The 1980 National League was contested as the second division of Speedway in the United Kingdom.[1]

Summary

The league was increased from 19 teams to 20 from the previous season. Exeter Falcons dropped down from the British League to join the 19 incumbent sides.

Rye House Rockets who had been pipped to the title in the previous season in the last meeting, won the title by just one point from Newcastle Diamonds to win their first National League title.

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Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Rye House Rockets 38 31 0 7 62
Newcastle Diamonds 38 30 1 7 61
Middlesbrough Tigers 38 27 2 9 56
Berwick Bandits 38 24 1 13 49
Edinburgh Monarchs 38 23 2 13 48
Boston Barracudas 38 23 2 13 48
Mildenhall Fen Tigers 38 21 2 15 44
Peterborough Panthers 38 21 0 17 42
Crayford Kestrels 37 20 1 16 41
Ellesmere Port Gunners 38 20 1 17 41
Glasgow Tigers 38 19 2 17 40
Exeter Falcons 38 17 1 20 35
Scunthorpe Stags 38 15 1 22 31
Nottingham Outlaws 38 14 2 22 30
Oxford Cheetahs 38 14 1 23 29
Stoke Potters 38 14 0 24 28
Weymouth Wildcats 37 13 1 23 27
Canterbury Crusaders 38 10 4 24 24
Milton Keynes Knights 38 8 2 28 18
Workington Comets 38 2 0 36 4
  • Crayford v Weymouth fixture was never ridden.

Top Five Riders

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 England Oxford Cheetahs 10.94
2 England Crayford Kestrels 10.53
3 England Middlesbrough Tigers 10.29
4 Zimbabwe Canterbury Crusaders 10.21
5 England Glasgow Tigers 10.07

National League Knockout Cup

The 1980 National League Knockout Cup was the 13th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier two teams. Berwick Bandits were the winners of the competition for the first time, having been runners-up three times in the previous four seasons.[4]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
03/05 Berwick 52-26 Newcastle
28/04 Newcastle 41-37 Berwick
25/05 Mildenhall 45-33 Rye House
26/05 Rye House 44-34 Mildenhall
04/05 Boston 54-24 Stoke
05/05 Stoke 27-51 Boston

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
07/06 Berwick 46-32 Ellesmere Port
13/06 Ellesmere Port 42-36 Berwick
23/05 Edinburgh 42-34 Glasgow
25/05 Glasgow 40-37 Edinburgh
01/06 Mildenhall 46-32 Nottingham
18/06 Nottingham 37-41 Mildenhall
07/06 Canterbury 44-33 Milton Keynes
10/06 Milton Keynes 40-38 Canterbury
19/06 Middlesbrough 51-27 Scunthorpe
29/06 Scunthorpe 37-40 Middlesbrough
05/06 Oxford 40-37 Weymouth
27/06 Weymouth 40-38 Oxford
08/06 Boston 59-19 Workington
11/07 Workington 26-52 Boston
13/06 Peterborough 42-25 Crayford
22/07 Crayford 41-37 Peterborough

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
20/07 Berwick 47-31 Edinburgh
18/07 Edinburgh 39-39 Berwick
23/07 Mildenhall 51-27 Canterbury
26/07 Canterbury 44-34 Mildenhall
24/07 Middlesbrough 45-33 Oxford
06/08 Oxford 32-46 Middlesbrough
31/08 Boston 50-27 Peterborough
12/09 Peterborough 39-39 Boston

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
06/09 Berwick 52-26 Mildenhall
07/09 Mildenhall 41-37 Berwick
18/09 Middlesbrough 54-24 Boston
05/10 Boston 42-36 Middlesbrough

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
26/10 Middlesbrough 42-36 Berwick
29/10 Berwick 43-34 Middlesbrough

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ Oakes, Peter (1981). Daily Mirror 1981 Speedway Yearbook, pages 101. Studio Publications (Ipswich) Ltd. ISBN 0-86215-017-5.
  3. ^ http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/speedwayyears/1980.html
  4. ^ "1980 National League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.