draws: 0




ziggerzag
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Jul 1, 2012, 12:06 PM

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Saturday 30th of June,

Rye House Raiders 53, Buxton Hitmen 42 (National League)


Good performance by Buxton who were 18-5 down after heat 4. They managed to pull this back to 37-34 after heat 11 with good use of the Tactical Rider rule. Rye hit back with a 5-1 in heat 12 and after two drawn heats finished off with another 5-1 to claim maxium points.

Second half;

Milton Keynes Knights 16, Belle Vue Colts 19 (Midland Development League)


Also at this. Thought a few more might turn out than actually did. Are crowds on the decline at Hoddesdon?



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SKY BLUE TAT
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Jul 1, 2012, 12:23 PM

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FRIDAY 29th JUNE
ELITE LEAGUE
COVENTRY BEES v EASTBOURNE EAGLES. 38-52
ADMISSION. £ 17
PROGRAMME £ 2.50

My first speedway meeting of the season. Eastbourne ran out comfortable winners in the end but after 10 heats the scores were level 30-30. The last 5 heats saw Eastbourne pick up 22 points to Coventry's 8. This included 3 5-1s. Coventry's Chris Harris and Kenni Larsen and Eastbourne's J.Kylmakorpi were on Grand Prix qualifying duty. Guest rider Seb Ullamek top scored for Eastborne with 12 while for Coventry kennnett and Stead (who was guesting) both scored 9. Eastbourne's reserve Timo Lahti who's only 19 picked up 11 points from his 5 rides. . Eastbourne stay in 4th while Coventry stay in 9th.


wishmaster3211
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Jul 11, 2012, 12:06 AM

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10/7/12

Isle of Wight Islanders 53 - 40 Kings Lynn Young Stars

Smallbrook Stadium . Adm 11 prog 2 (reissue from caped meet). Hot food and drink available. Att app 350.

At last my first Speedway report after several failed attempts at Swindon. I was on the Island for a cricket match that was abandoned and only got this in as it was a rescheduled meeting.

Found it very enjoyable with the knowledgeable local fans very willing to chat to a newbie like me. Not many close races. Partly as the track was very wet. The Islanders walked away with it after some great riding in heat 6 by Hughes and Hopwood. Cant remember many passes by KL riders. The few times they tried to fight back a home rider would pull off an overtake and knock them back.

For IOW Hughes and Warwick 11 Hopwood 9 all impressed.

Very nice girl from the taxi firm gave me a lift to Ryde thus saving me £5 and ensuring i recommend Ryde Taxis on here ! I adjourned to the King Lud for a few pints of Locale, good music and chat. Its never in the GBG prompting me to want to stick my GBG somewhere that may be painful to the IOW CAMRA branch and rely on instinct!

Great evening and a good rescue!

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Finally a decent forecast for the week so planning on a jaunt to the Abbey on Thursday 26th for SWINDON ROBINS v EASTBOURNE BUDGIES. Last team I've not seen there so looking forward to 'closure' as it were.

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Have been to a number of meetings whilst ducking and diving the showers, however 2 meetings this week.

1. Kings Lynn 45 v 45 Swindon Elite League Monday 23rd July Admission £16 Prog Free Old Prog with 4 page Insert.

A decent forecast saw 3 of us head up to Kings Lynn for this live Sky meeting which turned out to be pretty decent with Kings Lynn being pegged back from 6 points up when Swindon got a last heat 4-2 for a rare 45 All Draw. Kings Lynn rider Marcej Jankowski was involved in 3 crashes but fortunately walked away from all 3. Meeting was delayed for approx 30 minutes after heat 4 when the setting sun got into the riders eyes.

2. Scunthorpe 48 v 42 Berwick Premier League Friday 27th July Admission £14 Prog £1

Another closley fought meeting which saw Scunthorpe just edge the win. The meeting was very close all the way through with Berwick leading 34-32 after 11 heats but with Berwick having a rider excluded in heat 12 for falling which handed Scunthorpe a 5-1, the Scunthorpe Scorpions took command to win 48-42 with Thomas Jorgensen and Nick Morris scoring 13 for Scunthorpe and Ricky Ashworth scoring 13 for Berwick.

After the main meeting we had a 6 heat junior match between Scunthorpe 16 v 20 Coventry Josh Bates scored a 3 ride max of 9 points for Coventry and Damien Koppe scored 8 for Scunthorpe.


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Thurs 26th July: Elite Lge - SWINDON ROBINS 53 EASTBOURNE EAGLES 38

ADM: £17 PROG: £2.50 ATT: 1,750 h/c

Comfortable win for the smaller feathered creatures against the bigger birds! This completes all I needed from a shale perspective as I've now seen every possible away team at Poole, Swindon, Somerset, Exeter & Weymouth. Also visited all current operating tracks & about the same number of defunct ones!

I guess I've earn't the break similar to completing the County cricket ground circuit. It'll be nice to choose when I go in future rather than feel I 'have' to go. Minor grumble about the shale action is the inability to move proceedings along as it took over two hours to complete fifteen minutes of action. Purists of course won't mind but I think the round ball game offers better VFM, such is life!

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Saturday 18th August 2012
Workington Comets 48 Ipswich 41
Admission £15
Programme £2.50
Att - around 600

A last heat win for the Comets.


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Sat 18th August

Hyvinkaa (Finland)
Adm 10 euros, inc paper.
Cuppa 40p, obviously Finland isn't as expensive as i thought.

Kotkat 33
Sand Blowers 30
Keittiopiste 28
Haukat 23

Decent meeting on a well prepared track, very rare to get a full meeting with hardly any falls or e/f's in these parts.


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Thursday 23rd August

Abbey Stadium, Blunsdon.

Swindon Robins 50 -43 Poole Pirates

Adm £17, prog £2,50, Parking £1

Large amount of food and drink options available.

My first visit to Swindon Speedway with a top of the table clash that totally failed to live up to its billing. Swindon strolled away with it, managing to nullify Darcy Webb early on. Even when Holder inevitably won heats the other rider would be last. The first Poole overall heat win wasn't until Heat 10, a Webb Tactical, by which time the meet was Swindons.

Quite a disapointing first live visit to Elite League action for me. A large crowd (2500-3000 I think. Hard to say as id never been there before, but it was delayed to let them all in) but no atmosphere, hardly any overtaking, and I felt a bit remote form the action due to the fencing and the greyhound track.

Rider of the Day was Swindon Nick Morris (9), a reserve who won two heats including one fantastic pass on Holder in Heat 11 straight after they had closed it up a bit with Wards tactical win. Poole appeared totally reliant on Holder (13) and Ward (13+3), particularly towards the end of the meet when hardly anyone else scored a point, whereas Swindon scored well across the team.

Very efficient venue. Despite the big crowd I was out easily and home just after 10.



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 Lakeside Hammers 41 v 48 Poole Pirates
Friday 31 August 2012


The Poole Pirates kept their charge for play-off glory on course with victory at the Arena-Essex Raceway on Friday evening – leaving the Hammers to face an uphill challenge to keep their own hopes intact.
Poole’s firepower had always been expected to come from their big three – the turbo twins Chris Holder and Darcy Ward and their former Hammer in the shape of Krzysztof Kasprzak. All three were ultimately beaten by the Hammers own big two of Davey Watt and Peter Karlsson, leaving the lack of points from the lower order as one of the main reasons for the outcome with several points lost in key races.
The Pirates took the lead in the third race and never looked backed, maintaining but not necessarily increasing their lead despite the early unbeaten efforts of Ward and Kasprzak.
The key victories for the Hammers pairing came in heat five when Karlsson out-trapped Holder and sped to victory; Heat ten when Watt did likewise on Ward; And heat eleven when Karlsson drove around the second turn to claim a second victory over Holder, the winner of the British Grand Prix at Cardiff last week.
Holder’s evening came to an abrupt end when he lifted exiting the second turn of heat thirteen, sending Watt crashing into the air barrier. The re-run saw Kasprzak continue his maximum run which he extended through the penultimate race by leading a Pirates 5-1 with Ludvig Lindgren, the Hammers moving through into the minor placings when the Pirates reserve pulled up.
Kasprzak was finally beaten in the last race after a classy first turn from Karlsson but the Polish star slotted into second place with team mate Ward to ensure Pirates collected all four Elite League points.


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A quick resume of where i have been recently.

1. 31st August Lakeside 41 v Poole 48 Met up with Bagman at this meeting.
2. 1st September Eastbourne 61 v Belle Vue 29 Elite League. Eastbourne ran out easy winners against a poor Belle Vue team.
3. 10th September Lakeside 47 v Coventry 43 Elite League Lakeside won a close meeting but dropped a point in the chase for Play Off Places.
4. 14th September Lakeside 50 v Peterborough 42 Elite League Lakeside finished their regular season meetings with a win that eventually saw them qualify for the play offs due Peterborough failing to get anything from their meetings this week. This meeting saw Ryan Sullivan second meeting for Peterborough having agreed to ride in place of the Injured Kenneth Bjeere. Unfortunately Sullivan was injued at Belle Vue on Monday.
5. 15th September Rye House 52 v 39 Scunthorpe National League Rye House eventually won this match but results this week meant neither team qualified for the National League Play Offs with the Isle of Wight grabbing the last place after winning at Kings Lynn this week. Match Referee had an excellent meeting.Wink
6. 17th September Birmingham 43 v 47 Poole Elite League. Birmingham needed just 1 point from either this match or Wednesdays v Swindon to qualify for the Elite League Play Offs but managed to lose both, however Peterborough also failed to gain a point and so Birmingham qualified. They started this match poorly being 8 points behind after 2 heats but fought back to lead after 10 heats, however Poole's top 3 riders ensured they won and finished top of the regular season League Table.


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Nordic Speedway Grand Prix @Vojens Admission DKK350 (£39), programme DKK80 (£9), coffee and sausage DKK45, att. 16,788.

What a great meeting with some very good racing and the most amazing outcome. 20 years old Danish talent and wild card rider Michael Jepsen Jensen squeezed into the semi final with the slimmest of margins on 7 points, missed the start in the semi final completely going into the first bend 4th but fighting back to finish 2nd and outpacing Nicki Pedersen on the final lap in the final for a very popular win. Emil Sayfutdinov finished 3rd and Jason Crump 4th.

This will be the last Grand Prix at Vojens for some time as the track lacks in facilities. There’s a low and shallow covered stand on the goal line side and for the meeting tonight, a temporary stand had been erected on the opposite site. In all I’d guess seats for around 3,000 spectators (at most). The remainder of the crowd uses the shallow grass bank around the oval. Very good atmosphere tonight.

After a few meetings (inspired to go by reading reports on this forum), I’m hooked on this sport. I’ll try to get to a couple of meetings in Sweden and Poland next year as well as getting in some more Danish tracks.


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I didn't go, but have just watched the final GP of the year from Torun where Chris Holder clinched the world title which delighted me. For once, however, I did feel a pang of sympathy for his main rival Nicki Pedersen when Holder took him out in the semi and was allowed back in the re-run. An exclusion for Holder would have given Pedersen a golden chance to win the title, though I don't think he had the speed on the night to do so but.......had the roles been reversed, would Pedersen have been excluded......?

Note to self : get Torun in the diary sometime; it looks a belter of a stadium.


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Friday 5th April 2013 Lakeside 43 v 47 Swindon Elite League Admission £17 Prog £2.50 Att 700 Est

First meeting of the season at Lakeside, Bagman Junior wasdown as the ref but did not see Bagman. Freezing cold night, the attendance seemed to reflect this. Despite it being advertised as 8.00pm start thefirst heat was 8.10pm and took 2 hours to run not helped due to a starting gate problem that took a good 30 minutes to deal with. Swindon took an early lead which they never looked like surrending, could be a long season for Lakeside. Prog still 2.50 but still poor.

Saturday 6th April 2013 Leicester 52 v 38 Scunthorpe Premier League Cup Admission £15 Prog £3 Att 800 Est

Having been to Coventry v Brentford i trundled over to see my second fixture at Leicester this season, despite the track being altered during the off season the racing is still not that great but there were a couple of decent overtakes, meeting was close for 10 heats but Leicester pulled away at the end for a comfortable win. After this we had a 6 heat junior match between Leicester 16 v 20 Coventry MDL KO Cup.





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Saturday 20th April 2013 Rye House 63 v 26 Glasgow Premier League KO Cup Admission £16 Prog £2 (Not worth it) Att 400 Est. Sausage & Chips £3.40 Coffee £1.

After the football is was across to Rye House who easily beat a poor Glasgow by 37 points. Apparantly 400 is average here at the moment. Score should have been a bit bigger but Glasgow got a surprisse 5-1 in the last heat. Second meeting i have been to with Bagman Junior as the referee, though he hardly had any tough decisions to make. And it was rather cold at the end.


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Two matches this week instead of football.

1. Lakeside 53 v 39 Kings Lynn Elite League Admission £17 Prog £2.50 Att 600 Odd

If Lakeside are wondering why they are getting some low crowds,then charging £17 and using the programme for the rained off meeting with Birmingham with an insert and charging £2.50 for it, all for a Live TV meeting will probably answer it.

Kings Lynn have had a good start to the season but failed to impress against Lakeside who ran out easy winners with veteran Peter Karlsson amassing 12 points for the home team.

2. Redcar 48 v 42 Newcastle Premier League Cup Admission £15 Prog £2 Att 750 Est Coffee £1.10 Sausage & Chips £3.50

Had a choice of here or the British Semi Final at Sheffield and at 7.30pm thought i had made the wrong choice as track work was still on going due to rain earlier in the day, we eventually got going at about 8.30pm. Not many passes due tothe work,though the track was perfectly raceable.Micky Dyer of Redcar being the star of the show but the Redcar manager made an error in heat 14 when he missed the chance to bring in Dyer as a reserve change and as a result they conceded a 5-1,followed by another 5-1 in heat 15 meant Newcastle nicked a point at the end. Despite the late start the meeting was completed in 90 minutes thanks to the efforts of the riders and the referee Chris Gay who came upfromSouthend for this meeting.

Back in Scunthorpe for midnight.


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Sunday 28th April

National League

Going to Mildenhall v Coventry Storm this afternoon, my first meeting of the season 4:30pm



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What a Premier League cracker on $ky Sports. Good crowd, fast track, good racing and plenty of controversy . A final heat decider.

Barwick Bandits 41-49 Newcastle Diamonds


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What a Premier League cracker on $ky Sports. Good crowd, fast track, good racing and plenty of controversy . A final heat decider.

Barwick Bandits 41-49 Newcastle Diamonds


Saw a tape of it , was amazed that cheating is now allowed.
Was it race 11 when a Berwick rider at the back facing a 1-5 deliberately laid his bike down and got a rerun minus himself of course , which ended in a 3-3. Ref bottled that one.
Cracking action though.



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Monday 13th May 2013

Kent Kings 22 v 44 Isle of Wight Islanders

Match abandon after 11 heats result stands

My first visit to this stadium for speedway, saw Burgesshillbee & Hensfield Bee


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Monday 25th May - Premier League : Scunthorpe Scorpions 37 Somerset Rebels 56. Admission £16; Programme £1. Attendance 550 (hc)

A glorious day in Lincolnshire with a clear run via grumpydwarf taxis enabling pre-race ticks at The George Hogg in Winterton and a strange visit to the Ferry Bridge Inn at Burton Stather in an idyllic location on the banks of the Trent. The dithery woman serving in the almost deserted pub (why - on a day like today?) mumbled "you'll have to see my husband about beer" after we noticed that the only hand-pump was turned the wrong way and we were about to exit when yer man duly appeared and took us into a side room where he had 8 ales on cask and appeared to be the only one enjoying his own beer festival. A decent pint nonetheless and a shame it wasn't better supported although lots of broken glass up by the tables on the embankment suggested the previous nights excitement hadn't yet been tidied up and maybe nobody else had resurfaced yet!
The track is a couple of miles north of Scunthorpe and is reasonable for one at this level. Most facilities are along one side with two covered terraces flanking an open seated stand with more open terracing at the first bend. The rest is flat standing with a portakabin bar at the far end and a good cafe on bend one where a huge and excellent home made pie/peas/chips & gravy was £4.50. Unlike Plymouth last week, this is a fast wide track with many opportunities to make passes and generally the racing was very good. At 3-15 after three heats it didn't look good for the homesters but by heat 8 they led 26-25. That was as good as it got as Somerset upped their game and clinched victory in heat 13 when they overturned what was a 5-1 at one stage into a 1-5 of their own. The idiosyncratic announcer apologised for Scunthorpe being crap and he was very entertaining all afternoon, if a little dejected. Ashley Birks (12+1) top scored for Scunny while the Rebels scored consistently with Jason Doyle top-scoring with 10+2.
There was a second (challenge) meeting between Scunthorpe Saints and MK Knights but we headed back to get grumpy junior his tea.


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Monday 25th May - Premier League : Scunthorpe Scorpions 37 Somerset Rebels 56. Admission £16; Programme £1. Attendance 550 (hc)

The idiosyncratic announcer apologised for Scunthorpe being crap and he was very entertaining all afternoon, if a little dejected.

The announcer in question is actually Rob Godfrey aka Scunny promoter. Anyway onwards..............
Monday 25th May - National League : Kent Kings 42 Fen Tigers 48. Admission £12; Programme £2. Attendance c 2,000.

Refusing to take in the first meeting at Central Park against the American Internationals; a side containing just 2 Americans and no internationals, I chose their second bank holiday fixture to visit the country’s newest track.

With the local Sittingbourne track at Iwade some 5 miles away recording an attendance of 14 during its time in this division and seeing very low attendances on here from higher level matches they seem to be getting some of the biggest crowds in the sport. I know novelty is an issue but having proper facilities must help. A huge seated stand with excellent views of the whole arena is a definite bonus.

This being speedway there were some negatives on the day, the length of the meeting being the usual pain, but hopefully improvements will happen and the positives of this venue will be promoted and negatives got rid of.

