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Social media...while a great way to stay in touch with old friends and make new friends and such like; at times it can be a terrible place. Speedway fans and certain riders too it has to be said often fall into this category.

Keyboard warriors get aboard their high horse and give their often loosely based opinions on any manner of things and often subject that they, in truth, probably no little about.

A classic example that I often see is fans taking to Twitter to perhaps make comments about track conditions or a certain rider’s performances. Now don’t get me wrong, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but sadly due to social media people feel that the masses need to hear those opinions.

Newsflash...we don’t! But be that as it may it looks like we are stuck with it but what I often wonder is, what do these people actually know about track preparations, bike set ups and such like? Perhaps a lot, likely not very much yet they feel the need to tell us all what they think.

If I am brutally honest in almost twenty years of attending and watching speedway I wouldn’t know the first thing about track preparation. However in terms of bike set up, I could probably tell you a fair bit based on the mechanics of it all and having worked on speedway bikes many years ago now, but that is about my limit really.

Each to their own though and I suppose the world would be a pretty boring place if we all shared the same opinions and as with anything it tends to be a small minority who cast the darkness over the brighter sparks of the world.

It isn’t really the negative side of things I want to focus on though and by now you’re probably wondering what the point of all this random ramblings actually is, well as it happens I am about to tell you.

I was on the British Speedway Forum which is normally the source of all “dimwittery” where I saw a comment that fell into the category of sensible and made me think “that guy is on the money.”

He was referring to how the younger generations of fans are the future of the speedway and I tend to agree. Despite being relatively young myself in terms of speedways fan base, I got into the speedway as a result of coming along with my Aunty and Uncle to see what the fuss was all about.

From that day forward I was hooked and obviously still am and fast forward to now I can say that I have been extremely lucky to have made many great friends and to have had the opportunity to do stuff like this as a result.

These days I bring my nephew along to the speedway whenever I can and guess what? He loves it too and likes to go see all the riders after the meeting and they are all more than accommodating to him and he thinks it’s great. Why? Because it is great!

As time goes on I fully expect him to become as big a fan as me and eventually he will want to bring his little brother along too, although I’m not sure how well I'll cope with that!

The point I am making is that speedway as whole probably needs to do more to get the younger generation interested and to be fair, here at Berwick the promotion get it right.

As a result of this we have a nice blend of fans young and old, and in-between too which I think makes us the best fans in the country, bar none!

Of course if you wish to agree, or disagree with the Mythman, have an idea for a feature, or you simply want to chew the fat over all things speedway, you can email me Mythman666@hotmail.com. If your compliments, or indeed, gripes can be contained to just 120 characters, you can send me a tweet @Mythman666.

Until next time...and there will be a next time.

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