SPEEDWAY LIVE: Swindon Robins - Elite League champions 2012

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  • SWINDON WIN THE ELITE LEAGUE TITLE
  • Poole Pirates 45 Swindon Robins 44 (89-95 agg) after heat 15
  • POOLE PIRATES: Chris Harris (2-3-1-2')8+1, Ricky Kling (0-1'-1-1'-0)3+2, Chris Holder (2-2-3-3-2')12+1, rr, Krzysztof Kasprzak (3-2-2-3-3-3)16, Ludvig Lindgren (F-0-R-0-1)1, Linus Eklof (2-0-2-1-0)5.
  • SWINDON ROBINS: Hans Andersen (1-3-3-X-1)8, Simon Stead (3-1-3-1)8, Peter Kildemand (3-3-3-2-0)11, Nick Morris(0-1-2'-2)5+1, Troy Batchelor (2-2-2-1)7, Dawid Lampart (F-FX-0)0, Seb Alden (3-1'-0-1'-0)5+2.

12:50am

Robins captain Hans Andersen's reaction to tonight's win.

This Is Wiltshire: Peterborough captain Hans Andersen

HANS ANDERSEN

“We won the league, and it is an amazing feeling,” he said.

 

“I won it in 2006, but this is even better, it is awesome. The whole team has been amazing and we deserve this.”

12:48am

Alun Rossiter has enjoyed an emotional evening at Wimborne Road.

This Is Wiltshire: Swindon team manager Alun Rossiter

ALUN ROSSITER

“As a team I hope we are all going down in history now, and it is an amazing feeling,” he said.

“We have finally done it and I am just so proud, and it is as sweet as I thought it would be.

“I thought it was amazing to win with Coventry in 2010, but this is even more amazing now because I have won it with my hometown club.”

12:24am

Peter Kildemand has continually stolen the show this season, and was proud to do so again on a glorious evening.

This Is Wiltshire: Swindon's Peter Kildemand celebrates

PETER KILDEMAND

“To win this title in my first year with Swindon is awesome, it is amazing,” he said.

“There are no words for it, we deserved, and we did it.”

12:21am

12:18am

Troy Batchelor dragged himself off his sick bed having struggled with bronchitis to weigh-in with eight points, and was proud of everything his side achieved.

This Is Wiltshire: Troy Batchelor

TROY BATCHELOR

“We have all been awesome, and we all deserve this,” he said.

“There were some good times and some hard times, but now we are having amazing times.

“I am really not feeling well at all, but I wouldn’t have missed this for the world and now we are celebrating.”

12:17am

Alun Rossiter is now a two-time Elite League champion

12:16am

12:13am

 
Co-promoter Gary Patchett praises his Elite League championship winning team

12:05am

Get the Adver tomorrow!!

12:03am

11:59pm

Simon Stead has waited a long time to add the Elite League to his bulging medal collection, and was proud to end a tough season on a high.
 
This Is Wiltshire: Simon Stead.jpg
SIMON STEAD

“This has been a tough year, everybody knows that, but it has ended in the best possible way,” he said.
 
“I have been chasing this title for a long time, and it is amazing to have won it with Swindon.”

11:53pm

Former Robin Scott Nicholls

11:52pm

Maybe you should, you might enjoy it!!

11:51pm

11:51pm

Praise from parliament!

11:50pm

Tuner Ashley Holloway played a key role in helping Simon Stead turn things around

11:49pm

What a 12 months it has been for sport in the town, League Two champions, and now Elite League champions.

11:43pm

Nick Morris has had to cope with seeing his good friend Darcy Ward hospitalised in the last few days, but can now also boast an Elite League title next time they see each other. 

This Is Wiltshire: Nick Morris in action

NICK MORRIS

“It is awesome, we didn’t know what was going to happen until tonight, but all the boys dug deep.

“I hope Darcy was watching, because I know how it feels to win the Elite League just like him."

11:28pm

Seb Alden may only have stepped in and ridden five times for the Robins this season, but it didn’t make success taste any less sweet.

This Is Wiltshire: Seb Alden

SEB ALDEN

“Five meetings isn’t very many, but we have won every meeting I have raced in and that is great.
“We deserve this and the boys all deserve it, they have been amazing all year.”

9:44pm

Heat 15: Kasprzak, Holder, Andersen, Kildemand, 63.53

Andersen and Kildemand nearly take each other out, but they somehow stay up. It doesn't matter, Robins are champions.