Much has been made, by the keyboard warriors on the speedway forum, of the regular 6.30 start time. The anti brigade all seem to live miles away but I reckon the locals could really appreciate the early finish and that is always one thing never considered by those who may only go once. This start time could be the way forward for many tracks.

Although I won’t go every week, I can put my foot down and get there in an hour from London so look forward to future visits even with the earlier start time.


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Going on Saturday to the British GP at the Milennium Stadium and really looking forward to it. Only been to one final before and that was back in 1981 when Bruce Penhall won at Wembley in front of 92,500 and delighted all the Cradley Heathens fans present.
A crowd half that size would be decent on Saturday but the possibility of a home win with the flying Tai Woffinden in unbelievable form should add a few to the gate.


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Going on Saturday to the British GP at the Milennium Stadium and really looking forward to it. Only been to one final before and that was back in 1981 when Bruce Penhall won at Wembley in front of 92,500 and delighted all the Cradley Heathens fans present.
A crowd half that size would be decent on Saturday but the possibility of a home win with the flying Tai Woffinden in unbelievable form should add a few to the gate.




Also doing this. Missed last year owing to it clashing with Mid Wales Hop but always worth doing, and I’ve been to all the rest. Sadly hotels cash in big time (£200 for one night quoted to me) and while around 30 of us used to make a weekend of it, we are down to around 10, most of whom are just going for the day. As has been pointed out though most of those cashing in are multi nationals while the Welsh Tourist Board are one of the major event sponsors. Can't blame the locals. Having lived through the London Olympics, the same happened here.

It also shows how much domestic speedway hasn't kept up with the times when you see events like this taking it to another level, although some of the music makes me sigh. Why people need to do the effing Hokey Cokey at a speedway event I have no idea.

Looking at the field any one of them could make the final. Should be a brilliant night.


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some of the music makes me sigh. Why people need to do the effing Hokey Cokey at a speedway event I have no idea.

Most music at sporting events makes me sigh. Why is it necessary? If the sport can't entertain people enough without music there must be something wrong with the sport. At the test match in Leeds on Saturday music was played during drinks breaks. Why? Were they afraid everyone would get bored and leave during the five minute break?


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I was also at the 1981 last ever Wembley world speedway final which now has fantastic memories. Some great overtaking by Mr. Penhall who beyond 82 & winning it again in LA decided to take his blue eyes to Hollywood. Dudley Wood housed a great team back in the day with Erik Gunderson as well so worthy champions. Twin towers, steep terracing behind the goals before all seater stadia, shale action not just footy ooooooh the nostalgia! Yes I am getting old Tongue

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Was also at Wembley in 1981, have never been to Cardiff though but maybe one dayWink

My speedway for this weekend will be;

Mildenhall Fen Tigers v Buxton Hitmen (National Trophy)

Visted KENT KINGS on bank holiday Monday, impressive venue, good support, well organised. Once the track has settled should see some good racing as well. Will hopefully go back later in the season but Monday at 6.30pm will make if difficult for me.



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Watching it now one of the commentators in the studio (not really a studio) does a good impression of Youngster.


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The best speedway long weekend I have had, in 81, Hackney v Belle Vue Friday, World Final Wembley Sat and Rye House v Belle Vue Sun.


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British GP at the Millennium Stadium. Admission £38; Programme £10. Attendance 38,760

First time at this for me and all in all it was a positive experience. The track was lousy and caused one or two to give up the ghost while chasing as well as catapulting Freddy Lindgren from his bike in the final when he hit a hole but there were a number of really good heats with aggressive riding from Kasprzak and Lindgren providing the highlights as well as a thriller involving Chris Harris where he held on for an unlikely heat victory. Home favourite Tai Woffinden came a cropper in his 4th outing when Lindgren was (harshly in my view) disqualified for an over-zealous inside manouevre which caused Woffy to smash into Pedersen (again!) and hit the track hard where he broke his collarbone. The re-run final, without Lindgen, was another thriller with Sayfutdinov just holding off Kasprzak (who broke the track record tonight) with Iversen ultimately nipping in for second place and become top scorer on the night.
It was a beautiful day in Cardiff and the atmosphere was festival-like. I parked up at Cwmbran Station and caught the train in for £8 return which was a good move to avoid Cardiff's notoriously difficult parking and access. Pre-match supping away from the madding crowds at the Mochyn Du by the entrance to Sophia Gardens. The stadium capacity for speedway is 62,500 so a crowd under 40,000 was easily managed with short queueing for beer, most of which was consumed by Poles. Food didn't enter the equation after the 3-sausage torpedo in the cafe at Cwmbran Station; excellent soakage.
Meeting ended about 8.15, home before eleven.


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Monday 4th June

Kent Kings 40 v Kings Lynn Young Stars 49
Admission £12
Prog.£2

Never seen so many riders coming off or bikes not running properly.Heat 2 The Kent rider Jack Kingston smashed through the barriers and didn't move for a good 10 mins.He was taken to hospital .

First time i have seen a meeting at this level.Very different to the Elite league.Had a good night out,but freezing sitting in the huge stand.


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2013 Veteran Speedway Riders Open Championship
Lydd speedway, Belgar Farm, Kent
Admission by donation (£5 club membership fee suggested)
Programme £2. for 12 pages.
Attendance c200

Parc de Princes to Reedham Park, Qualcomm Arena San Diego to Shottermill and now Millennium Stadium Cardiff to Lydd provides my latest contrast in stadia sizes for consecutive sports events. Having partied in a 70,000+ all seater stadium in the centre of a major city one week ago I now find myself watching the same sport in the middle of a field, a mile from the nearest road.

A huge 43 races was a bit of a test even to a fanatic like me but I stayed until the last final. Although not recognised by the authorities a sprinkling of former league riders entered this contest at "pirate" track Lydd, which was completed by riders from some of the amateur competitions.

A nasty fall in heat 2 put track owner Malcolm Smith out after one lap, which was a shame as he looked like he knew how to really race on this track.

The two main 4 valve finals were won by ex league riders Dean Felton and Gary O'Hare with the former coming to grief on the last lap of he laydown final, although a little too far behind by then to have done the double. Ironically I saw Dean's final league meeting at Buxton at the end of last season when an early fall saw him retire from the professional game with a painful injury against the Isle of Wight. Fortunately his entry into veteran status ended with no more than sore pride. Had it been a normal timed meeting I would have taken in Eastbourne v Wolves on the way home but it wasn't to be.

Will hopefully see future matches there, and who knows may have a skid myself at some stage.


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Danish Speedway League
Grindsted v Outrup 45-38 Admission DKK100 (£11) (ticket from postponed meeting did the trick for me), programme/scorecard free, sausage, hotdog and coffee DKK60, att. 978.

At last I managed to see a meeting at Grindsted after two previous attempts were rained off. The sky was leaden today but as promised the rain kept off until just after the meeting which started half an hour late as two ambulances were called on duty on their way to the track. But it was worth the wait with some excellent racing, probably the best meeting I’ve been to yet with Martin Smolinski and Michael Jepsen Jensen starring for the home side. Smolinski was fabulous with 17 point in six heats, aggressive riding and several passes, the lost point was by no more than the width of a wheel as he challenged Kenneth Bjerre heavily on the finish straight.

The match was close, Outrup leading for much of it, but the score tied at both 18-18 and 27-27 before Grindsted went 39-32 in front with two heats remaining. In one of the crucial heats Lasse Bjerre lent too heavily on Kikkenborg to send both crashing and earning himself an exclusion much to his dismay with a few handbags thrown in on the way from the track. Penultimate heat was 5-1 Outrup setting up a thrilling last heat where the storyline of the evening was repeated, Kenneth Bjerre making the start but Martin Smolinski and Michael Jepsen Jensen both passing him for a 5-1 win. Excellent stuff!


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Danish Speedway Grand Prix @Parken Admission DKK530 (£59), programme DKK100, hot dog and coffee DKK67, att. 15,507.

I saw my first indoor football match earlier this year and have now seen an indoor speedway meeting. Didn’t really feel right on either occasion although without a roof we might not have had a race at all with the amount of rain in the days leading up to the meeting and on Saturday. The track wasn’t great and there were five crashes, four times riders likely hit holes in the track. Fredrik Lindgren crashed in his last heat before the semi final and broke an arm and in heat 3 a tussle between Zagar and Saifutdinov sent Sayfutdinov crashing and he was hit by Jonsson while on the ground. It didn’t look good but Saifutdinov could carry on, Jonsson couldn’t (fractured ribs and shoulder blade) and Zagar was, harshly, excluded from the restart. Jonsson's injury gave two local lads Peter Kildemand (Fjelsted) and Kenni Larsen (Munkebo) five rides between them and four points for their efforts was approved.

Indoor speedway somehow didn’t feel right and throw in music at a ridiculously high volume and an exasperating speaker telling the crowd to cheer whenever he mentioned anyone Danish (thank you, I think people can cheer whenever there’s something to cheer about without being told so) and it wasn’t the greatest of experiences. The disappointingly low crowd was probably due to ticket pricing, £59 was the second cheapest ticket, £83 and £100 in the categories above and that’s really pushing it I think. From a Danish point of view there wasn’t much cheering to do tonight with no Danes making the semi finals. Some good racing in between with Darcy Ward a deserved winner after consistently good riding and holding off surprise Zagar’s strong challenge in the final where Holder was third and Gollob, who had delighted the Polish contingent, fourth.

The best thing about Parken is its compactness with steeply raked stands and its central location but I don’t like it and won’t be rushing back. Good day in all though.


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I watched the meeting on Eurosport Michael, and I thought it was pretty good - better than Cardiff at any rate. There appeared to be more than 15,000 there as one side looked to be full. The pricing you mention is crazy though - the equivalent in Cardiff was £38 but you could have paid up to £100 if you wanted to. TV boys were saying it's probably not going to happen at Parken next year as they'd rather have the Eurovision?
Zagar very unlucky to be excluded early but he rode like a man possessed thereafter and Ward was just different class. Shame for grumpy Nicki though Wink


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I watched the meeting on Eurosport Michael, and I thought it was pretty good - better than Cardiff at any rate. There appeared to be more than 15,000 there as one side looked to be full. The pricing you mention is crazy though - the equivalent in Cardiff was £38 but you could have paid up to £100 if you wanted to. TV boys were saying it's probably not going to happen at Parken next year as they'd rather have the Eurovision?
Zagar very unlucky to be excluded early but he rode like a man possessed thereafter and Ward was just different class. Shame for grumpy Nicki though Wink



I'm probably just turning into a grumpy old git Wink. I got fazed with the volume of music and speaking (and the inane speaker) and the sound in Parken is notoriously poor with sound rebounding off the concrete surfaces. And annoyed with people fetching beer, popcorn, more beer, hotdogs all the time Frown. I had difficulty concentrating on the speedway at times. But there was good racing.

I guessed at between 15 and 16,000 before the crowd was announced. The side facing TV cameras was almost full (empty pockets though) but the upper tier of the other side almost empty and half of the lower tier closed off. 16,000 at the grass banks at Vojens last year and much better atmosphere. The stronghold of Danish speedway is in Jutland but the facilities at Vojens are poor for a big event. Aarhus would be an interesting choice, 20,000 seats and an athletic track so room for a larger track but I have heard nothing to suggest it won't be Parken again next year.

Parken has turned down the opportunity to stage the Eurovision next year, last time they staged it was the reason for the roof coming on, as they want to concentrate on football. Pity as I had hoped the pitch would be next to destroyed so teams would have an advantage if they came to kick the crap out of FC København.

No sleep lost for Nicki from me. He just didn't have the speed yesterday. Michael Jepsen Jensen and Peter Kildemand have become my favourites.


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Saturday June 22 2013

Leicester Lions v Somerset Rebels

LEICESTER 46
K Nieminen 3 2’ 1’ 1 1 - - 8+2
J Graversen 1 3 3 2 - - - 9
L Bjerre 2 1 1’ 2 - - - 6+1
K Doolan 1’ 3 2 3 0 - - 9+1
M Karlsson 2 2 2 X - - - 6
A Edberg 1 1’ 2’ R - - - 4+2
R Branford 3 0 0 1 - - - 4
Team Manager: Glyn Taylor


SOMERSET 47
J Doyle 2 2 3 3 3 - - 13
K Newman 0 0 1 1 - - - 2
N Morris 3 3 3 3 2’ - - 14+1
A Davies 0 0 R 2 - - - 2
J Grajczonek 3 R 6^ 2’ - - - 11+1
S Nielsen X - - - - - - 0
T Perry 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 5
Team Manager: Garry May

Referee: Dan Holt

HEAT DETAILS SCORE
1: Nieminen, Doyle, Graversen, Newman 63.05 (4-2)
2: (re-run x 2) Branford, Perry, Edberg, Nielsen (f.exc), 64.63 (8-4)
3: Morris, Bjerre, Doolan, Davies, 62.78 (11-7)
4: Grajczonek, Karlsson, Perry, Branford, 62.78 (13-11)
5: Doolan, Doyle, Bjerre, Newman, 62.15 (17-13)
6: (re-run) Graversen, Nieminen, Perry, Grajczonek (ret), 63.09 (22-14)
7: (re-run) Morris, Karlsson, Edberg, Davies, 63.19 (25-17)
8: Graversen, Edberg, Newman, Perry, 63.65 (30-18)
9: Grajczonek^, Doolan, Bjerre, Perry, 63.37 (33-24)
10: Morris, Graversen, Nieminen, Davies (ret), 63.00 (36-27)
11: Doyle, Karlsson, Newman, Edberg (ret), 62.96 (38-31)
12: Morris, Bjerre, Perry, Branford, 63.25 (40-35)
13: (re-run) Doyle, Grajczonek, Nieminen, Karlsson (f.exc), 64.00 (41-40)
14: Doolan, Davies, Branford, Perry, 64.00 (45-43)
15: Doyle, Morris, Nieminen, Doolan, 63.94 (46-47)


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Weather looks set fair, so possibly a visit to Owlerton on Thursday for Sheffield v Newcastle in the League Cup Semi-Final.


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Just 4 new tracks so far this season.
Chervonograd, U21 Qualifier
Kent Kings V Mildenhall
Neuenknick, open meeting
Munkebo V Holsted, nice to meet MIP here, track didn't lend itself to decent racing, but at least it was (another) cheap trip.
Also seen all Ipswich homes meetings (except one), these have been very enjoyable, the new track shape is working well now, and now they've found the right material to chuck on it, the racing is as good as anywhere. Also the stadium improvements are well underway, by the start of next season Foxhal will be the best Speedway/stock car stadium in the country. Off to the USA late August for 5 meetings, plus lots of other things.


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Premier League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg : Sheffield 47 Newcastle 43. Admission with racecard £15. Att 800 est.

A perfect night for speedway at a cracking track. Owlerton is just down the road from Hillsborough and is an old-school dog track and speedway stadium with a wonderful frontage. A huge car-park is out front at £2 and you enter between the stand and one of the covered terraces. There's loads of covered terracing with the full-length main stand now converted into the bar/restaurant ensemble seen at most dog tracks these days. The far side is open terracing but wasn't in use but there were plenty of good vantage points and a good crowd in to enjoy a cracking meeting. On the ground floor of the stand is a cafe doing the best scran I've seen at speedway and I settled on a large pie,peas and gravy at £3.40. Pints upstairs at around £3.60 but it's a tad sanitised up there.
No programme as you'd know it, but a large glossy fold-over card with the relevent bits on the inside given free with admission.
It's a big fast track and we saw lots of good racing with the final heat win by Richard Hall to secure a home advantage topping the lot. Never more than 6 between them at any stage and both times Sheffield stretched that far ahead they immediately conceded a 5-1 to keep it tight all night. Top scorers Hall 12 and Ricky Wells with 9+2 for the home team; Richie Worrall 11+2, Stuart Robson 9+2 and Lewis Kerr 9+1 for the Diamonds.
Most enjoyable and no sighting of our Sheffield Tigers man from the forum.


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Monday July 8th at Central Park, Sittingbourne, Tapes 18:30ish, parking free, admission 12 quid, programme 2 quid.
Tasty ham, egg and chips four pounds eighty. Badge 4 pounds.
Kent Kings 39:52 Mildenhall Fen Tigers, National League.

My first meeting of the year, and only 1 of two UK tracks I needed, the other being Glasgow, see >

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An afternoon off work, with a stop at WestBerksPalaces elderly parents in Surrey on the way over. M25 was heavy with traffic due to roadworks on large section before M26/M20.

After the demise of Wimbledon/Reading and Oxford, I find limited opportunity to watch live these days, I'm not a fan of the racing at Swindon, so only usually go there once a season. 10/12 years ago I was watching about 25 meetings a season, this year I doubt I'll see more than 3 or 4!

The continual tinkering with rules, and for reasons above has seen my interest in the sport wane in recent years. But it was good to see some shale action.

The first thing that struck me as soon as I got in the stadium, was the famous Sittingbourne 'micro climate', arriving in shorts and short sleeved shirt after another day of temps touching 25-29Celcius, a cool wind was skipping around the stadium, with the sun only hitting bends 3/4 and the back straight. I should have known, I used to live in Maidstone, I had watched Speedway at Iwade, and had also seen football in Central park in the past, it's set up high is Sittingbourne, and within minutes of taking my seat I had goose pimples all over my arms, my friend Dave Lewis who I'd met there was also feeling it.

Central Park is a new venue to Speedway this year, although it has been talked about for years. The Rye House raiders have decamped here for 2013, known now as the Kent Kings.

Sadly the 3rd division racing hardly warmed us. A host of early meeting falls, most on bend4 created some delays and re-runs, passing was at a minumum. Heat leader and captain Steve Boxall for KK looked head and shoulders over the other riders on show, apart from perhaps the visitors Jon Armstrong. But he had little back up, apart from youngster Kingston, the visitors spread the points around the team, and it was good to see Aaron Baseby who I remembered from my days watching at the charming Iwade back in the early-mid 2000s.

