The 1931 Southern League was the third season of speedway racing in the United Kingdom for Southern British teams, and its final season before amalgamation of the two regional leagues.[1]

Summary

Both Birmingham teams based at Perry Barr and Hall Green had left as had Coventry who returned mid-season to replace Leicester who were liquidated in April. Harringay Canaries resigned in June to be replaced by Belle Vue who then rode both in the Northern and Southern Leagues. Nottingham closed in July but they were not replaced and their results stood. The league season was the longest in the short history of the competition as teams met each other four times instead of twice.

The Wembley Lions won their second consecutive title.[2]

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Wembley Lions 37 28 1 8 57
Stamford Bridge Pensioners 38 27 0 11 54
West Ham Hammers 38 23 0 15 46
Crystal Palace Glaziers 38 22 0 16 44
Wimbledon Dons 38 19 1 18 39
High Beach 38 19 1 18 39
Southampton Saints 38 18 0 20 36
Harringay Canaries + Belle Vue 38 14 0 24 28*
Lea Bridge 38 11 0 27 22
Leicester Stadium + Coventry 37 8 1 28 17**
Nottingham 20 8 0 12 16
* Harringay scored 12 points from 14 matches, Belle Vue scored 16 from 24
** Leicester scored 1 point from 8 matches, Coventry scored 16 from 30

Top Five Riders

Team C.M.A.
1 Tommy Croombs West Ham Hammers 10.41
2 Dicky Case Wimbledon Dons 10.14
3 Jack Parker Southampton Saints 10.02
4 Frank Arthur Stamford Bridge Pensioners 9.97
5 Vic Huxley Harringay Canaries/Wimbledon Dons 9.87

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. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "1931 National Trophy". Speedway archive.