The 1957 National League was the twelfth post-war season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1]

Summary

The closure of Wembley Lions, Bradford Tudors and Poole Pirates left the league with only four teams, so the seven sides in Division Two merged to make an eleven-team first tier and so Division Two became defunct.

Bradford Tudors returned to replace Birmingham Brummies mid-season and Swindon Robins followed up their Division Two title in 1956 with the Division One title in 1957.

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Swindon Robins 20 15 1 4 31
Belle Vue Aces 20 15 0 5 30
Wimbledon Dons 20 12 0 8 24
Norwich Stars 20 11 0 9 22
Leicester Hunters 20 10 1 9 21
Southampton Saints 20 9 0 11 18
Bradford Tudors* 20 9 0 11 18
Coventry Bees 20 9 0 11 18
Oxford Cheetahs 20 7 1 12 15
Ipswich Witches 20 6 0 14 12
Rayleigh Rockets 20 5 1 14 11

Top Ten Riders (League only)

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Peter Craven England Belle Vue Aces 11.18
2 Ove Fundin Sweden Norwich Stars 10.38
3 England Swindon Robins 10.27
4 Ron Johnston New Zealand Belle Vue Aces 10.27
5 Barry Briggs New Zealand Wimbledon Dons 10.00
6 Ken McKinlay Scotland Leicester Hunters 9.77
7 Brian Crutcher England Southampton Saints 9.76
8 Aub Lawson Australia Norwich Stars 9.73
9 Australia Ipswich Witches 9.64
10 England Southampton Saints 9.48

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.