The 1976 Gulf British League season was the twelfth season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1]

Summary

The White City Rebels made their debut as did 1975 National League champions Birmingham Brummies. Oxford dropped down a division with White City inheriting both their riders and their nickname. The league was sponsored by Gulf Oil for a second season. Ipswich Witches won their second consecutive title.

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Ipswich Witches 36 27 1 8 55
Belle Vue Aces 36 23 2 11 48
Exeter Falcons 36 23 2 11 48
Coventry Bees 36 21 2 13 44
Swindon Robins 36 19 4 13 42
Reading Racers 36 19 3 14 41
Hackney Hawks 36 20 0 16 40
Newport 36 19 1 16 39
Cradley United 36 19 1 16 39
Poole Pirates 36 18 1 17 37
Wolverhampton Wolves 36 18 1 17 37
Hull Vikings 36 18 0 18 36
White City Rebels 36 16 3 17 35
King's Lynn Stars 36 16 3 17 35
Halifax Dukes 36 14 1 21 29
Wimbledon Dons 36 12 3 21 27
Sheffield Tigers 36 13 1 22 27
Birmingham Brummies 36 7 0 29 14
Leicester Lions 36 5 1 30 11

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

Top Ten Riders

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 John Louis England Ipswich Witches 11.10
2= Ivan Mauger New Zealand Exeter Falcons 11.00
2= Ole Olsen Denmark Coventry Bees 11.00
4 Peter Collins England Belle Vue Aces 10.98
5 Phil Crump Australia Newport 10.68
6 Dave Jessup England Reading Racers 10.42
7 Malcolm Simmons England Poole Pirates 10.30
8 Dave Morton England Hackney Hawks 10.28
9 John Boulger Australia Cradley United 9.93
10 Martin Ashby England Swindon Robins 9.89

British League Knockout Cup

The 1976 British League Knockout Cup was the 38th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. Ipswich Witches were the winners.[2]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
04/05 Leicester 39-39 Halifax
29/04 Wimbledon 48-30 Birmingham
26/04 Birmingham 38-40 Wimbledon
10/04 Coventry 48-30 Wolverhampton
09/04 Wolverhampton 38-39 Coventry
27/03 Halifax 41-37 Leicester

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
31/07 Belle Vue 49-29 Wimbledon
01/07 Coventry 46-32 White City
27/06 Halifax 46-32 Hull
24/06 Wimbledon 35-43 Belle Vue
21/06 Exeter 46-32 Newport
12/06 Cradley Heath 34-44 Ipswich
10/06 Ipswich 39-38 Cradley Heath
09/06 Hull 44.5-33.5 Halifax
04/06 Hackney 40-38 Reading
04/06 Newport 47-31 Exeter
03/06 Sheffield 36-42 Kings Lynn
02/06 Poole 42-36 Swindon
31/05 Reading 37-41 Hackney
29/05 Swindon 54-24 Poole
26/05 White City 49-29 Coventry
22/05 Kings Lynn 42-36 Sheffield

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
18/09 Halifax 47-31 Hackney
03/09 Hackney 41-37 Halifax
26/08 Ipswich 45-33 Swindon
23/08 Belle Vue 45-33 Newport
18/08 White City 38-40 Kings Lynn
14/08 Kings Lynn 44-34 White City
13/08 Newport 40-38 Belle Vue
24/07 Swindon 44-34 Ipswich

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
03/10 Halifax 42-35 Kings Lynn
02/10 Belle Vue 41-37 Ipswich
30/09 Ipswich 43-35 Belle Vue
29/09 Kings Lynn 46-32 Halifax

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
28/10 Ipswich 50-27 Kings Lynn
17/10 Kings Lynn 36-41 Ipswich

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1976 British League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.