The 1977 Gulf British League season was the thirteenth season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1]

Summary

Newport had dropped down to the National League but their riders transferred to the Bristol Bulldogs so the league retained 19 teams. Cradley Heath reverted to their nickname of Heathens after four years of being called United. The league was sponsored by Gulf Oil for a third season. White City Rebels won the title in only their second season of existence.

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
White City Rebels 36 27 1 8 55
Exeter Falcons 36 25 3 8 53
Reading Racers 36 25 3 8 53
Ipswich Witches 36 25 1 10 51
Belle Vue Aces 36 19 3 14 41
King's Lynn Stars 36 19 2 15 40
Cradley Heathens 36 20 0 16 40
Coventry Bees 36 19 1 16 39
Wimbledon Dons 36 17 2 17 36
Poole Pirates 36 17 2 17 36
Swindon Robins 36 17 1 18 35
Bristol Bulldogs 36 17 0 19 34
Sheffield Tigers 36 16 2 18 34
Hull Vikings 36 15 0 21 30
Wolverhampton Wolves 36 14 0 22 28
Hackney Hawks 36 13 1 22 27
Halifax Dukes 36 12 0 24 24
Birmingham Brummies 36 8 0 28 16
Leicester Lions 36 6 0 30 12

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

Top Ten Riders

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Michael Lee England King's Lynn Stars 10.64
2 Ivan Mauger New Zealand Exeter Falcons 10.62
3 Peter Collins England Belle Vue Aces 10.49
4 Gordon Kennett England White City Rebels 10.41
5 Ole Olsen Denmark Coventry Bees 10.40
6 Billy Sanders Australia Ipswich Witches 10.39
7 Anders Michanek Sweden Cradley Heathens 10.35
8 Dave Jessup England Reading Racers 10.27
9 Malcolm Simmons England Poole Pirates 10.22
10 John Davis England Reading Racers 9.84

British League Knockout Cup

The 1977 British League Knockout Cup was the 39th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. King's Lynn Stars were the winners.[2]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
18/05 Poole 41-37 Reading
25/04 Exeter 50-28 Swindon
25/04 Reading 43-35 Poole
15/04 Wolverhampton 51-27 Leicester
12/04 Leicester 40-38 Wolverhampton

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
23/07 Halifax 38-40 Reading
22/07 Wolverhampton 41-37 Kings Lynn
28/06 White City 51-27 Birmingham
20/06 Birmingham 34-44 White City
18/06 Coventry 57-21 Exeter
18/06 Kings Lynn 55-23 Wolverhampton
17/06 Bristol 56-22 Wimbledon
16/06 Wimbledon 48-30 Bristol
13/06 Exeter 38-40 Coventry
09/06 Sheffield 46-32 Hackney
08/06 Hull 46-32 Cradley Heath
11/06 Cradley Heath 42-36 Hull
03/06 Hackney 49-29 Sheffield
02/06 Ipswich 38-40 Belle Vue
30/05 Reading 53-25 Halifax

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
22/08 Reading 51-27 Belle Vue
08/08 White City 50-28 Coventry
06/08 Kings Lynn 42-36 Hackney
05/08 Bristol 52-26 Hull
03/08 Coventry 43-35 White City
03/08 Hull 49-29 Bristol
29/07 Hackney 34-44 Kings Lynn

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
14/10 Bristol 42-36 Reading
10/10 Reading 47-31 Bristol
24/09 Kings Lynn 44-34 White City
21/09 White City 42-34 Kings Lynn

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
26/10 Kings Lynn 41-37 Reading
24/10 Reading 40-38 Kings Lynn

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1977 British League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.