The track seemed pretty good, and I'd like to have seen more experienced riders on it, but frankly the racing wont live long in the memory, and I wont be taking another half day leave to watch here, shame that the 8.30pm curfew means such an early start. A good crowd of 6-700 turned out, and hopefully they will continue to do so, because Speedway in the South of England, with its lack of tracks is at a very low ebb indeed, and any new enterprise needs to be well supported.



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New Grounds in 2019 - 20. 2018 - 44. 2017 -44. Grounds in Total - 1213.
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The continual tinkering with rules, and for reasons above has seen my interest in the sport wane in recent years. But it was good to see some shale action.



Would you care to elaborate for someone fairly new to this sport?


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Friday 12th July

Lakeside Hammers 43 V Swindon Robins 47
Admission £17
Prog £2.50
Badge.Picked one up to buy,told it was £7,so didn't bother.

A really good top of the table clash,with the Hammers always in the lead to heat 11,pulled back on heat 12 and finally lost 43-47.
Good team racing by swindon.

Then it took us 1 hour 15 mins to get back across the Dartford crossing.3 lanes shut for roadworks.NIGHTMARE..........


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The continual tinkering with rules, and for reasons above has seen my interest in the sport wane in recent years. But it was good to see some shale action.



Would you care to elaborate for someone fairly new to this sport?



Where shall I start! 1/ Tactical rides, allowing a team getting getting well beaten a potential free double point score for no reason.
2/ The joker in the world team cup, last year had riders slowing up to avoid winning, to 'tactically' not allow the opposition use of joker (double points). 3/ The team that WINS the Elite league, then has to go into a farcical play off system to be allowed to be crowned champions, if they WIN! This is only for the pockets of the promoters, and for the SKY cameras. Champions are champions, end of.

When will they learn that a close scoreline does not equate to exciting or interesting racing.

I'm sure others can post other points......Crazy



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With the scorchio weather continuing into next week, I'm going to have a dash at getting to Peterborough v Birmingham in the Elite League on Monday night, M6 South/A14 permitting


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The world team cup shows how silly the rules have got, when a national called Greg Hancock gets within a few points of qualifying for the final


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The world team cup shows how silly the rules have got, when a national called Greg Hancock gets within a few points of qualifying for the final



And in both the Race Off and Final motor stops in heat 15 allowed a timely use of the Joker in heat 16...


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Elite League : Peterborough Panthers 45 Birmingham Brummies 45. Admission £17; Prog £3. Att c.900

When you get a good speedway meeting, it's hard to beat for sporting entertainment - this was such a meeting.
Bottom of the table and much-changed in recent weeks, Peterborough were 31-23 ahead with six races left, high-flying Birmingham having secured only one heat advantage and being outgunned by Panthers reserves who had to work overtime when Ryan Fisher cried off after one heat. Two 5-1's followed by two 4-2's had the visitors four ahead with two heats left. Heat 14 saw the inspired Hougaard lead Buczkowski for a 5-1 to tie it up and the last heat was ding-dong with all 4 crossing the line together. Chris Harris was given the nod, Bjerre and Hougaard pipped Danny King and we had a breathless draw. Fabulous action on a great track.
The East of England Showground is just off the A1M to the west of Peterborough and covers a vast area. There's loads of parking (£1) and the speedway arena consists of one full-length seated stand with grass banking opposite. Standing at the rear of the stand gave a great view. There's the usual catering on site and my curry and chips at £3.50 was good; cider at £3.20 essential on a sweltering night and I had one between each heat before easing into the car for the return drive, that after popping in to the lovely Crown Inn at nearby Elton en route.
Top scorers : Hougaard 13+3 (7 rides) and Bjerre 10; Harris 14 and Smolinski 9+1 for Brummies.


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Elite League : Peterborough Panthers 45 Birmingham Brummies 45. Admission £17; Prog £3. Att c.900

When you get a good speedway meeting, it's hard to beat for sporting entertainment - this was such a meeting.
Bottom of the table and much-changed in recent weeks, Peterborough were 31-23 ahead with six races left, high-flying Birmingham having secured only one heat advantage and being outgunned by Panthers reserves who had to work overtime when Ryan Fisher cried off after one heat. Two 5-1's followed by two 4-2's had the visitors four ahead with two heats left. Heat 14 saw the inspired Hougaard lead Buczkowski for a 5-1 to tie it up and the last heat was ding-dong with all 4 crossing the line together. Chris Harris was given the nod, Bjerre and Hougaard pipped Danny King and we had a breathless draw. Fabulous action on a great track.
The East of England Showground is just off the A1M to the west of Peterborough and covers a vast area. There's loads of parking (£1) and the speedway arena consists of one full-length seated stand with grass banking opposite. Standing at the rear of the stand gave a great view. There's the usual catering on site and my curry and chips at £3.50 was good; cider at £3.20 essential on a sweltering night and I had one between each heat before easing into the car for the return drive, that after popping in to the lovely Crown Inn at nearby Elton en route.
Top scorers : Hougaard 13+3 (7 rides) and Bjerre 10; Harris 14 and Smolinski 9+1 for Brummies.



Racing is always good at Peterborough, that and Poole probably being my favouirite venues for view from the stands and good racing.

Re; cider at £3.20 essential on a sweltering night and I had one between each heat

Surely not every heat?



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Racing is always good at Peterborough, that and Poole probably being my favouirite venues for view from the stands and good racing.

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Well okay, I had a brace. Our Oxfordshire correspondent enjoys tales of excess drinking and driving and I'd hate to disappoint him so a little embellishment here and there always helps.

I've only got the "extremity" tracks left to do and they're a long way from here; maybe something will dovetail with the Northern Hop at Easter...........


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Racing is always good at Peterborough, that and Poole probably being my favouirite venues for view from the stands and good racing.

Re; cider at £3.20 essential on a sweltering night and I had one between each heat

Surely not every heat?



Well okay, I had a brace. Our Oxfordshire correspondent enjoys tales of excess drinking and driving and I'd hate to disappoint him so a little embellishment here and there always helps.

I've only got the "extremity" tracks left to do and they're a long way from here; maybe something will dovetail with the Northern Hop at Easter...........


Ah, embellishment! You should check out a track called 'The Proposperous tales of Ken McKenzie' by an 80s band called 'I Ludicrous'. Some great boasting on that track "I once had a shower with two american girls (really Ken), I once saw the Palace score six goals away from home (never Ken), and I saw the sex pistols at the 100 club (is that right Ken) etc. great stuffTongue They also had a great little ditty called 'Three English football grounds' about Burnden Park/Craven Cottage and The Den.

"Burnden Park, home of the trotters, the ground surrounded by urban deraliction, two pound fifty to get in, and the beer is great"

I only need Glasgow;

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BSPA site shows a rare meeting at Northside, Workington on Sunday August 11th being round 5 of the British Youth Championship. There's also Workington v Scunthorpe in the Premier League the same day. They surely wouldn't clash, would they....?


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Northside will be in the afternoon with Workington at 7pm.


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Thursday 25th July, Allsvenskan (level 2)
FNC Gnistorna v Örnarna (Sparks v Eagles) 40-50 Admission free, parking SEK20 (£2), programme with scorecard SEK20, hamburger and coffee SEK55 (£5), att. 2758 (never – see below).

After a day touring the beautiful Wallander badlands of southern Skåne photographing railway stations (my nephew’s way of passing time) and having coffee and cake at Fridolfs Konditori in Ystad, we descended on Malmö Motorstadion, just off the motorway ring road, for this 2nd level meeting between the home side and the visitors from Mariestad. It was a good meeting albeit not overly exciting, for that the visitors, leading Allsvenskan, were too strong. Peter Ljung (13+1) and Mikael Max (10+2) top scored for the home side with the visitors having four riders on 9 and 10 points (Magnus Karlsson best at 10 in four heats). Gnistorna had a woman riding two heats. She threw herself in the mix in the first bend and was third for a fraction of a second in both heats but completely lacked the speed to compete.

It’s a long track and the grass oval around the track is huge. There’s a path around the track halfway up the grass bank with five rows of benches beneath the path on both straights and concession stalls behind the seating sections. Some people had brought garden chairs to poise themselves atop the bank.

This was Gnistorna’s so-called “1 krone” match where sponsors sign up to pay 1 krone for each spectator who in turn has free access. I estimated the crowd at 1300 before the attendance was announced. Either they’ve just made up a number to give them a nice pay-day or they doubled the actual attendance. Gnistorna average around 700 for normal meetings.

It was my nephew’s first speedway meeting and he liked it and will join for Fjelsted’s meeting on Wednesday.

I’d go to Sweden a lot more often if the bridge tolls weren’t absolute crazy - £50 to cross Great Belt and £75 at Øresund Frown.


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Friday 2 August 2013

Lakeside Hammers 50 v Birmingham Brummies 40


Lakeside Hammers = 50
1. Peter Karlsson 3, 1*, 3, 3, 2* = 12+2
2. Lewis Bridger 2*, 2, 2, 2* = 8+2
3. Sebastian Ulamek 1*, 0, 1*, 1 = 3+2
4. Piotr Swiderski 2, 2, 2, 2* = 8+1
5. Davey Watt 2, 2, 2, 2*, 3 = 11+1
6. Kevin Doolan 2, 0, 1* = 3+1
7. Richard Lawson 1*, 0, 1*, 0, 3 = 5+2
Birmingham Brummies = 40
1. Edward Kennett (G) 0, 3, 3, 0 = 6
2. Jason Doyle R/R
3. Danny King 3, 3, 3, 1, 3, 0 = 13
4. Ben Barker 1, 0, 1, 0, 0 = 2
5. Martin Smolinski 1, 1, 3, 3, 1, 1 = 10
6. Adam Roynon (G) 0, 0, 0 = 0
7. Mikkel Bech (G) 3, 3, 0, 0, 2*, 1 = 9+1
He


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Monday 5th August
Outrup v Slangerup 45-39 Admission DKK100 (£11), programme with scorecard DKK25, sausage/bread and coffee DKK40, att. 1050.

This was a good meeting with the outcome in the balance until the final heat. Slangerup started best and lead 24-18 and 32-28 after 10 heats despite Outrup looking the stronger side on paper. Two 5-1 turned the result in favour of the home team and 4-2 in the final heat sealed the two points for the home team with captain Mads Korneliussen outstanding (17 points in 6 starts). He was ably supported by Andrzej Lebedevs, whose name caused the speaker all sorts of problems, (12+1) and Krzystof Jablonski (10+2) while his brother Miroslaw scored 13 points for Slangerup. Peter Ljung, captain of the away side, disappointed with 6 points in 5 starts.

Outrup is a village in western Jutland and one of the smaller clubs in the league. They recorded their only second win in 9 meetings this season today. Slangerup is 5th (of 8) but will be disappointed with their season as they harbour little hope of reaching top-4 and the “Grand Final”. It’s a short track at Outrup with times of 56 s and quite decent spectator facilities. There’s grassed terracing on the home straight extending into the first bend where it’s quite substantial with 20 or so steps. Behind the terracing, park-style bench/table sets are put up and a motley collection of more or less temporarily-looking buildings make it out as concession stalls, VIP area, cafeteria and offices. The remainder of the track is encircled by grass banking.


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KENT CTA FIRE KINGS WEATHER THE STORMKENT CTA FIRE KINGS 54 COVENTRY CITY GEARBOXES STORM 39 (National League)
By Kent CTA Fire Kings Speedway | Tuesday 13th August 2013
Last night was expected to be a nail biter of a meeting at Central Park after the Storm winning at Brandon 59-33 in mid-June. But the CTA Fire Kings weathered all the Coventry ‘Storm’ could muster and secured their second home League win 54-39, with a stunning all round team performance led by skipper Steve Boxall’s 15 point unbeaten maximum.
With five shared heats the Kings knocked in seven heat advantages although Benji Compton suffered in his first two rides where his bike failed to start which was tracked down to coil and plug lead problems but once sorted out he hit back with two fine wins. Jack Kingston hit the safety fence yards from the finishing line in heat two after leading by almost half a lap, thankfully he was up quickly and able to carry on in the meeting gaining a paid win in heat 4 behind Ben Morley who again produced a solid performance and return and a great ride to hold off James Sarjeant in heat 7. David Mason posting a sold 7 points steadied the team but the shining light for the Kings was the vastly improved young Devonian Connor Coles 8+2. His best performance yet for the Kings which included a heat 8 race win much to the delight of the Kings fans and two 5-1’s with his skipper in heat 6 and heat 10.
James Sarjeant twice demolished the tapes early on and failed to stay still at the tapes. Although team-mate Joe Jacobs 18 points included a six point tactical ride in heat 11 with Oliver Greenwood taking the following heat the Storm briefly threatened to get back into the meeting. Skipper Boxall swooped past Jacobs in heat 13 which guaranteed a second successive home league win for the improving CTA Fire Kings. Compton and Adam Kirby combined for a 5-1 in the awarded penultimate heat 14. Greenwood clipped Kirby who fell with referee Dan Holt awarding the race in the Kings favour while Boxall duly completed a fine maximum by again defeating Jacobs in the final heat to give the Kings a 54-39 victory.


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Monday 26th August 2013

Rye House 56 v 36 Berwick Bandits Programme £2

Rye House scorers: Anders Mellgren 13, Kasper Lykke 12+1, Olly Allen 8+2, Tyson Nelson 8+1, Pontus Aspgren 6+1, Oliver Greenwood 5+2, Jason Bunyan 4.

Berwick scorers: Kozza Smith 10, David Bellego 9+2, Nicki Barrett 5+1, Seb Alden 3, Robin Aspegren 3, Matthew Wethers 3, Liam Carr 3.


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Probably no football next week but with fair weather forecast, I'll be tempted by the Elite League Play-Off semi-final 1st leg between Wolverhampton and Birmingham on Monday.


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Expect a very long night as part of a Sky Sports double with no consideration for the paying public.


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Going to Mildenhall v Isle of Wight (KOC) this afternoon 16:30



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Quite rignt sir - didn't finish till gone 10.30!

ELITE LEAGUE PLAY-OFF SF 1st Leg : Wolverhampton 44 Birmingham 46. Admission £17; Prog £2.50. Attendance, perhaps approaching 4,000

Nip and tuck all the way with Wolves only leading after heat 3 at 10-8 but never more than 6 behind; after 13 heats it was 39-39 and you fancied Brummies to open up a lead with Harris and Doyle in top form. Harris proceeded to wipe out Wolves guest Niels-Kristian Iversen in the last race in what looked a nasty one and Wolves took advantage to narrow the deficit to two. Iversen, who won the Stockholm GP at the weekend was guesting for the injured Woofinden and only managed 2 points from his first three rides which ultimately cost the home team. Brummies have no outstanding rider but score from top to bottom, except Covatti on away days. I'd expect them to see this out next week.
Monmore was busy but there was room, though the atmosphere was muted partially because of the length of the meeting and also because the twat of an announcer just made you want to punch him rather than join in with his "jovial" prattlings. Excellent fodder - a huge portion of chips, mushy paes and gravy at £3.20, and that rarity - a bargain discounted purchase from Ratty. Cox G was also in attendance, also moaning about the three-hours it took to ride 15 heats.
Had to pick up younger daughter at Sandwell & Dudley, returning from her Paramore gig and the only nearby open pub was the Oldbury Spoons where I had a sensational pint of Bengal Tiger, a new one on me.


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Harris proceeded to wipe out Wolves guest Niels-Kristian Iversen in the last race in what looked a nasty one and Wolves took advantage to narrow the deficit to two. Iversen, who won the Stockholm GP at the weekend was guesting for the injured Woofinden and only managed 2 points from his first three rides which ultimately cost the home team. Brummies have no outstanding rider but score from top to bottom, except Covatti on away days. I'd expect them to see this out next week.



Iversen is battered but hasn't broken anything.

I've seen Martin Smolinski ride once in the Danish League and thought he was a very entertaining rider to watch. Not best evening for him yesterday though.


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Sunday 22nd September 2013
National League Knock Out Cup
Mildenhall Fen Tigers 50 Isle of Wight Islanders 40
Admission - £12.00
Programme - £1.50

A meeting that really seemed to drag. It was starting to get dusk at the end after numerous delays and stoppages after lots of falls. Seemed an unpopular decision to have an interval at the end of heat 10. It did though give the spectators the opportunity to buy more chips!


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Planning to be at the Brummies big night for the second leg of the Elite League Play-off final against Poole Pirates on Monday 14th October. Admission £20 including a 68-page programme and parking might be "interesting". If villahopper hadn't moved he'd have made a killing renting out spaces in his street. He still might..........


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TV boys were saying it's probably not going to happen at Parken next year as they'd rather have the Eurovision?



I guessed at between 15 and 16,000 before the crowd was announced. The side facing TV cameras was almost full (empty pockets though) but the upper tier of the other side almost empty and half of the lower tier closed off. 16,000 at the grass banks at Vojens last year and much better atmosphere. The stronghold of Danish speedway is in Jutland but the facilities at Vojens are poor for a big event. Aarhus would be an interesting choice, 20,000 seats and an athletic track so room for a larger track but I have heard nothing to suggest it won't be Parken again next year.



Parken confirmed as GP venue in 2014 but there's also a GP for Vojens which is great. Målilla returns for one of the Swedish GPs - the other is at Friends Arena.


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Parken confirmed as GP venue in 2014 but there's also a GP for Vojens which is great. Målilla returns for one of the Swedish GPs - the other is at Friends Arena.



Plus a first ever GP for Finland at Tampere on May 17th. Might be a little optimistic weather-wise ?


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Going to Mildenhall v Isle of Wight (KOC) this afternoon 16:30

Getting a feeling of Déjà vu but this Sunday it'll be 15:30



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Going to Mildenhall v Isle of Wight (KOC) this afternoon 16:30

Getting a feeling of Déjà vu but this Sunday it'll be 15:30



Pity it's been called off, will now be Wednesday 16th October @ 7:30pm

We are elsewhere that night so wont be able to go :-(



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Going to Mildenhall v Isle of Wight (KOC) this afternoon 16:30

Getting a feeling of Déjà vu but this Sunday it'll be 15:30



Pity it's been called off, will now be Wednesday 16th October @ 7:30pm

We are elsewhere that night so wont be able to go :-(

It's an ill wind and all that. Is it still Déjà vu if it's a third time?



