The 1950 National League Division Three was the fourth season of British speedway's National League Division Three [1]

The league was reduced from 13 teams to 10. Halifax Dukes, Plymouth, Yarmouth and Hanley had all moved up to Division Two whilst Hastings Saxons dropped out. The two new sides were Aldershot Shots and St Austell Gulls whilst changed their nickname from 'Hounds' to 'Tammies'.[2]

Oxford Cheetahs, who had finished bottom of the table during their inaugural league season in 1949, rose spectacularly up the league to win the title. The Oxford team was made up from an entirely new set of riders including Harry Saunders, signed as captain from Tamworth for £750, Pat Clarke from Rayleigh for £250, Bill Osborne from Walthamstow, Raymond Buster Brown from Wembley and Eric Irons from Cradley.[3]

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Oxford Cheetahs 36 26 2 8 54
Poole Pirates 36 23 3 10 49
Leicester Hunters 36 21 0 15 42
Swindon Robins 36 19 1 16 39
Aldershot Shots 36 18 1 17 37
36 17 0 19 34
Exeter Falcons 36 16 1 19 33
Liverpool Chads 36 14 1 21 29
Rayleigh Rockets 36 12 0 24 24
St Austell Gulls 36 9 1 26 19

National Trophy Stage Three

The 1950 National Trophy was the 13th 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. Oxford won stage one and therefore qualified for stage two.[4]

Third Division Qualifying First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
10/04 Liverpool 50-57 Oxford
06/04 Oxford 76-32 Liverpool

Third Division Qualifying Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
22/04 Swindon 60-47 Oxford
20/04 Oxford 62-46 Swindon
10/04 Exeter 65-41 Leicester
07/04 Leicester 66-42 Exeter
19/04 Tamworth 71-37 St Austell
18/04 St Austell 48-58 Tamworth
20/04 Poole 51-57 Aldershot
19/04 Aldershot 61-45 Poole
21/04
replay
Leicester 53-55 Exeter
17/04
replay
Exeter 62-45 Leicester

Third Division Qualifying Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
05/05 Exeter 54-53 Oxford
27/04 Oxford 83-24 Exeter
03/05 Tamworth 67-41 Aldershot
01/05 Aldershot 63-44 Tamworth

Third Division Qualifying Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
18/05 Oxford 67-41 Tamworth
17/05 Tamworth 38-70 Oxford

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ http://www.speedwayresearcher.org.uk
  2. ^ "Major League Competitions". Speedway Archive.
  3. ^ Bamford/Shailes, Robert/Glynn (2007). The History of Oxford Speedway. Tempus Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7524-4161-0.
  4. ^ "1950 National Trophy". Speedway archive.