The 1976 National League was contested as the second division of Speedway in the United Kingdom having been renamed from the previous season's moniker of New National League.[2]

Summary

The league was reduced from 20 teams down to 18. Birmingham Brummies had moved up to the British League. Oxford Rebels of the British League lost their riders and nickname to White City but moved down to the National League as the Oxford Cheetahs. Bradford Barons and Crewe Kings had both closed down.

Newcastle Diamonds comfortably won their first National League title, completing a cup double, and dropping only seven points.

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Newcastle Diamonds 34 30 1 3 61
Ellesmere Port Gunners 34 24 1 9 49
Workington Comets 34 20 1 13 41
Canterbury Crusaders 34 20 0 14 40
Rye House Rockets 34 17 2 15 36
Crayford Kestrels 34 17 1 16 35
Coatbridge Tigers 34 17 1 16 35
Eastbourne Eagles 34 17 0 17 34
Peterborough Panthers 34 16 2 16 34
Berwick Bandits 34 17 0 17 34
Stoke Potters 34 15 1 18 31
Boston Barracudas 34 15 1 18 31
Mildenhall Fen Tigers 34 15 1 18 31
Oxford Cheetahs 34 14 1 19 29
Weymouth Wizards 34 11 2 21 24
Paisley Lions 34 12 0 22 24
Scunthorpe Saints 34 11 1 22 23
Teesside Tigers 34 10 0 24 20

Top Five Riders

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Joe Owen England Newcastle Diamonds 11.55
2 England Newcastle Diamonds 10.28
3 Steve Weatherley England Eastbourne Eagles 10.27
4 England Ellesmere Port Gunners 10.20
5 Laurie Etheridge England Crayford Kestrels 9.96

National League Knockout Cup

The 1976 National League Knockout Cup was the ninth edition of the Knockout Cup for tier two teams. Newcastle Diamonds were the winners of the competition.[3]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
22/04 Oxford 48-30 Weymouth
20/04 Weymouth 40-38 Oxford

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
01/06 Ellesmere Port 46-32 Paisley
27/05 Stoke 37-41 Newcastle
24/05 Newcastle 59-19 Stoke
23/05 Mildenhall 38-40 Peterborough
22/05 Paisley 36-42 Ellesmere Port
21/05 Peterborough 42-36 Mildenhall
17/05 Scunthorpe 43-35 Berwick
16/05 Eastbourne 41-37 Oxford
16/05 Workington 46-32 Coatbridge
14/05 Coatbridge 33-45 Workington
13/05 Oxford 47-31 Eastbourne
11/05 Crayford 46-32 Boston
09/05 Boston 48-30 Crayford
02/05 Rye House 45-32 Canterbury
01/05 Berwick 45-32 Scunthorpe
01/05 Canterbury 44-34 Rye House
23/04 Coatbridge 52-25 Teesside
22/04 Teesside 46-32 Coatbridge

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
23/07 Workington 46-31 Boston
20/07 Ellesmere Port 50-28 Rye House
18/07 Rye House 38-39 Ellesmere Port
17/07 Berwick 48-30 Oxford
11/07 Boston 48-29 Workington
08/07 Oxford 40-38 Berwick
05/07 Newcastle 47-31 Peterborough
25/06 Peterborough 39-39 Newcastle

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
05/09 Boston 42-35 Berwick
28/08 Berwick 49-29 Boston
17/08 Ellesmere Port 41-37 Newcastle
16/08 Newcastle 46-31 Ellesmere Port

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
27/09 Newcastle 48-29 Berwick
18/09 Berwick 43-35 Newcastle

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2006). Speedway Star Almanac. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0
  2. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  3. ^ "1976 National League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.