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1st and 2nd February 2014
Ice Speedway Grand Prix Rounds 1 and 2
Krasnogorsk, Russia
Admission 200 roubles (under £4) per day.
Programme 22 pages, 50 roubles (£1ish) including free flag.
Attendance c 8,000 each day
No event specific badges. Scarves and pennants available though.
Food and drink plentiful and cheap.

Having been blown out in Austria 12 months earlier owing to higher than expected temperatures the overnight low of minus 25 Celsius on the Friday night ensured a very frozen track on both days.

Making our own arrangements we saved over £150 each against doing the organised tour, which left us with more to spend in the very expensive Moscow restaurants each night.

As usual the Russians, on home ice, filled the top 6 places on Saturday and top 7 on Sunday owing to Franz Zorn of. Austria; the only westerner likely to compete, suffering various fractured bones in a first race fall on the first day being replaced by one of the Young Kosov twins for the second.

The Russians are far too good so racing never really went above the average until you had at least 3 of them in a heat when things were somewhat different. The Russian fans created a brilliant atmosphere and this meeting is, alongside local bandy team Gorkij's games the top annual event in town.

World Champion Danil Ivanov led the way on Saturday and Dmitri Koltokov was the winner of the final on the Sunday, although points-wise, second placed Dmitri Khometsovich was top scorer.

We enjoyed Sunday's meeting in the company of half a dozen brilliant locals who plied us with coffee, chocolate, vodka and rum during the intervals between races. The average Russian, it seems, views the English as their closest friends in the world and this hospitality brought this point home.

Now seen speedway in 21 different countries and I look forward to country 22 later in the year.


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We enjoyed Sunday's meeting in the company of half a dozen brilliant locals who plied us with coffee, chocolate, vodka and rum during the intervals between races. The average Russian, it seems, views the English as their closest friends in the world and this hospitality brought this point home.

Bet it would be very different if any Brits there had been wearing Gay Pride badges!


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Sunday 16th March Mads Korneliussen Testimonial, King’s Lynn 3pm



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Used to be a good, popular sport, Tom, but in Britain it's dying on its arse. In 2006, the Guardian's Frank Keating referred to speedway as "the sport of the 500s - 500 people watching 500cc engines", adding that it "remains a specialist passion in around 30 of Britain's suburbs". The utter farce of the ELRC postponement at Coventry last weekend - 30 minutes before tapes-up - is typical of speedway's present day amateurishness, and one reason so many hitherto enthusiastic fans (including me) have walked away from it. Still goes down well in places like Workington, though, where there's little else in the way of entertainment.


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28/03/14 2000 Lakeside v Swindon (EL)


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Speedway crowds have gone down like Non League crowds have, my father used to talk about regular 10,000 plus at Oxford and Swindon in the 1950's. Even in Oxford's Golden era of the mid / late 80's 5,000 would only happen on very special occasions. When they folded in 2007 it was down to 400 or 500 hundred. So many of the name teams have gone in the past quarter of century. In 1984 if you said to someone in 30 years time there will be no Cradley, Oxford, Wimbledon, Reading no one would have believed you. I used to go every week to Cowley, not seen a live meeting now for years. We no longer have all the stars riding on a regular basis in this country, also though there are some very good riders I don't know if they have the appeal of the likes of Briggs, Mauger, Olsen, Penhill, Neilsen and Gundersen. All of whom I saw ride and all of those could team ride not a thing you see to much of today. To me only Greg Hancock has the appeal of those riders. Yes we have an English World Champion and we have had 5 in the past 50 years but we just can't keep up (literally) with the Danes, the Aussies, the Poles and even the Russians these days.

As an aside I have never seen any sportsman that was so professional and diligent over a long period of time as Hans Neilsen was, and he is a really nice bloke. Our speedway and food expert form Rushall even calls him a Gentleman.


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Friday 28th March 2014

Lakeside Hammers 47 v 44 Swindon Robins

Lakeside Hammers = 47
1. Peter Karlsson 0 1 1 0 =2
2. Richard Lawson 3 3 0 3 =9
3. Davey Watt 3 0 3 2 1 =9
4. Mikkel Bech 3 3 0 3 0 =9
5. Lewis Bridger 1 3 1 1 =6+1
6. Ben Morley 2 1 3 =6+1
7. Adam Ellis 3 1 F 2 R =6+1
Swindon Robins = 44
1. Peter Kildemand 2 2^ 3 3 3 =13+1
2. Nicolai Klindt 1 2 1 1 =5+2
3. Troy Batchelor 2 2 2 3 2 =11+1
4. Simon Gustaffson 0 2 0 2 =4
5. Nick Morris 0 2 2 2; =6+2
6. Darryl Ritchings 1 0 2 0 =3
7. Matt Williamson (G) 0 0 1 1 =2+2


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I was just looking at my stats regarding speedway. I went to my 1st match when I was 2 years old. I was soon watching 20+ matches a season until from 1989 to 1994 when I watched 50+ including my record in 1992 of 96 matches. From 1995 to 2003 I watched between 18 to 35 meetings a season. Then I totally tailed off finishing with seeing 10 then 2 & finally in 2006 I saw 6 meetings. I haven't been since. For a while I continued to watch it on tv but I think I watched 1 or 2 GP's last season & that was only because a mate came round. Speedway came 1st for me over football for many years.


For me one of the biggest disappointments was when the 2nd half discontinued. I always looked forward to buying the programme & seeing what the 2nd half was. It was great when there was 'Champion of the Evening' & a junior match. The CotE then stopped & then for a while junior matches stopped so you would go home straight after the main meeting. My heart used to sink if there was no 2nd half or just a couple of races.


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April 6th Mildenhall v Stoke (NT)

Gates open 2pm - Parade at 3.30pm - First race at 3.45pm



WE ATE'NT DEAD (with acknowledgement to the late great Terry Pratchett)
Last new ground (Football) - Emirates Stadium
Last new ground (Cricket) - Trent Bridge
Last new track (Speedway) - Buxton




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PREMIER LGE. CUP: ZUMMERZET REBELS 45 PETERBOROUGH PANTHERS 45

ADM: £15 PROG: £2.50 ATT: h/c 700

Pleasant spring day so I decided to make the hour & a half trip to the OTA for the first time in a while. I 'needed' to sort my OCD tendencies out with the visitors being a new away team to see. So we're back to having a full set at Highbridge with now Leicester to see at Swindon & Poole to re-complete at that level too.

I can understand why people may lose the faith a bit sometimes as despite it being a close meeting it took nearly two hours to complete just 15 minutes of shale action. Having visited all the tracks in Britain, for me it's similar to completing all the county cricket clubs in so much as what do you do then? At least with footy you know it'll never end as there's always somewhere else new out there. Having had to rebuild their team after winning a treble last season, Rebels may not be a the top of the table this time around. Panthers also look to have a decent set up & should challenge for honours.

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PREMIER LGE. CUP: ZUMMERZET REBELS 45 PETERBOROUGH PANTHERS 45

ADM: £15 PROG: £2.50 ATT: h/c 700



I can understand why people may lose the faith a bit sometimes as despite it being a close meeting it took nearly two hours to complete just 15 minutes of shale action.

'People may lose the faith a bit sometimes'?! How many millions of supporters has speedway lost, never to return, during the last 30 years? Head in sand, much? Do you work for the BSPA?!


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Head in sand, much? Do you work for the BSPA?!

A tad harsh FL, There are many involved in speedway that clearly love it come what may. When a match is close with plenty of overtaking it can still be a pleasure to watch. For me personally it'll always play second fiddle to footy but each to their own.

It's a shame speedway hasn't really moved on much since I first went to a match back in the Weymouth Wizards days. Facilities are still basic but you pays your money you take your choice. My favourite all time meeting was Wembley 81 & a certain Bruce Penhall but as I grow older the enthusiasm has waned a tad. It still remains a family friendly sport however which on the rare occasions I watch it live these days is enjoyable. Last time I checked that's not a crime & nor would it qualify me for employment with the BSPA!

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My speedway-watching experience dates from 1976, since when the sport has not so much failed to move forward as gone backward at an alarming rate. When Sky pull the plug, as inevitably they will, for many clubs the loss of revenue will result in closure. Speedway, if it survives in Britain at all, will then become like grasstrack - a niche sport contested by amateurs racing on circuits that are little more than open fields, in the back of beyond, and watched by a handful of middle-aged spectators slumped in fold-up chairs. Or do you see a brighter future?


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watched by a handful of middle-aged spectators slumped in fold-up chairs.



Aren't you describing county cricket here ?


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Another sport with an equally uncertain future!


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To be fair you make some valid points & I noted on Friday night, many of the attendance of 700 were on the more mature side shall we say, including me! It did make me wonder where the next generation is going to come from when my own offspring for example, have found many different ways of spending their income.

I'd like to think speedway will survive as for nine months of the year I'm obsessed with footy so during summer time it can offer you an enjoyable alternative team sport fix. I'll grant you it has a long way to go to catch up with catering, decent facilities in general i.e. any cover at all or seats in some of the smaller tracks like Plymouth or Somerset.

I have enjoyed places like Belle Vue, Workington & Glasgow where you get shabby chic tatty but appealing none the less. I was more intrigued by visiting a new track back then however than worry about whether it was keeping up with the times. Here's hoping there's still plenty of ramshackled places to enjoy some shale action in the next few decades or maybe that's just me being optimistic Wink

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By way of contrast amidst all the doom and gloom on here, I went to:

Saturday 13 April

Workington Comets 43 - 50 Edinburgh Monarchs, League Cup 2nd Leg. Adm £14, free 4 page colour programme (the only programme in three attempts and it was given away!!). Attendance c1,000 including probably over 100 from Edinburgh.

After the dross served up at the football we nipped back to our Hotel for a snack then out for this. Derwent Park is a superb old school stadium shared with Rugby League. For some reason I assume to be safety you can't get into the rows of terracing nearest the track for the bikes (although I have stood that close at other venues). Sadly, Workington were already well behind from leg one and despite winning the first heat the Monarchs, cheered on by their enthusiastic support had pretty much sewn it up by about Heat 5. However Comets did mount a fightback, winning four of 5 heats in the middle period. This featured some very good racing including Graczonek winning from last place with some fearless overtaking round the outside of this banked track. Monarchs top riders proved too good though and they ran out comfortable winners.

Despite being a dead rubber this was the most entertaining of the three sports we saw, and had by far the biggest crowd and best atmosphere. I do wonder though at the viability of a sport that relies so heavily on star riders from other clubs, both Howarth and Graaczonek were at Poole last night for example.



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Workington Comets 43 - 50 Edinburgh Monarchs, League Cup 2nd Leg
This was not a second leg, it was a mini league fixture with Workington very much in contention to finish second in the group and with that a chance of a semi-final place.


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We will be taking our fold up chairs to Mildenhall v Coventry (NL) on Easter Sunday 20th April 15:30



WE ATE'NT DEAD (with acknowledgement to the late great Terry Pratchett)
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Last new track (Speedway) - Buxton




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Personally I think the fact you can if you choose take your own furniture only adds to the pleasant quirkyness of the sport. I love some of the more ramshackled tracks as it reminds me of the day when footy grounds could have grass banks even in the league (i.e. old school Spotland). Some of the now defunct tracks were a sheer delight such as Carmarthen, Long Eaton or St. Austell for their sheer diversity in either crumbling terraces or lunar landscape scenery.

The more rustic the better sometimes & Lathallan in Scotland where a local farmer converted a field into a 'stadium' had a certain charm to it even if a tad basic. Rumours of the sports demise are somewhat premature if this weeks showing on sky is anything to go by. The Poole v Coventry fixture had all manner of overtaking going on and a terrific advert for speedway. Footy will always come first but the shale action makes for an enjoyable alternative. Apparently variety is the spice of a good curry!

KRTM Cool


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Good Friday 18th April 2014

Poole 56 Swindon 34
British Elite League & Elite Shield 1st Leg

Admission £17 Adult Programme £3 48 pages Badge £4

Crowd bumper holiday crowd 2,500/ 3.000.

Surprise big win for the Pirates against their local rivals on a very warm sunny day.





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I am having a week in Finland in early June, the football part is easy to plan but I wondered if anyone could point me to a Speedway fixtures website link for Finland as various web searches turn up nothing outside GP stuff. I know some posters on here have actually been to meets there, and have seen a couple of the tracks myself. Thanks in advance.



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I am having a week in Finland in early June, the football part is easy to plan but I wondered if anyone could point me to a Speedway fixtures website link for Finland as various web searches turn up nothing outside GP stuff. I know some posters on here have actually been to meets there, and have seen a couple of the tracks myself. Thanks in advance.



I find aktuellspeedway.se a good site for fixtures and results from many different countries.

Finland: http://www.aktuellspeedway.se/...liiga/resultat/2014/ There's also the Kaupunki Cup (2n level perhaps?) with a meeting early in June.


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I am having a week in Finland in early June, the football part is easy to plan but I wondered if anyone could point me to a Speedway fixtures website link for Finland as various web searches turn up nothing outside GP stuff. I know some posters on here have actually been to meets there, and have seen a couple of the tracks myself. Thanks in advance.


http://www.speedway.fi/kalenteri.php


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Wednesday 30/04/2014

British Semi-Final, Rye House (7.30pm)


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Friday 25 April 2014

Lakeside 56 v 38 Swindon


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Wednesday 30/04/2014

British Semi-Final, Rye House (7.30pm)

Tai Woffinden 15 pts
Steve Boxall 11 pts
Lewis Blackbird 11 pts
Lewis Bridger 11 pts
Richard Lawson 11 pts

Woffinden provided a speedway masterclass at Rye House signalled his clear intent to retain his national tittle.


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Sat 17th May 14

Rye House 52 V Sheffield 38
Premier League,
Admission £16,
Prog £2
Dead level up to heat 6 then sheffield went 2 up until heat 9 and then rye House pulled away
with three 5-1's.
Enjoyable night in t-shirt weather,but only one heat had any overtaking.


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SOMERSET REBELS vs.
SHEFFIELD TIGERS
FRIDAY MAY 23 @ 7.30pm - PREMIER LEAGUE


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Speedway has lost one of it's legends and greatest characters in the past week. MALCOLM SIMMONS has passed away at the age of 68 after suffering from emphysemia. His best years were at Poole Pirates for whom he scored over 2000 points between 1975-80. I remember lots of cars in the Poole area having 'Super Simmo' stickers on their back windscreens at the height of his fame.
http://www.poolepirates.co/news/malcolm-simmons-rip.html


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Fri May 30th at the Oaktree Arena, Highbridge.
Premier League.
Somerset 55-35 Scunthorpe, att 700 ish (guess).
Admission 15:00, programme 2:00, 2014 badge 4:50.

On way home from weeks holiday in Devon/Dorset, my 3rd visit here, first since Prem League Pairs in 2010. Good, if rather, eventually one sided meeting, where the away team didn't really turn up, Josh Auty (No 1) and David Howe hardly bothering the scorers, so in essence Scunthorpe were a one man team, Klindt only scoring well.

Somerset shared the points around the team, with Olly Allen producing some very hard, almost dirty riding.

An enjoyable evening, and met up, unexpectedly with Reading Racers supporting friends (and family), John/Claire (Didcot) and Dan, Dan now living near Cullumpton.

IMO racing always pretty good at Highbridge.

PS: I can recommened the 'Crossways Inn'/West Huntspill, Somerset local pub of the year 2013, an excellent range of ales, good good, from 6pm. And double/ensuite with king size bed was 70 quid for the night, it's 2.5 miles from the track, so doable by cab if you dont drive.



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Thurs 5th June SWINDON ROBINS 48 LEICESTER LIONS 40

ADM £17 Parking £1.50 Prog £2.50 ATT 1,050 h/c

Full set of away tracks seen once again at the Abbey so job done. Leicester were a tad unlucky to get nought from the meeting & gave it a good go but look a bit lightweight on their promotion to the higher echelons. Always enjoy visits to Blunsdon as it reminds me of 70's style Southern League grounds. Glad to report shale action is alive & well in Moonraker country, with good racing & spectacular crashes (hope all are okay), speedway can still be a good night out!

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Thurs 5th June SWINDON ROBINS 48 LEICESTER LIONS 40

ADM £17 Parking £1.50 Prog £2.50 ATT 1,050 h/c

Full set of away tracks seen once again at the Abbey so job done. Leicester were a tad unlucky to get nought from the meeting & gave it a good go but look a bit lightweight on their promotion to the higher echelons. Always enjoy visits to Blunsdon as it reminds me of 70's style Southern League grounds. Glad to report shale action is alive & well in Moonraker country, with good racing & spectacular crashes (hope all are okay), speedway can still be a good night out!

KRTM Cool



I was also at Swindon last night! My first visit for about 3 season, as generally the racing at Blunsdon is very processional. TBH last night was one of the better meetings I've seen there over the years. Even after a delay of 25 minutes after heat 4, after seperate horrific looking crashes that resulted in Dakota North/Nathan Greaves (both Swi) and Max Gregg (Leicester) retiring from the meeting.

Half way though it looked like when teams where tied, it looked like it could go to the wire, but Swindon banged in two 5-1s in heats 11 and 12 to swing the match their way.

Though still, Leicester could have got a match point, and a 1-2 defeat if they'd won the last heat 4-2. But it finished 3-3, with the superb rider of the night, the returning Jason Doyle winning that race.

Mention for Steve Worrall riding at reserve for Swindon, who because of Greaves injury took 7 rides, and won himself 14 paid 2 with some excellent riding.

Thoroughly enjoyed chatting to a Leicester fan from Nottingham, also a Long Eaton boy from the old days.

Thought the programme was pretty good. But charging one fifty for the car park is an absolute rip off, as at meetings end there are no stewards at all helping with getting the cars out the car park.