9:40pm

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9:33pm

Heat 14: Kasprzak, Morris, Lindgren, Alden, 53.56

Kasprzak has had a very good night but it's just a case of running down the races now. None of the Swindon fans give two hoots any more.

9:30pm

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9:20pm

Heat 13 (re-run): Kasprzak, Harris, Batchelor, 63.72

Harris goes careering into the air fence at bend two and Andersen is excluded. Re-run is from the gate.

9:15pm

The celebrations have already started. Swindon boss Alun Rossiter can't contain himself on the mic and screams "Champions". Lovely stuff.

9:12pm

Heat 12: Holder, Kildemand, Alden, Eklof, 62.85

Kildemand and Alden do the business. Swindon have won their first top-flight title in 45 years and the long wait is over.

8:58pm

Heat 11: Andersen, Kasprzak, Stead, Lindgren, 62.81

From the gate. This will take some comeback from the Pirates now. Just a bit of composure needed from the visitors and the championship is theirs. A drawn heat is what's needed.

8:56pm

Heat 10: Kildemand, Morris, Harris, Kling, 63.94

Kildemand is still on for his maximum and Robins grab the first 5-1 of the night. Is that title coming to Wiltshire?

8:48pm

Heat nine: Holder, Batchelor, Eklof, Lampart, 61.90

Holder from the gate. Think that's the last we've seen of Lampart. His wide-line policy is not working.

8:42pm

Heat eight: Stead, Eklof, Kling, Alden, 62.94

Stead finds a rare bit of grip coming out of bend four on lap two and blasts past Eklof. The Yorkshireman has really come to the party tonight with seven points from three rides.

8:35pm

Heat seven: Kildemand, Kasprzak, Morris, Lindgren (R), 61.75

Kildemand wins it by the proverbial mile and pops a wheelie as he crosses the line. That's two victories out of two for the Dane. Lindgren pulls up on his third lap.

8:20pm

Heat six: Harris, Batchelor, Kling, Lampart (FX), 62.56

Lampart tries to use he outside line on bend three and it doesn't work big-style. A nasty crash and he's excluded. On the re-run Batchelor is first to show but Harris is quickly past him.

8:18pm

8:17pm

Heat five: Andersen, Holder, Stead, Lindgren, 62.94

From the gate. Super start by Andersen. Never looked all that worried either.

8:13pm

Swindon Supermarine midfielder Harry Etheridge is supporting the Robins.

8:10pm

Sky Sports' horse racing guru, Alex Hammond, gets involved.

8:09pm

8:08pm

Heat four: Kasprzak, Batchelor, Alden, Eklof, 62.66

From the gate. Robins looking very solid so far. As expected, gating is proving very important. Miss the start and you're cooked.

8:05pm

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7:57pm

Heat three (re-run): Kildemand, Holder, Kling, Morris, 62.10

Morris crashes at bend one and appears very frustrated. All four back. On the re-run Kildemand smokes the Pirates duo coming out of bend two and despite pulling off an accidental wheelie midway through, keeps out the charging Holder.

7:51pm

Heat two (re-run): Alden, Eklof, Lindgren (F), Lampart (F), 64.14

Unsatisfactory start and a warning for Lampart. On the re-run Lampart falls at bend two and Lindgren is off just over a lap later. Alden steams it.

7:47pm

Robins legend Leigh Adams has shown his support for his former club.

7:45pm

7:43pm

Heat one: Stead, Harris, Andersen, Kling, 61.28

Harris makes the start but Stead sweeps past him at the first bend and holds him off well. Kling slows towards the end.

7:36pm

7:35pm

Swindon won the toss and chose gates one and three in heat one.

7:25pm

Riders being introduced to the crowd here. We're minutes away...

7:24pm

Both sets of riders out on parade, nearly time!

7:22pm

Robins boss Alun Rossiter won the Elite League title in 2010 with Coventry, and wants to make history with his hometown club after a 45 year wait.

This Is Wiltshire: FRIENDLY FIRE: Alun Rossiter, right, and Poole boss Neil Middleditch ahead of last night's meeting

“This is a totally different meeting with different circumstances to when I won it with Coventry, but being in the same scenario again I think I am a bit older and a bit wiser, and I need to make sure I do the right thing by all of the riders,” he said.

