The 1971 British League season was the seventh season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1]

Summary

Reading Racers moved up from Division 2. Newcastle Diamonds dropped out. Belle Vue Aces retained their title to become the first team to win the title for the second time.

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Belle Vue Aces 36 25 1 10 51
Leicester Lions 36 22 3 11 47
Coventry Bees 36 23 0 13 46
Sheffield Tigers 36 21 1 14 43
Swindon Robins 36 19 3 14 40
Reading Racers 36 18 4 14 41
Hackney Hawks 36 17 4 15 38
Newport Wasps 36 19 0 17 37
Wembley Lions 36 17 3 16 37
Wimbledon Dons 36 18 1 17 36
Poole Pirates 36 17 2 17 35
Wolverhampton Wolves 36 17 1 18 34
King's Lynn Stars 36 16 2 18 34
Halifax Dukes 36 16 2 18 32
Exeter Falcons 36 16 0 20 31
Glasgow Tigers 36 15 1 20 25
Oxford Cheetahs 36 12 1 23 20
Cradley Heath Heathens 36 8 4 24 20
West Ham Hammers 36 9 1 26 19

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 11.42
2 Ray Wilson England Leicester Lions 10.97
3 Ole Olsen Denmark Wolverhampton Wolves 10.96
4 Jim Airey Australia Sheffield Tigers 10.70
5 Barry Briggs New Zealand Swindon Robins 10.64
6 Bengt Jansson Sweden Hackney Hawks 10.21
7 Eric Boocock England Halifax Dukes 10.14
8 Anders Michanek Sweden Reading Racers 10.03
9 Nigel Boocock England Coventry Bees 9.95
10 Ronnie Moore New Zealand Wimbledon Dons 9.93

British League Knockout Cup

The 1971 British League Knockout Cup was the 33rd edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. Hackney were the winners.[2]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
08/05 Halifax 49-29 West Ham
08/05 Swindon 43-35 Wimbledon
06/05 Oxford 46-32 Poole

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
25/06 Wolverhampton 43-35 Belle Vue
21/06 Reading 38-40 Cradley Heath
17/06 Oxford 39-38 Exeter
12/06 King's Lynn 46-32 Newport
11/06 Glasgow 43-34 Leicester
10/06 Sheffield 48-30 Wembley
05/06 Halifax 42-36 Coventry
05/06 Swindon 36-42 Hackney

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
14/08 Halifax 43-35 Sheffield
06/08 Wolverhampton 45-32 Oxford
31/07 King's Lynn 39-39 Hackney
31/07 Cradley Heath 40-38 Glasgow
03/09 Hackney 49-29 King's Lynn

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
17/09 Hackney 50-27 Halifax
06/09 Cradley Heath 50-28 Wolverhampton

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
04/10 Cradley Heath 41-37 Hackney
08/10 Hackney 51-27 Cradley Heath

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1971 British League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.