The 1981 National League was contested as the second division/tier of Speedway in the United Kingdom. [1]

Final table

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Team PL W D L Pts
Middlesbrough Tigers 36 30 1 5 61
Weymouth Wildcats 36 26 1 9 53
Newcastle Diamonds 36 25 1 10 51
Edinburgh Monarchs 36 25 0 11 50
Glasgow Tigers 36 24 0 12 48
Boston Barracudas 36 22 0 14 44
Exeter Falcons 36 22 0 14 44
Mildenhall Fen Tigers 36 20 0 16 40
Peterborough Panthers 36 19 1 16 39
Crayford Kestrels 36 19 0 17 38
Ellesmere Port Gunners 36 18 1 17 37
Oxford Cheetahs 36 18 1 17 37
Wolverhampton Wolves 36 14 1 21 29
Canterbury Crusaders 36 10 4 24 24
Stoke Potters 36 14 0 22 28
Rye House Rockets 36 11 0 25 22
Scunthorpe Stags 36 6 1 29 13
Workington Comets 36 6 1 29 13
Milton Keynes Knights 36 4 0 32 8

Leading averages

Rider Team Average
Steve Lawson Glasgow 10.55
Mark Courtney Middlesbrough 10.44
Les Rumsey Weymouth 10.19
Martin Yeates Weymouth 10.12
Dave Perks Oxford 10.13
Simon Wigg Weymouth 10.07
Bruce Cribb Wolverhampton 9.99
Steve Wilcock Middlesbrough 9.95
Neil Collins Edinburgh 9.68
Derek Harrison Oxford 9.40

National League Knockout Cup

The 1981 National League Knockout Cup was the 14th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier two teams. Edinburgh Monarchs were the winners of the competition.[3]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
29/03 Mildenhall 58-38 Canterbury
04/04 Canterbury 52-44 Mildenhall
17/04 Ellesmere Port 47-49 Wolverhampton
19/04 Wolverhampton 43-53 Ellesmere Port
23/04 Middlesbrough 69-27 Glasgow
29/05 Glasgow 55-40 Middlesbrough
11/04 Stoke 51-45 Milton Keynes
07/04 Milton Keynes 38-58 Stoke

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
29/05 Edinburgh 65-31 Exeter
01/06 Exeter 56-40 Edinburgh
04/06 Oxford 59-34 Scunthorpe
01/06 Scunthorpe 46-49 Oxford
07/06 Mildenhall 76-20 Ellesmere Port
29/05 Ellesmere Port 30-64 Mildenhall
29/05 Peterborough 70-26 Rye House
07/06 Rye House 32-64 Peterborough
06/06 Berwick 53-42 Newcastle
08/06 Newcastle 52-44 Berwick
09/06 Weymouth 74-20 Workington
29/05 Workington 31-59 Weymouth
07/06 Boston 69-27 Crayford
02/06 Crayford 42-51 Boston
07/06 Middlesbrough 55-41 Stoke
06/06 Stoke 48-48 Middlesbrough

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
14/08 Edinburgh 65-31 Oxford
13/08 Oxford 41-54 Edinburgh
05/07 Mildenhall 61-35 Peterborough
26/06 Peterborough 49-47 Mildenhall
17/07 Berwick 51-45 Weymouth
14/07 Weymouth 48-48 Berwick
02/08 Boston 57-39 Middlesbrough
? Middlesbrough 45-51 Boston

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
27/09 Edinburgh 64-32 Mildenhall
11/09 Mildenhall 46-50 Edinburgh
14/10 Berwick 64-32 Boston
27/09 Boston 58½-37½ Berwick

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
21/10 Berwick 49-46 Edinburgh
30/10 Edinburgh 55-40 Berwick

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References