The 1961 National League was the sixteenth post-war season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1]

Summary

The entry list was identical to the previous year and although Wimbledon Dons won their seventh title in eight years, it would be their last.

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Wimbledon Dons 18 15 0 3 30
Southampton Saints 18 13 2 3 28
Coventry Bees 18 10 1 7 21
Belle Vue Aces 18 10 0 8 20
Swindon Robins 18 8 0 10 16
Ipswich Witches 18 7 1 10 15
Norwich Stars 18 7 0 11 14
New Cross Rangers 18 7 0 11 14
Oxford Cheetahs 18 6 1 11 13
Leicester Hunters 18 4 1 13 9

Top Ten Riders (League only)

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Ove Fundin Sweden Norwich Stars 11.51
2 Ronnie Moore New Zealand Wimbledon Dons 11.17
3 Peter Craven England Belle Vue Aces 10.95
4 Björn Knutsson Sweden Southampton Saints 10.79
5 Denmark Oxford Cheetahs 10.60
6 Barry Briggs New Zealand Southampton Saints 10.13
7 Ron How England Wimbledon Dons 10.05
8 Ron Johnston New Zealand Belle Vue Aces 10.00
9 Ken McKinlay Scotland Leicester Hunters 9.57
10 New Zealand Belle Vue Aces 9.48

National Trophy

The 1961 National Trophy was the 23rd edition of the Knockout Cup. Southampton were the winners.[2]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
15/06 Oxford 43-40 Southampton
13/06 Southampton 58-26 Oxford
10/06 Belle Vue 55-28 New Cross
07/06 New Cross 46-37 Belle Vue

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
17/08 Ipswich 44-40 Coventry
09/08 Norwich 43-40 Swindon
08/08 Southampton 52-32 Belle Vue
29/07 Belle Vue 47-37 Southampton
24/07 Wimbledon 46-38 Norwich
22/07 Norwich 52-32 Wimbledon
22/07 Swindon 66-18 Leicester
21/07 Leicester 38-45 Swindon

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
09/09 Swindon 56-28 Norwich
29/08 Southampton 57-27 Coventry
26/08 Coventry 49-35 Southampton
09/08 Norwich 43-40 Swindon

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
19/09 Southampton 55-29 Swindon
23/09 Swindon 41-43 Southampton

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1961 National Trophy". Speedway archive.