Soundbites: 23rd September 2005
"This is not a decision that has come overnight. Speedway has been a big part of my life for a very long time. I owe a lot to this sport and there have been many memorable moments that will always
stay with me. Now it is time for me to proceed.
This is one of the most important decisions that I have taken during my career but I feel confident that I am doing the right thing. It is quite easy to explain how I came to this decision. I simply
want to move on.
I don't know what future has in store for me, but it is a thrilling thought to go on in life without speedway as a main occupation. 2006 will very much be the same as 2005.
I will always do my very best!"
"We won at Armadale last time and we can do so again. We're finishing the season strongly in contrast to our disappointing start.
We'd love to win at Edinburgh which would really please our fans and we'd be delighted to regain the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1994.
That would be a great reward to the promotion who have worked really hard to keep us going this season."
"Glasgow will arrive believing they can repeat their Scottish Cup victory. They will think they can do it all over again. Pulling back 12 points is going to be a tough ask but I believe we can do it.
The team know what they have to do."
"The fans have been tremendous and I have been delighted with the way our crowds have grown during the course of the season. I feel I owe it those people to give them a smashing send-off
for the winter.
I can promise the meeting will be a real spectacle and I hope to make it a regular event to bring our season to a close.
When I do things, I do them professionally and properly and I won't settle for anything less than the very best. Hence why we have invited some of the biggest names in speedway to compete."
"The way things are shaping up I'd say the championship is Oxford's to lose rather than anyone else's to win. The meetings they've got in hand are going to prove crucial and they should go on and
pick up enough points from here.
But that's not to say we've given up hope as I'm sure Wimbledon and Mildenhall haven't either. Our draw-back is the fact that all our league matches are now away from home, which obviously makes
life a little bit tougher."
"We had hoped to hold them to six or seven points and made a good start. But Coventry have been on fire in recent weeks.
We have probably got a mountain to climb but we've climbed a few already this season."
"The whole team have put so much into their racing in the last few weeks, and it will be fantastic if we can now finish the job next Monday. I actually feel part of the team and winning the
title would mean so much after the way we started the year, and all the problems we have encountered this season."
"It was too big a deficit to pull back, but we certainly put up a good show and with a bit of luck could have gone closer.
But the damage was done at Wolverhampton where we left ourselves too much to do."
"It is always nice to come back to Poole and the track was in a really good condition as usual.
It didn't seem like it had been three years since I had last ridden here regularly.
I am very happy to be here until the end of the season and I will try to score as many points as I can to help the team."
This article was first published on 23rd September 2005
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