The 1951 National League Division One was the sixth post-war season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain. [1]

Summary

The entrants were the same as the previous season as were the top three positions at the end of the season. Wembley Lions won the National League for the sixth time.

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Wembley Lions 32 25 0 7 50
Belle Vue Aces 32 19 1 12 39
Wimbledon Dons 32 17 1 14 35
West Ham Hammers 32 16 1 15 33
Birmingham Brummies 32 16 0 16 32
Bristol Bulldogs 32 15 1 16 31
Harringay Racers 32 15 1 16 31
New Cross Rangers 32 9 1 22 19
Bradford Tudors 32 9 0 23 18

Top Ten Riders (League only)

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Aub Lawson Australia West Ham Hammers 10.31
2 Ronnie Moore New Zealand Wimbledon Dons 9.91
3 Freddie Williams Wales Wembley Lions 9.76
4 Alan Hunt England Birmingham Brummies 9.75
5 Norman Parker England Wimbledon Dons 9.56
6 Eddie Rigg England Bradford Tudors 9.29
7 Malcolm Craven England West Ham Hammers 9.25
8 Split Waterman England Harringay Racers 9.07
9 Jack Parker England Belle Vue Aces 9.03
10 Geoff Pymar England Bristol Bulldogs 8.95

National Trophy Stage Three

The 1951 National Trophy was the 14th 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. Wimbledon won the third and final stage and were therefore declared the 1951 National Trophy champions.[2]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
10/08 Bristol 74-34 Norwich
20/08 Norwich 75-33 Bristol
07/08 West Ham 72-35 Bradford Odsal
25/08 Bradford Odsal 43-65 West Ham

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
05/09 Belle Vue 46-62 Wembley
09/08 Wembley 52-55 Belle Vue
11/08 Birmingham 55-53 Wimbledon
20/08 Wimbledon 64-44 Birmingham
25/08 Norwich 63-45 Harringay
24/08 Harringay 65-42 Norwich
04/09 West Ham 62-46 New Cross
29/08 New Cross 65-43 West Ham

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
04/10 Wembley 78-29 New Cross
26/09 New Cross 53-55 Wembley
03/09 Wimbledon 65-43 Harringay
07/09 Harringay 40-68 Wimbledon

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
08/10 Wimbledon 58-50 Wembley
11/10 Wembley 41-67 Wimbledon

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1951 National Trophy". Speedway archive.