I will take in another meeting at Blunsdon this season though. 1,050, head count, did you really count the crowd?



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Speedway has lost one of it's legends and greatest characters in the past week. MALCOLM SIMMONS has passed away at the age of 68 after suffering from emphysemia. His best years were at Poole Pirates for whom he scored over 2000 points between 1975-80. I remember lots of cars in the Poole area having 'Super Simmo' stickers on their back windscreens at the height of his fame.
http://www.poolepirates.co/news/malcolm-simmons-rip.html


That is a great shame. I remember him more Pre Poole days when he formed a formidable challenge alongside Terry Betts at Kings Lynn.



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Never easy to count the crowd at the greyhound style speedway tracks as there's always a few hiding in the tote bars and restaurant. Only place you couldn't walk through was the restaurant unless you're a diner. That said Swindon tend to get around the 1,200 mark in recent years for bread and butter fixtures. I thought it was a tad down on that but happy to sit corrected! Considering there's nought else along the M4 corridor these days (in either direction) tiz a shame they can't get a few more. Good to see Leicester back in action, it's many a moon since I went to the old Blackbird Road track!

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Jun 14, 2014, 10:48 AM

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Sunday 15th June National League pairs @ Mildenhall 3:30pm

....and a belated RIP SIMMO !



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Weds 19th June - Elite Lge: POOLE PIRATES 59 LEICESTER LIONS 34

ADM: £17 PROG: £3 ATT: h/c 1,250

My OCD tendencies can rest easy again with all possible away sides now seen at Swindon, Poole, Somerset & at defunct tracks Exeter & Weymouth. So then I can now go when I choose to rather than 'have' to. With all tracks in the UK also already visited it could be a while before I go again but time will tell.

If I'm honest it wasn't the best meeting I've ever seen but then with the Lions struggling on their return to higher echelons it didn't surprise me. Only two heats went the way of the away team so that tells its own story. The young Oz, Darcy Ward seems invincible around Wimborne Road & Poole won comfortably on the night. Crowd was down on recent years so maybe people are either becoming blase about winning most seasons or it was a case of world cup itis keeping folk away.

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Sat 12th July - British GP @ Millennium Stadium. Admission £30. Programme £10 Attendance 45,000 est
Winner : Hancock; 2nd Woffinden; 3rd Ward 4th Kasprczak

A most enjoyable day in Cardiff, easily accessed by parking up at Cwmbran station and letting the train take the strain. Around 50,000 were expected and it certainly looked a bigger attendance than last year.
A better track too, though not enough overtaking. Greg Hancock scored only 2 from his first two rides but, as he does, bucked up and went on to win the final though Woffinden actually scored higher and jumps back into the lead by three in the cumulative standings.
Pre-match pints and excellent gammon meal at Y Mochyn Du next to Sophia Gardens,a few minutes walk away. All very smoothly run and back in my local for 22.15 having caught the 20.10 out of Cardiff with no issues.
It would be churlish not to mention the myriad eastern European beauties spotted in and around the stadium......


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Sun 20th July - SEC 2nd Round @ Mega Lada - Togliatti.
Admission VIP Ticket 2000 rubles. (About £34)
Programme 50 rubles. (Less than £1)
Attendance 15,000 est

Winner : Pedersen; 2nd Sajfutdinow; 3rd Dudek


Mega Lada stadium is purpose built for speedway with 17000 seats, all with perfect uninterrupted views of the track. It is located about 1000kms from Moscow, 16 hours by train, 12 by road or flying to the regional capital (and future world cup host city) Samara.
Being purpose built, the racing was excellent, the crowd very vocal which created a great atmosphere. Rain around for the first half of the meeting left us thinking it could be a long way to go for a re-run!!


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Darcy Ward, third in the GP standings, failed an alcohol breath test pre-meeting and has been excluded from this afternoon's Latvian GP in Riga. Naughty boy........


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Horsens confirmed as GP venue in 2015 (August 8th), 2016 and 2017.

CASA Arena in Horsens holds 10,400 for football, tickets could be in short supply.


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Michael Jepsen is Darcy Wards replacement for this saturday GP.

http://www.speedwaygb.co/news.php?extend.26842


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Monday Sept 8th - National Trophy: KENT KINGS v LEICESTER LIONS

I've been putting this off as I've already done this ground when Sittingbourne FC played here some years ago. So then with my OCD kicking in I can't let it go. So with a view to re-completing a visit to every current British track I 'need' to do it again for Speedway reasons & then I can rest easier at night. Obsessive Moi? Tongue

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Will also be at Kent v Leicester so i can say that i have seen every National League team race at Sittingbourne at least once !


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Surprised to be first on BHB! Anyway after a six hour round trip;

National Trophy - KENT KINGS 41 LEICESTER LION CUBS 41

ADM: £12 PROG: £2 ATT: h/c 550

So after nearly two years I finally got around to going to Sittingbourne again, first time back in 96 for footy so I'd been lax in doing Central Park for the shale action. Glad I have though as that's all three leagues completed once again so I can retire in peace now or at least until someone else changes divisions or moves! Amazing how quickly a ground can deteriorate after less than two decades since being all shiny & new. Weeds a plenty, brambles & the roof on the back straight now removed. Still ten times better than what's on offer at the OTA or Marsh Mills however! Decent main stand with all seats still looking resplendent but the rest of the stadium is rusting away quite nicely to give it a lived in feel.

Cracking little meeting to finish on with a last heat decider & plenty of thrills n' spills. I'll miss the smell of methanol & the dusty shale if not the standard of speedway catering! Kent deservedly shaded the match & just a shame the second season syndrome means the crowds have dropped as they deserve more now they're Kent's only offering following the demise of Crayford & Canterbury. My 54th track I've seen the splendid shale action at & I hope it won't be the last. Nice touch with the posters of Haringay, Hackney & Wimbledon etc. as you come through the entrance. Aah, memories of a time long forgotten in London......

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Was also at Kent v Leicester. As The Moose says it was a cracking meeting for this level of speedway with Leicester fielding a patched up team and needing to win by 20 to get to the National Trophy Final. It seems this season the better meeetings at Sittingbourne have been when the opposoition turn up with weakened teams unlike the Elite League and Premier League. Was close all the way through but Kent got 2 5-1's at the end to run out winners. Stoke now face Mildenhall this weekend in the National Trophy Final and after Kent won at Kings Lynn yetserday they have qualified for the National League playoff's against Coventry dates TBC.


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Friday 27th March 2015

Lakeside Hammers 59 v 31 Leicester Lions

Lakeside Hammers = 59

1. Andreas Jonsson – 1, 3, 2, 3, 2 = 11
2. Kim Nilsson – 3, 3, 3, 1* = 10+1
3. Mikkel Bech – 2*, 2*, 3, 3 = 10+2 PAID MAXIMUM
4. Edward Kennett – 3, 3, 3, 2*, 0 = 11+1
5. Richard Lawson – 3, 2*, 0, 1 = 6+1
6. Adam Ellis – 1*, 2*, 1, 1* = 5+3
7. Ashley Birks – 2, 2*, 0, 2 = 6+1

Leicester Lions = 31

1. Jason Doyle – 2, 1, 2, 2, 3 = 10
2. Ben Barker (G) – 0, 0^, 1*, 1*, 1 = 3+2
3. Grzegorz Walasek – 1, R, 0, 0 = 1
4. Szymon Wozniak – 0, 1, 2, 1 = 4
5. Bjarne Pedersen – 0, 0, 3, 0 = 3
6. Josh Auty – 3, 1, 2, 3 = 9
7. Simon Lambert – 0, 1, 0, 0 = 1


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Just when I thought I'd be first off the mark for this years shale action!

FRI 27th March - CHALLENGE MATCH (PSF): ZUMMERZET REBELS 45 POOLE PIRATES 45

ADM: £15 PROG: £2.50 BADGE: £4.50 ATT: h/c 500

Hadn't seen Pirates at the OTA hence the reason for freezing me wotsits off for the evening in constant drizzle. Although Poole only turned up with a couple of their normal team it was a decent meeting with Rebels getting a share of the spoils with a 5-1 in the last heat. My only grumble was it took two hours & twenty minutes to complete the 15 minutes of action which on a cold evening was far too long. Serves me right for going when footy season is still ongoing! 16th season of action at the OTA & facilities wise it's still a basic but homely track.

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Have so far been to 3 meetings as follows.

Saturday 21st March Rye House 46 v 43 Ipswich
Sunday 22nd March Peterborough 43 v 47 Somerset
Friday 27th March Lakeside 59 v 31 Leicester

Best meeting of the 3 was Peterborough which saw plenty of passing, worst was Lakeside as Leicester were poor.


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Now up to 7 Meetings.

Good Friday 3rd April saw Eastbourne 53 v 40 Kent
4th April Rye House Raiders 51 v 40 Mildenhall
10th April Lakeside 62 v 28 Swindon
11th April Rye House 66 v 24 Plymouth.

Eastbourne started life in the 3rd Tier with a win in front of a good crowd despite the wet conditions. Another poor meeting at Lakeside not helped by Swindon's injury issues which saw 4 guests riding for them, we also had to endure some of the lights going out which delayed the meeting but for some reason the meeting restarted with the said lights still out ! Think Junior Bagman should have abandoned it !. Despite the rather one sided score at Rye House last night this was a better meeting than at Lakeside the night before.


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Sunday 12th April 2015

Championship Of Sussex at Eastbourne

Winner Bradley Wilson-Dean
2nd Danny Warwick
3th David Mason


DavetheGlassboy
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My first ever speedway fixtures and a double bill at that!

Tuesday 7 April 2015
Elite League
Wolverhampton Wolves 49 Belle Vue Aces 41
Admission £18, programme £2.50 (previous week's issue with an insert!)

Wednesday 8 April 2015
National League
Cradley Heathens 47 Coventry Storm 43
at the Perry Barr Stadium, Birmingham
Admission £11 (programme available for £3 - didn't buy)

A good introduction into what was for me a new sport with both ties settled late in the day - game 1 in the 14th heat and game 2 in the last heat.

Wolverhampton seemed to be slicker - 3 false starts at Perry Barr compared to none at Monmore Green, and more nip and tuck in the higher division with leads changing hands during heats whilst in the Cradley fixture, generally whoever was ahead at the end of lap one won the heat.

Wolves fixture nip and tuck. Belle Vue marched ahead with a 5-1 in heat 7, only for the home side to get consecutive 5-1s in heats 9 and 10.

Cradley fixture was also even at the start, the home side took a four point lead in heat 8 and kept their noses in front from then on.

Couple of awful looking crashes at Perry Barr, thankfully everyone walked away from them.



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Friday 24th April 2015

LAKESIDE HAMMERS 44 v 46 WOLVERHAMPTON WOLVES

Lakeside Hammers = 44

1. Jason Doyle (G) – 1*, 3, 2*, 0 = 6+2
2. Kim Nilsson – 2, 3, 2, 3, 1 = 11
3. Mikkel Bech – 2*, 2*, 1*, 1 = 6+3
4. Edward Kennett – 2, 3, 3, 0 = 8
5. Rory Schlein (G) – 3, 2*, 2, 3, 0 = 10+1
6. Adam Ellis – 1, 0, F, F = 1
7. James Wright (G) – 0, 0, 0, 2 = 2

Wolverhampton Wolves = 46

1. Freddie Lindgren – 3, 1, 3, 2, 2* = 11+1
2. Ricky Wells – FX, 1*, 1*, 0 = 2+2
3. Tobiasz Musielak – 0, 0, 2* = 2+1
4. Peter Karlsson – 3, 1, 3, 3, 3 = 13
5. Jacob Thorssell – 1, 0, 1 = 2
6. Lewis Blackbird – 3, 1, 2, FX, 3, 1* = 10+1
7. Josh Bates – 2*, 2, 1, 1 = 6+1


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Saturday 25th April 2015
Workington Comets 50 Edinburgh Monarchs 40
League Cup
Admission £15
Programme - free 8 page scorecard. A3 folded to make an 8 page programme

A dreary evening of entertainment at Derwent Park where the crowds have appeared to drop considerably. Not much passing in the races on a nice evening with a very cool breeze. Can't see myself going back if I have to pay £15. Bad crash for Comets Rusty Harrison last night. I hope he makes a speedy recovery.


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Monday 4th April 2015

Rye House Rockets 50 v 42 Somerset Rebels (Premier League)

Rye House Raiders 14 v 16 Eastbourne Eagles ( National Trophy )

Match Abandoned after 5 heats Dust Visibility Issues


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May 27, 2015, 12:30 AM

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Tuesday 26th May @ Abbey Stadium
Swindon Robins 47-43 Coventry Bees
Attendance 3,000 est
Advance ticket special offer £5 plus £1 delivery fee despite printing it myself. Would have been £17 on gate.
Car Park £1.50 - Programme £2.50
Scampi & Chips £4.95

My first speedway meeting since my dad took me to the 1980 Poole Blue Riband event won by American Scott Autrey when I was 8 years old prompted by Swindon's impending move. Work is due to start next month on the new stadium which will be adjacent to the current one which has plenty of character with two large corrugated covers on either side but surprisingly with no seats in either, the main stand has 6 steps of terracing behind a sloping tarmac path with a restaurant and Tote bookies at the top. The stand opposite has just hardstanding at the top of a grass bank.

As for the racing the table topping visitors raced into an early 8-4 lead with 1st and 2nd place in heat 2, the hosts edged their way back to level at 15-15 after heat 5. Coventry won heat 6 by 4-2 and after four successive 3-3 heats Swindon took the lead for the first time winning heat 11 by 5-1. It was a lead they never relinquished wrapping up victory with a heat to spare before Coventry took the last heat 5-1 to earn themselves a bonus point. Star for Swindon was guest rider Aussie Dakota North. Dane Hans Andersen was Coventry's star rider until he crashed out with a dislocated shoulder in heat 13, their hopes of winning evaporated at the same time.

Watched from a few different vantage points mostly favouring the corners, the far end where bikes seemingly look faster but got showered with a few wayward stones there. Couldn't watch more than one heat by the start/finish line as I felt like I had just smoked 60 fags after inhaling the dust from the riders revving up their engines twice after a false start. On the whole I enjoyed the experience and may well chose to do it again sometime in the future.


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Watched from a few different vantage points

Most unlike you Smile


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Thursday 21st May 2015

Ipswich Witches 46 v 44 Berwick Bandits

Travel Plus Tours Knock Out Cup Round One Second Leg


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Somerset Rebels 51 Rye House Rockets 39 last Friday.

Not as cut and dried as the score suggests, the visitors surprisingly led early on but Somerset eventually found the fast bits of the track.

Heat 13 was the best race I remember seeing, all four riders led and got pushed to the back along the way before Somerset's Brady Kurtz burst through to back up team-mate Josh Grajczonek for a maximum that as good as wrapped up the result.

Cracking venue, my second visit, plan to do more as the season progresses.



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Sunday 31 May 2015 5pm

Rye House Rockets 52 v 40 Berwick Bandits

Premier League


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British GP @ Millennium Stadium : 1 Iversen; 2 Holder; 3 Kildemand; 4 Woffinden. Admission £19 (advance concession). Programme £10. Attendance 45,000 est

Another enjoyable day out in Cardiff at Speedway's showpiece event. The track was better than in previous years though the gate advantages were biased so much in favour of those starting from gate 1 - winning gate stats were 16-4-3-0 that it was a surprise to see Niels Kristien Iversen swoop round Chris Holder to take a fine win although Woffinden was the main beneficiary of the evening, extending his lead in the GP series.
KYM picked me up and we lost time on clogged motorways, missing our intended departure from Cwmbran. The delay gave us time to stodge up on the fodder from the excellent station cafe before a well-spent hour or so at The Urban Tap House, right outside the stadium. Within about 200 yards are a number of fine beer establishments - Zero Degrees, the Tiny Rebel house we were in and The City Arms amongst others. There's also a spoons up the road.
As anyone who's been will know, the stadium is perfectly located across the road from the station though this results in having to queue outside to be allowed in for your return train. We were prevented from getting the 20.10 so had to stand in line until the 20.55 departure with the journey home broken by a stop at the bucolic Clytha Arms.



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British GP @ Millennium Stadium : 1 Iversen; 2 Holder; 3 Kildemand; 4 Woffinden. Admission £19 (advance concession). Programme £10. Attendance 45,000 est

Another enjoyable day out in Cardiff at Speedway's showpiece event. The track was better than in previous years though the gate advantages were biased so much in favour of those starting from gate 1 - winning gate stats were 16-4-3-0 that it was a surprise to see Niels Kristien Iversen swoop round Chris Holder to take a fine win although Woffinden was the main beneficiary of the evening, extending his lead in the GP series.
KYM picked me up and we lost time on clogged motorways, missing our intended departure from Cwmbran. The delay gave us time to stodge up on the fodder from the excellent station cafe before a well-spent hour or so at The Urban Tap House, right outside the stadium. Within about 200 yards are a number of fine beer establishments - Zero Degrees, the Tiny Rebel house we were in and The City Arms amongst others. There's also a spoons up the road.
As anyone who's been will know, the stadium is perfectly located across the road from the station though this results in having to queue outside to be allowed in for your return train. We were prevented from getting the 20.10 so had to stand in line until the 20.55 departure with the journey home broken by a stop at the bucolic Clytha Arms.


Watched on TV and other than the favouring of the inside gate thought the meeting was very good with some good passing. Eurosport even made a reasonable go of this meeting though they still have the bloke with Scotty Nicholls who seems to know nothing about the speedway, maybe they could replace him with Nigel Pearson now he is out of work just to confuse everyone. At least they had another guest for parts of the night in the studio none other than the Main Dane Hans Nielsen, who still looks though he could get on a bike and beat most people. Interesting interview with Greg Hancock, he mentioned he had been at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and later in the evening I managed to catch him on Motors TV riding one of his bikes up the hill at said festival. Nicki Pedersen after his obligatory exclusion said many riders were now Pussies!.


