The 1938 National League Division One was the seventh season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1]

Summary

The only change from the previous season was Bristol Bulldogs moving up from the Provincial League and Hackney Wick Wolves moving down to take their place. They also swapped licences and riders as well as divisions.

New Cross Rangers won their first national title.

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
New Cross Rangers 24 15 1 8 31
West Ham Hammers 24 13 1 10 27
Wembley Lions 24 13 1 10 27
Wimbledon Dons 24 12 3 9 27
Belle Vue Aces 24 11 0 13 22
Harringay Tigers 24 10 1 13 21
Bristol Bulldogs 24 6 1 17 13

Top Ten Riders

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Jack Milne United States New Cross Rangers 10.96
2 Wilbur Lamoreaux United States Wimbledon Dons 10.93
3 Bluey Wilkinson Australia West Ham Hammers 10.67
4 Lionel van Praag Australia Wembley 10.50
5 Bill Kitchen England Belle Vue Aces 10.24
6 Cordy Milne United States Hackney Wick Wolves 9.46
7 Frank Varey England Belle Vue Aces 9.16
8 Jack Parker England Harringay Tigers 9.16
9 England Harringay Tigers 8.92
10 Frank Charles England Wembley 8.59

National Trophy

The 1938 National Trophy was the eighth edition of the Knockout Cup.[2]

First qualifying round

Date Team One Score Team Two
17/05 Nottingham 60-48 Hackney Wick
21/05 Hackney Wick 59-49 Nottingham
18/05 Birmingham 77-26 Sheffield
19/05 Sheffield 51-56 Birmingham
23/05 Newcastle 53-55 Norwich
28/05 Norwich 75-33 Newcastle

Second qualifying round

Date Team One Score Team Two
15/06 Birmingham 57.5-49.5 Hackney Wick
18/06 Hackney Wick 66-42 Birmingham
15/06 Southampton 76-30 Norwich
18/06 Norwich 77-31 Southampton

Third qualifying round

Date Team One Score Team Two
22/06 Southampton 35-18 Norwich
25/06 Norwich 37-17 Southampton
04/06 Hackney Wick 72-36 Leeds
06/06 Leeds 36-72 Hackney Wick

Final qualifying round

Date Team One Score Team Two
02/07 Norwich 72-36 Hackney Wick
09/07 Hackney Wick 58-49 Norwich

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
01/07 Bristol 50-56 West Ham
05/07 West Ham 73-35 Bristol
06/07 New Cross 50-57 Wimbledon
07/07 Wembley 61-47 Belle Vue
09/07 Belle Vue 60-48 Wembley
11/07 Wimbledon 62-46 New Cross
21/07 Norwich 58-50 Harringay

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
06/08 Norwich 53-55 Wembley
15/08 Wimbledon 78-29 West Ham
16/08 West Ham 53-55 Wimbledon
25/08 Wembley 38-15 Norwich

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
15/09 Wembley 43-65 Wimbledon
19/09 Wimbledon 58-49 Wembley

See also

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1938 National Trophy". Speedway archive.