The 1978 Gulf British League season was the fourteenth season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1]

Summary

The list of nineteen teams that competed in the league was identical to the previous season. The league was sponsored by Gulf Oil for a fourth season. Coventry Bees won their second title and their first for ten years. Belle Vue Aces were runners-up for the fourth time in five seasons.


League table

Team M W D L Pts
Coventry Bees 36 27 0 9 54
Belle Vue Aces 36 26 0 10 52
Hull Vikings 36 22 2 12 46
Wimbledon Dons 36 22 1 13 45
Cradley Heathens 36 21 1 14 43
Ipswich Witches 36 21 1 14 43
Exeter Falcons 36 20 1 15 41
Sheffield Tigers 36 19 2 15 40
Bristol Bulldogs 36 19 0 17 38
Poole Pirates 36 17 3 16 37
Leicester Lions 36 17 0 19 34
Halifax Dukes 36 14 3 19 31
King's Lynn Stars 36 14 2 20 30
Reading Racers 36 13 3 20 29
White City Rebels 36 12 3 21 27
Swindon Robins 36 12 3 21 27
Wolverhampton Wolves 36 11 1 24 23
Birmingham Brummies 36 11 1 24 23
Hackney Hawks 36 10 1 25 21

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

Top Ten Riders

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Malcolm Simmons England Poole Pirates 10.78
2 Ole Olsen Denmark Coventry Bees 10.71
3 Scott Autrey United States Exeter Falcons 10.45
4 Peter Collins England Belle Vue Aces 10.44
5 Michael Lee England King's Lynn Stars 10.40
6 Chris Morton England Belle Vue Aces 10.31
7 Dave Jessup England Reading Racers 10.24
8 Billy Sanders Australia Ipswich Witches 10.23
9 Phil Crump Australia Bristol Bulldogs 9.99
10 Ivan Mauger New Zealand Hull Vikings 9.91


British League Knockout Cup

The 1978 British League Knockout Cup was the 40th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. Ipswich Witches were the winners.[2]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
29/04 Kings Lynn 40-38 Hull
26/04 Hull 39-39 Kings Lynn
10/04 Exeter 44-34 Coventry
08/04 Coventry 44-34 Exeter
17/04 Birmingham 37-41 Poole
12/04 Poole 48-30 Birmingham
15/06 Coventry 37.5-40.5 Exeter
01/06 Exeter 48-30 Coventry

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
19/07 Poole 49-29 Swindon
15/07 Swindon 37-41 Poole
09/06 Hackney 51-26 Kings Lynn
03/06 Kings Lynn 31-46 Hackney
06/07 Sheffield 45-33 Exeter#
Exeter 52-26 Sheffield
10/06 Swindon 36-42 Poole
21/06 Poole 36-42 Swindon
03/06 Belle Vue 44-34 Wimbledon
08/06 Wimbledon 41-37 Belle Vue
23/06 Bristol 35-43 Leicester
06/06 Leicester 39-39 Bristol
10/06 Cradley Heath 38-40 Reading
05/06 Reading 37-41 Cradley Heath
13/06 White City 52-26 Halifax
10/06 Halifax 43-34 White City
09/06 Wolverhampton 40-38 Ipswich
08/06 Ipswich 43-34 Wolverhampton

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
09/08 White City 23-54 Ipswich
05/08 Belle Vue 44-34 Poole
04/08 Poole 34-43 Belle Vue
29/07 Cradley Heath 48-30 Leicester
27/07 Ipswich 52-26 White City
21/07 Hackney 34-44 Exeter
11/07 Leicester 39-39 Cradley Heath
17/07 Exeter 58-20 Hackney

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
14/09 Ipswich 44-34 Cradley Heath
13/09 Cradley Heath 40-38 Ipswich
26/08 Belle Vue 57-21 Exeter
25/08 Exeter 51-27 Belle Vue

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
19/10 Ipswich 53-25 Belle Vue
14/10 Belle Vue 39-39 Ipswich

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1978 British League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.