“It would mean an awful lot to win it with Swindon, of course it would, because everyone goes on about the 45-year wait hanging over us.

“But it isn’t like that, although it would mean an awful lot to me and all of the riders to go on and win.

“These guys would go down in history if we can win it, but we have to do it now and it is no good just talking about it.”

Although the Pirates rallied to reduce the Robins’ lead to only seven points, Rossiter believes their opponents’ lack of lower-order strength will once again rear its head this evening.

“We have no problems with the seven points at all, and I still think we are in the driving seat,” he said.

“The last time we rode at Poole we only lost by eight and they had Pawlicki who scored 10, and the rider replacement got them three points in the first leg.

“We are going to Poole to win the meeting, and if you don’t think you can win you may as well stay at home.

“That is not just me being big, that is a fact.

“If we can get a sniff and get in front early on then I think we can put them under a lot of pressure.”

 

7:20pm

7:20pm

Dane Peter Kildemand is not sure if his side's seven point lead is enough.

This Is Wiltshire: Swindon Robins star Peter Kildemand

“I don’t know if it is enough, but we worked hard and we have to keep our heads high,” he said.

“They used their tactical rides well against us so we need to do the same if we get the chance to use ours in the second leg.

“I don’t think the score really shows quite what really happened in the meeting, and we need to make sure we do well at Poole.”

7:17pm

Swede Seb Alden has taken Jason Doyle's place for the final, and is happy to be involved.

This Is Wiltshire: Seb Alden

“I have not been there for a couple of years but the last time I was there I quite liked it,” he said.

“Jason was a great rider for Poole but I just want to score as many points as I can in his place and I know seven points are going to be enough for us.

“Sometimes you think about it too much and it can cause you some problems, I was not happy with crashing in heat 14 on Monday but that is the way it is, so I want to do well at Poole.”

 

7:16pm

Alun Rossiter believes Darcy Ward's absence could encourage the remaining Pirates even more tonight.

This Is Wiltshire: Sex ASSAULT CHARGE: Poole Pirates speedway star Darcy Ward

DARCY WARD

“It could actually encourage them even more to try and do it for Darcy, so we need to be wary of that.

“Sometimes things like this have a bit of reverse psychology, so it will still be just as tough as when Darcy was there, and that is the attitude we will have.”

7:14pm

A notable absentee this evening is Jason Doyle, after the Australian broke a bone in his neck riding in the Premier League Riders' Championship.

THe former Poole rider felt forgotten as the Pirates won the Elite League title last year, but Robins boss Alun Rossiter has insisted that will not be the case this time.

This Is Wiltshire: Swindon's Jason Doyle with Robins boss Alun Rossiter

JASON DOYLE AND ALUN ROSSITER

“Jason has been an absolutely vital part of our team this year, and when we do our track walks we have a little saying each time, and for the final it has been ‘Doyley,’ and it will be the same tonight,” he said.

“He will not be forgotten by us, and hopefully he will be down at the meeting to watch because the boys would love to have him there.

“Jason has enjoyed himself at Swindon which is great, and he has really enjoyed the track and the club.”

“He will be gutted not to be there because he wanted to ride every meeting, and every time we had a rain-off and he was unavailable for the rearranged meeting he got really annoyed.

“That is the sort of guy he was.

“He even got upset with me at the start of the season when I said it was good to have two doubling up riders to keep him on his toes.

“He said to me ‘are you going to drop me then?’ after he scored 12 points, and that is how passionate he is.”

7:09pm

7:09pm

 
Hans Andersen may have some extra motivation this evening....but he is not hoping for a repeat of the 2006 final, where he had to secure a 5-1 in the final heat to help Peterborough beat Reading.
 
This Is Wiltshire: Hans Andersen.jpg
HANS ANDERSEN
 
“I don’t really want to have to go out there and repeat what happened, because getting a 5-1 to win by only a point on aggregate is tough, so it would be nice to have it wrapped up in heat 14,” he said.

“It was one of those things that happened and it was great to be involved in 2006, but all I want to do is make sure we finish the job off this time.

“It is never easy, especially against Poole at their home because they have two 11-point riders at home, but they are beatable and we are a better team than we were earlier in the season.

“We will be in a good position if we can keep it close during the meeting, and they are strong at the end but so are we.

“It will be an exciting night that is for sure, and it is certainly going to go down to heat 15.

“At the end of the day the best team is going to win, and I think that is going to be Swindon.”

