1956 was the final season of the Speedway National League Division Two.[1]

Summary

With the number of sides competing at national level diminishing from 37 at the start of 1951 to just 14 in 1956, only a single national division would be in existence by 1957. Poole Pirates had been promoted to Division One and Exeter Falcons had closed leaving seven entrants.[2]

Swindon Robins captured the title by a single point.

Final table

Team M W D L Pts
Swindon Robins 24 16 0 8 32
Southampton Saints 24 15 1 8 31
Rayleigh Rockets 24 14 1 9 29
Ipswich Witches 24 13 0 11 26
Coventry Bees 24 12 0 12 24
Leicester Hunters 24 6 1 17 13
Oxford Cheetahs 24 6 1 17 13

Top Five Riders (League only)

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Sweden Coventry Bees 11.74
2 Ken McKinlay Scotland Leicester Hunters 10.25
3 England Southampton Saints 10.22
4 England Swindon Robins 9.53
5 Wales Swindon Robins 9.52

National Trophy Stage One

The 1956 National Trophy was the 19th edition of the Knockout Cup. The Trophy consisted of two stages; stage one was for the second tier clubs, stage two was for the top tier clubs. Southampton won stage one and qualified for second and final stage.[3]

Division Two First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
21/04 Coventry 55-53 Ipswich
21/04 Rayleigh 74-34 Oxford
21/04 Swindon 65-43 Leicester
20/04 Leicester 65-43 Swindon
19/04 Ipswich 68-40 Coventry
19/04 Oxford 40-68 Rayleigh
05/05
replay
Swindon 51-56 Leicester
04/05
replay
Leicester 76-32 Swindon

Division Two Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
26/05 Rayleigh 68-39 Southampton
25/05 Leicester 67-40 Ipswich
22/05 Southampton 69-39 Rayleigh
21/05 Ipswich 46-62 Leicester

Division Two Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
22/06 Leicester 54-54 Southampton
19/06 Southampton 64-43 Leicester

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References