Open-top bus party for speedway's Robins ruled out

This Is Wiltshire: Swindon Robins boss Alun Rossiter celebrates the title win at Poole Swindon Robins boss Alun Rossiter celebrates the title win at Poole

SWINDON Council is planning a celebration to mark the Swindon Robins’ historic speedway victory on Monday – but an open-top bus tour has been effectively ruled out as too expensive and impractical.

The Robins’ 95-89 Elite League title victory at the home of rivals Poole on Monday night was the first taste of success during the lifetime of many supporters, with a few older fans remembering the last triumph at King’s Lynn in 1967.

Team manager Alun Rossiter said in Wednesday’s Adver that an open bus parade through the Swindon streets would be nice, but council leader Rod Bluh said this was very unlikely as it would cost about £50,000 – mostly in policing costs.

And he said it would be difficult to arrange at short notice before the team go home, some to as far as Australia, Denmark and Poland, after the end-of-season dinner and dance at the De Vere Village Swindon Hotel, at Shaw, tomorrow.

Instead, Coun Bluh said the two leading proposals were to either have a reception for the team at the Civic Office, in Euclid Street, or, more likely, some kind of event for fans at Wharf Green, in the town centre, possibly involving the Big Screen.

Coun Bluh said: “The idea of an open top bus tour isn’t a goer. The last time we looked at this it was going to cost about £50,000 because of all the policing.

“So I suggested doing something in the civic offices and on the steps and somebody suggested Wharf Green which seems a good idea because we can use the Big Screen.

“I think it is always good to recognise achievement and in particular when it’s local achievement. We’re going through the same thing with Jahmene Douglas [from the X Factor TV programme]. It’s always good to celebrate Swindon and Swindon success.

“We get criticised for a lot of other things and it’s important we get the plaudits when we can. And I think it’s important to celebrate success, it raises aspirations in people.”

Mayor Mick Bray asked the council’s political groups, plus senior officers, for their ideas for a celebration. Plans were still being discussed as the Adver went to press yesterday.

The Labour group leader, Coun Jim Grant, said: “The Swindon Robins winning the Elite League is a fantastic achievement and should be celebrated as such.

“Just by the fact that Swindon hasn’t won the national league since 1967 shows how tough it is and after coming close to winning several times, Swindon should really celebrate this achievement.”

He added he wanted the fans to have a chance to mark the win, saying: “I wouldn’t favour the council just hosting a civic reception because I’d like to see celebrations that bring all speedway fans together in the town to celebrate this great achievement. I know there are practicality issues but there is a lot of people in the town who are Swindon Robins fans and they should have the opportunity to celebrate their team’s victory.”

Alun Rossiter said: “It would be nice o be recognised by the town because I do believe we’ve given the town something to be proud of.”

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8:23am Thu 25 Oct 12

oldlegtrailer says...

Typical Swindon Council - if it was the blooming football team it would no problem. Councils are great in supporting minority groups unless they are British born hetero sexual dual parent working people with a local interest. If you are football supporting immigrant, single parent lesbo with 9 illigitimate multi-fathered kids you will get the lot mate. Never mind open top bus ride they'll probably buy you one. Stuff the Council lets do our own thing in the Abbey car park? Come on Robins fans I'm up for it and remember this when council elections come up!
Typical Swindon Council - if it was the blooming football team it would no problem. Councils are great in supporting minority groups unless they are British born hetero sexual dual parent working people with a local interest. If you are football supporting immigrant, single parent lesbo with 9 illigitimate multi-fathered kids you will get the lot mate. Never mind open top bus ride they'll probably buy you one. Stuff the Council lets do our own thing in the Abbey car park? Come on Robins fans I'm up for it and remember this when council elections come up! oldlegtrailer

8:30am Thu 25 Oct 12

Another view says...

STFC get the Speedway Robins down to the County Ground before the Villa game.

A couple of bikes roaring along the track in front of the Don Rogers will get 14,500 on their feet applauding - and it won't do the other Robins any harm as they walk out to face their premier league rivals!
STFC get the Speedway Robins down to the County Ground before the Villa game. A couple of bikes roaring along the track in front of the Don Rogers will get 14,500 on their feet applauding - and it won't do the other Robins any harm as they walk out to face their premier league rivals! Another view

9:17am Thu 25 Oct 12

Lanky says...

oldlegtrailer wrote:
Typical Swindon Council - if it was the blooming football team it would no problem. Councils are great in supporting minority groups unless they are British born hetero sexual dual parent working people with a local interest. If you are football supporting immigrant, single parent lesbo with 9 illigitimate multi-fathered kids you will get the lot mate. Never mind open top bus ride they'll probably buy you one. Stuff the Council lets do our own thing in the Abbey car park? Come on Robins fans I'm up for it and remember this when council elections come up!
1) Swindon Town FC won the L2 champion last season - and they didn't get an open top bus parade for EXACTLY the same reasons as above - i.e. cost. They had a party on the pitch instead.

