The National League was formed in 1932 combining teams from the Northern League and Southern League.[1]

Summary

From the teams that finished the 1931 Northern League, Leeds Lions and Preston closed down, leaving only Belle Vue Aces and Sheffield. From the 1931 Southern League, High Beach and Lea Bridge had closed Plymouth were new competitors.

In the first half of the season, the teams competed for the in a league format won by Stamford Bridge Pensioners. During this phase Southampton Saints moved to Lea Bridge and rode as Clapton Saints and at the end of the phase Sheffield dropped out.

In the second half of the season Wembley Lions won the inaugural National League title. Dicky Case of the Wimbledon Dons finished with the highest average.

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Wembley Lions 16 13 0 3 26
Crystal Palace Glaziers 16 11 1 4 23
Belle Vue Aces 16 9 1 6 19
Stamford Bridge Pensioners 16 8 1 7 17
Wimbledon Dons 16 8 1 7 17
West Ham Hammers 16 7 0 9 14
Coventry 16 6 0 10 12
Clapton Saints 16 4 0 12 8
Plymouth Devils 16 4 0 12 8

Top Ten Riders

Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Dicky Case Australia Wimbledon Dons 10.42
2 Ginger Lees England Wembley Lions 10.40
3 Wal Phillips England Stamford Bridge Pensioners 10.33
4 Syd Jackson England Coventry 10.13
5 Ron Johnson Australia Crystal Palace Glaziers 9.60
6 Vic Huxley Australia Wimbledon Dons 9.50
7 Eric Langton England Belle Vue Aces 9.33
8 Wales Crystal Palace Glaziers 8.89
9 Jack Parker England Clapton Saints 8.80
10 Frank Arthur Australia Stamford Bridge Pensioners 8.64

National Trophy

The 1932 National Trophy was the second edition of the Knockout Cup.[2]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
06/07 Clapton 57-35 Plymouth
05/07 Plymouth 44-50 Clapton

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
27/07 Clapton 50-44 Coventry
28/07 Coventry 55-41 Clapton
30/07 Crystal Palace 51-43 Wimbledon
13/08 Stamford Bridge 46-45 Wembley
04/08 Wembley 54-42 Stamford Bridge
26/07 West Ham 51-42 Belle Vue
15/08 Wimbledon 54-42 Crystal Palace
23/07 Belle Vue 64-32 West Ham

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
10/09 Belle Vue 56-37 Wimbledon
03/09 Coventry 38-56 Wembley
08/09 Wembley 63-33 Coventry
19/09 Wimbledon 50-46 Belle Vue

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
13/10 Wembley 66-29 Belle Vue
15/10 Belle Vue 58-37 Wembley

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1932 National Trophy". Speedway archive.