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View Poll Results: Would the World cup stop you from going to a rally?
I'd stay home and watch it on the TV 3 7.50%
Not interested and I'd go to the rally 15 37.50%
Sort of interested and watch it at the rally 6 15.00%
Couldn't give a monkeys 16 40.00%
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Old 26-05-2005, 10:27 AM
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Default Rally organising dilemma ... Do bikers really watch football?

I know how varied folks' opinions are on here on the subject...

At the weekend, as you know, we had the first Ram's Revenge do. Thanks to the weather, the turnout wasn't brilliant but it was enough to make us think about doing it all again... especially with everyone's reactions - they all enjoyed themselves (including us). We'd like to have the same folk back on the Saturday (Stevie, Beer Monsters and Creature) as we felt they did brilliantly and enjoyed being there.

Next year, we are going to turn it into a two day rally - we've learnt a hell of a lot and have got a lot of people offering their advice.

However, due to personal reasons (namely all the stress involved with Mrs R's Podiatry finals), we've decided to hold it later in the year. We thought July (that way, there should be better weather and more folk out on their bikes). The downside is, that's when the World Cup is on (end of June to second weekend in July).

That gives us a little problem... I don't want to clash with any big events, like the rock & blues, at the same time I really don't want to clash with the footy unless we're forced...

What do people think about this, do you reckon folk will stay in and watch the games, come out for a rally anyway, or even watch the game at the rally (same venue as last time, the TV would be on anyway)? Or should I just go for the third week in the hope the Rock & Blues doesn't clash?

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Old 26-05-2005, 10:36 AM
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Nope, couldn't give a damn if they were playing in the field next to the main tent. The rally gets it every single time.
Footy? A bunch of prima donnas with enough cash per week to solve 3rd world debt. It appalls me, the way they roll about on the floor because someone ran near them. Bunch of puffs.
Rugby, now there's a different thing altogether. Playing of course.
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Old 26-05-2005, 11:11 AM
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You also had the BMF Peterborough show the same weekend, that has the biggest gate entry of any bike event in this country.

Personally, I'd stick to a one day event - considerably less tiring on all those involved.
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If England were playing a match I'd like to watch it at a rally but it wouldn't affect my decision to attend
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Old 26-05-2005, 11:18 AM
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Have a Football tent at the rally with a projector and screen

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Old 26-05-2005, 11:21 AM
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last year kris missed west ham playing due to the stonedskis rally, and last night i missed liverpool cos of work, so I think we wouldn't miss footie if something else was happening, can always listen to it on the radio.....

but do you really think there's much chance of England getting anywhere in the world cup?

so i wouldn't worry

my ideas would be.....if it's a very important match, provide a PA somewhere with the footie on there for anyone who doesn't have a tranny (oh how the use of that word has changed over the years!) or if you have a proper bar see if you can rig up a screen to watch it, probably be on sky anyway

all in all, don't worry, if folk are so obsessed with football that they'd miss a good rally, then they miss a good rally, i don't think it would make much difference to your attendance to be honest

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Hi Mitch, I wanted to come along but as it clashed with the BMF do I was unable.

Footie is important to me and I have watched some cracking games at different rallies. I have even phoned rally venues to see if there is a telly in a bar anywhere b4 setting off for the big games.

My stag weekend was at a rally in Luxembourg, the same weekend England beat Germany 5-1. I only went because i knew that a bar nearby was showing the footie. We did the stag thing on the Friday night and the Footie on the Saturday with a bar full of Germans.......it was a perfect weekend and one I shall never forget.

In a nutshell, I would miss a rally for a big game if I knew I couldn't watch it at a rally.
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i was inn denmark on a rally when england played denmard in wc

a tv was put up, some watched, some explored, the chioice was there
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You also had the BMF Peterborough show the same weekend, that has the biggest gate entry of any bike event in this country.

