Soundbites: 14th August 2004
"It was really satisfying to register such a big victory and we will go to Wolverhampton
with a live chance of picking up the bonus point.
But it really shouldn't have taken this long for us to show this kind of form."
"We've got a substantial lead of 19 points at the top of the table which is obviously
very nice to have, but like anything, the league title race is not over
until the fat lady sings.
We're in front which is good, but we've still got a job to do.
We must win at Craven Park and do what we can away from home."
"Everything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong.
Being without Corey (Blackman) and David (Mason) made the task impossible and things just went from bad to worse
"We have tried several options in an attempt to sign a replacement for the time Danny will
be out, but as yet we have had no luck. It is very difficult at this time in the season
when everyone has prior commitments."
"Anything like that is difficult. Ian had been a tremendous servant for a number of years and
nobody wanted to do what had to be done. Ian made a tactical blunder against Berwick which
cost us victory as a consequence. The club is bigger than anybody, and anybody who blunders
would be asked to leave."
"We can take far more pride from this scoreline compared to some of the away thrashings
we've suffered lately."
"Every match away from home is difficult and the options for doing well away from home are
running out fast. It is unlikely we will make the Young Shield play-offs, we would need to
win probably more than two away matches for that to happen."
"Clubs will not be falling over themselves to take on Hans in the Elite League.
This is his last chance and he is lucky that Chris Louis and Scott Nicholls have both
backed him this week.
They are respected riders and they should not have to bow to Hans. It is Hans who should
do any apologising."
"We are in for a busy spell, with the meetings coming thick and fast.
However, it will provide experience for the youngsters and give them a sample of what life
will be like as they continue to progress up the speedway ladder."
"It would be nice to think that I can come back in March fitter and stronger than ever. I
want to ride speedway for a few more years yet and that has to be my main aim.
People keep telling me I'm not getting any younger which annoys me a bit, but I suppose
it's true, so I have to get it right with an injury like this."
"It's always difficult for any speedway team to cope with the absence of one of their very
top riders. We're just very pleased indeed to have him back and now we can concentrate on
climbing further up the league table and qualifying for the end-of-season play-offs."
"We beat Workington up there last season and I can see no reason why we can't do it again.
It's a fast track and will suit our style of riding."
"I would love to take Hull into the Elite League, it's my dream, but previous attempts to do
so have ended in failure. I have no intention of losing thousands of pounds.
To move up with our current crowd and revenue levels would be suicide.
It's too much too soon for me, I'm in my first year of ownership and there's a lot
more to learn yet."
"Right now, Mr Andersen is right up there in my estimation with the man who stole my
testimonial money at Poole Speedway 20 years ago!"
"It all depends on the day, but we have a top four that is going very well and are more
than capable of seeing the job through.
Having finished second in the Premier League Best Pairs a few weeks back, it would be nice
to go one better in this competition."
This article was first published on 14th August 2004
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