The 1974 British League season was the tenth season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1]

Summary

1973 Champions Reading didn't compete as they no longer had a stadium. Hull Vikings replaced them. The league was reduced to seventeen teams when the Coatbridge Tigers dropped down to Division Two. Overseas riders that rode in other leagues abroad were banned which meant that top Swedish riders such as Anders Michanek, Bernt Persson, Tommy Jansson and Christer Lofqvist didn't compete.

The Exeter Falcons won their first title. At the end of the season Oxford Rebels finished four points above the Hull Vikings courtesy of a protest over Hull's victory against the Rebels. Hull were later re-awarded the points after a close season hearing and moved above the Rebels.

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Exeter Falcons 32 25 1 6 51
Belle Vue Aces 32 23 0 9 46
Ipswich Witches 32 22 1 9 45
Sheffield Tigers 32 21 0 11 42
King's Lynn Stars 32 20 1 11 41
Newport 32 17 3 12 37
Halifax Dukes 32 14 3 15 31
Wimbledon Dons 32 14 1 17 29
Hackney Hawks 32 13 2 17 28
Leicester Lions 32 13 1 18 27
Wolverhampton Wolves 32 13 1 18 27
Swindon Robins 32 12 2 18 26
Cradley United 32 12 1 19 25
Poole Pirates 32 12 1 19 25
Coventry Bees 32 12 0 20 24
Hull Vikings 32 10 0 22 20
Oxford Rebels 32 10 0 22 20

M = Matches; W = Wins; D = Draws; L = Losses; Pts = Total Points

Top Ten Riders

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Ole Olsen Denmark Wolverhampton Wolves 11.21
2 Ivan Mauger New Zealand Exeter Falcons 11.15
3 Phil Crump Australia Newport 10.77
4 Peter Collins England Belle Vue Aces 10.73
5 John Louis England Ipswich Witches 10.73
6 Terry Betts England King's Lynn Stars 10.26
7 Dag Lövaas Norway Hackney Hawks 10.15
8 Martin Ashby England Swindon Robins 10.10
9 John Boulger Australia Cradley United 9.94
10 Eric Boocock England Halifax Dukes 9.92

British League Knockout Cup

The 1974 British League Knockout Cup was the 36th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. Sheffield were the winners.[2]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
20/04 Cradley United 40-38 Wolverhampton
19/04 Ipswich 50-28 Oxford
12/04 Wolverhampton 48-30 Cradley United
21/03 Oxford 40-37 Ipswich

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
07/06 Wolverhampton 36-42 Kings Lynn
04/06 Wimbledon 38-40 Ipswich
30/05 Ipswich 52-26 Wimbledon
29/05 Hull 38-40 Sheffield
25/05 Coventry 42-36 Leicester
22/05 Belle Vue 53-25 Halifax
18/05 Kings Lynn 45-33 Wolverhampton
17/05 Hackney 40-38 Poole
15/05 Poole 42-36 Hackney
13/05 Halifax 35-43 Belle Vue
09/05 Sheffield 52-26 Hull
07/05 Leicester 43-35 Coventry
27/04 Swindon 40-38 Newport
26/04 Newport 42-36 Swindon

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
31/07 Poole 38-40 Kings Lynn
20/07 King's Lynn 38-40 Poole
16/07 Leicester 38-40 Ipswich
08/07 Sheffield 46-32 Newport
06/07 Belle Vue 44-32 Exeter
05/07 Newport 35-43 Sheffield
20/06 Ipswich 42-36 Leicester
10/06 Exeter 46-32 Belle Vue
24/08 Kings Lynn 42-36 Poole
21/08 Poole 45-32 Kings Lynn

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
09/09 Sheffield 46-32 Poole
04/09 Poole 37-40 Sheffield
29/08 Ipswich 50-28 Exeter
19/08 Exeter 42-36 Ipswich

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
07/10 Sheffield 49-29 Ipswich
06/10 Ipswich 37-41 Sheffield

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1974 British League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.