2) How many people do you think would actually turn out for an open top bus parade around town? Judging by attendance and local interest, not that many. Sounds like the council have got this one right - by all means have a celebration down by the big screen but its unfeasible for a bus parade at that cost.
[quote][p][bold]oldlegtrailer[/bold] wrote: Typical Swindon Council - if it was the blooming football team it would no problem. Councils are great in supporting minority groups unless they are British born hetero sexual dual parent working people with a local interest. If you are football supporting immigrant, single parent lesbo with 9 illigitimate multi-fathered kids you will get the lot mate. Never mind open top bus ride they'll probably buy you one. Stuff the Council lets do our own thing in the Abbey car park? Come on Robins fans I'm up for it and remember this when council elections come up![/p][/quote]1) Swindon Town FC won the L2 champion last season - and they didn't get an open top bus parade for EXACTLY the same reasons as above - i.e. cost. They had a party on the pitch instead. 2) How many people do you think would actually turn out for an open top bus parade around town? Judging by attendance and local interest, not that many. Sounds like the council have got this one right - by all means have a celebration down by the big screen but its unfeasible for a bus parade at that cost. Lanky

9:25am Thu 25 Oct 12

MrBstard says...

Sod Bluh and the council..... Abbey Stadium should be holding an event for the riders and fans to celebrate this achievement. Well done Robins :)
Sod Bluh and the council..... Abbey Stadium should be holding an event for the riders and fans to celebrate this achievement. Well done Robins :) MrBstard

9:36am Thu 25 Oct 12

Scottie68 says...

Why would I want to pay to watch 22 fairies running round after a bag of wind just to be able to celebrate the Robins win in Speedway. Is this the only way they can get 14,500 people to attend the County Ground?????
If the council are not going to support the team then as fans lets do something ourselves to celebrate their wonderful achievement at the Abbey.
After all there is more to life than football and these guys have proved that. Well Done Robins & Rosco
Why would I want to pay to watch 22 fairies running round after a bag of wind just to be able to celebrate the Robins win in Speedway. Is this the only way they can get 14,500 people to attend the County Ground????? If the council are not going to support the team then as fans lets do something ourselves to celebrate their wonderful achievement at the Abbey. After all there is more to life than football and these guys have proved that. Well Done Robins & Rosco Scottie68

9:47am Thu 25 Oct 12

horaice wimp says...

Swindon town were not allowed a open top tour so why should the Swindon robins be allowed an exception?
well done to Rosco and his team but there is also more to life than speedway.
i have never known 14.500 to turn out at the abbey stadium.
Swindon town were not allowed a open top tour so why should the Swindon robins be allowed an exception? well done to Rosco and his team but there is also more to life than speedway. i have never known 14.500 to turn out at the abbey stadium. horaice wimp

9:55am Thu 25 Oct 12

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

£50k for an open top bus parade. Some one some where is taking the Mickey! And the council are pointing at the police already. Why not publish a cost breakdown so people can judge for themselves.....?


As for a reception at the Civic offices; that must have been a councillor suggestion to get a few photo opportunities!


As for the football comparison, if STFC won the premier league (and not a lower division title); then would they expect the bus parade..... Right?
£50k for an open top bus parade. Some one some where is taking the Mickey! And the council are pointing at the police already. Why not publish a cost breakdown so people can judge for themselves.....? As for a reception at the Civic offices; that must have been a councillor suggestion to get a few photo opportunities! As for the football comparison, if STFC won the premier league (and not a lower division title); then would they expect the bus parade..... Right? LordAshOfTheBrake

11:23am Thu 25 Oct 12

Lanky says...

LordAshOfTheBrake wrote:
£50k for an open top bus parade. Some one some where is taking the Mickey! And the council are pointing at the police already. Why not publish a cost breakdown so people can judge for themselves.....?


As for a reception at the Civic offices; that must have been a councillor suggestion to get a few photo opportunities!