 

 

 

7:06pm

Parade has be pushed forward to 7.20pm here, with a prompt start at 7.30pm. Looking to push on this evening to beat the weather.

7:05pm

Some people have been waiting 45 years!

7:04pm

Under the weather Aussie Troy Batchelor has promised a better display this evening after only scoring five in the first leg.

This Is Wiltshire: Swindon rider Troy Batchelor

TROY BATCHELOR

“I crashed a couple of times and maybe threw away a few points, but I am just happy to not be out of the meeting after my crash in the first race,” he said.

“Overall I have been going well and I feel I had some good speed, but I made some big mistakes and maybe I made a few mistakes.

“Speedway is hard and you can’t always promise 10 points every meeting, but I will be back.

“I want to show why I am here and why we are talked about as we are.

“I have scored well all year, and it would be terrible to let everyone down in the play-offs.

“One of their top three could easily suffer a crash in their first ride just like I did, and if that does happen then it will hurt them a lot more than it hurt us.”

6:58pm

The Pirates have a tractor out and doing a bit of a plough job on the start line. The rest of the track looks very slippy by comparison. An enormous amount of sawdust has just been lobbed on bend three in an effort to make it more grippy. It looks like it's on another couple of corners as well.

6:54pm

Teenager Nick Morris is aiming to complete the rare treble of winning the National League, Premier League, and Elite League in successive years this evening.

This Is Wiltshire: Swindon's Nick Morris in action last night

“It would be awesome to get the third title, but it was just good to get the National League and the Premier League in my first two years,” he said.

“I am in the Premier League finals again with Scunthorpe which is great, but I never expected to be able to win the Elite League.

“In my first year I was just riding and having fun, but I was scoring pretty well and things have gone well since and I have moved up.

“It is awesome to be involved with two teams at this stage of the season and I would love nothing more than to win the finals for both teams.”

6:50pm

 The track is looking pretty wet this evening, especially around the outside line.

 

 

6:49pm

Sky Sports' Nigel Pearson just referred to us Adver reporters as 'the Deadly Duo'. Not entirely sure how to take that. Journalism's Turbo Twins?

6:45pm

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6:44pm

ADVER SPEEDWAY WRITER ANDY WARREN

This Elite League final has so far been anything but straightforward.

With both the Robins and the Pirates seemingly detined to meet in the final all season long, the scene was set for a battle which could have gone down in British speedway history, but the weather has sadly intervened.

One rain-off got things going at Blunsdon, but when we eventually got going last Monday the racing was as spectacular as anyone could have wished for. The Robins led by 18 at one stage, but successive tactical victories from Darcy Ward and Chris Holder dragged the Pirates back into it, cutting the Swindon lead to only seven going into the second leg.

This Is Wiltshire: VICTORY: Chris Holder celebrates at the Millennium Stadium

CHRIS HOLDER

Rain last Wednesday forced the decider to be pushed back to Friday, and with track covers firmly in place at Wimborne Road, it looked as if we were going to reach a conclusion. But the decision to remove them early in the day saw the meeting called off again, and nobody could have predicted what followed.

An incident outside a pub in the quiet village of Sturminster Marshall has robbed the final of one of world speedway's brightest stars, and following a bit of a merry-go-round today he will be replaced by Chris Harris.

This Is Wiltshire: Darcy Ward

DARCY WARD

Thankfully it appears Ward is going to be okay as he left hospital earlier this afternoon, but the whole incident cast a shadow over the on-track action, and the Australian will be sorely missed.

At one stage this afternoon it looked as if the title was all-but Swindon's after original gueat Niels-Kristian Iveren was grounded in Poland, but rain at Belle Vue has ensured Harris was available to answer the Pirates' SOS call.

This Is Wiltshire: Niels-Kristian Iversen

NIELS KRISTIAN IVERSEN

Although it has been a long time coming we are still set for a classic meeting tonight, and weather permitting of course, we should know the destination of the Elite League title in just a few hours' time.

6:34pm

One Ned Payne predicted Simon Stead would be the trump card in the final. He's done half the job, can he do it again?

6:33pm

Finally found somewhere to sit and get plugged in at Wimborne Road. The press box was out of the question, apparently, so we're holed up in the restaurant. Swindon have had a walk of the track and now it's Poole's turn. Looks greasy from here and a gater's paradise, in all honesty.

