Thursday, 29 Nov. '18
What's happening to the 'B's ?
Yesterday the BSPA announced that eight clubs are confirmed starters in the 2019 National League, with the
prospect of those being joined by more before fixtures are published.
Six of last year's member clubs return again for another season; Belle Vue Colts, Isle of Wight, Kent, Mildenhall,
Plymouth and Stoke have already commited themselves and they will be joined by Cradley Heath, who return after last
season only taking part in the Trophy, and newcomers Leicester, who are running sides in both the Championship and NL.
Of last year's teams not returning, it is already known that high-flying Eastbourne have already been accepted into
the 2019 Championship, but the future of the 'B's is not so clear.
Sadly Buxton, much respected and admired throughout speedway, and founder-members of the league in 1994 who have
raced constantly since under the control of the Moss family and enjoyed the ultimate 'highs' and 'lows' of the sport,
enjoying title successes, seeing their riders lift the Riders' Championship and unearthing many talented riders whilst
operating on severely constrained budgets which have also seen them finish at the other end of the table, will not
participate in league racing but have been given permission to run open meetings. It is hoped that at least one NL
shared event will go there.
There is, as yet, no word on the future of the other two 'B's; Birmingham and the iconic Bees of Coventry,
although Brummies promoter David Mason indicated prior to the end of last season that the club were considering a move
back into the Championship, and there remains optimism that they will be the second of the two clubs that the BSPA were
expecting to move up, Eastbourne having already confirmed their elevation.
Coventry's future, however, looks less rosy. With their landlords of last season, Leicester, announcing that they
will run their own NL side it 2019 it remains to be seen if, in the time remaining, this famous club can find a track
willing to accomodate them.
All sides will be restricted to a team building limit of 36 points.
Current state of 2019 National League;
NATIONAL LEAGUE 2019: Belle Vue Colts, Cradley Heath, Isle of Wight, Kent,
Leicester Cubs, Mildenhall, Plymouth and Stoke. (Possibility of further applicants)
Trophy competition 2019: Isle of Wight, Kent, Mildenhall and Plymouth.
(Possibility of further applicants)
Monday, 26 Nov. '18
Fun in the sun at Scun.!
Again aided by Kevin Keay, Elliot came away from Scunthorpe having finished third in their latest junior event
behind Leicester's Thompson twins, Dan and Joe.
Elliot commented afterwards, "Class day on a wet track. Second in first race after leading two laps, thirds for
the rest of the heats but results do no justice as the racing was wheel to wheel. Third in the final to finish an
all round fun day."
Today, having only just arrived back from a holiday in sunny Spain, Elliot's Grandad, Ed Sturman, will awake to
find the task of stripping and cleaning the bike awaiting him!