Personally, I'd stick to a one day event - considerably less tiring on all those involved.
As that's the case (I knew that before we went ahead, but after we chose the date), we really didn't too bad then... We made enough money on the gate to pay everyone that needed paying on the day so I'm happy with that, considering...
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MItch if your that worried theres a tv it ther rugby club - maybe we could move it near the disco and plug it in.

but those interested would just sit in front of TV near the bar - as we found out last saturday its possible to have music on during the day and peeps watch tv without conflicting or being over noisey.

another option could be to close the curtains
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MItch if your that worried theres a tv it ther rugby club - maybe we could move it near the disco and plug it in.

but those interested would just sit in front of TV near the bar - as we found out last saturday its possible to have music on during the day and peeps watch tv without conflicting or being over noisey.
that's what I noticed mate, cheers for the backup on that one... It's not really a worry as such but thought I'd best check the options before announcing the date...
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I wasn't aware the BMF do was so huge. I was imagining a small jolly in a country pub! That's only my ignorance mind as I've not heard of it, not having been on the rally scene for long. How many people usually turn up then?
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around 10.000 - its just a small country hick doo
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I wasn't aware the BMF do was so huge. I was imagining a small jolly in a country pub! That's only my ignorance mind as I've not heard of it, not having been on the rally scene for long. How many people usually turn up then?
Oh dear,

quote from the BMF website:-

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There are 632 stalls selling just about everything, and a lot of bargains to be had by major manufacturers and suppliers - which is why so many people go.
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There are 632 stalls selling just about everything, and a lot of bargains to be had by major manufacturers and suppliers - which is why so many people go.
Well, what do I know - I live out in the sticks
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Or should I just go for the third week in the hope the Rock & Blues doesn't clash?

Decisions, decisions...
You could always liaise with the Rock & Blues over their dates and see if they would move their event by a week so as not to clash.
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I loath,detest and abhor football.I lived opposite a football ground from the age of 4 until I moved in with Fran,and the things I saw!Put me right off for life.
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You could always liaise with the Rock & Blues over their dates and see if they would move their event by a week so as not to clash.


Anyway, considering the bmf was on and all that, we still had over 100 people there during the day and night which ain't bad for a first do!
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I loath,detest and abhor football.I lived opposite a football ground from the age of 4 until I moved in with Fran,and the things I saw!Put me right off for life.

The things you saw when you moved in wih Fran???
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Yeah,cats for a start!Seriously though,I saw approximately 10000 Celtic fans trying to get into the ground which already had mebbe 80000 folk crammed in (before all seater stadia),walls were demolished by the sheer weight of numbers,one guy had a heart attack and died because the ambulance couldn't get to him.I saw more violence than I care to remember,not to mention the vast amount of public urination!All this before I was 12 years old!
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Anyway, considering the bmf was on and all that, we still had over 100 people there during the day and night which ain't bad for a first do!

And I would still advise keeping it to one day/night.

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How's the man flu, MD?
Dreadful.

I suspect it is actually the Plague.

have spent all week in the confines of home,
now got snot running out me nose and a tickly cough.

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Dreadful.

I suspect it is actually the Plague.

have spent all week in the confines of home,
now got snot running out me nose and a tickly cough.

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football is not everones cup of tea, but life would be boring if we all liked the same thing. i am quite a footie fan. follow Scotland home and away when i can afford it {yeah im no right in the head ya know}

left IOM , on mad sunday , missed the tt to go to france in 98 to follow scotland for 3 weeks. yes im one of the biker that likes football. and if scotland get to the next world cup/ euro's what ever , i will be there.its hard to combine the 2. and over the last couple of years bikes have had the prefferance. probabley will from now on .
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I love football and if England are playing in a major competition I'll do everything possible to watch the game.

If it was on at a rally I'd probably make a special point of attending.
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I have never watched a complete football match in my life and personally i think that the world would be a better place without it. The thought of people being injured and dieing watching a bunch of puffs kicking a bag of wind around a field is madness its self.
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