6:09pm

6:04pm

Troy Batchelor is here having suffered with bronchitis over the weekend, and Alun Rossiter is confident his man will give his best.

This Is Wiltshire: Troy Batchelor

ILL: Troy Batchelor

“I saw him when he got back to Swindon on Friday night and he looked absolutely awful, and he has had bronchitis and a cold and all sorts of things, and he was very rough.

“It is probably for the best that the meeting was called off on Friday because it gives him that little bit longer to get himself ready.

“Hopefully a few extra days will do him the world of good, and he will be ready to go at Poole.”

5:39pm

ADVER SPEEDWAY WRITER ANDY WARREN: Just pulling into Wimborne Road, and there are plenty of people about already. Gates open at 6pm.

5:37pm

5:35pm

Never listen to Adver sports editor Steve Butt's betting tips. Don't follow him on twitter, either.

5:30pm

World champion Chris Holder warmed up for this evening in the perfect manner by winning the Elite League Riders' Championship at Blunsdon on Saturday night, but suffered a foot injury riding in Poland yesterday.

The Australian is fine to race, and is just looking forward to getting out on the track for the second leg.

This Is Wiltshire: TALKING TIME: Chris Holder speaks to the Echo's Ian Wadley earlier tonight

CHRIS HOLDER

"The track was good in the ELRC and I felt good all night, and when your stuff is working it is really good because it was good title to win,” he said.

“It has been a great season and I can’t complain with how it has all gone, and all I want to do is cap it off with the Elite League title on Monday night.

“It has been very frustrating trying to get it going because of all the rain-offs we have had, but no-one can help that.

“When we get it on it will be a really good night, and it is easy to keep motivated because it is such a big meeting for us.”

5:24pm

ADVER SPEEDWAY WRITER ANDY WARREN: Just driving into Poole now, and there is light drizzle in the air, but really not heavy. Not seen the track yet, but we should be on.

5:22pm


Robins skipper Hans Andersen is up for it

 

5:21pm

5:16pm

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5:14pm

The most important thing on everyone's mind is the health of young star Ward, and Robins boss Alun Rossiter was deeply saddened to hear of the attack on the new Grand Prix rider.

This Is Wiltshire: Alun Rossiter

ALUN ROSSITER

“With Nick living with me I see quite a bit of Darcy because they are good friends, and we are all very upset about it,” he said.

“At the end of the day, first and foremost, it is about making sure he is okay.

“As much as I want to win the title, it is so sad the poor kid has ended up in hospital because that is not right at all.

“It is not for me to give out information about what has gone on, but I just hope he gets well soon because he is such a massive talent and a nice lad.

“Someone’s health is more important than speedway at the end of the day, but we have all come this far and as horrible as it may sound, the show must go on.”

5:10pm

Good evening and welcome to Speedway Live, for comprehensive coverage of this evening's Elite League title decider between Swindon Robins and Poole Pirates.

The Robins lead by seven going into the meeting, which has been marred by the absence of Aussie star Darcy Ward following an incident outside a pub in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Ward has now left hospital having been treated for head injuries, and will be replaced by guest Chris Harris after original deputy Niels-Kristian Iversen was grounded in Poland earlier today.

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8:42pm Mon 22 Oct 12

Another view says...

You Robins - 12 point lead into the second half of the night.

That long long wait looks like ending!
You Robins - 12 point lead into the second half of the night. That long long wait looks like ending! Another view
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9:10pm Mon 22 Oct 12

StillPav says...

GET IN THERE!
GET IN THERE! StillPav
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9:18pm Mon 22 Oct 12

morris 1 says...

Congratulations Rosco and the lads you all played a part.
Congratulations Rosco and the lads you all played a part. morris 1
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9:18pm Mon 22 Oct 12

GalaxyMan says...

ABSOLUTELY MAGICAL!
Congratulations to Patch and Rosco and ALL the team. Bloody brilliant bunch of lads!
ABSOLUTELY MAGICAL! Congratulations to Patch and Rosco and ALL the team. Bloody brilliant bunch of lads! GalaxyMan
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9:32pm Mon 22 Oct 12

connell29 says...

Congratulations, the 45 year wait is over and those riders become Legends. Will Gary and Rosco put on a celebration home meeting for the fans to welcome home the champions?
Congratulations, the 45 year wait is over and those riders become Legends. Will Gary and Rosco put on a celebration home meeting for the fans to welcome home the champions? connell29
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9:47pm Mon 22 Oct 12

oldlegtrailer says...

