Despite our own season being finished a number of weeks ago, there has been plenty of action and talking points happening elsewhere in the speedway world, the trouble is the knowing where to start.
I probably should at least mention Tai Woffinden becoming not only Britain’s greatest ever speedway rider, but one of the best ever to grace the shale.
Does this make him at least worthy of at least a nomination for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year?
Absolutely, but will he be overlooked?
Time will tell….
However, let’s take a look at some facts shall we?
3 World Titles in six seasons
Youngest ever Champion in the GP Era
Youngest ever rider to win three World Titles
Lead Team GB to two World Cup Silver Medals
First Ever British Triple World Champion
And that’s before we even begin to mention the hundreds of thousands of pounds he has raised for charity within that same timescale.
Plus let’s face it, if it’s supposed to be someone with personality who picks up the winner’s cheque, then Tai Woffinden possesses plenty of that…however with past winners including Andy Murray and Lewis Hamilton… perhaps that’s not a necessity after all.
If it was up to me I’d give Gary Lineker the night off, keep Clare Balding in her freezer and give Tai the trophy he deserves and frankly save everyone the bother!
I had also thought about doing a piece on the Bandits End of Season Party, until George Dodds made that a virtual impossibility following his last brilliant blog entry! With that being said it simply wouldn’t be fair to at least comment on the night. So without further ado, congratulations to Theo Pijper on his Riders Rider of the Year award and to Jye Etheridge on picking up the Rider of the Year as voted for by the fans.
However the biggest news to come out of the night was that David Howe had ridden his last race as a professional speedway rider and he has brought the curtain down on his glittering career. This news, while sad, deservedly got the biggest applause of the night as well as a standing ovation that could very well have still been ongoing.
When David first signed for the Bandits I don’t mind saying I was amongst those with raised eyebrows, I wasn’t convinced he was the man for the job. But in these instances I always find myself willing to be proved wrong, and it turns out I couldn’t have been more wrong as David produced some brilliant displays, cementing himself as one of the most popular Bandits in recent times.
I have written at great length of my admiration for the honest and professional approach David had towards his racing and I can honestly say it has been a pleasure to watch him restore his pride and prove to not only his doubters, but to himself that he is still a very capable performer. It’s almost like something from a Hollywood movie script that David was able to bow out on his own terms at the very same track where it seemed like it was all over back in 2015, but credit to the man for making it happen and turning not only his own fortunes around, but the Bandits’ as well.
I’m absolutely certain that I am just one of the many who wish to thank David for his services to the Bandits and wish him well in his new role helping out Nickolaj Busk Jakobsen.
Now before I sign off, I must congratulate our old pals the Workington Comets on completing what can only be described as a historic treble after winning the Knockout Cup, Championship Shield and League Title all within the last few days.
According to the experts the Comets would be languishing in the lower echelons of the league table looking up at those above them, however the Comets showed from the very offset that wasn’t going to be the case. Credit to them or sticking with their riders and maintaining their form right to the very end.
It certainly has been a hectic few days as the Comets, and many other teams have scrambled to get the fixtures completed before the end of the month. It seems unbelievable after the incredible summer that we witnessed this year that we see this type of situation playing itself out; especially when we consider that there were less fixtures and often lengthy gaps between them at times.
While it has bordered on being rather farcical, I feel that argument and its implications are for another day, and I would rather focus on congratulating the Comets on their success.
The chance to see your team win anything may only be a once in a lifetime thing, to see them win the treble and more or less sweep the board, especially when you have stuck with them through thick and thin for many years, must be something a bit special.
I have often paid credit to the sport of Speedway for taking me places I would otherwise never have been and for making friends up and down the country. Many years ago I met a man by the name of Ged Mckeating, a lifelong Workington fan (apart from that he’s alright…honest) and over the years we have become great pals, winding one another up about our respective teams.
Ged informed me a number of weeks ago that he and his good lady had booked a holiday meaning that depending when the playoff dates were, there was real danger he would be unable to attend the final meetings of the season, and despite his best efforts he was unable to talk his way out of it!
Like I mentioned earlier, Ged is one of these guys who has always stuck by his team through the good times and the bad, and win, lose or draw he will always shake your hand and wish you well, and it would have been a travesty had he missed out on seeing his side complete a historic treble. However as good luck would have it he arrived back in the country on Friday, just in time for Sunday and Monday’s meetings, where he and his trusty yellow (Bandits) pen witnessed history.
Maybe the delay in the fixtures wasn’t so bad after all, yes it may have been somewhat farcical, drawn out and perhaps avoidable but it meant one of life’s truly good guys got to see his team do the business and make history in the process!
Enjoy it my friend, and keep those trophies polished for us collecting them next season!
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Until next time…and there will be a next time.
Right I’ll hae’tae gan