Ladies and gentlemen, I have good news and I have bad news.
The good news is that I am back again which means that we are another week closer to the start of the season. The bad news is that I am here to haver on what most will view as a load of rubbish.
Make of that what you will!
Anyway it’s been a wee while since I was last here and to be fair it’s been a hive of activity since I was last here. The team is shaping up rather nicely and we find ourselves properly in the midst of “silly season” where fans bicker among themselves and bemoan the fact there will be “no riders left” for their side.
Ah the armchair team managers, you can’t beat them…which is a pity!
Anyway as Bandits fans we find ourselves in the strange predicament of being ahead of the pack in terms of team building and fans of a certain age will know, that wasn’t always the case.
For you see in days gone by we would see teams filling up around us and wondering who was left and how they might slot into our side. Not only that but I’ve seen the day when we would head into our first fixture without a full team as it hadn’t actually been completed.
Not only that but I remember the days where pretty much every rider we signed was a superstar in the making and was headed straight for the upper echelons of the sport.
By the way, this is in no way a criticism of a bygone era, I actually kind of miss those days of the unknown before social media and what not but time moves on and things change and evolve. One thing that has remained a constant in all that time is the enthusiasm of those involved in Berwick Speedway and that is something that forever will be unmatched and unrivalled as far as I’m concerned.
At some point between now and the start of the season I do plan on going through the whole Bandits class of 2022 in great detail as well as covering other stuff along the way. It might be the off season but rest assured there is PLENTY happening at JB HQ in readiness for 2022, so stay tuned on that!
For now I want to focus my attention on one of our new signings though. Back when I was a lad in the infancy of my Bandits fandom there was a 16 year old lad riding at reserve for the Exeter Falcons who absolutely dominated Shielfield Park, roaring his way to a double figure score and winning his side the meeting.
Even at the time I knew this guy was a once in a lifetime type of rider and you could sense he would go on to great things in the sport. Over the next two decades he has consistently been amongst the most entertaining and exciting riders to visit the Shielfield Park circuit.
Whether it be those early years with Exeter, tearing it up with Trelawny, absolutely dusting Leigh Adams in a Bordernapolis final or breaking a ten year old track record there isn’t much that Chris Harris hasn’t done whilst being a visiting rider around Berwick.
While I appreciate that at this stage Chris has more years behind him than in front of him there is absolutely no doubting his capabilities as a performer. On his day he is a box office attraction and he is arguably the biggest signing that this club has ever made. A signing 20 years in the making and probably a signing that very few saw coming then, now or indeed ever.
What was refreshing to me was the fact that there was a real positive buzz about this signing, and to be fair that has largely been the case for the rest of the side too. I’m not going to go out on a limb and say we will be all conquering in 2022 as a result but I can’t help but feel we’re going to be royally entertained, which is handy given that’s the business we’re in!
Yes we’ve been let down before by big time Charlies before who simply didn’t deliver but how many times has Chris Harris ever let his side down? Not many lets be fair, he sort of falls into the Ronseal category of riders. Sure he won’t win every race, that’s just impossible but what we can guarantee is that anyone who does get the better of him will have to work harder than they’ve ever worked and ride their nuts off to do so.
Chris Harris riding for Berwick…I never thought I’d see the day.
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Until next time…and there will be a next time.
Right I’ll hae’tae gan