Many want to see speedway back in Bristol
HAVING read the headline on your front page on September 18 headlined "Bristol rated worst for sporting facilities" it prompted me to wonder as yet another speedway season draws to a close, there has been no recent news about the possible track in Bristol that has featured in the news occasionally in recent years.
I thought that the people who were trying to get the track at a site in Avonmouth were at an advanced stage with Bristol City Council planners when I last read about it.
But that seems like a very long time ago now.
It is a long time since we had a track in Bristol, but I know that there are many people in Bristol who remember it and would dearly love to see the Bulldogs come back at a track in or close to the city.
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It is surprising how you can mention speedway in the local pub and people will volunteer their memories of seeing the sport in Bristol, with some top riders.
Not least Phil Crump, father of Jason who has won the world championship in recent years and was born in Bristol when his father was riding for us.
As a keen supporter myself, I am forced to go to a track in another town, either at Swindon which is over 40 miles away or Highbridge to see the Somerset Rebels and hope that the motorway traffic on a Friday in the summer doesn't stop me from getting there.
When are the councillors in Bristol going to recognise that other sports – in our case speedway, that has been very popular in Bristol – can be a benefit to the sporting facilities in the city, and help us to secure a track?