The 1951 National League Division Three was the fifth and final season of British speedway's National League Division Three [1]

The league remained with 10 teams but there were changes. Oxford Cheetahs, Leicester Hunters and Liverpool Chads had all moved up to Division Two whilst dropped out. Plymouth Devils dropped down from Division Two. The three new sides were Cardiff Dragons, Long Eaton Archers and Wolverhampton Wasps.[2]

Poole Pirates won their first title.

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Poole Pirates 36 30 0 6 60
Exeter Falcons 36 28 0 8 56
Aldershot Shots 36 21 1 14 43
Rayleigh Rockets 36 21 0 15 42
Swindon Robins 36 16 2 18 34
Plymouth Devils 36 16 1 19 33
Cardiff Dragons 36 13 3 20 29
St Austell Gulls 36 13 0 23 26
Long Eaton Archers 36 13 0 23 26
Wolverhampton Wasps 36 5 1 30 11

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. Exeter won stage one and therefore qualified for stage two.[3]

Third Division Qualifying First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
05/04 Cardiff 52-56 Rayleigh
05/04 Plymouth 54-54 Exeter
02/04 Poole 69-39 Aldershot
02/04 Exeter 77-30 Plymouth
31/03 Aldershot 66-40 Poole
31/03 Rayleigh 68-40 Cardiff
31/03 Swindon 71-37 Long Eaton
29/03 Long Eaton 49-58 Swindon

Third Division Qualifying Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
16/04 Exeter 73-35 Rayleigh
16/04 Poole 61-47 Swindon
07/04 Swindon 66-41 Poole
14/04 Rayleigh 56-52 Exeter

Third Division Qualifying Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
23/04 Exeter 63-45 Swindon
21/04 Swindon 47-61 Exeter

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References