As for the football comparison, if STFC won the premier league (and not a lower division title); then would they expect the bus parade..... Right?
So are you saying that there should be an open top bus parade for the winners of the top league of ANY sport (and any category within that sport) regardless of popularity, attendances and general public interest?

For example - if someone from Swindon won the National Fishing League (whatever the equivalent to that is) should they get it as well? (No disrespect to fishing by the way - I love it)

My point is, where would it stop? Whos to say what does and doesn't deserve it? The main gauge is popularity through attendances - and the football team gains the largest attendances and interest in the town (e.g. taking 30k people to Wembley last year)
[quote][p][bold]LordAshOfTheBrake[/bold] wrote: £50k for an open top bus parade. Some one some where is taking the Mickey! And the council are pointing at the police already. Why not publish a cost breakdown so people can judge for themselves.....? As for a reception at the Civic offices; that must have been a councillor suggestion to get a few photo opportunities! As for the football comparison, if STFC won the premier league (and not a lower division title); then would they expect the bus parade..... Right?[/p][/quote]So are you saying that there should be an open top bus parade for the winners of the top league of ANY sport (and any category within that sport) regardless of popularity, attendances and general public interest? For example - if someone from Swindon won the National Fishing League (whatever the equivalent to that is) should they get it as well? (No disrespect to fishing by the way - I love it) My point is, where would it stop? Whos to say what does and doesn't deserve it? The main gauge is popularity through attendances - and the football team gains the largest attendances and interest in the town (e.g. taking 30k people to Wembley last year) Lanky

12:41pm Thu 25 Oct 12

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Quite a few of the 30k that went to Wembley weren't interested in the football; they were there for the experience of going to Wembley. What are STFC's actual attendance figures for home supporters?

The speedway is also shown on TV in a fairly prime slot, so attendance isn't always the best way of gauging popularity. How often are STFC on the TV?
Quite a few of the 30k that went to Wembley weren't interested in the football; they were there for the experience of going to Wembley. What are STFC's actual attendance figures for home supporters? The speedway is also shown on TV in a fairly prime slot, so attendance isn't always the best way of gauging popularity. How often are STFC on the TV? LordAshOfTheBrake

12:55pm Thu 25 Oct 12

StillPav says...

Let's not turn this into football versus speedway. We all know that STFC is far better supported both in terms of people going to the County Ground on a weekly basis and underlying support in the town.

The fact of the matter is that the Swindon Robins won the highest accolade in British league speedway.

Everyone in the town, whether they are regulars at the Abbey Stadium, armchair fans who watch on Sky or simply curious locals should be given the opportunity to celebrate something positive happening in the town.
Let's not turn this into football versus speedway. We all know that STFC is far better supported both in terms of people going to the County Ground on a weekly basis and underlying support in the town. The fact of the matter is that the Swindon Robins won the highest accolade in British league speedway. Everyone in the town, whether they are regulars at the Abbey Stadium, armchair fans who watch on Sky or simply curious locals should be given the opportunity to celebrate something positive happening in the town. StillPav

9:22pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Dick-Turpin says...

Last time they won this was 1967 surely that deserves some recognition, if the council cannot support their winning teams then there's something wrong. This does not happen that often .......come on SBC do the decent thing please.
Last time they won this was 1967 surely that deserves some recognition, if the council cannot support their winning teams then there's something wrong. This does not happen that often .......come on SBC do the decent thing please. Dick-Turpin

9:52pm Thu 25 Oct 12

MrAngry says...

How can policing cost £50,000? It will be over in less than hour (unless they get stuck in roadworks)

How much does it cost to police a carnival procession? Surely less than £50k

I've often wondered why football clubs etc have to pay for policing, but if unions or protest groups decide to march the taxpayer picks up the tab.
How can policing cost £50,000? It will be over in less than hour (unless they get stuck in roadworks) How much does it cost to police a carnival procession? Surely less than £50k I've often wondered why football clubs etc have to pay for policing, but if unions or protest groups decide to march the taxpayer picks up the tab. MrAngry

1:28am Sat 27 Oct 12

1 2 Could B says...

Swindon Borough Clownschool has wasred far greater sums of money on wifi, water features, paving slabs etc.

No civic pride and no sense of communty from our egotistical council
Swindon Borough Clownschool has wasred far greater sums of money on wifi, water features, paving slabs etc. No civic pride and no sense of communty from our egotistical council 1 2 Could B

7:59pm Sun 28 Oct 12

itsamess3 says...

We do have a very negative council when it comes to sporting achievements.
We do have a very negative council when it comes to sporting achievements. itsamess3

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