The 1970 British League season was the sixth season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1]

Summary

Wembley Lions entered the British league having bought the licence - and inherited the riders - from the Coatbridge Monarchs. Belle Vue Aces secured their first British League title.

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Belle Vue Aces 36 27 2 7 56
Wimbledon Dons 36 22 2 12 46
Coventry Bees 36 22 1 13 45
Leicester Lions 36 21 0 15 42
Poole Pirates 36 20 0 16 40
Halifax Dukes 36 19 1 16 39
Sheffield Tigers 36 18 3 15 39
Glasgow Tigers 36 18 1 17 37
Wolverhampton Wolves 36 16 2 18 34
Exeter Falcons 36 16 1 19 34
Hackney Hawks 36 15 2 19 33
King's Lynn Stars 36 16 0 20 32
Oxford Cheetahs 36 16 0 20 32
Wembley Lions 36 15 2 19 32
Cradley Heath Heathens 36 15 1 20 31
Swindon Robins 36 14 2 20 30
Newcastle Diamonds 36 15 0 21 30
West Ham Hammers 36 14 2 20 30
Newport Wasps 36 12 0 24 24

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 Belle Vue Aces 11.23
2 Anders Michanek Sweden Newcastle Diamonds 10.91
3 Jim Airey Australia Sheffield Tigers 10.82
4 Ray Wilson England Leicester Lions 10.77
5 Nigel Boocock England Coventry Bees 10.67
6 Eric Boocock England Halifax Dukes 10.59
7 Barry Briggs New Zealand Swindon Robins 10.56
8 Ole Olsen Denmark Wolverhampton Wolves 10.27
9 Jim McMillan Scotland Glasgow Tigers 10.26
10 Martin Ashby England Exeter Falcons 10.14

British League Knockout Cup

The 1970 British League Knockout Cup was the 32nd edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. Wimbledon were the winners for the third consecutive year.[2]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
23/04 Wimbledon 44-34 Hackney
21/04 Exeter 51-27 King's Lynn
21/04 West Ham 29-49 Belle Vue

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
06/06 Halifax 43-35 Coventry
06/06 Swindon 44-34 Wolverhampton
05/06 Newport 35-43 Leicester
01/06 Newcastle 41-37 Wembley
28/05 Oxford 38-40 Poole
28/05 Sheffield 44-34 Glasgow
28/05 Wimbledon 49-29 Cradley Heath
23/05 Belle Vue 49-29 Exeter
07/05 Romford 48-30 Reading

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
25/07 Belle Vue 56-22 Poole
22/07 Swindon 46-32 Leicester
02/07 Sheffield 41-37 Halifax
25/06 Wimbledon 46-32 Newcastle

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
24/09 Wimbledon 44-34 Swindon
23/09 Belle Vue 40-38 Sheffield

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
15/10 Wimbledon 46-31 Belle Vue
24/10 Belle Vue 44-34 Wimbledon

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1970 British League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.