The 1970 British League Division Two season was the third season of second tier motorcycle speedway in Great Britain. The league expanded from 16 to 17 teams in its third season. Plymouth Devils dropped out but Workington Comets and Peterborough Panthers were new entrants.

Summary

Various sides relocated before and during the season. Before the season, 1969 champions Belle Vue Colts became Rochdale Hornets. In July Nelson Admirals moved to Bradford Northern. In August King's Lynn Starlets became Boston Barracudas. Doncaster changed their nickname from Stallions to Dragons.[1]

Canterbury Crusaders won their first title.

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Canterbury Crusaders 32 23 1 8 47
Eastbourne Eagles 32 22 1 9 45
Rochdale Hornets 32 21 2 9 44
Bradford Northern 32 21 2 9 37
Middlesbrough Teessiders 32 18 0 14 36
Ipswich Witches 32 17 2 13 36
Crewe Kings 32 17 1 14 35
Romford Bombers 32 17 1 14 35
Reading Racers 32 17 0 15 34
Peterborough Panthers 32 14 2 16 30
Workington Comets 32 13 1 18 27
Rayleigh Rockets 32 13 1 18 27
Boston Barracudas 32 12 2 18 26
Crayford Highwaymen 32 11 1 20 23
Doncaster Dragons 32 11 1 20 23
Berwick Bandits 32 10 0 22 20
Long Eaton Rangers 32 8 3 21 19

Top Five Riders

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 New Zealand Bradford Northern 10.79
2 New Zealand Canterbury Crusaders 10.41
3 England Rochdale Hornets 10.08
4 New Zealand Crewe Kings 9.91
5 England Crayford Highwaymen 9.85

British League Division Two Knockout Cup

The 1970 British League Division Two Knockout Cup was the third edition of the Knockout Cup for tier two teams. Ipswich Witches were the winners of the competition.[2]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
02/05 Berwick 53-25 Doncaster
26/04 Eastbourne 34-44 Canterbury
23/04 Ipswich 25-17 Crayford
30/04 Ipswich 51-27 Crayford
20/04 Crewe 49-29 Nelson
11/04 Rayleigh 48-30 Peterborough
19/04 Rochdale 43-35 Long Eaton
07/05 Romford 48-30 Reading
07/05 Teesside 54-24 Boston

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
23/05 Berwick 40-36 Teesside
06/06 Canterbury 52-26 Crewe
21/05 Ipswich 46-31 Rayleigh
17/05 Rochdale 48-30 Romford
07/06 Rochdale 50-28 Romford

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
07/07 Berwick 44-34 Canterbury
27/08 Ipswich 42-36 Rochdale

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
24/09 Ipswich 47-31 Berwick
26/09 Berwick 43-35 Ipswich

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References