SWINDON ROBINS: Rosco wants clubs to help each other

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SWINDON team manager Alun Rossiter believes speedway clubs need to start working together as the Robins continue to play the waiting game regarding Hans Andersen and Troy Batchelor.

The Robins want the pair to return to Blunsdon next season, but their efforts have so far been blocked by parent club Peterborough who are only willing to let them leave on full transfers.

A BSPA Management Committee meeting was due to make an official decision regarding their futures on Tuesday, but no announcement has been made despite Panthers co-owner Julie Mahoney claiming she has been told Batchelor can only leave on a full-transfer, and that a decision regarding Andersen has been deferred until February.

Having already signed Australian Nick Morris this winter Rossiter is insistent the Robins can’t afford to buy the pair at this time, and believes speedway clubs need to start helping each other during tough economic times.

“There isn’t the money there for people to be buying riders in this economic climate, it is simple,” he said.

“When things are bad interest rates go down, and they are very low now, and in all my time in speedway I haven’t known a year like it with the rain and the Olympics and things like that.

“In that time loan fees have stayed the same, and in times of economic struggle like this they should be going down.

“Everybody should be happy to pay the loan fee at the moment because the buying power is just not there. We have to remember we have already been in the market to buy Nick Morris this winter which has cost the club money and we can’t buy everybody at the moment.

“Maybe at the end of the year we will look at it again, and we know we have to invest in some more but we just can’t at the moment,” he said.

Rossiter understands the need to invest in assets, but believes the clubs shouldn’t underestimate how important loan fees can be.

“We need to have assets, I understand that, but with things like they are at the moment they should not be investing,” he said. “They are not getting peanuts for the loan fees, and over two years Peterborough will have got nearly £20,000 from us in loan fees for Troy and Hans if we take them for a second year.

“We are all in this at the moment and it is not just us.

“You just have to look up and down the country and look at other sports like football and you see that we have to be realistic. We should not be fighting or arguing with each other and we should be getting on and promoting our sport and our own businesses.”

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8:14am Sat 19 Jan 13

Rovin Robin says...

It looks like Belle Vue are the only club that may have room for either/both of them in their team, assuming that either of the riders wish to race there.
It looks like Belle Vue are the only club that may have room for either/both of them in their team, assuming that either of the riders wish to race there. Rovin Robin

9:39am Sat 19 Jan 13

swindonbob says...

I hope common sense prevails and both riders line up for Swindon this season.
I hope common sense prevails and both riders line up for Swindon this season. swindonbob

8:49am Sun 20 Jan 13

Ginger-nutz says...

Rosco is trying to be the economist but is talking a load of baloney....
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If interest rate are low, then it's normally a good time to borrow money....

And what the hell has the olympics ot to do with anything affecting spedway attendances??
Rosco is trying to be the economist but is talking a load of baloney.... . If interest rate are low, then it's normally a good time to borrow money.... And what the hell has the olympics ot to do with anything affecting spedway attendances?? Ginger-nutz

11:36am Sun 20 Jan 13

Rovin Robin says...

Must agree with Ginger-nutz
If 10k is the price for both riders per year .That translates to roughly 11.3 adult admission prices per meeting in lost gate receipts ( going by last seasons figures ) as Troy and Hans rode in 52 meetings collectively..
Probably not a good idea to borrow the money but we should have more income this year due to new sponsors and i would imagine some new fans.. 12 new fans per meeting and that covers the cost.. Unless my maths are wrong : )
Must agree with Ginger-nutz If 10k is the price for both riders per year .That translates to roughly 11.3 adult admission prices per meeting in lost gate receipts ( going by last seasons figures ) as Troy and Hans rode in 52 meetings collectively.. Probably not a good idea to borrow the money but we should have more income this year due to new sponsors and i would imagine some new fans.. 12 new fans per meeting and that covers the cost.. Unless my maths are wrong : ) Rovin Robin

11:41am Sun 20 Jan 13

Rovin Robin says...

Rovin Robin wrote:
Must agree with Ginger-nutz
If 10k is the price for both riders per year .That translates to roughly 11.3 adult admission prices per meeting in lost gate receipts ( going by last seasons figures ) as Troy and Hans rode in 52 meetings collectively..
Probably not a good idea to borrow the money but we should have more income this year due to new sponsors and i would imagine some new fans.. 12 new fans per meeting and that covers the cost.. Unless my maths are wrong : )
That would be 11.3 adults per rider
[quote][p][bold]Rovin Robin[/bold] wrote: Must agree with Ginger-nutz If 10k is the price for both riders per year .That translates to roughly 11.3 adult admission prices per meeting in lost gate receipts ( going by last seasons figures ) as Troy and Hans rode in 52 meetings collectively.. Probably not a good idea to borrow the money but we should have more income this year due to new sponsors and i would imagine some new fans.. 12 new fans per meeting and that covers the cost.. Unless my maths are wrong : )[/p][/quote]That would be 11.3 adults per rider Rovin Robin

7:28am Tue 22 Jan 13

Exiled Red says...

Ginger-nutz wrote:
Rosco is trying to be the economist but is talking a load of baloney....
.
If interest rate are low, then it's normally a good time to borrow money....

And what the hell has the olympics ot to do with anything affecting spedway attendances??
He means interest in speedway and the Olympics meant people stayed at home and missed meetings I presume
[quote][p][bold]Ginger-nutz[/bold] wrote: Rosco is trying to be the economist but is talking a load of baloney.... . If interest rate are low, then it's normally a good time to borrow money.... And what the hell has the olympics ot to do with anything affecting spedway attendances??[/p][/quote]He means interest in speedway and the Olympics meant people stayed at home and missed meetings I presume Exiled Red

4:35pm Tue 22 Jan 13

oldlegtrailer says...

You guys keep forgetting a lot of the Robins fans are concessions and does VAT come into the equation. If you run a business you have to understand that to collect more it costs you slightly more to reconcile for and so you have to allow for this so you need more than 11.3 adults extra each week assuming you can do 26 meetings from each rider
You guys keep forgetting a lot of the Robins fans are concessions and does VAT come into the equation. If you run a business you have to understand that to collect more it costs you slightly more to reconcile for and so you have to allow for this so you need more than 11.3 adults extra each week assuming you can do 26 meetings from each rider oldlegtrailer

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