The 1931 Northern League was the third season of speedway racing in the United Kingdom for Northern British teams,[1] but the final season of the Northern League before amalgamation with the Southern League.[2]

Summary

Following the closure of several clubs from the previous season, only 6 sides started the season and only 4 finished it. There were many team changes from the previous season. Liverpool, Manchester White City, Warrington, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Rochdale Hornets, Barnsley and Wombwell were all no longer participants, while Leeds rejoined after a year's absence.[2]

Belle Vue Aces retained their title, Glasgow White City and Leicester Super withdrew in mid-season but their results stood.[2]

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Belle Vue Aces 18 12 0 6 24
Leeds Lions 18 10 1 7 21
Sheffield 17 10 0 7 20
Leicester Super 15 8 0 7 16
Preston 18 5 1 10 11
Glasgow White City 12 2 0 10 8

Top Five Riders

Team C.M.A.
1 Eric Langton Belle Vue Aces 11.28
2 Leicester Super 10.14
3 Ginger Lees Preston 10.06
4 Sheffield 9.45
5 Joe Abbott Preston 8.97

National Trophy

The 1931 National Trophy was the first edition of the Knockout Cup. It was contested between teams from the Southern and Northern Leagues.[3]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
11/05 Wimbledon 67-26 Hall Green
12/05 West Ham 51-45 Southampton
13/05 Lea Bridge 59-33 Nottingham
14/05 Exeter 34-59 High Beech
14/05 Leicester Stadium 39.5-54.5 Stamford Bridge
15/05 Hall Green 42.5-49.5 Wimbledon
16/05 High Beech 61-33 Exeter
16/05 Southampton 42-49 West Ham
16/05 Stamford Bridge 59-35 Leicester Stadium
21/05 Nottingham 46-47 Lea Bridge

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
25/05 Belle Vue 73-22 Wombwell
25/05 York 42-53 Leicester Super
26/05 Glasgow White City 43-52 Preston
28/05 Sheffield 54-40 Leeds
30/05 Leeds 39-52 Sheffield
30/05 Leicester Super 69-26 York
30/05 Wombwell 27-64 Belle Vue
04/06 Preston 70-26 Glasgow White City
08/06 Wimbledon 60-36 Crystal Palace
09/06 Harringay ? Stamford Bridge
09/06 West Ham 44-52 Wembley
10/06 Lea Bridge 52-38 High Beech
11/06 Wembley 56-37 West Ham
13/06 Crystal Palace 48-48 Wimbledon
13/06 High Beech 55-39 Lea Bridge

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
02/07 Preston 65-31 High Beech
11/07 Belle Vue 50-46 Wimbledon
11/07 Sheffield 41-55 Wembley
16/07 Leicester Super 44-50 Stamford Bridge
18/07 High Beech 48-42 Preston
23/07 Wembley 70-25 Sheffield
27/07 Wimbledon 55-41 Belle Vue
19/08 Stamford Bridge 61-31 Leicester Super

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
10/09 Preston 43-51 Stamford Bridge
17/09 Wembley 48-47 Wimbledon
21/09 Wimbledon 46-49 Wembley
26/09 Stamford Bridge 66-30 Preston

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
08/10 Wembley 71-24 Stamford Bridge
10/10 Stamford Bridge 68-40 Wembley

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ a b c The Speedway Researcher Speedway Researcher. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
  3. ^ "1931 National Trophy". Speedway archive.