The 1963 National League was the eighteenth post-war season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1]

Summary

The seven entrants were the same as those that had finished the previous season and matches were ridden home and away twice. Belle Vue Aces won their first title in 27 years.[2]

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Belle Vue Aces 24 17 0 7 34
Norwich Stars 24 13 2 9 28
Wimbledon Dons 24 12 1 11 25
Coventry Bees 24 11 2 11 24
Swindon Robins 24 10 2 12 22
Southampton Saints 24 11 0 13 22
Oxford Cheetahs 24 6 1 17 13

Top Ten Riders

The top ten riders are listed by their points average and only applies to the league.[3]

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Ove Fundin Sweden Norwich Stars 10.71
2 England Belle Vue Aces 10.19
3 Ronnie Moore New Zealand Wimbledon Dons 10.17
4 The late Peter Craven England Belle Vue Aces 10.13
5 Nigel Boocock England Coventry Bees 9.84
6 Ron How England Wimbledon Dons 9.68
7 Björn Knutsson Sweden Southampton Saints 9.27
8 Barry Briggs New Zealand Southampton Saints 9.13
9 Ken McKinlay Scotland Coventry Bees 8.99
10 Australia Swindon Robins 8.98

National Trophy

The 1963 National Trophy was the 25th edition of the Knockout Cup. Norwich were the winners.[4]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
22/06 Norwich 60-24 Wimbledon
17/06 Wimbledon 38-46 Norwich
20/06 Oxford 39-45 Swindon
15/06 Swindon 53-31 Oxford
18/06 Southampton 46-37 Coventry
15/06 Coventry 54-30 Southampton

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
21/08 Belle Vue 55-29 Coventry
14/08 Coventry 41-43 Belle Vue
09/08 Swindon 48-36 Norwich
31/07 Norwich 49-35 Swindon

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
07/09 Belle Vue 51-33 Norwich
28/09 Norwich 57-27 Belle Vue

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "League Tables".
  3. ^ "Rider Averages" (PDF).
  4. ^ "1963 National Trophy". Speedway archive.