The 1981 British League season was the 17th season of the British League, the top tier of speedway in the UK since 1965.[1]

Summary

Cradley Heathens won the league.[2]

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Cradley Heath Heathens 30 26 1 3 53
Ipswich Witches 30 21 4 5 46
Swindon Robins 30 19 3 8 41
Belle Vue Aces 30 19 1 10 39
Coventry Bees 30 18 0 12 36
Birmingham Brummies 30 13 1 16 27
Halifax Dukes 30 13 1 16 27
Hackney Hawks 30 12 2 16 26
Poole Pirates 30 12 2 16 26
Sheffield Tigers 30 13 0 17 26
Reading Racers 30 9 7 14 25
Hull Vikings 30 10 4 16 24
Eastbourne Eagles 30 10 3 17 23
King's Lynn Stars 30 10 2 18 22
Leicester Lions 30 11 0 19 22
Wimbledon Dons 30 7 3 20 17

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

Leading averages

Rider Team Average
United States Bruce Penhall Cradley Heath 11.01
Australia Phil Crump Swindon 10.30
England Michael Lee Kings Lynn 10.30
Sweden Reading 10.26
England Kenny Carter Halifax 10.17
Denmark Hans Nielsen Birmingham 9.80
England Chris Morton Belle Vue 9.75
Denmark Erik Gundersen Cradley Heath 9.72
England John Davis Poole 9.70
England Gordon Kennett Eastbourne 9.67

British League Knockout Cup

The 1981 British League Knockout Cup was the 43rd edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. Ipswich Witches were the winners.[3]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
04/06 Middlesbrough 43-53 Eastbourne
23/05 Berwick 39-57 Wimbledon
08/05 Peterborough 50-46 Halifax
04/05 Newcastle 40-56 Leicester
08/05 Edinburgh 49-47 Sheffield
12/04 Mildenhall 38-58 Poole
31/05 Rye House 34-62 Birmingham
03/05 Boston 47-48 Hull

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
08/07 Poole 49-47 Leicester
24/06 Hull 54-42 Belle Vue
23/06 Leicester 51-45 Poole
20/06 Cradley Heath 60-36 Eastbourne
14/06 Peterborough 38-58 Birmingham
13/06 Belle Vue 53-43 Hull
11/06 Wimbledon 40-56 Reading
08/06 Birmingham 63-33 Peterborough
08/06 Reading 55-41 Wimbledon
07/06 Eastbourne 49-47 Cradley Heath
30/05 Coventry 63-33 Hackney
30/05 Swindon 69-27 Edinburgh
29/05 Hackney 37-59 Coventry
01/05 Kings Lynn 47-49 Ipswich
21/05 Ipswich 53-43 Kings Lynn
12/06 Edinburgh 47-49 Swindon

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
03/09 Swindon 74-22 Leicester
25/08 Leicester 45-51 Swindon
20/08 Ipswich 54-42 Cradley Heath
12/08 Cradley Heath 48-48 Ipswich
03/08 Reading 51-45 Coventry
24/07 Birmingham 52-44 Hull
22/07 Hull 49-47 Birmingham
11/07 Coventry 49-45 Reading

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
28/09 Reading 49-47 Birmingham
18/09 Birmingham 54-42 Reading
18/09 Swindon 46-50 Ipswich
10/09 Ipswich 57-39 Swindon

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
25/10 Ipswich 51-45 Birmingham
16/10 Birmingham 47-49 Ipswich

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1981 league tables". Speedway GB.
  3. ^ "1981 British League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.