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norrie123
post 30th Apr 2017, 10:04am
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Oh dear, not so sure I want to see the highlights tonight, it will be sometime before Rangers are ready to challenge Celtic, that's the same for the rest of the league
Still at least my other Glasgow team, Glasgow Tigers Speedway, humped their oldest rivals, Edinburgh Monarchs, last night at Ashfield
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post 1st May 2017, 09:41pm
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Great to hear the speedway is still alive in Scotland. When we were kids in the Maryhill tenements during the 1940s/50s, we loved going to see the Ashfield Giants. If we couldn't go, we gathered around the radio with great excitement.

I guess the Giants folded up many years ago. My son raced speedway here in Christchurch from the age of 15, winning the inaugural New Zealand Under 21s final. He went over to the UK for a spell but gave up the sport at the age of 22. I didn't mind as I was very nervous watching him race.


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post 2nd May 2017, 06:43am
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Hi Scots kiwi lass there are three teams in Scotland if you count Berwick
When did you son ride in the UK, I may well have seen him

Yes I imagine you would be worried about him
Giants folded 1953?

Bye for now, norrie
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post 2nd May 2017, 10:23am
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QUOTE (norrie123 @ 2nd May 2017, 07:43am) *
Giants folded 1953?

Bye for now, norrie


Did they Norrie, or was that just the holding company that folded?

Sorry Norrie, i couldn't resist. laugh.gif
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post 2nd May 2017, 02:47pm
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Where is Mathieson ?


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post 2nd May 2017, 10:39pm
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rolleyes.gif away in a huff ? rolleyes.gif


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post 3rd May 2017, 03:22pm
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Hi Jagz 1876, you should have resisted, took me a few moments before the penny dropped biggrin.gif
Ah the banter

Bye for now, norrie
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post 3rd May 2017, 09:09pm
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QUOTE (norrie123 @ 2nd May 2017, 07:43am) *
Hi Scots kiwi lass there are three teams in Scotland if you count Berwick
When did you son ride in the UK, I may well have seen him

Yes I imagine you would be worried about him
Giants folded 1953?

Bye for now, norrie


Hi, Norrie

My son, Dean Sullivan, went off to the England in 1990 with hopes of getting into a speedway club. He found this extremely difficult as I believe there were strict rules about admitting overseas riders. So, he only managed to get the odd race.

What he did get was a job working for a Swedish rider (name unknown to me), so Dean travelled extensively with him to competitions. He came back to New Zealand after he turned 21 but got fed up with the racing and gave it up a year later!

Dean was pretty well accident prone as a youngster - 3 arm fractures by the time he was 6, plus numerous stitches, concussion, etc., hence my anxiety when he got a track bike at around the age of 13, all the doing of his father! He didn't have any serious accidents in the 6 years he raced and I have to admit that being involved in speedway gave him an interest and kept him "off the streets" so to speak. He had to work hard to help support his sport and find sponsors.

So, speedway didn't do him any harm and taught him a lot of self-discipline and sportsmanship.


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post 4th May 2017, 11:13am
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QUOTE (norrie123 @ 3rd May 2017, 04:22pm) *
Hi Jagz 1876, you should have resisted, took me a few moments before the penny dropped biggrin.gif
Ah the banter

Bye for now, norrie


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post 5th May 2017, 06:29pm
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Hi Scots Kiwi lass, cant say I have heard your sons name , I am surprised he didn't get a team as he qualified via your UK parentage ??? and winning the NZ under 21 should have helped, ah well perhaps it was for the best.
Another well known Kiwi Ivan Mauger wasn't a great success when he came to these shores and look how he turned out
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post 5th May 2017, 08:50pm
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Hi Norrie

I don't think the NZ Junior Championship gave Dean a lot of Brownie points, it seemed to matter more who he had competed against in Europe. He is very much a home loving guy too and was homesick for Christchurch, so maybe he gave up too soon, who knows?

Dean was taught speedway well, going to the Ronnie Moore school near Christchurch from the age of 12 or 13. He also had some coaching from the great Ivan Mauger, who was a very special sportsman. Ivan now has Alzheimers and is in a care home, by the way. Dean had met an English girl during his first stint in London and after to-ing and fro-ing for a couple of years, Dean spent 7 years in London and got himself into a good job in the removals business, becoming the European Manager. On returning here in 1999 he had no trouble finding a good position here and is now the South Island Manager of a big company. So, all's well that ends well! I am very proud of him and though he has no regrets about giving up speedway, he still takes an interest in the world rankings and watches it often on TV.

Cheers,
Betty



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post 6th May 2017, 06:16am
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Hi Betty, I am a believer in fate, all has worked out well for your son
Yes I had heard about Ivan Mauger , a terrible affliction

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