The 1972 British League season was the eighth season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1]

Summary

Ipswich Witches moved up from Division Two. London lost two clubs when the Wembley Lions and West Ham Hammers closed, reducing the league to eighteen teams. Belle Vue Aces won their third consecutive title.

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Belle Vue Aces 34 31 1 2 63
Reading Racers 34 25 1 8 51
King's Lynn Stars 34 24 3 7 51
Sheffield Tigers 34 23 3 8 49
Leicester Lions 34 17 5 12 39
Ipswich Witches 34 17 1 16 35
Poole Pirates 34 15 2 17 32
Hackney Hawks 34 16 0 18 32
Wolverhampton Wolves 34 16 0 18 30
Coventry Bees 34 14 2 18 28
Exeter Falcons 34 13 2 19 28
Halifax Dukes 34 13 2 19 28
Wimbledon Dons 34 14 0 20 26
Glasgow Tigers 34 12 2 20 25
Swindon Robins 34 12 1 21 25
Cradley Heath Heathens 34 11 3 20 25
Oxford Rebels 34 10 0 24 20
Newport Wasps 34 9 0 25 18

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 Ole Olsen Denmark Wolverhampton Wolves 11.36
3 Eric Boocock England Halifax Dukes 10.53
4 Anders Michanek Sweden Reading Racers 10.51
5 Bernt Persson Sweden Cradley Heathens 10.50
6 Terry Betts England King's Lynn Stars 10.46
7 Barry Briggs New Zealand Swindon Robins 10.38
8 Ronnie Moore New Zealand Wimbledon Dons 10.31
9 Ray Wilson England Leicester Lions 10.16
10 Martin Ashby England Swindon Robins 10.07

British League Knockout Cup

The 1972 British League Knockout Cup was the 34th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. Belle Vue were the winners.[2]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
09/05 Ipswich 46-32 Sheffield
08/05 Exeter 48-30 Swindon
06/05 Halifax 42-36 Leicester

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
03/07 Exeter 50-28 Wimbledon
26/06 Hackney 52-26 Cradley Heath
21/06 Poole 52-26 Halifax
16/06 Newport 42-36 Coventry
16/06 Wolverhampton 38-40 Reading
15/06 Oxford 35-42 Kings Lynn
10/06 Cradley Heath 39-39 Hackney
03/06 Belle Vue 41-37 Glasgow

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
31/08 Ipswich 38-40 Reading
05/08 Belle Vue 58-20 Newport
05/08 Kings Lynn 56-22 Exeter
04/08 Hackney 45-33 Poole

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
27/09 Kings Lynn 38-40 Belle Vue
22/09 Hackney 40-38 Reading

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
20/10 Hackney 40-37 Belle Vue
25/10 Belle Vue 45-33 Hackney

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1972 British League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.