Soundbites: 19th April 2004
"I have decided I was unable to give Poole 100 per cent and that was a situation I couldn't
accept. It's a heartbreaking and emotional move for me. But this isn't goodbye. I would never
agree to ride for any other British club. My feelings for Poole are stronger than ever.
I just hope everyone will understand my decision."
"The sport in this country needs world class riders like Tony. In a lifetime of supporting and
now promoting Poole speedway this is one of the saddest moments I have had to report.
At the end of the day I am a Poole supporter first and foremost and I will be crying in my
pillow tonight like everyone else."
"I'm in a quandary. Our crowd was disappointing and I wonder should I go out with all
guns blazing and try and win the league and hope to increase the crowd. Of the riders who
rode for us, I still have Matthew Wethers and Barry Campbell to choose from and I could have
five good riders at the top of the team. I could have a great side but to go down that route
would be expensive. Or do I maintain, what is my view, to bring on young riders and put them
into the Premier League and beyond."
"I just can't believe how cruel we have been hit over the years with injuries. It's a
massive blow because Aidan really was flying. He started the season with a 4.77 average and
with some outstanding performances had taken that up to 7.63, which was heat leader potential.
The problem is that although we can have a guest to replace Aidan as our top-scoring reserve,
the rider can only come in up to his starting average and not the one he is riding to at
"We've had good reports on Kristian's progress since he rode a few meetings for us
last spring, and any tips from Charlie's time in the Premier League before Swindon stepped up
this year can only help him. Despite our struggles so far this season, we're determined to
keep the pressure off Kristian and let him settle down in our team."
"It looks as if it's going to be between Rye House, Exeter and ourselves for the two qualifying
places from our group. So we have to pick up as many bonus points as possible from our
remaining Trophy fixtures if we are going to progress to the semi-finals."
"Peterborough was a huge part of my speedway life. I was around during the growth of the club
as it became one of the best in Europe and their's is still the first result I look for. But
the role with Belle Vue suits me down to the ground, it's great still to be involved with
speedway but without the pressures I had at Peterborough."
This article was first published on 19th April 2004
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