The 1949 National League Division Three was the third season of British speedway's National League Division Three.[1]

The league expanded to 13 teams from 12. Cradley Heath, Southampton and Coventry had all moved up to Division Two whilst dropped out. The five new sides were Halifax Dukes, Liverpool Chads, Leicester Hunters, Rayleigh Rockets and Oxford Cheetahs

Swindon Robins replaced Hull Angels mid-season and Hanley Potters won the title on race points difference from Yarmouth Bloaters.[2]

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Hanley Potters 48 35 1 12 71
Yarmouth Bloaters 48 35 1 12 71
48 33 0 15 66
Halifax Dukes 48 28 2 18 58
Plymouth Devils 48 28 2 18 58
Poole Pirates 48 27 0 21 54
Exeter Falcons 48 24 0 24 48
Hastings Saxons 48 21 1 36 43
Liverpool Chads 48 19 0 29 38
Leicester Hunters 48 17 1 30 35
Swindon Robins* 48 15 1 32 31
Rayleigh Rockets 48 14 0 34 28
Oxford Cheetahs 48 11 1 36 23

National Trophy Stage One

The 1949 Trophy was the 12th edition of the Knockout Cup. The Trophy consisted of three stages; stage one was for the third division clubs, stage two was for the second division clubs and stage three was for the top tier clubs. The winner of stage one would qualify for stage two and the winner of stage two would qualify for the third and final stage. Hanley Potters won stage one and therefore qualified for stage two.[3]

Third Division Qualifying First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
07/04 Plymouth 54-54 Exeter
04/04 Exeter 62-45 Plymouth
15/04 Leicester 49-58 Hull
09/04 Hull 77-31 Leicester
14/04 Stoke Hanley 67-41 Liverpool
11/04 Liverpool 42-66 Stoke Hanley
19/04 Yarmouth 70-37 Rayleigh
16/04 Rayleigh 55-51 Yarmouth

Third Division Qualifying Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
07/05 Stoke Hanley 75-33 Exeter
25/04 Exeter 57-51 Stoke Hanley
03/05 Yarmouth 75-33 Hastings
27/04 Hastings 52-55 Yarmouth
20/04 Halifax 48-59 Poole
11/04 Poole 70-38 Halifax
27/04 Tamworth 70-38 Hull
30/04 Hull 61-47 Tamworth

Third Division Qualifying Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
25/05 Tamworth 56-51 Stoke Hanley
14/05 Stoke Hanley 59-48 Tamworth
23/05 Poole 59-49 Yarmouth
17/05 Yarmouth 60-46 Poole

Third Division Qualifying Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
07/06 Yarmouth 61-46 Stoke Hanley
04/06 Stoke Hanley 67-40 Yarmouth

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References