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I've not seen it again but I thought at the time that Pedersen's exclusion was harsh. He is always the pantomime villain these days and I suppose there's a bit of what goes around, comes around with him.
I've been in Cardiff the last three years, and the buzz around the city is great. There was a large crowd gathered around a stand in the fan area by the station which featured nothing but the Monster Energy Girls. I mean, what's to see there ?




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British GP @ Millennium Stadium : 1 Iversen; 2 Holder; 3 Kildemand; 4 Woffinden. Admission £19 (advance concession). Programme £10. Attendance 45,000 est

Another enjoyable day out in Cardiff at Speedway's showpiece event. The track was better than in previous years though the gate advantages were biased so much in favour of those starting from gate 1 - winning gate stats were 16-4-3-0 that it was a surprise to see Niels Kristien Iversen swoop round Chris Holder to take a fine win although Woffinden was the main beneficiary of the evening, extending his lead in the GP series.
KYM picked me up and we lost time on clogged motorways, missing our intended departure from Cwmbran. The delay gave us time to stodge up on the fodder from the excellent station cafe before a well-spent hour or so at The Urban Tap House, right outside the stadium. Within about 200 yards are a number of fine beer establishments - Zero Degrees, the Tiny Rebel house we were in and The City Arms amongst others. There's also a spoons up the road.
As anyone who's been will know, the stadium is perfectly located
across the road from the station though this results in having to queue outside to be allowed in for your return train. We were prevented from getting the 20.10 so had to stand in line until the 20.55 departure with the journey home broken by a stop at the bucolic Clytha Arms.

You won't be surprised that I also attended this, although arrogantly as a guest of the brand owners: so a free starting line seat, although no prawn sandwiches to be seen anywhere. Usually I would include Zero Degrees and Urban Tap amongst my watering holes, but we stayed loyal to The Cottage in spite of a less varied beer choice. 12 pints later we finished at the Black Lion Radyr near where we stayed for a top up. Glad it wasn't one of my low calorie days.

I felt the track was excellent and in spite of the numerical inside gate advantage riders were battling from the outside with several repasses denying more points from those gates. Shame about Tai but he pulled away from his nearest rivals in the standings so job done.

Tickets already on sale for next year. I would recommend a visit to anyone as it is a comparatively cheap night out for a major sporting occasion. Although the doom-mongers on the speedway forum would have you think otherwise it really takes the sport to another level when you are there live. I went to South Wales Scorpions v Gloucester All Golds on my way home and overheard a home supporter, in the clubhouse before the game, telling his friend he had done it for the first time and how he was already looking forward to next year, urging his friend to beg, steal or borrow to get a ticket. A good reference.

Just one thing, Buncranaboy an elderly concession? Surely some mistake or positive proof that drinking is good for you.


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Just one thing, Buncranaboy an elderly concession? Surely some mistake or positive proof that drinking is good for you.


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I normally go with a chap who is a genuine concession but his missus booked their holiday for just the wrong week (not happy!)
After last year when I noticed there was no human check on tickets with them only being scanned electronically, I thought why not? More worryingly, KYM also got in on a concession and he has the best part of 20 years to go Cool

I'll be there next year, again as a concession, though with a bit more justification this time as the first digit of my age will have ticked over by then Crazy


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Just one thing, Buncranaboy an elderly concession? Surely some mistake or positive proof that drinking is good for you.


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I normally go with a chap who is a genuine concession but his missus booked their holiday for just the wrong week (not happy!)
After last year when I noticed there was no human check on tickets with them only being scanned electronically, I thought why not? More worryingly, KYM also got in on a concession and he has the best part of 20 years to go Cool

I'll be there next year, again as a concession, though with a bit more justification this time as the first digit of my age will have ticked over by then Crazy


Bugger. I'd hoped to say how good you looked on the ale to justify my own habits. Back to the drawing board. You've probably seen, it is being held on 9th July next year with prices still at the same level. Must be touching 10 years with no price increase by then. Great value I'll be there.


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When I went to Brighton recently I purchased a adult ticket and a concession the tickets did not state which was which and when I asked a steward by the automatic turnstile he said don't worry just scan them. Seem to recall the same thing at Colchester a few years ago and I think at Barnet a couple of seasons ago where at the latter you printed them yourself or had them on your smart phone. Presume it happens at many places these days, if stewards had to look at every ticket you may as well go back to having turnstile operators.


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Thursday 9 July 2015
Ipswich 58 Rye House Rockets 35
Admission £16
Programme £2.50

The meeting was supposed to start at 7.30pm but by 8.05pm only one heat had taken place. It sort of set the tone for the evening. An event that lacked any atmosphere and at times dragged.

Decent programme was available but the food on offer was poor. There is a good choice but the quality is leaves a lot to be desired.

There is plenty of seating on the back straight with two large temporary stands in place. I guess this is for the Stock Car racing and not for the speedway.


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Finally got to a meeting at my last track to visit. Unfortunately it didn’t quite get to the full conclusion.

Glasgow Tigers v Peterborough Panthers 31 – 29

Abandoned after heat 10 (result stands) due to deteriorating track conditions in the persistent, though not too heavy, rain.


I like what they have done to the stadium, a lot of money has been put into it to provided excellent spectator facilities. The banking on the track makes for a different perspective to the racing as well.

Admission £15, Prog £2.50



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Ipswich 59 Scunthorpe 33

First speedway meeting for two years and first visit to this venue for over 20. I remember the track beinf run down then, but much improved now with two large scaffold style stands and over 2000 seats. I assume top class stock car meetings take place here

Unfortunately the meeting was one sided, a fact that was likely in advance

Good crowd of about 800 consisering heavy rain 90mins before start

Unfortunately minimal overtaking and long gaps between races did little to encourage me back to regulat attendance at the sport


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Friday 31 July 2015.

Lakeside 43 v Swindon 50

Elite League points: Lakeside 0 Swindon 4

LAKESIDE 43: Andreas Jonsson 12, Richard Lawson 9+2, Piotr Swiderski 7+1, Adam Ellis 6, Ben Morley 5+1, Edward Kennett 4, Mikkel Bech R/R.

SWINDON 50: Darcy Ward 17+2, Troy Batchelor 11+4, Grzegorz Zengota 9, Carl Wilkinson 6, Lewis Blackbird 5+1, Rob Branford 2+2, Nick Morris R/R.


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Sunday 9th August 2015

City Gearboxes National League

Eastbourne Eagles 49 v 40 Buxton Hitmen

Scorers:

Eagles: Marc Owen 14(5), Bradley Wilson-Dean 13+2(5), Ben Hopwood 10(5), Mattie Bates 8+3(6), Kelsey Dugard 3(5), Niall Strudwick 1(3), Charley Powell (No. 8) 0(1), Rider Replacement for Georgie Wood.

Hitmen: Ryan Blacklock 11(5), Tom Atkin 7(4), Liam Carr 7(5), Tom Woolley 5+2(4), David Holt 4+2(4), Steven Jones 3+1(4), David Speight 3(4).


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Sunday 16 th August 2015

Rye House 51 v 42 Workington ( Premier league )


EDWARD Kennett raced to a six-ride paid maximum as Rye House overcame Workington 51-42 at Hoddesdon in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Rockets’ hopes of being at full strength for the first time since the end of March were scuppered by Nikolaj B Jakobsen being diagnosed with a suspected broken coccyx from a crash in Denmark last week.

However, Kennett’s unbeaten show was well backed by Kasper Lykke on 12+1 whilst Ricky Wells (17) and Rene Bach contributed the bulk of the Comets’ points.


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Friday 21st August 2015

Lakeside Hammers 40 v 50 Poole Pirates


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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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Sunday 6th September 2015

Mildenhall Fen Tigers 42 v 47 Birmingham Brummies

BIRMINGHAM are the 2015 City Gearboxes National League Champions.

The Brummies needed to avoid defeat at Mildenhall on Sunday to take them clear of rivals Eastbourne’s potential total, and they duly won 47-42 at West Row despite a slow start which saw them go eight points down after six races.

Teenage sensation Zach Wajtknecht won his first four rides to finish with 12 points including the title-clinching ride in Heat 14.

Met up with Burgesshill Bee & Henfield Bee.


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For the benefit of Bagman a short round up of Speeedway meetings attended recently.

Thursday 3rd September Swindon 49 v 41 Coventry Elite League Admission £17 Prog £2.50 Burger and Chips £4.25 Att 1100 Est

This is supposed to be one of Swindon's last meetings on its current site at Blunsdon, they are supposed to be getting a brand new 4500 capacity stadium built soemwhere on the site where the track and car park and a market is located, though there seems to be very little in the way of work being done at present except for more house going up behind the stadium site. As for the meeting it started slowly and was always close, some decent overtakes by Peter Kildermann kept it interesting. Last 5 heats were the best and there seemed to be some hard riding. With 1 heat left Swindon lead by 8 and Coventry needed a heat advantage to get a bonus point which they had until the last lap when Hans Andersen fell whilst leading and the heat finished level. Despite falling in his last ride i felt Andersen was the best rider on the night.

Saturday 5th September Berwick 64 v 29 Rye House Premier League Admission £15 Prog £2 Burger and Chips £4.50 Att 400 Est

After watching Berwick Rangers we retired to the Black and Gold Club to watch the England game and have a couple of drinks, the locals informing us that crowds are down by at least a third in the last couple of years. Feversham Lens has summed up the meeting, Kennett would probably have got a maximum but for a 1st heat Engine Failure and Rye House cause was not helped by having 2 rookie guests and losing Luke Bowen to injury in his second ride. After the main meting there was just time for the 6 heat Northern Junior League match between Berwick and Redcar which Berwick won 25 - 11. Footnote i saw Thomas Jorgensen guest for Coventry at Swindon but it was claimed he was injured and could not ride for Berwick on Saturday, though it appears he did ride on Sunday at Sheffield in the PLRC !

Sunday 6th September Mildenhall 42 v 47 Birmingham National League Admission £12 Prog £1.50 (Not worth £1) Tea £1 Att 600 Est

As mentioned myself and Henfield Bee met bagman here and Chatham Bee was in the referee's box. Birmingham's victory means they win the league,after having to drop out of the Elite League midway through last Season with financial issues. It was a reasonable meeting with Birmingham coming from 8 points down after 6 heats to win the match helped a bit by some unfortunate falls for a couple of Mildenhall riders when in good scoring positions. As well as spending the meeting in the company of Bagman we also had the company of Jack Kingston's father, Jack Kingston was riding for Mildenhall.


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Sunday 13 September 2015
Mildenhall Fen 46 Tigers Rye House Raiders 44
National League
Admission £12
Programme - £1.50

Followed by:

Milton Keynes 6 Belle Vue Colts 30
Midland Development League
Entry – free
Programme – Free

For a very long time a really entertaining day out at Speedway. This was due to three reasons:

1. A really close meeting with the result going down to the last heat
2. Plenty of passing during the heats
3. The threat of rain – which meant no messing about with introducing the riders before the start and a quick change over between heats – why can’t they work at this speed every meeting?

The Fen Tigers programme – oh dear what a rip off. After looking at earlier issues this season – it has gone on a diet. Started off as a decent A5 glossy issue. It has gone down to a folded sheet of paper to make 6 pages. Milton Keynes showed them up as theirs was a full colour glossy 4 page issue given away free on entry.

The Fish and Chip shop was a bit of a let-down. Jacket Pots were advertised but they didn’t have any and no chilli which was also advertised.



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Having seen Rye House lose heavily at Berwick last week we saw them lose twice more on Saturday 12th September.

Rye House 38 v 53 Plymouth PL Rye House 43 v 47 Somerset PLKOC Admission £20 Prog £3 (Overpriced) Chips £1.70 Tea/Coffee £1

Despite a 15 point maximum for Edward Kennett Rye House slumped to defeat against Plymouth whose win meant they qualified for the PL play offs. Rye House were not helped by the fact that they lost Nikolai Jakobsen to injury in his second ride. The big difference being the Plymout reserves who outscored the Rye House reserves 20-4.

For the second match Rye House borrowed Linus Eklof who rode for Plymouth to replace Jakobsen who was injured. Somerset had a 30 point lead from the 1st leg and never really looked like losing with their solid top 5. Kasper Lykke top scored for Rye House in this meeting and Reserve Ben Morley improved as the meeting went on. Despite a number of crashes both meetings were completed in about 4 hours and reasonably entertaining.


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It's looking increasing likely Cov Bees will be leaving Brandon within the next 18 months as a planning application has gone in to build 250 new homes on the site. Next stop for the club will probably be Beaumont Park home of Leicester Lions.


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It's looking increasing likely Cov Bees will be leaving Brandon within the next 18 months as a planning application has gone in to build 250 new homes on the site. Next stop for the club will probably be Beaumont Park home of Leicester Lions.



......which will be their death-knell.

Must get back to Brandon one last time next season; I always enjoyed the stadium even if the track wasn't the greatest.


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It's looking increasing likely Cov Bees will be leaving Brandon within the next 18 months as a planning application has gone in to build 250 new homes on the site. Next stop for the club will probably be Beaumont Park home of Leicester Lions.



......which will be their death-knell.

Must get back to Brandon one last time next season; I always enjoyed the stadium even if the track wasn't the greatest.

There is talk of a potential move to a new site in Rugby but Cov say they can't wait around for something that may never happen so will end up in Leicester


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It's looking increasing likely Cov Bees will be leaving Brandon within the next 18 months as a planning application has gone in to build 250 new homes on the site. Next stop for the club will probably be Beaumont Park home of Leicester Lions.



......which will be their death-knell.

Must get back to Brandon one last time next season; I always enjoyed the stadium even if the track wasn't the greatest.

Yes, a nice venue (by speedway standards), but a slick track serving up poor racing. Used to go regularly to big meetings at Brandon until the lack of overtaking prompted me to stop bothering. Certain irony here: wasn't Coventry's Charles Ochiltree responsible, in the Eighties, for selling Blackbird Road (with minimal warning), thereby putting the skids under Leicester Lions? Sorry to see Brandon go, especially as the usual scenario is for teams to disappear for good once their circuit is bulldozed. The list is almost endless. Another nail in British speedway's coffin...


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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.

Further to the above, Berwick have been 'saved' and will race on in 2016, the club's 50th anniversary season.

http://www.berwickbandits.co/article/new-speedway-consortium-announced


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3rd April 2016 3:30pm
Fenland Fours, Mildenhall



WE ATE'NT DEAD (with acknowledgement to the late great Terry Pratchett)
Last new ground (Football) - Emirates Stadium
Last new ground (Cricket) - Trent Bridge
Last new track (Speedway) - Buxton




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17th April 2016 3:30pm
NATIONAL TROPHY
Mildenhall v IOW



WE ATE'NT DEAD (with acknowledgement to the late great Terry Pratchett)
Last new ground (Football) - Emirates Stadium
Last new ground (Cricket) - Trent Bridge
Last new track (Speedway) - Buxton




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Monday 2nd May 2016

BANK HOLIDAY DOUBLE-HEADER - 30 RACES IN ONE AFTERNOON!

RYE HOUSE ROCKETS v
WORKINGTON COMETS
MONDAY MAY 2, 2016 @ 2.00pm - PREMIER LEAGUE
Followed immediately by...

RYE HOUSE RAIDERS v
STOKE POTTERS
NATIONAL LEAGUE


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KING'S LYNN SPEEDWAY
Present...
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FIM GRAND PRIX
QUALIFYING ROUND
SATURDAY MAY 7, 2016 @ 7.30pm


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BANK HOLIDAY DOUBLE-HEADER - 30 RACES IN ONE AFTERNOON!!!

RYE HOUSE ROCKETS v
REDCAR BEARS
MONDAY MAY 30, 2016 @ 2.00pm - PREMIER LEAGUE
followed immediately by...

RYE HOUSE RAIDERS v
EASTBOURNE EAGLES
NATIONAL LEAGUE


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Only one meeting so far this season at Ipswich, didn't enjoy it. But an enjoyable trip to Pocking for the U21 S/F.

Other meetings planned.
Horsens GP
Sibiu (Romania)
Varkuas (Finland)
Wellend (Canada)
Hopefully Belle Vue will have a Saturday meeting when the Football season has started again, if not I'll leave it until next season, no rush to get to 200 tracks, I'll probably stick at 196 after the four mentioned above.


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We were going to -
19th June 2016 3:30pm
National League
Mildenhall v Cradley Heath
But have now been told it's OFF.
Anyone know anything?



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From what I can gather from looking at various websites it was called off this morning by Mildenhall promoter Kevin Jolly.

It would seem that he was upset that Cradley were able to bring in
Matt Williamson as a guest for Luke Chessell whilst Mildenhall had to use rider replacement for Jon Armstrong.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of this it is yet another episode to the detriment of the sport.

Last night I was at Kings Lynn watching the first round of the World
Under 21 championship the meeting started on time at 1930 but the last race of the 23 was completed at 2335.

Yes there were several crashes especially on the first bend but there just seemed no urgency to get things moving at all. We had the dubious pleasure of watching the usual grading of the track after heats 4,8,12 etc. think I timed one of these breaks as lasting 9 minutes.

The referee put the red lights on as soon as a rider fell never giving them a chance to get up and push the bike off the track.

It would seem there was only one paramedic there as she had to go off to the medical room with a injured rider so it could not restart until
she was back.

All such a shame as some of the racing was good. Of course many people had left long before the finish. The crowd at the start was not that good and speedway now seems to attract few people under the age of 50. cannot see many younger people getting into the sport with meetings such as this.


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I was also at:

World U21 Speedway Final Round 1 @ King's Lynn

Admission £20, programme £5, cheeseburger and chips £4.90, coffee £1.50


As Norwich6 said they didn't half drag this out. Good racing when we got some but the continual delays were somewhat grinding. I'd told my missus I'd be back about midnight, instead my key in the door was at 2am!

