The 1962 National League was the seventeenth post-war season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1]

Summary

With the withdrawal of New Cross Rangers and with Leicester Hunters moving down to the Provincial League, the entry list was 8 teams and so home and away fixtures were raced twice. The teams were reduced to just 7 with the mid-season closure of Ipswich Witches. Southampton Saints broke the domination of Wimbledon Dons by winning their first National League title

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Southampton Saints 24 18 0 6 36
Wimbledon Dons 24 14 1 9 29
Coventry Bees 24 13 0 11 26
Belle Vue Aces 24 12 0 12 24
Norwich Stars 24 12 0 12 24
Swindon Robins 24 9 2 13 20
Oxford Cheetahs 24 4 0 20 8

Top Ten Riders (League only)

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Ronnie Moore New Zealand Wimbledon Dons 10.14
2 Björn Knutsson Sweden Southampton Saints 9.89
3 Olle Nygren Sweden Swindon Robins/Norwich Stars 9.86
4 Peter Craven England Belle Vue Aces 9.75
5 Barry Briggs New Zealand Southampton Saints 9.64
6 Ove Fundin Sweden Norwich Stars 9.30
7 Ron How England Wimbledon Dons 9.30
8 Australia Ipswich Witches/Swindon Robins 9.02
9 New Zealand Wimbledon Dons 8.82
10 England Coventry Bees 8.74

National Trophy

The 1962 National Trophy was the 24th edition of the Knockout Cup. Wimbledon were the winners.[2]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
25/06 Wimbledon 49-35 Belle Vue
23/06 Belle Vue 46-38 Wimbledon
23/06 Swindon 51-33 Ipswich
22/06 Ipswich 42-40 Swindon
19/06 Southampton 56-28 Coventry
16/06 Norwich 33-51 Oxford
14/06 Oxford 47-37 Norwich
16/06 Coventry 41-43 Southampton

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
23/08 Oxford 45-39 Swindon
18/08 Swindon 59-25 Oxford
14/08 Southampton 42-42 Wimbledon
13/08 Wimbledon 50-33 Southampton

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
24/09 Wimbledon 55-29 Swindon
29/09 Swindon 45-39 Wimbledon

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1962 National Trophy". Speedway archive.