It’s pretty well documented that lockdown has been sending me a little crazy.
It’s been pretty well documented that lockdown has contributed massively in me slowly but surely going crazy each and every day.
It’s been pretty well documented that lockdown absolutely sucks!
However, there is a glimmer of light at the end of a very long tunnel.
Speedway is back in Berwick…sort of.
I cant have been the only one who watched the footage of the clubs closed door practice session on social media, casting a beady eye over proceedings.
As good as that was, it was tinged with sadness that I couldn’t be there to hear that noise and breathe in that sweet sweet smell.
However, it would be fair to say that this is a step in the right direction, a baby step it may be, but it’s a step nonetheless.
Of course a number of weeks ago this would have been an absolute no no, but as things have gradually eased off, small gatherings and some sport has been allowed to restart.
However it would seem that the sports of looting and protesting are exempt from the rules…but that’s a story for a different day.
To get back on track so to speak, as restrictions have eased off and small gatherings such as socially distant barbecues have taken place, and this sort of got me thinking about something.
Well I say that, it didn’t really, but I’ve got to fill the column inches one way or another just now…however it got me thinking about which 3 Bandits riders I would invite to a socially distant and socially responsible barbecue.
I couldn’t have a Bandits barbecue and not invite my boyhood hero Alan Mogridge. Not only was he a damned fine speedway rider, he is also a helluva nice bloke. With plenty of stories to tell from a storied career there is little doubt he would provide hours of entertainment. Failing that I could bore him to tears and tell him about how he was my favorite rider as a youngster!
No Bandits gathering would be complete without inviting Michal Makovsky, a ten year Bandit and the clubs all time top points scorer. Another really nice bloke who wasn’t afraid to mix it up a little. Another with plenty of stories to tell but don’t try and go round him when reaching for the brioche buns or you may well end up in a flower bed or something!
The final member of this trio would have to be Paul Clews, a man who was somewhat of a human highlight reel during his stint as a Bandit. Blasts round the boards and total commitment every time he was out on the track, no quarter asked or given either. A quiet and unassuming rider, but a hell of a nice guy, in fact some would say almost too nice to be a speedway rider!
So there you have it, my selection for a socially distant and responsible barbecue involving some former Bandits. Of course once the restrictions are fully lifted I would like to have a few more legends round!
The only snag is that I don’t really like cooking but hey it’s filled the column inches right?
Who are you inviting from the house of Bandits Legends Past?
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Until next time…and there will be a next time.
Right I’ll hae’tae gan