The 1975 National League was contested as the second division/tier of Speedway in the United Kingdom when British League Division Two was renamed. It was subsequently named the National League.[1]

Summary

Barrow Bombers, Long Eaton Archers and Sunderland Gladiators all dropped out from the previous season, Newcastle Diamonds, Crayford Kestrels, Paisley Lions and Mildenhall Fen Tigers joined the league, increasing it to 20 teams.

Birmingham Brummies, winners of the last British League Division Two, retained their title as winners of the National League and were promoted to the British League for 1976.

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Birmingham Brummies 38 29 1 8 59
Newcastle Diamonds 38 27 0 11 54
Stoke Potters 38 26 0 12 52
Eastbourne Eagles 38 25 0 13 50
Boston Barracudas 38 24 2 12 50
Workington Comets 38 23 2 13 48
Berwick Bandits 38 21 3 14 45
Crayford Kestrels 38 20 2 16 42
Ellesmere Port Gunners 38 19 1 18 39
Canterbury Crusaders 38 19 0 19 38
Bradford Barons 38 17 2 19 36
Coatbridge Tigers 38 17 1 20 35
Scunthorpe Saints 38 17 0 21 34
Rye House Rockets 38 13 2 23 28
Paisley Lions 38 14 0 24 28
Crewe Kings 37 13 1 23 27
Teesside Tigers 38 13 0 25 26
Peterborough Panthers 37 13 0 24 26
Mildenhall Fen Tigers 38 11 1 26 23
Weymouth Wizards 38 8 2 28 18

Top Five Riders

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Joe Owen England Newcastle Diamonds 10.89
2 England Newcastle Diamonds 10.78
3 England Stoke Potters 10.10
4 Paul Gachet England Eastbourne Eagles 10.08
5 England Canterbury Crusaders 10.01


National League Knockout Cup

The 1975 National League Knockout Cup was the eighth edition (first under its new name) of the Knockout Cup for tier two teams. Eastbourne Eagles were the winners of the competition.[2]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
15/04 Ellesmere Port 43-35 Coatbridge
11/04 Coatbridge 50-28 Ellesmere Port
14/04 Newcastle 44-34 Berwick
05/04 Berwick 40-38 Newcastle
21/03 Peterborough 42-36 Boston
16/03 Boston 40-38 Peterborough
14/04 Birmingham 51-27 Crayford
15/04 Crayford 37-40 Birmingham

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
05/05 Scunthorpe 38-40 Teesside
01/05 Teesside 45-32 Scunthorpe
30/05 Coatbridge 39-39 Newcastle
19/05 Newcastle 50-27 Coatbridge
10/05 Paisley 43-34 Workington
30/05 Workington 45-33 Paisley
05/05 Crewe 38-40 Bradford
14/05 Bradford 48-30 Crewe
09/05 Peterborough 49-29 Weymouth
29/04 Weymouth 50-28 Peterborough
11/05 Rye House 31-46 Birmingham
05/05 Birmingham 60-18 Rye House
10/05 Canterbury 40-37 Eastbourne
11/05 Eastbourne 49-29 Canterbury

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
07/08 Teesside 32-46 Newcastle
28/07 Newcastle 54-24 Teesside
24/08 Workington 47-31 Stoke
21/08 Stoke 42-36 Workington
23/09 Weymouth 42-36 Eastbourne
09/07 Bradford 47-31 Weymouth
14/07 Birmingham 41-37 Eastbourne
06/07 Eastbourne 45-33 Birmingham

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
19/09 Workington 48-30 Newcastle
15/09 Newcastle 48-30 Workington
23/09 Weymouth 42-36 Eastbourne
21/09 Eastbourne 60-18 Weymouth
29/09
replay
Newcastle 37-41 Workington
26/09
replay
Workington 51-27 Newcastle

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
19/10 Eastbourne 52-25 Workington
17/10 Workington 47-31 Eastbourne

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1975 National League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.