The 1971 British League Division Two season was the second tier/division motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1]

Summary

The league continued with 17 teams in its fourth season. Reading Racers had moved up to Division One whilst Crayford Highwayman and Doncaster Dragons dropped out but Hull Vikings, Birmingham Brummies and Sunderland Stars were new entrants. Middlesbrough Teessiders changed their name to Teesside Teessiders.

Eastbourne Eagles won their first title.

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Eastbourne Eagles 32 22 3 7 47
Bradford Northern 32 21 1 10 43
Ipswich Witches 32 20 3 9 43
Boston Barracudas 32 18 3 11 39
Rayleigh Rockets 32 18 2 12 38
Hull Vikings 32 16 2 14 34
Crewe Kings 32 16 1 15 33
Berwick Bandits 32 16 0 16 32
Rochdale Hornets 32 16 0 16 32
Long Eaton Rangers 32 13 3 16 29
Birmingham Brummies 32 13 3 16 29
Romford Bombers 32 13 0 19 26
Teesside Teessiders 32 13 0 19 26
Canterbury Crusaders 32 12 2 18 26
Workington Comets 32 12 1 19 25
Peterborough Panthers 32 11 1 20 23
Sunderland Stars 32 9 1 22 19

Top Five Riders

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 John Louis England Ipswich Witches 11.29
2 England Bradford Northern 10.26
3 England Rochdale Hornets 10.15
4 Reg Wilson England Hull Vikings 9.93
5 Peter Collins England Rochdale Hornets 9.83

British League Division Two Knockout Cup

The 1971 British League Division Two Knockout Cup was the fourth edition of the Knockout Cup for tier two teams. Ipswich Witches were the winners of the competition for the second successive year.[2]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
29/04 Long Eaton 46-31 Birmingham
24/05 Birmingham 39-39 Long Eaton
30/04 Rochdale 47-31 Hull
05/05 Hull 38-39 Rochdale

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
12/06 Ipswich 57-21 Peterborough
11/06 Peterborough 33-45 Ipswich
11/06 Workington 46-31 Sunderland
06/06 Sunderland 37-31 Workington
06/06 Eastbourne 47-31 Canterbury
12/06 Canterbury 39-39 Eastbourne
07/06 Crewe 54-24 Berwick
12/06 Berwick 50-28 Crewe
09/06 Bradford 47-31 Teesside
10/06 Teesside 38-40 Bradford
11/06 Rochdale 45-33 Long Eaton
10/06 Long Eaton 43-35 Rochdale
06/06 Boston 49-28 Romford
12/06 Romford 42-36 Boston

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
29/07 Ipswich 43-35 Rayleigh
24/07 Rayleigh 37-41 Ipswich
23/07 Workington 51-27 Eastbourne
25/07 Eastbourne 45-31 Workington
19/07 Crewe 47-31 Bradford
28/07 Bradford 46-32 Crewe
23/07 Rochdale 41-37 Boston
18/07 Boston 40-38 Rochdale

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
02/09 Ipswich 50-28 Workington
29/08 Workington 38-40 Ipswich
16/08 Crewe 49-29 Rochdale
03/09 Rochdale Crewe

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
14/10 Ipswich 55-23 Crewe
11/10 Crewe 41-37 Ipswich

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References