Soundbites: 4th September 2006
"It's a disgrace. Myself and fellow directors, Stewart Dickson and Gordon Pairman, can't believe it.
Danny missed a meeting due to illness and, under the rules, a non-related speedway injury means a rider has to receive permission to race again. The ruling body have refused this permission which has totally incensed the promotion at Ashfield.
It's an outrageous decision and one that has prompted us to put the brakes on our involvement with speedway in Glasgow,
We will put the club up for sale at the end of the season and if no buyer can be found, the club will die - I hope the management committee can live with this."
"It is huge for me. I did not expect that kind of success, but I was fully prepared to battle
for it. My team kept believing in me and we were able to win gold. That is the biggest
achievement in my whole career."
"I was going good and had a great chance of becoming champion, realising my dream. I had worked
all season for it and now there was a big chance it would be taken from me if I didn't make a
good start again and that is just what happened.
I tried my best to catch Karol but it wasn't easy because on this track you really had to make
"Our intention is to continue Premier League speedway at Mildenhall but it means streamlining
and re-structuring the whole club.
It is an expensively-assembled team at the moment and during the winter we may have to
completely revamp the squad.
I have subsidised the club and am willing to do it a little bit next year but Mildenhall
needs to stand on its own two feet."
"To be honest, I am quite upset at having to learn I had been released by Weymouth promoter
Phil Bartlett, when I thought I would be riding for Plymouth against Buxton.
I've tried to speak to Mike (Bowden) this week to find out what was happening but haven't
been able to get in contact with him.
I find it a bit strange really given that my Premier commitments with the Isle of Wight
are winding down and the points I have scored for Plymouth, and how well I've always
been received by the fans."
"If we don't get the bonus point, Chris van Straaten should be sacked.
But seriously - after a win like that we have got to be looking good to get it."
"Nobody really distinguished themselves on a poor night for us but I felt sorry for Ben
Powell, our guest reserve.
He'd forked out on a brand new engine and it blew on the start line the first time he used it."
"I want to ride for Pirates for as long as I can.
I have raced for Poole for three, almost four, years and I like the track and everything to
do with the club.
I have good equipment specially prepared for the track and I like the people, the venue
and my sponsors here. I want to stay here."
"I have always had that 100 per cent mentality and hope that I am a team player just as much
as the next man.
Scoring points is what I do for a living and it's what pays the bills. But whether this
season will be my best for Stoke is maybe not for me to say. I just try my best and
prefer to let my racing do the talking."
"Richard has been fantastic lately. It is great to see a young British rider develop so
impressively and I am delighted Richard's brave decision to come into the Elite
League during the winter is paying off for him.
Richard is the sort of rider who will never give up and his persistence has helped him get
plenty of points. He will ride through brick walls for this club."
"This is great news, I had a sneaky feeling that I might be lined up to ride at Swindon, which
is owned by Terry.
I can now enjoy the rest of this season and hope-fully look forward to staying with the
Witches again in 2007."
"Boston must have given five or six points away during the meeting.
But it shows me that Plymouth are beatable. They might be a 'monkey on our backs' at the moment
but I am really confident we can beat them in the play-offs and we will go there full of
confidence in the first leg of the Conference Trophy final this Friday night."
"You could see how pumped up they were and they went at the home riders right from the start.
I thought their attitude towards the meeting was first rate and if they perform like that against Weymouth, they should pick up another two points."
This article was first published on 4th September 2006
"I have been a Glasgow supporter since the 60's and the latest descision to stop Danny Bird from riding must take the biscuit. It's obvious from my point of view that the 'southern' based promoters are hell bent on closing Glasgow. As the Glasgow promotion have already stated I hope they can live with themselves if Glasgow do close at the end of the season."
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