The 1979 National League was contested as the second division/tier of Speedway in the United Kingdom.[1]

Summary

The league was reduced from 20 teams to 19 from the previous season. White City Rebels closure saw their riders move to Eastbourne Eagles who moved up to the British League. Barrow Furness Flyers dropped out and Nottingham Outlaws joined the league. Teesside Tigers changed their name to Middlesbrough Tigers. Scunthorpe Saints changed their name to Scunthorpe Stags.

There was a controversial end to the season when Rye House Rockets visited Mildenhall Fen Tigers needing a draw to win the title. Needing a 5-1 in the last heat to tie the match, Rocket Karl Fiala's exclusion prompted team-mate Bob Garrad to withdraw from the re-run in protest. Mildenhall went on to win at bottom club Scunthorpe Saints in the last match of the season to win the title by one point[2]

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Mildenhall Fen Tigers 36 30 0 6 60
Rye House Rockets 36 29 1 6 59
Oxford Cheetahs 36 24 1 11 49
Berwick Bandits 36 21 3 12 45
Milton Keynes Knights 36 21 0 15 42
Newcastle Diamonds 36 20 0 16 40
Glasgow Tigers 36 19 0 17 38
Peterborough Panthers 36 18 2 16 38
Ellesmere Port Gunners 36 18 1 17 37
Canterbury Crusaders 36 17 2 17 36
Middlesbrough Tigers 36 17 1 18 35
Crayford Kestrels 36 16 0 20 32
Stoke Potters 36 15 2 19 32
Nottingham Outlaws 36 14 1 21 29
Workington Comets 36 14 1 21 29
Boston Barracudas 36 13 2 21 28
Edinburgh Monarchs 36 13 1 22 27
Weymouth Wildcats 36 9 1 26 19
Scunthorpe Stags 36 4 1 31 9

Top Five Riders

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 England Newcastle Diamonds 11.09
2 George Hunter Scotland Oxford Cheetahs 10.98
3 England Nottingham Outlaws 10.13
4 England Oxford Cheetahs 9.92
5 England Nottingham Outlaws 9.62

National League Knockout Cup

The 1979 National League Knockout Cup was the 12th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier two teams. Rye House Rockets were the winners of the competition.[3]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
29/04 Rye House 56-22 Weymouth
22/05 Weymouth 34-44 Rye House
20/04 Edinburgh 46-32 Boston
10/06 Boston 44-34 Edinburgh

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
03/06 Rye House 54-24 Glasgow
08/06 Glasgow 47-31 Rye House
15/06 Workington 46-30 Middlesbrough
14/06 Middlesbrough 45-32 Workington
10/06 Mildenhall 53-25 Ellesmere Port
08/06 Ellesmere Port 41-37 Mildenhall
19/06 Crayford 44-34 Edinburgh
06/07 Edinburgh 39-39 Crayford
09/06 Berwick 60-18 Scunthorpe
04/06 Scunthorpe 38-40 Berwick
14/06 Oxford 45-33 Peterborough
08/06 Peterborough 34-44 Oxford
18/06 Newcastle 57-21 Canterbury
26/05 Canterbury 39-39 Newcastle
12/06 Milton Keynes 50-28 Stoke
09/06 Stoke 42-36 Milton Keynes

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
15/07 Rye House 59-19 Workington
29/06 Workington 49-29 Rye House
25/07 Mildenhall 56-22 Crayford
10/07 Crayford 39-39 Mildenhall
? Berwick 51-27 Oxford
05/07 Oxford 44-34 Berwick
09/07 Newcastle 53-25 Milton Keynes
10/07 Milton Keynes 35-42 Newcastle

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
27/08 Rye House 44-34 Mildenhall
26/08 Mildenhall 38-40 Rye House
22/09 Berwick 47-31 Newcastle
19/08 Newcastle 46-32 Berwick

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
14/10 Rye House 54-24 Berwick
27/10 Berwick 40-38 Rye House

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

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