The 1952 Southern League was the first season of the newly created regional third tier of speedway racing in the United Kingdom for Southern British teams. From the defunct National League Division Three of the previous season, only Poole Pirates didn't join the new league. Ipswich Witches and Southampton Saints were new entrants.[1]

Rayleigh Rockets were champions whilst Long Eaton Archers withdrew mid-season. [2]

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Rayleigh Rockets 36 28 0 8 56
Cardiff Dragons 36 23 0 13 46
Plymouth Devils 36 20 1 15 41
Wolverhampton Wasps 36 20 1 15 41
Exeter Falcons 36 20 1 15 41
Swindon Robins 36 18 0 18 36
Aldershot Shots 36 15 1 20 31
Ipswich Witches 36 12 0 24 24
Southampton Saints 36 11 0 25 22
St Austell Gulls 36 11 0 25 22

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Withdrawal (Record expunged) : Long Eaton Archers

National Trophy Stage Three

The 1952 National Trophy was the 15th edition of the Knockout Cup. The Trophy consisted of three stages; stage one was for the third tier clubs, stage two was for the second tier 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. Plymouth won stage one and therefore qualified for stage two.[4]

Third Division Qualifying First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
22/04 Southampton 49-58 Cardiff
18/04 Wolverhampton 74-33 Long Eaton
17/04 Cardiff 75-33 Southampton
17/04 Long Eaton 58-50 Wolverhampton

Third Division Qualifying Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
26/04 Swindon 52-56 Cardiff
25/04 Wolverhampton 49-59 Exeter
24/04 Cardiff 74-32 Swindon
24/04 Ipswich 50-57 Rayleigh
21/04 Exeter 73-34 Wolverhampton
19/04 Rayleigh 60-48 Ipswich
19/04 Aldershot 48-60 Plymouth
17/04 Plymouth 76-31 Aldershot

Third Division Qualifying Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
08/05 Cardiff 59-48 Rayleigh
03/05 Rayleigh 70-38 Cardiff
01/05 Plymouth 67-41 Exeter
28/04 Exeter 57-51 Plymouth

Third Division Qualifying Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
17/05 Rayleigh 67-41 Plymouth
15/05 Plymouth 69-38 Rayleigh

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References