A Matter of Opinion....David Crane....24/03/2002
David Crane is webmaster of the Official Mildenhall Speedway website.
New Mildenhall owner Tony Mole is optimistic of taking the Fen Tigers up into the Premier League. Do you believe that the club has the potential to survive at that level?
I think so. We survived 15 consecutive years of second division racing in the old National League and I'm sure the potential support is still there. It may take a couple of years to increase the support needed, and we certainly shouldn't jump up too soon, we don't want another 1992 and end up folding during the season through lack of support.
Which riders should we be looking out for in this year's Conference League?
There's a few that will catch the eye this year. Rye House's Edward Kennett is one for sure, and Kings Lynn's James Brundle has been getting rave reviews.
I also liked the look of Peterborough's Danny Norton at the back end of last year, a terrific young prospect who will undoubtedly catch the eye this season. I tip the Pumas to do really well this year, possibly emulate the 1997 era of Howe, Stead, Allen etc, and win the league.
Your Mildenhall website is presently the club's official web presence. What difference has that made and do you expect this to continue under the new promotion?
The website has allowed general fans to read the latest happenings, not only at the club but the league, as sometimes news is sparce in the Speedway Star. There are a few hardcore Mildenhall fans that visit it regularly, but on the whole its just general outside supporters.
I've spoken to Graham Drury who was highly impressed with the website and it will therefore remain the official club site.
The Aussies are red-hot favourites to retain the World Cup this summer. Can the Brits stop them?
Of course they have a chance, but realistically, I think the Aussies will be too hot for everyone. They were superb in the last World Cup and have so much talent, I can't see anyone stopping them. But I still think the Brits will do well, they've got the capabilities of reaching the final.
The first few days of the season have seen several fixtures fall to the weather. Does the season start too early?
You can never predict the weather, and you don't want to start going into October needing to complete fixtures, as we at Mildenhall found out to our cost a couple of years back! It's best to get challenges out of the way in March, leaving the campaign proper to start in April, and if challenges are rained off, its no big deal.
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