Some very good riders on show, especially the top 4, although Lambert and Pieszczek were the cut above:-

FIM WORLD UNDER-21 FINAL Round 1, King’s Lynn
1 Krystian Pieszczek (Pol)
2 Robert Lambert (GB)
3 Max Fricke (Aus)
4 Erik Riss (Ger)

STANDINGS after Round 1 of 3
1 Krystian Pieszczek (Pol) 20
2 Robert Lambert (GB) 19
3 Jack Holder (Aus) 13
4= Max Fricke (Aus) 12
4= Josh Bates (GB) 12



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The football on show on the TV was crap, I had to get out. So I asked the wife if she fancied going to the speedway and she agreed. Her debut!

Stoke Potters 44-46 Belle Vue Colts

Admission £28 for 2 adults and a programme.

My first 3rd level meeting since the debacle I watched with Buncranaboy at Weymouth a few years ago. I expected this to last a while because of falls but we only had 2 and as the referee was keen to keep the meeting flowing due to the gathering gloam we were done by 823pm. It started to rain as we walked to the car.

My wife said if she'd realised it was going to cost this much she wouldn't have bothered. In fairness it is poor value really. It was a tight meeting but as the riders are average it's not that exciting.

Shame.



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£28 for 2 Adults and a prog is the average for the National League, its what you would pay at Kent (Sittingbourne) and Eastbourne 2 of my regular haunts, though the quality of the programme like football does vary, Eastbourne's being very good whilst the Kent one is not worth £2. If you were to watch the 'Elite League' then you would be looking at £37 - £40 at most tracks. Belle Vue is a bit different as they seem to have 3 price bands depending where you want to watch your speedway.


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I recently went to Swindon for my first speedway in a couple of seasons. It was £17 in and £3 for a programme. If I had booked on line in advance then the programme is included in the £17.

I do note, however, that they have cut admission for their Monday night TV match (v Coventry) to £10. Not sure whether this is acknowledging the TV effect along with a non-standard race night, or a more general dip in attendance.


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Wednesday 6th July

National League Speedway
Kings Lynn Young Stars 46 Kent Kings 44
Admission £10 (concession) £12 Adult
Programme £1
Tea £1.50

An excellent evening of speedway Kent Kings were ahead by four
points at one stage but a heat 15 5 1 heat win to the Stars meant
Kings suffered their first league defeat of the season. This was the best meeting I have seen for a long while with passing in many races and heats 13 and 15 were superb

Also there were was only heat rerun due to a fall and no tape exclusions or other rerun heats. The track was only graded after heats 4 and 8 and there seemed to be an urgency to get on with proceedings.

All this meant the 15 races were completed by 2115 if only all meetings could be like this !

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Fri 8th July - PREMIER LGE PAIRS @ OTA Somerset

Zummerzet Rebels beat Edinburgh Monarchs in final after 23 heats

ADM: £20 PROG: £4 ATT: h/c 1,750

After taking yonks to get across the levels & up the M5, I was then confronted with the travelling hordes from all corners of the Earth. British & Foreign fans alike evidently spending the weekend in these parts before the main event at Caerdydd (Grand Prix). The car park was heaving, as was most vantage points around the track. Windy, far too dusty so I tried to find a reason to convince myself I'd not missed shale action this summer.

Cue a cracking meeting, deservedly won by the homesters, along with plenty of thrills & overtaking. So tiz fair to say I surprised myself really by thoroughly enjoying the meeting. Good to know there's plenty of folk prepared to still watch the no brakes fun & frolics. Now quite looking forward to the Grand Prix later on for my double header weekend.

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Sat 9th July - BRITISH GRAND PRIX @ CARDIFF

TKT: £25 PROG: £10 Unsure ATT: 30,000?

Finally got round to doing Millenium Stadium for shale action as opposed to footy & it bacame my 55th British track attended. Part of my double header weekend & if I'm honest, I enjoyed the pairs meeting at the OTA a tad more. Difficult of course to prepare a decent track when it only gets used once per season. For me the evening never really got going till the Woofster finally got his act together, winning his first race in heat 18. Credit to Lindback for looking the business all night from race one onwards.

On reflection tiz job done for me & I doubt I'll bother with it again as give me a Carmarthen, Lathallen or Weymouth type of track, which will always be my preference. Probably due to me nearing the GOG (grumpy old git), stage of life but I can't say I'm a huge fan of air horns going off two inches from my lugholes! I get the impression however that the families that come to this well staged event, don't bother going anywhere else on a regular basis? Shame really else some of our smaller tracks would be far better attended if they were as professionally run as the Grand Prix. Hey ho, we move on & hoping to fit the new Belle Vue track in before the end of the season.

KRTM Cool


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British GP at Principality Stadium : 1 Lindback, 2 Woffinden, 3 Zmarzlik, 4 Hancock. Admission £20. Programme £10. Attendance 40,000c
My fourth year running at this event and whilst it doesn't provide the greatest racing, it's still a great day out and the advance old gits rate is good value in my opinion. The usual drive to Cwmbran, train into Cardiff, pre-meeting snifters at The Urban Tap House across the road from the stadium followed by more scoops and a good lunch at Mochyn Du pub next to Sophia Gardens. The atmosphere in town is great, the weather was fine and the beer at Mochyn Du was free due to lunch being delayed - what's not to like?
Lindback had one of his "on" nights and deserved his win while Woffinden ate into Hancock's championship lead which now stands at a mere three points. Plus it's probably a new ground for me as it's no longer called the Millennium Stadium; what do you reckon Hod ?
Meeting ended just before 8 and I was having a pint in my local at 22.10 discussing our revisit plans for next year again.


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Bore da Padster! I've now seen it reported that 45,000 were in attendance although you could've fooled me as it seemed at least half empty? Millennium or Principality, tiz all the same difference to me! Either way the stadium is always a good craic, especially with the roof on. I also went back in the day when it was just plain old Arms Park so no doubt that should now count as three different grounds then Tongue

KRTM Cool


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Bore da Padster! I've now seen it reported that 45,000 were in attendance although you could've fooled me as it seemed at least half empty? Millennium or Principality, tiz all the same difference to me! Either way the stadium is always a good craic, especially with the roof on. I also went back in the day when it was just plain old Arms Park so no doubt that should now count as three different grounds then Tongue

KRTM Cool


Four if you count the adjoining one in the same complex, where many of us spent a Saturday evening in 1995 watching Ton Pentre.


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All Bracketed surely Wink



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Bore da Padster! I've now seen it reported that 45,000 were in attendance although you could've fooled me as it seemed at least half empty? Millennium or Principality, tiz all the same difference to me! Either way the stadium is always a good craic, especially with the roof on. I also went back in the day when it was just plain old Arms Park so no doubt that should now count as three different grounds then Tongue

KRTM Cool


Four if you count the adjoining one in the same complex, where many of us spent a Saturday evening in 1995 watching Ton Pentre.


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Dear God, three grounds? Four grounds? Nonsense.

The Principality aka Millennium is built on the National Stadium with a shift round in the pitch of 90 degrees. This in turn had replaced an earlier set of structures on the same site. Remodelled 1969. One stand at the Millennium is older than the 1999 rebuild, the North. That is ground 1

Next door and sharing the stand referred to above, indeed sharing access too is the Arms Park, home of Cardiff Blues and Cardiff rfc. That is ground 2. There is no longer a greyhound track and the cricket moved away well before my time.

The National Stadium was never referred to as the Arms Park except by mistaken radio commentators.



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Same entrance shared stand though backing onto each. The people with same complex complex will now have another complex.

And putting my Pedants Hat on (well used) the level of the pitch at the 1999 rebuild is at a different level than prior to 1999 I believe.

And if I had seen a fixture at the Swimming Pool how do I take that into consideration when calculating sports venues visited. For instance if I had visited that but not the pre 1999 stadium rebuild but had since gone to the Millennium Stadium or Principality Stadium. Though I think I'm safe on Pool and Arms Park being different.

I've actually done everything for football bar the pool so I think I can claim two plus a bracket. I've even seen a drunk Moderator at one game.

Oh and does a game with the roof closed counted as bracketed tick in brackets?.


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Driving up to Southport for two Days CC with a night out in Leigh to enable attendance at the National Speedway Stadium for Elite League

BELLE VUE ACES vs Leicester Lions
Kirkmanshulme Lane, M12 4WB
Adm. £19 Concession. Prog £3 Original 08/04 plus 8 page insert
Meat & Tattie Pie plus Tea £5.

A 19.30 start, arriving at 18.55 easy to Park up opposite Stadium, in queue within 5 mins but not able to enter until 19.30, principally due to large crowd and only 3 Boxes open. Start delete until 20.00 advised due to queue size but once inside apologising for delay due to Track Work, oh yeh !

The Main Stand is All Seater, numbered and reserved, thus long discussion at point of sale, whilst the opposite is a Standing Terrace.

The view however was excellent as was the actual Racing, lead changing hands several times but clinched in the final Heat with Belle Vue leading 43-41 a 5-1, was more than adequate to secure the points

The new Stadium for the Greyhounds is separate, 150 yards along the same Road, plenty of spare cash then !

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Going there for the WC Final on Sat 30th Eddie, looking forward to it.
A day off yesterday from work to do the 'Pigs Gone Wild' trail in Ipswich, then an evening at Foxhall Heath, first visit there for 16 or 17 years, and my first visit to Speedway for 2 years. Rather fallen out of love with the sport.
Premier League, Ipswich 57-36 Peterborough, £16, Programme £2.50, Tea £1.70, att 700-800 I'd guess.
A rather one sided encounter, as captain and British champion Danny King eased to a 15 point maximum. Panthers guest (for No1 Craig Cook) Lasse Bjerre having a bit of a mare, and falling and retiring in his first two rides. In fact the only strong resistance came from Jacobsen, who looked a very decent rider. Foxhall Heath is now a very decent venue, with 2,000 seats on the back straight (uncovered), no charge for parking, which is refreshing.
The racing was never more then mediocre, and the meeting was never close. Some times you can't dress it up, and for a first timer, they may not return. But I plan to get to 4/5 meetings this season.
Plenty of catering, bar, and the usual uninspiring and awful speedway music over the PA, and cheesy and dull presentation by the white jacketed fella in the centre green.
Having said all that, I enjoyed the evening, no problems getting home, and key turned at 00:10 Wink



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The World Team Cup Final at the National Stadium, Belle Vue, Manchester, Admission £37.50, Programme £10, 7pm, att circa 7-9,000.
1st Poland 39 2nd GB 32 3rd Sweden 30 4th Australia 22
My first visit to the new National Stadium on Saturday.
Observations.
I stayed in Leigh on Saturday night, at the Holiday Inn Express at the Leigh Sports Village, 200 yards from the ground! for the RL Challenge Cup SF, very good, excellent value for £25 and a superb programme for £5, I digress. Then an 18 mile drive to Belle Vue, v easy, 30 minutes, and then parked in a side street about 10 minutes walk from the stadium. I left Leigh at 17:35, and was in the stadium less than an hour later.
I sat in the temporary stand between the 3rd and 4th bends, near the top. Great view of the track, which looked in excellent condition, and raced very well, the racing was very good, with a good deal of passing. Sadly, GB, without Woffinden, who was outstanding would not have had a chance in hell of a medal, and his joker double 6 points in heat 12, gave the team the lift to challenge, until Poland turned the screw, their 4 riders all rode and scored consistantly.
> About the stadium.
The screen on the other side of the track was impossible to see, and the PA was very poor. So, in most races I did not know who all four riders were!
Programme £10 !!!! Absolute rip off, and in light of my comments above, for that price, they could have printed 5,000 updated race cards for the final to hand out for free with the team line ups, race line-ups already printed out.
Apparently for the race off the night before, there was no PA at all at this end of the stadium!
Toilets, again a joke, a small number of portaloos, not enough to service those who wanted to use them during the track grading intervals, I gave up, and held it in until I got home. A few tried having a pee behind the temporary seats and were chased by yellow jacketed stewards like they were about to commit some mortal sin. It's wrong, but if you don't have suitable facilities! !
I'd hesitate to commit to watching a big event here again, certainly not in the temporary seats, maybe in the main stand. I suspect the PA was much better along the side, and the screen more visible from along the side.



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Saturday 13 August 2016
Premier League
Workington Comets 48 Ipswich Witches 46
Admission £15 on the terraces
Programme - free

A last heat decider won this meeting for the Comets. Wasn't much tension or atmosphere in Derwent Park at all. Had a good walk around the ground and its an absolute dump. You wouldn't think 500k was spent on it for the Rugby League World Cup.


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National League: BELLE VUE COLTS 50 IOW WARRIORS 40

TKT: £10. PROG: £2 (12 pages). ATT: 350 h/c

Another one to get the 'new' Kirky Lane track done & re-complete all three speedway division grounds. The forecast for Friday is rubbish so decided to get it done whilst the sun was still shining. Doesn't bother me one iota twuz for the Colts rather than Aces, as I'd already seen them before up the road & back in the day at Hyde Road too. Decent meeting with overtaking so at least they've sorted the track out now. Quite a wide surface too so plenty of room for those brave enough to go round the boards.

Stadium is more akin to a National League ground that Salford City (where I was last night), would love to own. If being picky, I can't say they need to utilise Premier League stewards, just to check everyone's bag. Clearly done for no better reason than to force you to part with more dosh the minute you go through the turnstile. The catering is shall we say, never going to win any culinary awards either. Hey ho, job done & granddaughter really enjoyed her first meeting & wants to go again, bless her!

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Elite League : Belle Vue Aces 49 Poole Pirates 41. Admission £17; Programme £3. Attendance maybe 4,000 ?
I decided that a rare noon start at the National Speedway Centre followed by an easy RL tick would save the pain of a trudge up the M6 on a weeknight and besides, this choice allowed me a lie-in till 9. A few other posters have already been and made their observations - mine were mainly positive. It's certainly a step-up from the "facilities" on offer at most UK tracks - there was a large car-park on site (£3 I think) but as I wanted a speedy getaway, I parked on the street no more than 3 minutes walk away. No cash at the turnstiles, so you had to queue for a ticket first but no subsequent frisking on entry, but then I didn't have a holdall or carrier bag (I know, what kind of hopper am I?).
As mentioned, one side is a large covered terrace with a seated stand opposite. There's a small area of terracing above the first bend which I imagine gives a good view. The stands that were in place for the WC last month have gone. I take the point about catering; I was on the terrace with maybe 2,000 others and the only outlet was a grease-wagon which wasn't doing much trade this morning; an ice-cream van would have made a killing. There was one other very bored-looking bint selling plastic bottles of lager for the desperate. A cup of tea-ish was £2 and barely hot.
On a baking morning, it took over two hours to complete the 16 minutes of racing with a couple of lengthy stops to water the track which was obviously a bit of a dust-bowl as the meeting progressed. Not much wrong with the track however with some good racing on a long fast track with plenty of opportunities to attack. These are the top two sides in the league at present and should both make the end-of-season play-offs. If they meet again, it should be a good watch. No fewer than 11 of the 15 heats were tied including the last eight with Pirates only edging heat 5. Maximums in heats 2 and 7 were ultimately enough to win the meeting for the Aces. Good stuff, but it shouldn't take so long..
Top scorers : Aces - Zagar 10+3, Fricke 10+2, Jacobs 8+1. Pirates - Holder 10+1, Newman 7, Andersen 6+1
Just under 9 miles away and 25 minutes later, I pitched up at Heywood Road - see RL section


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In Eastbourne at the weekend, possibly my first trip to Arlington for Eastbourne v Stoke on Sunday Afternoon 3.30



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sandhurstbee
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Hot sunshine meant I managed my first visit to Eastbourne 57 Stoke 33. Admission £13 (Senior) programme £2. After a fall in the first heat for Stokes guest rider Danny Ayres, Eagles recorded a 4-2 and never looked back. Stoke failed to get a heat advantage to leave Eastbourne with an easy victory. Saw Burgesshillbee and Henfield Bee from this parish in which was a local fixture for them.



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The Moose
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PREMIER LGE GRAND FINAL 2ND LEG: ZUMMERZET REBELS 54 SHEFFIELD TIGERS 36

REBEL ROUSERS WON 100 - 80 on Aggregate

ADM: £15 PROG: £3 ATT: h/c 1,250 (could've been more but it was dark!)

Bringing the curtain down on a successful season for the locals with four different trophies snaffled over the course of the year. Justifiably too having finished top of the normal league before the play offs ensued. Rebels had too much on offer for the Tigers to tame, who never quite had enough self belief to claw back the first leg deficit of two points. To be fair they made a good go at it till around heat 9 when the dirt moved to the outside & the rebellious ones got going to pull away at the end.

Third different track for the granddaughter to attend, having done Poole & Belle Vue so far & she loves it! May also have had something to do with the trophy presentation & firework display to complete the celebrations mind! As always the facilities are a tad spartan at the OTA, elf & safety police would have a hissy fit with all the grass banks to stand on in the dark. Decent night out despite the A39 shut at Street & nice to meet up with an 'old' oppo who seems to have finally been bitten by the shale action bug despite being a confirmed footy addict.

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Main Drain Man
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Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February
Ice Speedway Grand Prix Round 3
Medeu Stadium near Almaty, Kazakhstan
Admission 2000 teng (£5) per day
Programme see below
Attendance c 5,000 Saturday and 4,000 Sunday

The 26th country I’ve visited for speedway almost became my 6th overseas destination (7th match) postponement before it had got under way. Having faced postponements in Canada, Australia, Sweden, Austria (x2) and Hungary the last thing we expected on a brilliantly sunny Saturday in the Trans-Ili Ala-Tau Mountains was a similar occurence.

Having purchased the Almaty equivalent of an Oyster card for 400 teng (£1) top ups cost a further 80 teng (20p) a journey which for a distance of about 15 km was pretty good value.

Not knowing how long the journey would actually take we boarded the number 12 bus from downtown Almaty to the stadium, arriving well before the start so adjourned to the local bar/restaurant for a pre match libation. With little knowledge of the language I had worked out that the alcoholic drinks came in similar measurements to Europe, so it would have been rude not to sample another of the countries beers, especially as the one which caught my eye was the National Drink.