Who ever it is the Mayor, Patchett, Rosco, the Council some one must put . on a proper celebration for this team.
I am sure the fans will dig a bit into their pockets to contribute towards riders costs to bring the foreign boys over.
Lets do it! Rosco your emotions show how much this meant to you
Who ever it is the Mayor, Patchett, Rosco, the Council some one must put . on a proper celebration for this team. I am sure the fans will dig a bit into their pockets to contribute towards riders costs to bring the foreign boys over. Lets do it! Rosco your emotions show how much this meant to you oldlegtrailer
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9:54pm Mon 22 Oct 12

morris 1 says...

It must choke Kelvin Tatum to say anything nice about Swindon - it would have not made any difference if Ward had ridden tonight Harris was just as good. As for saying that some of the Poole riders were not performing as well tonight - get it right Tatum we beat them.
It must choke Kelvin Tatum to say anything nice about Swindon - it would have not made any difference if Ward had ridden tonight Harris was just as good. As for saying that some of the Poole riders were not performing as well tonight - get it right Tatum we beat them. morris 1
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10:00pm Mon 22 Oct 12

fatman says...

I said before the start of season Swindon would not win anything with Rosco in charge delighted to say I was wrong Congratulations to the team and Rosco happy to be proved wrong
I said before the start of season Swindon would not win anything with Rosco in charge delighted to say I was wrong Congratulations to the team and Rosco happy to be proved wrong fatman
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10:12pm Mon 22 Oct 12

mikek says...

All over by heat 12 tonight so final result did not matter and this one Roscoe said was for Leigh Adams. Awesome display from our riders to beat Holder, Kasprzak and Bomber in the early heats to really turn the screw and the strength in depth did tell in the end. Fabulous riding on a very wet tricky track and these riders have done Swindon proud and Simon Stead you have made me eat some huge humble pie after saying we would not win the title with him in the side well let me just say Simon was magnificent in both legs and to win heat 1 like he did tonight was just incredible. Well done Roscoe and the boys and can we keep this team together please. Magnificent ROBINS
All over by heat 12 tonight so final result did not matter and this one Roscoe said was for Leigh Adams. Awesome display from our riders to beat Holder, Kasprzak and Bomber in the early heats to really turn the screw and the strength in depth did tell in the end. Fabulous riding on a very wet tricky track and these riders have done Swindon proud and Simon Stead you have made me eat some huge humble pie after saying we would not win the title with him in the side well let me just say Simon was magnificent in both legs and to win heat 1 like he did tonight was just incredible. Well done Roscoe and the boys and can we keep this team together please. Magnificent ROBINS mikek
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11:20pm Mon 22 Oct 12

Oxon-Red says...

Only ever been to speedway once when I was about 10, a neighbour was a fanatic and I saw Reading-Poole (they were Poole fans) in 71-72. I watched the racing tonight, really enjoyed it and, despite my lack of knowledge about the sport, felt Swindon were the better riders on the night.

Well done Swindon, fantastic performance. Two Championship winning sides in one year is tremendous for the town. I hope the football club give your guys the recognition they deserve.
Only ever been to speedway once when I was about 10, a neighbour was a fanatic and I saw Reading-Poole (they were Poole fans) in 71-72. I watched the racing tonight, really enjoyed it and, despite my lack of knowledge about the sport, felt Swindon were the better riders on the night. Well done Swindon, fantastic performance. Two Championship winning sides in one year is tremendous for the town. I hope the football club give your guys the recognition they deserve. Oxon-Red
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12:44am Tue 23 Oct 12

jayphotofinish says...

