The 1980 British League season was the 16th season of the British League, the top tier of speedway in the UK since 1965.[1]

Summary

The league comprised 17 teams - one fewer than the previous season. Exeter Falcons had dropped down to the National League. Hackney Hawks underwent a dramatic transformation from being the bottom side in 1979 to title contenders in 1980, but their challenge faded in the last few weeks and Reading Racers were crowned champions for the second time.[2] .[3]

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Reading Racers 32 24 1 7 49
Hackney Hawks 32 23 0 9 46
Belle Vue Aces 32 21 1 10 43
Coventry Bees 32 20 2 10 42
Cradley Heath Heathens 32 20 0 12 40
Ipswich Witches 32 16 2 14 34
King's Lynn Stars 32 17 0 15 34
Swindon Robins 32 16 2 14 34
Poole Pirates 32 15 2 15 32
Halifax Dukes 32 15 1 16 31
Leicester Lions 32 14 0 18 28
Hull Vikings 32 11 5 16 27
Wimbledon Dons 32 12 2 18 26
Birmingham Brummies 32 11 1 20 23
Wolverhampton Wolves 32 9 2 21 20
Eastbourne Eagles 32 9 1 22 19
Sheffield Tigers 32 8 0 24 16

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

Top Ten Riders

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Peter Collins England Belle Vue Aces 10.70
2 Hans Nielsen Denmark Wolverhampton Wolves 10.70
3 Dave Jessup England King's Lynn Stars 10.52
4 Bo Petersen Denmark Hackney Hawks 10.46
5 Bruce Penhall United States Cradley Heathens 10.46
6 Michael Lee England King's Lynn Stars 10.17
7 Chris Morton England Belle Vue Aces 10.11
8 Sweden Reading Racers 10.08
9 Scott Autrey United States Swindon Robins 9.97
10 Bobby Schwartz United States Reading Racers 9.95


British League Knockout Cup

The 1980 British League Knockout Cup was the 42nd edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. Cradley Heath were the winners.[4]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
06/05 Leicester 59-49 Poole
05/05 Poole 53-55 Leicester

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
17/07 Coventry 54-54 Birmingham
09/07 Cradley Heath 60-48 Kings Lynn
04/07 Wolverhampton 53-55 Sheffield
09/06 Birmingham 56-51 Coventry
06/06 Eastbourne 52.5-55.5 Swindon
05/06 Sheffield 56-52 Wolverhampton
03/06 Hull 67-41 Hackney
31/05 Belle Vue 60-48 Wimbledon
31/05 Halifax 57-50 Reading
31/05 Swindon 62-46 Eastbourne
30/05 Hackney 45-63 Hull
29/05 Wimbledon 57-51 Belle Vue
29/05 Ipswich 66-42 Leicester
27/05 Leicester 54-54 Ipswich
25/05 Kings Lynn 58-50 Cradley Heath
21/04 Reading 62-46 Halifax

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
03/09 Birmingham 76-30 Sheffield
23/08 Belle Vue 68-40 Hull
21/08 Cradley Heath 54-54 Reading
21/08 Sheffield 49-58 Birmingham
04/08 Reading 53-55 Cradley Heath
19/07 Swindon 63-45 Ipswich
17/07 Ipswich 55-53 Swindon
09/07 Hull 66-42 Belle Vue

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
01/10 Cradley Heath 67-41 Birmingham
24/09 Belle Vue 59-49 Swindon
15/09 Birmingham 56-52 Cradley Heath
30/08 Swindon 56-52 Belle Vue

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
29/10 Cradley Heath 75-33 Belle Vue
11/10 Belle Vue 67-41 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. ^ "1980 league tables". Speedway GB.
  4. ^ "1980 British League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.