Believe me 2 pints of rancid horse milk was not what I expected or what the doctor ordered but the Shimkent beer I ultimately received was able to take away the taste.

With entrance to the stadium held up until just before start and the reserved seats I had ordered not actually showing on the tickets it became a bit of a free for all but we actually sat in the ones booked in the main starting straight grandstand. Seemingly there was nothing for paper huggers on sale so I started to make my own score sheet, on the rear of the ticket when we spotted a few people with what seemed a pretty good glossy brochure.

On enquiring, I was directed to the press office where it became obvious they would not let me have one for any money at all, although I was given a rider list and race sheet for the day.

When I left the centre, the first race was about to start and for safety reasons I was not allowed to walk around the 1st/2nd bends during racing so was dragged into the back straight seats by an obliging police officer who had already lifted the steps up from the pathway. This proved to be an excellent view and I saw two laps of a very fast and excellent race. Seemingly race leader Danil Ivanov had a puncture going into the back straight on the 3rd lap which caused him to lift and fall (sustaining a broken collar bone) whilst his bike flew into Nicklaus Svensson behind with a horrific sound as spikes entered spokes and Nicklaus was also thrown off. Credit to the Kazakh rider behind who somehow steered round both fallen riders to save even worse injuries.

With ambulances on track I convinced the police I had to get to my seat in the main grandstand and was let through to join a concerned other half. She had noted details on my home made score sheet as we waited for the rerun.

Incredibly this never arrived as a major fog came in from the mountains and you could not see further than a couple of rows in front of you. With a wait of around an hour the message came around that the meeting was postponed and the crowd made its way to exits with many stopping to exchange tickets for the following day. Having bought up front it was not worth queuing for a refund bearing in mind it was only a fiver each we were down.
They reckon 160 world records have been set at this stadium so we were proud to be part of the 161st as around 200 people were crammed into a single decker bus back into the city. My consolation that was at least the Kazakh a**e squashed in my face for an hours ride down the mountain was quite a pleasant one but unbelievably they were letting more skiers onto the bus at the next stop, increasing the crush.

Once back at the hotel, on reading the speedway forum, we saw that the meeting was not abandoned but they were giving it a few hours for the fog to clear. We could probably have cabbed it there but decided to down some of the local ales and nibbles we had bought instead and watch TV.

I saw that Igor Kononov had won the meeting with a 15 point maximum although race offs were abandoned with the fog still affecting the area.

Sunday 19th February
1st Kononov 2nd Koltakov 3rd Khomitsevich (all Russia) 4th Zorn (Austria)

We were greeted on the Sunday by a white covered city with snow falling quite thickly at times. Doing a bit of sightseeing of the stunning wooden cathedral we had missed earlier in the week on route, plus memorials of various past conflicts we took the same seats on Sunday in a snow covered arena. Snow fell lightly throughout but it wasn’t uncomfortable and the brilliant Kazakhs, on hearing we were British plied us with all manner of spirits and had selfies taken with us as souvenirs.

Not daunted by yesterday’s rejections we went to the media centre and this time two polite young men actually offered programmes at no charge, probably assuming that we had accreditation as the room was heaving with journos. TBH the 24 page edition was one of the best I have seen at ice racing full on interesting statistics and editorial (sadly all in Russian) but a shame they did not put them on sale to the fans. Possibly there was no interest but we gave one of the race sheets to local girl who was well pleased with it.

At last we got to see full days racing which, whilst not being the best ever, was still pretty exciting and the locals created an excellent atmosphere and were really fanatical.

Mission accomplished we returned to our 5 star accommodation and blew £80 on a meal, which proved the perfect end to our 6 day break.

I always try to make my own arrangements for foreign travel and although we were in the top hotel in the city and had an extra night’s accommodation more than the organised trip from the UK we saved over £250 between us by doing it ourselves, rather than going with them.

Beer prices varied from £1 in the excellent little Schtab bar (hard to find but well worth it if you do) to around £5 in the hotel. Not that many sights in the city to see but loads of museums and the cable car to the top of Kok Tobe was a good half day out. Locals are fantastic people too.

Culturally we attended opera and ballet in the stunning Abay theatre for about £4 a go with the country’s top performers on show, whilst for paper chasers the very popular programmes for both these events, with up to date performers lists inserted, sold for 1.5 teng each, slightly less than 1/2p. A theatre hoppers dream.

Riding our luck we also got into a party held by one of the country’s top rock Acts Moldazzar, whilst others were turned away at the door so a memorable trip all round, in spite of missing one day’s racing.



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burgesshillbee
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Mar 28, 2017, 12:17 AM

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Saturday 25th March 2017 Berwick 45 v 45 Newcastle Tyne Tweed Trophy 1st Leg Admission £15 Prog £2.50 Badge £4 Burger £3 Tea/Coffee £1 Ref Graham Reeve.

After the Coldstream Hop game myself and Henfield Bee headed to Shiefield Park home to both Berwick Rangers and Berwick speedway, behind the stadium is also the ground of Tweedmouth Rangers of the East of Scotland league.

Not a great start as there were no chips available Frown. This year is Berwicks 50th year celebrations with a new promotion and ex World Champion Gary Havelock as team manager, they have also signed Lewis Bridger who is based in Sussex and was with Lakeside in last years Elite League and managed to concede a first heat 5-1 . A reasonable meeting with some overtaking mainly by Newcastle's Robert Lambert, the racing was fast around the Berwick Rangers football pitch and some good refereeing daw the meeting finished in approx 90 minutes. Claus Vissing top scored for Berwick with 12+1 and both Robert Lambert and Steve Worrall scored 11 for Newcastle.

Sunday 27th March 2017 Newcastle 55 v 35 Berwick Tyne Tweed Trophy 2nd Leg (Newcastle win 100 -80) Admission £16 Prog £2.50 Ref Chris Durno

And so after the Ormiston game we headed to Brough Park for the second leg of the Tyne Tweed Trophy, the Newcastle programme was voted best in speedway and its not difficult to see why plenty of articles etc and well written the only drawback is that it is A4 size. Newcastle were easy winners but it was still a decent meeting, Berwick were hampered by the injury to thier Austrian reserve Dany Gappmeier who despite walking away took no further part after his crash in heat 6. Robert Lambert again top scored for Newcastle with 14 and Lewis Bridger who was the only rider to beat Lambert top scored for Berwick with 12. IMO Berwick need to strengthen up if they are going to compete away from home.
Attendances at both meetings was approx 800. Meeting finished about 8.30 and back in Burgess Hill about 1.45 AM


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Apr 2, 2017, 12:44 PM

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Saturday 1st April 2017

SGB Premiership

RYE HOUSE ROCKETS 51 v 41 WOLVERHAMTON WOLVES

Admission OAP £16 Programme £2 Ref Chris Gay

Rye House scorers:

Chris Harris 12+1, Scott Nicholls 10+3, Edward Kennett 9, Ellis Perks 6+1, Robert Branford 6, Davey Watt 5, Stuart Robson 3+2.

Wolverhampton scorers:

Kyle Howarth 13+1, Fredrik Lindgren 9+1, Adam Skornicki 7+1, Sam Masters 6, Jacob Thorssell 5+1, Nathan Greaves 1, Max Clegg 0.


Norwich6
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Apr 3, 2017, 7:03 PM

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Saturday 2nd April

SGB Championship

Glasgow 53 Scunthorpe 37 Ref Jim McGregor

Admission £13.50 oap £17.50 Adult
Programme £3
Tea £1
Steak Pie £2

Scunthorpe managed to restrict Glasgow to a 34 32 lead after heat 11.
But then three 5 1 and 4 2 heat advantages in the last four heats
gave the Tigers a comfortable victory.

Have to say that Ashfield is now a very neat and tidy stadium and a lot of work has been done to transform it. Staff and stewards were all very helpful and friendly.

Very good to see so many youngsters in attendance too.

The announcer said that they are looking to finish all Saturday
meetings by 2045 and this one certainly did and made it very
comfortable to get the 2104 train back to Queen St.


Graeme
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Apr 4, 2017, 3:36 PM

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Saturday 1st April.
Leicester Lions 48 v Swindon Robins 42.
A great start to the new season for the Lions. Some problems with the new second bend. Jason Doyle not up to his usual standard, but Nick Morris was excellent for the Robins. Young Josh Bates was the pick of the home riders. Meeting delayed because people were still queuing outside at start time.



Total Grounds- 1355 (10).
Grounds this season- 35.
Latest New ground -Wibbandune Ground, Colliers Wood United.
Rugby Union grounds-7.
Latest-Twickenham.




bagman
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Saturday 8th April 2017

PREMIERSHIP KO CUP Q/F 1st leg

Rye House Rockets 41 v 49 Swindon Robins

Admission OAP £16 Programme £2 Referee Paul Carrington

RYE HOUSE 41: Scott Nicholls 12, Edward Kennett 8, Chris Harris 7+1, Ellis Perks 5, Stuart Robson 3+2, Davey Watt 3, Ben Morley 3.
SWINDON 49: Nick Morris 14+1, Jason Doyle 11, Bradley Wilson-Dean 9+1, Emil Grondal 8, David Bellego 7+2, Zach Wajtknecht 0, Adam Ellis r/r.


Mike S
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Scunthorpe 47 Glasgow 43
When I work away I get a choice of whether I want to go or not but little choice as to where and a weekend in Scunthorpe for the second time in three weeks was not my ideal choice
The plan was to finish in time to get to Doncaster for RL and a first viewing of Toronto but this was always tight and a 2pm kick off made that impossible
Thankfully Speedway came to the rescue and a 5.30pm start was prefect for me
I saw Cliff had attended the meeting at Glasgow between these sides and the report indicated this may not be a comfortable away win as it would have been in previous seasons. The reality was a close encounter and some good racing
First impressions of the track are not great. it was 4 miles from my hotel and the journey was industrial the whole way and facilities looked basic. However on a warm day, at least at the start, as the temperature dropped 12 degrees during the meeting and it appeared all of the fall was within 10mins, little facilities were required. There are three small sections of cover a dew open seats and a large barn like bar but very basic
However the track itself is slightly banked and has numerous overtaking lines, far more so than most. The meeting reflected that. Scunthorpe went 9 3 ahead but went behind at 23 25 and 29 31 before going 40 38 43 41 and turning a 3 3 into a 4 2 in the last heat. Top scorer was Josh Auty with 14
Attendance c 500/600 and admission £14 plus £1 parking and £1.50 basic 8 page prog
Thoroughly enjoyable which is rare in the sport at the moment. I may be tempted back for more if in the right place this season


Feversham Lens
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Apr 10, 2017, 10:31 AM

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Lining up only my third meeting in seven years (I'm one of the sport's many 'lost' supporters) for a tick at the 'newest' Belle Vue. The Aces host Wolverhampton in the Premiership on Good Friday (1pm). Would leave only Sittingbourne-based Kent Kings to complete the present set.

I note two clubs - or, at least, their 2017 incarnations - once close to my heart, Middlesbrough and Halifax, are in action at Championship club Scunthorpe in an Easter Sunday double header (3pm). Might consider that also. I lived in North Lincolnshire for three years during the mid-Noughties and went occasionally to the Scunthorpe track which, as MikeS discovered last weekend, always produces decent racing.


Workington FC
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Apr 10, 2017, 5:31 PM

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Saturday 8th April 2017

SGB Premiership

Leicester Lions 34 v 56 Poole Pirates

Programme £3
Admission £17
There was a decent queue of people lining up to purchase admission tickets before this meeting. I'm not sure if this delayed the start but we commenced 15 minutes late. This was my second visit to Leicester and the main change was three new corporate portakabins on one of the bends. The thing that did stood out was that Leicester do have a rather large amount of strange people who follow them. I obviously didn't fit into the "local" category and was given suspicious looks. A few announcements were made regarding the taking of photographs not being permitted during the races. There was a point in the meeting when a group of Leicester supporters went a bit "mental" shouting and pointing across the track. This continued for a while until one of them sprinted across to where they were pointing. It was later announced that someone had taken a photograph and this had led to a Leicester rider pulling up in a heat as he thought it was one of the red lights to stop racing. I thought someone was having a punch up due to the way they reacted.
The club shop is very cramped to say the least. There was a good selection of programmes available from the current season with Cradley looking the most impressive. Leicester's is a decent edition too.
Despite the Pirates being very comfortable throughout this was a decent meeting. There was some really good passing moves but mainly from the men from Poole.


Workington FC
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Apr 15, 2017, 12:23 PM

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Thursday 13 April 2017
Knock Out Cup - 2nd Leg
Redcar Bears 44 Peterborough 46
Admission £16
Programme £2

I quite enjoyed my night out here. From a spectator point of view it is a 2 sided venue with 3 sections of steel built terracing, a shallow balcony on front of the clubhouse and a permanent seated grandstand.

The announcers were of the pervy kind. We had a meeting long running joke about balls which got really boring after a while followed by a request for any 18 - 40 year old women celebrating their birthday to come to the centre green. They could then sit on the announcers knee and tell him about their birthday.

Peterborough won this tie comfortably and never appeared in any danger of losing it. Programme was a 16 page issue and although nicely presented it was overpriced.

One thing about this venue is I didn't expect it to be so close to Middlesbrough or the Riverside stadium. It is located in an industrial area so there is nothing in the locality of interest.


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Thursday 13 April 2017
Knock Out Cup - 2nd Leg
Redcar Bears 44 Peterborough 46
Admission £16
Programme £2

One thing about this venue is I didn't expect it to be so close to Middlesbrough or the Riverside stadium. It is located in an industrial area so there is nothing in the locality of interest.

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council built the South Tees Motor Sport Park. As you discovered, it's much nearer Middlesbrough than Redcar but the speedway club, aware of who had provided the facilities, chose to be known as Redcar Bears rather than Middlesbrough Bears. Middlesbrough Bears packed up at the end of the 1996 season when Cleveland Park, a dog track at Newport, was redeveloped by its owners, the neighbouring Macmillan College (now Academy). Unsurprisingly, both at the time and since, Middlesbrough Borough Council was prepared to do sweet FA to rehouse the greyhounds and the speedway. Bent over backwards for bloody Middlesbrough FC, mind.


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Workington FC
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Apr 16, 2017, 1:00 PM

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I remember driving past Cleveland Park many years ago. Unfortunately it was one of the many tracks I missed.


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A shame. After fire destroyed the grandstand, Cleveland Park became a bit of a dump during the last decade of its life. The racing was always first class, though. Crowds were never good, however, and averaged just 850 during the last season (1996). The promoter, Malcolm Wright, told me he lost £1,500 every home meeting. "I've had to come down a model on the Jag," he observed, with a smile. I suspect Malcolm was relieved when the college announced plans to close the stadium and redevelop the site. It gave him a way out without losing face. Not that anyone had serious cause to criticise him: his financial input kept Middlesbrough Speedway going for at least three seasons leading up to Cleveland Park's final fixture, against Bradford Dukes, in October 1996.


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The Moose
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Apr 16, 2017, 4:37 PM

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Good Fri 14th April - SGB PREMIERSHIP: POOLE PIRATES 54 ZUMMERZET REBELS 36

ADM: £17 PROG: £3 ATT: h/c 2,200

Hadn't been to Wimborne Road for a while as I'd seen every possible team here previously. This year gives me an excuse to visit twice then with the Rebel Rousers being one of the two newbies at this level. Looks like they may struggle for a while to get used to the billy big biscuits racing as they were off the pace for a lot of this meeting. Having said that I noted they did at least scrape a win in the return meeting in the evening.

Seemed strange doing an 11.00 am meeting here but a decent crowd turned up to see the Swashbucklers do their thing. With Klindt at reserve, they have an ace up their sleeve too. The main stand here has wooden bench seats & has probably been around for nearly 60 years now. Tiz showing its age too & badly in need of a coat of paint here & there. I do miss the old covered terrace opposite which has been replaced by a glass fronted restaurant facility. Other than that it looks the same as it did in the 1970's but without their footy neighbours anymore. Good to catch up with some fellow shale enthusiasts from Yeovil who'd not had the Pirate pleasure previously.

KRTM Cool


footiemug
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Apr 16, 2017, 8:39 PM

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Fri 14 April
Eastbourne Eagles 51 v Lakeside Hammers 39
Lee Richardson Memorial Trophy (2nd leg)
Admission £13
Prog £2 ( excellent)
Nice evening out, but got colder as evening went on.
Comfortable win over the2 legs.
Not sure how Eagles will get on this season.Seem to have a
Good lower order of riders.
Nice to have Lakeside and Kent in the N.L. this season.
Always interesting where any stadium is situated.Arlington stadium
is in a village (Arlington) where most of the properties will be worth
Over half a million.
1st leg Hammers 48 v Eagles 42. Agg Eagles 93 v Hammers 87


Workington FC
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Apr 16, 2017, 10:16 PM

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Saturday 15 April 2017
Workington 48 Scunthorpe Scorpions 45
Admission £16
Programme £1

Derwent Park seemed to have activity at this meeting than when I attended last season. The future of the Comets was in doubt after last season but thsnkfully they have continued.

Credit to the promoters for signing local favourite Craig Cook who is a real class act.

What did disappoint was the number of freebies gaining admission at the meeting. The announcer kept mentioning that a number of people were attending their first ever meeting - I guess for free. It cost me £16 to stand.

Last season the 8 page fold out programme was given away free with admission. Now it costs £1 and it is poor.

Despite the close result the atmosphere was very flat as it normally is. One new development is the Blue and White Cafe which is located on the terraces. I had Chilli Chips and Rice which was very good. Apart from that Derwent Park is an unloveable dirty dump. Likewise they still have inflatable comedy inflatable penis behind the bar in the social club. Is there any need ?


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Thursday 20th April 2017
Redcar Bears 54 Ipswich Witches 35
SGB Championship
Admission £16
Programme £2 (16pp, glossy, but rather light on reading)
Attendance 500 (est)
Fast food-style refreshments available (didn't sample)


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