Congractulations Rosco, no wonder the tears flowed tonight - you have waited ALMOST your whole life as a mascot in 1967 fast forward tonight, you only have to look up the definition of the word TEAM and that is why you guys are deservedly the EL champions. Game plan worked a treat.Nothing should be taken away from what you achieved tonight.Quite simply you wanted it more than Poole -end of.Didn't know how much I could have enjoyed your success more- unless of course I was Les aubrey your lensman- hope he got some good snaps. Your Roy of the rovers bottom to TOP is the stuff of dreams and is good for speedway IMO.
simon being your trump card and peter being a focussed scandinavian like they are should be the toast of the town.Your match winner. Hans the LIFT you needed - he'[ll know what I'm on about and feel sure he enjoyed this one! Champagne's out of the ice bucket- gift from a job I did earlier.
Jay @PhotoFinish/indigo Images
Congractulations Rosco, no wonder the tears flowed tonight - you have waited ALMOST your whole life as a mascot in 1967 fast forward tonight, you only have to look up the definition of the word TEAM and that is why you guys are deservedly the EL champions. Game plan worked a treat.Nothing should be taken away from what you achieved tonight.Quite simply you wanted it more than Poole -end of.Didn't know how much I could have enjoyed your success more- unless of course I was Les aubrey your lensman- hope he got some good snaps. Your Roy of the rovers bottom to TOP is the stuff of dreams and is good for speedway IMO. simon being your trump card and peter being a focussed scandinavian like they are should be the toast of the town.Your match winner. Hans the LIFT you needed - he'[ll know what I'm on about and feel sure he enjoyed this one! Champagne's out of the ice bucket- gift from a job I did earlier. Jay @PhotoFinish/indigo Images jayphotofinish
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1:23am Tue 23 Oct 12

jayphotofinish says...

Forgot to say I had a flutter on swindon winning the league at the start of the season and I will enjoy collecting my winnings tomorrow.- Might even take the morning off....who knows. Do believe that the KOC is a farcical event and those still involved should abstain and not participate in it as it becomes meaningless now. Make it as the show piece season opener as you should rightfully be in it and a result shouldn't be reliant on what comes out of the hat, in this way it would put a marker down to the eventual way forward that this sport needs to take before everyone turns the light off and closes the door. Mushroom's thrive on this and something else not so nice but we shouldn't have to put up with it. The way forward, a fans consortium of six to attend the AGM.
Thats it- me done for this season, its been interesting to say the least.
Jay- Happy Christmas.
Forgot to say I had a flutter on swindon winning the league at the start of the season and I will enjoy collecting my winnings tomorrow.- Might even take the morning off....who knows. Do believe that the KOC is a farcical event and those still involved should abstain and not participate in it as it becomes meaningless now. Make it as the show piece season opener as you should rightfully be in it and a result shouldn't be reliant on what comes out of the hat, in this way it would put a marker down to the eventual way forward that this sport needs to take before everyone turns the light off and closes the door. Mushroom's thrive on this and something else not so nice but we shouldn't have to put up with it. The way forward, a fans consortium of six to attend the AGM. Thats it- me done for this season, its been interesting to say the least. Jay- Happy Christmas. jayphotofinish
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8:00am Tue 23 Oct 12

gruntfuttocks says...

Huge Congratulations to the Robins. an excellent performance an the very worthy winners of the elite league 2012. Stead came good at the right time and DIDN'T cost us the title away from home. good job by all involved in the team. enjoy your success, it's been a long time coming
Huge Congratulations to the Robins. an excellent performance an the very worthy winners of the elite league 2012. Stead came good at the right time and DIDN'T cost us the title away from home. good job by all involved in the team. enjoy your success, it's been a long time coming gruntfuttocks
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8:00am Tue 23 Oct 12

swindonspur says...

So happy this morning. Rosco has turned the club around and I never thought I would see us win the league after so many near misses!!! The Killer is improving all the time and to beat Bomber, Holder and KK back to back really got us going. He has been a match winner all season for us. Special mention to Steady. I have slated him all season and most of it has been deserved. But in the last 3 meetings he has turned it around. Ash Holloway has obviously made a difference so fair play to Steady for making the investment in the bikes. The results were there for all to see. Never been so glad to eat humble pie!!
So happy this morning. Rosco has turned the club around and I never thought I would see us win the league after so many near misses!!! The Killer is improving all the time and to beat Bomber, Holder and KK back to back really got us going. He has been a match winner all season for us. Special mention to Steady. I have slated him all season and most of it has been deserved. But in the last 3 meetings he has turned it around. Ash Holloway has obviously made a difference so fair play to Steady for making the investment in the bikes. The results were there for all to see. Never been so glad to eat humble pie!! swindonspur
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3:40pm Wed 24 Oct 12

oldlegtrailer says...

Nice to see the criticisers accepting they were wrong - goes to show we have decent people as supporters - not like the Pirates
Nice to see the criticisers accepting they were wrong - goes to show we have decent people as supporters - not like the Pirates oldlegtrailer
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