Patchett calls for KO Cup rethink

This Is Wiltshire: Swindon co-owner Gary Patchett Swindon co-owner Gary Patchett

SWINDON co-owner Gary Patchett has admitted the Knockout Cup needs an overhaul after the Robins were eliminated from the competition in bizarre circumstances yesterday.

The Blunsdon side were due to travel to Peterborough for the teams’ quarter-final first leg, but rain caused the meeting to be postponed.

Then British speedway bosses stepped in and agreed with both clubs that with the end-of-season cut-off coming up on October 31 and time running out, the winner would be drawn out of a hat at BSPA headquarters in Rugby.

Peterborough were the team to progress and Patchett said: “It’s not ideal.

“I think we need to have a look at the standing of the competition and we should maybe consider running it to a conclusion at the start of the season.

“The interest would go up because supporters will have been starved of the sport for five months during the winter.

“You certainly have to question its place in the calendar at the moment, but that’s a decision for another day.

“It would be nice to keep the competition where it has meaning and value. We’ve got to think long and hard about it.”

The Robins have a busy period coming up with both legs of the grand final against Poole on Monday and Wednesday, in addition to staging the Elite League Riders Championship a week tomorrow.

And Patchett was adamant the decision to draw names out of a hat was the correct one.

“We’re very pragmatic about it, it’s gone on far too long for the competition to be able to evolve and maintain its interest,” he said.

“It’s all going to be rushed now as it is and had we progressed, we would have struggled to get two more rounds in.”

Peterborough now meet Poole in the semi-finals of the Knockout Cup.

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8:56am Fri 12 Oct 12

oldlegtrailer says...

Pretty obvious to me the eyes are on the money coming form the Elite Riders meet. Our one year to win something and the first chance we get we are robbed. If it rains next week I suppose the league Champs will be decided on either Poole being top a the end or we draw names out a hat
Pretty obvious to me the eyes are on the money coming form the Elite Riders meet. Our one year to win something and the first chance we get we are robbed. If it rains next week I suppose the league Champs will be decided on either Poole being top a the end or we draw names out a hat oldlegtrailer
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10:30am Fri 12 Oct 12

bobbinalong says...

What a farce the KO Cup is!
It would be much better to have a full League programme, all sides riding against all the teams 2x home and away, rather than the ride against some and not others as is the set up now. Speedway seems to be run in a very unprofessional way and does need a rethink to progress, it only needs SKY to pull the plug and many Clubs would go under!
What a farce the KO Cup is! It would be much better to have a full League programme, all sides riding against all the teams 2x home and away, rather than the ride against some and not others as is the set up now. Speedway seems to be run in a very unprofessional way and does need a rethink to progress, it only needs SKY to pull the plug and many Clubs would go under! bobbinalong
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1:25pm Fri 12 Oct 12

oldlegtrailer says...

Totally agree - the rumour on the terraces days ago was Patchett did not want to run the KO?
Totally agree - the rumour on the terraces days ago was Patchett did not want to run the KO? oldlegtrailer
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6:02pm Sun 14 Oct 12

L&JA says...

Needs to be run as a early season competition-or not at all-again speedway needs a big kick up the pants-some very important decisions need to be made-or we will face the extinction of our sport-no more fiasco like the last close season-makes you wonder if the people who run the sport are really up to it-come on lets have some common sense for once
Needs to be run as a early season competition-or not at all-again speedway needs a big kick up the pants-some very important decisions need to be made-or we will face the extinction of our sport-no more fiasco like the last close season-makes you wonder if the people who run the sport are really up to it-come on lets have some common sense for once L&JA
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6:48am Mon 15 Oct 12

GalaxyMan says...

Its not called the KoCup for no reason!
Its not called the KoCup for no reason! GalaxyMan
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