The 1968 British League season was the fourth season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1]

Summary

Edinburgh relocated to become the Coatbridge Monarchs. The Long Eaton team closed its doors, but a new team in Leicester returned to Speedway to join the League. Coventry Bees secured their first title on points scored in the last heat of their last match away at King's Lynn.

Final table

M W D L F A Pts
1 Coventry Bees 36 22 0 14 1436 1369 44
2 Hackney Hawks 36 21 2 13 1421 1383 44
3 Exeter Falcons 36 20 1 15 1556.5 1248.5 41
4 Sheffield Tigers 36 20 1 15 1463.5 1337.5 41
5 Newcastle Diamonds 36 20 0 16 1454 1350 40
6 West Ham Hammers 36 19 1 16 1454 1348 39
7 Halifax Dukes 36 19 1 16 1424 1379 39
8 Coatbridge Monarchs 36 18 1 17 1404 1397 37
9 Wimbledon Dons 36 18 0 18 1411 1384 36
10 Belle Vue Aces 36 18 0 18 1387 1417 36
11 Swindon Robins 36 17 1 18 1448 1353 35
12 Leicester Lions 36 17 1 18 1373 1430 35
13 Newport Wasps 36 17 1 18 1348 1457 35
14 Cradley Heath Heathens 36 15 4 17 1373 1430 34
15 Oxford Cheetahs 36 17 0 19 1319 1487 34
16 Wolverhampton Wolves 36 16 0 20 1388 1413 32
17 Poole Pirates 36 13 2 21 1327 1478 28
18 King's Lynn Stars 36 13 1 22 1330 1473 27
19 Glasgow Tigers 36 13 1 22 1312 1495 27

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

Top Ten Riders

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Ivan Mauger New Zealand Newcastle Diamonds 11.40
2 Barry Briggs New Zealand Swindon Robins 10.88
3 Nigel Boocock England Coventry Bees 10.79
4 Martin Ashby England Exeter Falcons 10.68
5 Charlie Monk Australia Sheffield Tigers 10.14
6 Eric Boocock England Halifax Dukes 10.13
7 Anders Michanek Sweden Leicester Lions 10.07
8 Norman Hunter England West Ham Hammers 9.94
9 Sverre Harrfeldt Norway West Ham Hammers 9.88
10 Torbjorn Harryson Sweden Newport Wasps 9.82

British League Knockout Cup

The 1968 British League Knockout Cup was the 30th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. Wimbledon were the winners.[2]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
27/04 Coatbridge 66-42 Glasgow
27/04 Halifax 57-51 Exeter
16/04 West Ham 55-52 Hackney

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
01/06 Belle Vue 64-44 West Ham
14/05 Leicester 52-56 Coventry
20/05 Newcastle 77-30 Coatbridge
23/05 Sheffield 71-37 Cradley Heath
25/05 Swindon 58-50 Oxford
23/05 Wimbledon 60-48 Kings Lynn
22/05 Poole 56-52 Newport
17/05 Wolverhampton 60-47 Halifax

Third Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
17/08 Belle Vue 65-42 Sheffield
26/07 Poole 54-54 Swindon
27/06 Wimbledon 64-44 Newcastle
28/06 Wolverhampton 58-50 Coventry
23/08
replay
Swindon 60-47 Poole

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
20/09 Wolverhampton 67-40 Belle Vue
12/09 Wimbledon 80-28 Swindon

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
18/10 Wolverhampton 53-55 Wimbledon
31/10 Wimbledon 63-45 Wolverhampton

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1968 British League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.