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Jim S
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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



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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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



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




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




TheLinnet
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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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Last new track (Speedway) - Buxton




Main Drain Man
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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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Planning to do Workington v Edinburgh speedway on Saturday 12th April, new sport for me.


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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



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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.

KRTM Cool


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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!

KRTM Cool


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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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