The 1959 National League was the fourteenth post-war season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1]

Summary

With Ipswich Witches dropping down to the Southern Area League, only 9 teams competed with Wimbledon Dons continuing their domination of British speedway with their fifth title in six years.

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Wimbledon Dons 16 13 0 3 26
Leicester Hunters 16 8 1 7 17
Coventry Bees 16 8 1 7 17
Norwich Stars 16 8 0 8 16
Southampton Saints 16 8 0 8 16
Poole Pirates 16 8 0 8 16
Oxford Cheetahs 16 7 0 9 14
Swindon Robins 16 6 0 10 12
Belle Vue Aces 16 5 0 11 10

Top Ten Riders (League only)

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Ove Fundin Sweden Norwich Stars 11.00
2 Peter Craven England Belle Vue Aces 10.84
3 Ken McKinlay Scotland Leicester Hunters 10.75
4 Brian Crutcher England Southampton Saints 10.65
5 Ronnie Moore New Zealand Wimbledon Dons 10.52
6 Australia Wimbledon Dons 10.08
7 Ron How England Wimbledon Dons 9.92
8 Mike Broadbank England Swindon Robins 9.40
9 Ron Johnston New Zealand Belle Vue Aces 9.05
10 Denmark Oxford Cheetahs 8.90

National Trophy

The 1959 National Trophy was the 21st edition of the Knockout Cup. Wimbledon were the winners.[2]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
30/05 Swindon 55-52 Oxford
28/05 Oxford 59-49 Swindon

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
16/07 Oxford 57-51 Southampton
14/07 Southampton 61-47 Oxford
27/06 Belle Vue 67-41 Leicester
27/06 Coventry 69-39 Wimbledon
26/06 Leicester 59-49 Belle Vue
22/06 Wimbledon 71-37 Coventry
20/06 Norwich 65-43 Poole
19/06 Poole 46-62 Norwich

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
08/08 Norwich 53-55 Southampton
04/08 Southampton 73-35 Norwich
03/08 Wimbledon 75-33 Belle Vue
01/08 Belle Vue 54-54 Wimbledon

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
14/09 Wimbledon 67-41 Southampton
15/09 Southampton 52-56 Wimbledon

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1959 National Trophy". Speedway archive.