Soundbites: 10th April 2004
"Just like the FA Cup in football, the Knockout Cup is a big deal in speedway and the further we go, the more financial
rewards on offer and that's important for a club at our level."
"Make no mistake, the team put together is a very good one and it's going to be a great season for us here on the island."
"We'll stick by Rory because it's such a stupid, unfair rule. I can't see why it was brought in. What difference does it
"I did half expect the team to take a while to gel after so many new faces arrived during the summer but it needs to
happen quickly. It wouldn't be fair on the lads to go making hasty changes right away so they will all be given the
chance to prove their worth in the next three or four meetings."
"I admire his determination to prove himself, coming across to Britain and giving it a shot.If he was coming in on a
three-point average that might have been a bit different but he wouldn't and as he's clearly not up to Steady's
ability it has to be a no for him as far as we're concerned."
"I'm disappointed on a personal level and for the team. Losing every meeting we've contested is a poor record and one we
have to change. The only way to do that is to get a few wins under our belts else we could find ourselves cast adrift
from the play-offs before the season has really begun."
"He must have run a few black cats over with the luck he has been having. Surely enough is enough and he can now seriously
get down to scoring some points."
"People assume that because of my dad and uncles I've been on a motor bike since I was out of nappies and doing speedway
for years. In my case that didn't happen. I went to meetings to watch dad ride but to be honest I hated speedway and I
"I have to say that I feel sorry for Colin Pratt. He has spent the last four or five years assembling a side that was good
enough to finish runners-up last year. Then changes made during the winter meant he was forced to get rid of three of
his better riders, and the Bees do not now have the same strong look about them."
"Gary makes a long journey from his Swindon home each week for our home matches and he has got
to start making things happen. Armadale was always going to be a bit of a struggle for Gary
because it is such a small circuit. But Gary knew that. His average is higher than our reserve
Matthew Wethers and he should be doing better. Gary has got to start producing. Right now he is
under no pressure from the club - but we expect him to get better. We would certainly like to
see a marked improvement from him round some of the bigger away tracks."
This article was first published on 10th April 2004
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