The 1954 National League Division One was the ninth post-war season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1]

Summary

Bristol dropped out of the league and joined the National League Division Two. Wimbledon won their first National League Championship, beginning a run of 7 titles in 8 years, ending a similar run by Wembley Lions.

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Wimbledon Dons 28 21 2 5 44
Wembley Lions 28 20 0 8 40
Bradford Tudors 28 15 0 13 30
Norwich Stars 27 14 0 13 28
West Ham Hammers 28 11 1 16 23
Harringay Racers 28 10 1 17 21
Belle Vue Aces 27 9 0 18 18
Birmingham Brummies 28 9 0 19 18

Top Ten Riders (League only)

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Ronnie Moore New Zealand Wimbledon Dons 10.59
2 Jack Young Australia West Ham Hammers 10.55
3 Geoff Mardon New Zealand Wimbledon Dons 10.43
4 Eddie Rigg England Bradford Tudors 10.11
5 Arthur Forrest England Bradford Tudors 10.00
6 Brian Crutcher England Wembley Lions 9.98
7 Wales Wembley Lions 9.79
8 Barry Briggs New Zealand Wimbledon Dons 9.39
9 Freddie Williams Wales Wembley Lions 9.18
10 Split Waterman England Harringay Racers 9.07

National Trophy

The 1954 National Trophy was the 17th edition of the Knockout Cup.[2]

Qualifying First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
01/05 Edinburgh 60-48 Leicester
01/05 Rayleigh 65-43 Motherwell
30/04 Bristol 59-49 Oxford
30/04 Leicester 59-48 Edinburgh
30/04 Motherwell 64-44 Rayleigh
29/04 Ipswich 71-35 Southampton
29/04 Oxford 40-68 Bristol
29/04 Plymouth 45-63 Poole
27/04 Southampton 72-36 Ipswich
26/04 Exeter 59-49 Swindon
26/04 Poole 69-38 Plymouth
24/04 Swindon 65-43 Exeter
11/05
replay
Southampton 62-46 Ipswich
06/05
replay
Ipswich 56-52 Southampton

Qualifying Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
25/05 Southampton 61-47 Coventry
22/05 Coventry 64-44 Southampton
22/05 Edinburgh 65-43 Rayleigh
22/05 Swindon 69-39 Wolverhampton
21/05 Bristol 61-47 Poole
21/05 Rayleigh 55-52 Edinburgh
21/05 Swindon w/o Wolverhampton
17/05 Poole 63-45 Bristol

Qualifying Final Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
14/06 Poole 67-41 Swindon
12/06 Edinburgh 50-57 Coventry
12/06 Swindon 53-55 Poole
05/06 Coventry 56-52 Edinburgh

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
05/07 Coventry 41-66 Bradford Odsal
03/07 Belle Vue 71-37 Poole
03/07 Bradford Odsal 84-24 Coventry
28/06 Poole 46-62 Belle Vue

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
24/07 Belle Vue 61-47 Wimbledon
22/07 Wembley 70-37 West Ham
21/07 Harringay 54-54 Bradford Odsal
20/07 West Ham 50-58 Wembley
19/07 Wimbledon 76-32 Belle Vue
17/07 Bradford Odsal 78-30 Harringay
10/07 Birmingham 62-46 Norwich
08/07 Norwich 74-34 Birmingham

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
28/08 Bradford Odsal 63-45 Wembley
28/08 Norwich 64-44 Wimbledon
23/08 Wimbledon 51-57 Norwich
05/08 Wembley 63-44 Bradford Odsal

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
09/09 Wembley 61-46 Norwich
11/09 Norwich 46-62 Wembley

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

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