The 1963 Provincial Speedway League was the fourth season of the Provincial League in the United Kingdom.[1] Thirteen speedway teams took part.

Season summary

Wolverhampton won the league but there was controversy at the end of the year when Wolverhampton refused to move up to the National League which was dwindling in numbers. This would lead to the Provincial League running outside of the jurisdiction of the Speedway Control Board in 1964. At the start of the year Neath had folded, and their place was taken by the new track at St Austell. After finishing at the bottom of the table the previous year, Bradford and Leicester were no longer running due to financial difficulties and Plymouth had also withdrawn. Long Eaton returned to competitive racing after ten years, a new track opened at Hackney, and Rayleigh returned under new ownership after a missing the 1962 season. New Cross Rangers also returned but closed in August, never to re-open.[2]

Final table

Team M W D L Pts
Wolverhampton Wolves 24 15 1 8 31
Stoke Potters 24 14 1 9 29
Poole Pirates 24 14 0 10 28
Sheffield Tigers 24 14 0 10 28
St Austell Gulls 24 13 2 9 28
Newcastle Diamonds 24 13 1 10 27
Exeter Falcons 24 12 1 11 25
Edinburgh Monarchs 24 12 1 11 25
Cradley Heath Heathens 24 11 1 12 23
Hackney Hawks 24 10 1 13 21
Middlesbrough Bears 24 9 2 13 20
Long Eaton Archers 24 7 2 15 16
Rayleigh Rockets 24 5 1 18 11

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

Top Five Riders (League only)

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 George Hunter Scotland Edinburgh Monarchs 11.09
2 Ivan Mauger New Zealand Newcastle Diamonds 10.42
3 Ivor Brown England Cradley Heathens 10.30
4 England New Cross Rangers/Exeter Falcons 10.30
5 England Sheffield Tigers 10.05

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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.
  2. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  3. ^ "Rider Averages" (PDF).