The 1949 National League Division Two was the fourth post-war season of the second tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1]

Summary

The League was extended to 12 teams with the addition of new entrants Walthamstow Wolves and Ashfield Giants. Coventry Bees, Southampton Saints and Cradley Heath moved up from Division Three, with Cradley changing their nickname from Cubs to Heathens in the process. Two sides were missing from those that finished the previous season. Birmingham Brummies moved up to Division One and Middlesbrough Bears dropped out, although the promotion and most of their riders moved to the renamed Newcastle Magpies whose riders and promotion in turn had moved to Ashfield[2]

The Division Two Anniversary (League) Cup was discontinued as the expanded league programme gave the teams 44 league fixtures. Bristol Bulldogs retained their title.

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Bristol Bulldogs 44 34 1 9 69
Sheffield Tigers 44 29 1 14 59
Norwich Stars 44 27 0 17 54
Cradley Heath Heathens 44 25 0 19 50
Edinburgh Monarchs 44 24 0 20 48
Walthamstow Wolves 44 21 3 20 45
Southampton Saints 44 21 3 20 45
Glasgow Tigers 44 20 0 24 40
Fleetwood Flyers 44 18 1 25 37
Newcastle Magpies 44 17 1 26 35
Ashfield Giants 44 12 1 31 25
Coventry Bees 44 10 1 33 21

Top Five Riders (League only)

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 England Sheffield Tigers 10.47
2 England Bristol Bulldogs 10.11
3 England Bristol Bulldogs 9.75
4 England Bristol Bulldogs 9.56
5 Alan Hunt England Cradley Heath Heathens 9.45

National Trophy Stage Two

The 1949 National 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. Bristol won stage two and therefore qualified for stage three.[3]

Second Division Qualifying First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
07/06 Glasgow Ashfield 53-55 Cradley Heath
03/06 Cradley Heath 56-52 Glasgow Ashfield
15/06 Glasgow White City 67-41 Norwich
18/06 Norwich 71-36 Glasgow White City
22/06 Fleetwood 69-38 Stoke Hanley
18/06 Stoke Hanley 56-52 Fleetwood
17/06 Bristol 73-35 Sheffield
16/06 Sheffield 53-55 Bristol
31/05 Southampton 52-56 Walthamstow
30/05 Walthamstow 63-44 Southampton

Second Division Qualifying Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
25/06 Coventry 42-66 Bristol
24/06 Bristol 80-28 Coventry
02/07 Edinburgh 57-51 Fleetwood
29/06 Fleetwood 61-44 Edinburgh
02/07 Norwich 78-30 Newcastle
27/06 Newcastle 64-41 Norwich
24/06 Cradley Heath 66-41 Walthamstow
20/06 Walthamstow 64-39 Cradley Heath
08/07
replay
Cradley Heath 71-37 Walthamstow
04/07
replay
Walthamstow 62-44 Cradley Heath

Second Division Qualifying Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
23/07 Norwich 70.5-37.5 Cradley Heath
22/07 Cradley Heath 67-41 Norwich
13/07 Fleetwood 46-60 Bristol
08/07 Bristol 73-35 Fleetwood

Second Division Qualifying Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
29/07 Bristol 79-29 Norwich
30/07 Norwich 76-32 Bristol

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References