The 1961 Provincial Speedway League was the second season of the Provincial League.[1]

Summary

Eleven speedway teams took part. Liverpool, Yarmouth and Bristol had all folded at the end of the previous season and Bradford were unable to take their place in the league after the construction of their new track was delayed. Exeter, Plymouth, Wolverhampton, Middlesbrough and Newcastle all re-opened their tracks and joined the league for the start of the season. Plymouth took on Bristol's riders and Bulldog nickname. Poole were champions, finishing seven points ahead of runners up Plymouth.

Final table

Team M W D L Pts
Poole Pirates 20 15 1 4 31
Plymouth Bulldogs 20 12 0 8 24
Stoke Potters 20 12 0 8 24
Cradley Heath Heathens 20 11 1 8 23
Rayleigh Rockets 20 11 0 9 22
Edinburgh Monarchs 20 10 1 9 21
Sheffield Tigers 20 10 0 10 20
Exeter Falcons 20 9 0 11 18
Wolverhampton Wolves 20 7 0 13 14
Middlesbrough Bears 20 6 1 13 13
Newcastle Diamonds 20 5 0 15 10

M = Matches; W = Wins; D = Draws; L = Losses; Pts = Total Points

Top Five Riders (League only)

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 England Rayleigh Rockets 11.43
2 Australia Plymouth Bulldogs 11.08
3 Ken Middleditch England Poole Pirates 10.55
4 Scotland Poole Pirates 10.51
5 England Poole Pirates 10.32

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Championship History". Poole Speedway. 2008. Archived from the original on 16 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-18.