The 1979 Gulf British League season was the 15th season on the British League, the top tier of speedway in the UK since 1965.[1]

Summary

The league was sponsored by Gulf Oil for a fifth season. It comprised 18 teams - one fewer than the previous season. White City Rebels had folded and their riders became Eastbourne Eagles assets as Eastbourne were promoted from the National League. Bristol Bulldogs also dropped out after only two seasons back in the top flight. Coventry Bees won the league for the second year running. Hull Vikings' second place was their best ever finish.[2]

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Coventry Bees 34 26 0 8 52
Hull Vikings 34 24 2 8 50
Cradley Heath Heathens 34 24 0 10 48
King's Lynn Stars 34 22 1 11 45
Exeter Falcons 33 20 0 13 40
Halifax Dukes 34 18 0 16 36
Reading Racers 34 17 0 17 34
Swindon Robins 33 15 3 15 33
Wimbledon Dons 34 16 1 17 33
Belle Vue Aces 34 14 4 16 32
Wolverhampton Wolves 34 15 1 18 31
Poole Pirates 34 14 3 17 31
Sheffield Tigers 34 14 2 18 30
Birmingham Brummies 34 13 2 19 28
Ipswich Witches 34 12 2 20 26
Eastbourne Eagles 34 10 2 22 22
Leicester Lions 34 10 0 24 20
Hackney Hawks 34 9 1 24 19

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

Top Ten Riders

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Scott Autrey United States Exeter Falcons 10.91
2 Ivan Mauger New Zealand Hull Vikings 10.54
3 Phil Crump Australia Swindon Robins 10.36
4 Michael Lee England King's Lynn Stars 10.29
5 John Davis England Reading Racers 10.22
6 Hans Nielsen Denmark Wolverhampton Wolves 10.16
7 Gordon Kennett England Eastbourne Eagles 10.13
8 Ole Olsen Denmark Coventry Bees 10.03
9 Bruce Penhall United States Cradley Heathens 10.02
10 Dave Jessup England King's Lynn Stars 9.80

British League Knockout Cup

The 1979 British League Knockout Cup was the 41st edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. Cradley Heath were the winners.[3]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
16/06 Cradley Heath 66-42 Leicester
29/05 Leicester 40-68 Cradley Heath
20/04 Eastbourne 65-43 Ipswich
19/04 Ipswich 53-54 Eastbourne

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
10/09 Cradley Heath 78-29 Wimbledon
09/08 Wimbledon 54-53 Cradley Heath
06/07 Eastbourne 65-43 Reading
18/06 Birmingham 59-49 Swindon
16/06 Coventry 74-34 Poole
16/06 King's Lynn 53-55 Wolverhampton
16/06 Swindon 62-46 Birmingham
15/06 Poole 59-48 Coventry
15/06 Wolverhampton 56-52 King's Lynn
11/06 Reading 77-31 Eastbourne
02/06 Belle Vue 61-47 Exeter
01/06 Hull 81-25 Sheffield
31/05 Exeter 70-38 Belle Vue
31/05 Sheffield 60-48 Hull

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
24/09 Cradley Heath 71-37 Wolverhampton
21/09 Wolverhampton 52-56 Cradley Heath
20/08 Reading 53-55 Halifax
14/07 Halifax 79-29 Reading
03/08 Exeter 56-52 Swindon
18/07 Hull 75-34 Coventry
14/07 Coventry 60-48 Hull
14/07 Swindon 46-62 Exeter

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
07/10 Halifax 49-59 Cradley Heath
06/10 Cradley Heath 43-23 Halifax
19/09 Hull 70-38 Exeter
17/09 Exeter 60-48 Hull

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
15/10 Cradley Heath 62-46 Hull
31/10 Hull 50-58 Cradley Heath

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1979 league tables". Speedway GB.
  3. ^ "1979 British League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.