The 1953 National League Division One was the eighth post-war season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1]

Summary

New Cross Rangers folded in June. Wembley Lions won their fifth consecutive title and their eighth overall.

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Wembley Lions 16 11 1 4 23
Harringay Racers 16 11 0 5 22
Birmingham Brummies 16 9 1 6 19
Bradford Tudors 16 8 1 7 17
Wimbledon Dons 16 8 0 8 16
West Ham Hammers 16 7 0 9 14
Norwich Stars 16 6 0 10 12
Belle Vue Aces 16 5 1 10 11
Bristol Bulldogs 16 5 0 11 10

New Cross Rangers withdrew mid-season - record expunged.

The Coronation Cup was run in a league format. Harringay Racers came out on top.

Coronation Cup Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Harringay Racers 16 12 0 4 24
Wembley Lions 16 9 0 7 18
Bradford Tudors 16 8 1 7 17
Belle Vue Aces 16 8 0 8 16
Norwich Stars 16 7 1 8 15
Wimbledon Dons 16 7 0 9 14
West Ham Hammers 16 7 0 9 14
Bristol Bulldogs 16 7 0 9 14
Birmingham Brummies 16 6 0 10 12

New Cross Rangers withdrew mid-season - record expunged.

Top Ten Riders (League only)

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Ronnie Moore New Zealand Wimbledon Dons 10.63
2 Jack Young Australia West Ham Hammers 10.61
3 Alan Hunt England Birmingham Brummies 10.47
4 Olle Nygren Sweden Bristol Bulldogs 10.25
5 Freddie Williams Wales Wembley Lions 10.13
6 Arthur Forrest England Bradford Tudors 9.94
7 Split Waterman England Harringay Racers 9.84
8 Wales Wembley Lions 9.66
9 Aub Lawson Australia Norwich Stars 9.19
10 Tommy Price England Wembley Lions 9.13

National Trophy

The 1953 National Trophy was the 16th edition of the Knockout Cup.[2]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
25/04 Ipswich 57-51 Southampton
25/04 Swindon 68-40 Exeter
24/04 Plymouth 54-54 Oxford
23/04 Cardiff 80-28 St Austell
23/04 Oxford 66-42 Plymouth
21/04 Southampton 74-33 Ipswich
21/04 St Austell 55-53 Cardiff
20/04 Exeter 60-48 Swindon

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
19/05 Cardiff 42.5-65.5 Leicester
15/05 Leicester 70-38 Cardiff
15/05 Motherwell 78-30 Swindon
15/05 Wolverhampton 71-37 Southampton
14/05 Oxford 51-57 Rayleigh
12/05 Southampton 49-59 Wolverhampton
11/05 Liverpool 40-68 Coventry
09/05 Coventry 76-32 Liverpool
09/05 Edinburgh 47-61 Glasgow White City
09/05 Rayleigh 67-41 Oxford
09/05 Stoke 69-39 Yarmouth
09/05 Swindon 62-46 Motherwell
06/05 Glasgow White City 75-33 Edinburgh
05/05 Yarmouth 52-55 Stoke

Third Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
24/06 Glasgow White City 76-32 Wolverhampton
29/05 Leicester 68-40 Rayleigh
29/05 Motherwell 73-35 Poole
29/05 Wolverhampton 49-59 Glasgow White City
25/05 Poole 62-46 Motherwell
23/05 Coventry 69-39 Stoke
23/05 Rayleigh 72-36 Leicester
21/05 Stoke 71-37 Coventry

Fourth Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
11/07 Bradford Odsal 63-45 Bristol
04/07 Belle Vue 50-58 Wimbledon
04/07 Harringay 85-23 Motherwell
04/07 Norwich 71-37 West Ham
04/07 Rayleigh 64-44 Glasgow White City
03/07 Bristol 65-42 Bradford Odsal
03/07 Motherwell 63-45 Harringay
01/07 Glasgow White City 69-39 Rayleigh
30/06 West Ham 59-49 Norwich
29/06 Wimbledon 77-31 Belle Vue

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
01/08 Stoke 38-70 Wimbledon
25/07 Norwich 58-49 Bristol
24/07 Bristol 64-44 Norwich
20/07 Wimbledon 89-19 Stoke
18/07 Harringay 40-68 Wembley
16/07 Wembley 60-48 Harringay
15/07 Glasgow White City 56-52 Birmingham
11/07 Birmingham 70-38 Glasgow White City

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
10/08 Wimbledon 59-49 Bristol
08/08 Birmingham 62.5-45.5 Wembley
07/08 Bristol 46-62 Wimbledon
06/08 Wembley 78-29 Birmingham

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
07/09 Wimbledon 68-40 Wembley
10/09 Wembley 66-42 Wimbledon

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1953 National Trophy". Speedway archive.