The 1986 British League season was the 22nd season of the British League, the top tier of speedway in the UK since 1965.[1]

Summary

Oxford Cheetahs won the league for the second consecutive year.[2]

Final table

Team PL W D L BP Pts
Oxford Cheetahs 18 18 0 0 8 44
Cradley Heath Heathens 20 13 3 4 9 38
Wolverhampton Wolves 19 13 0 6 6 32
Sheffield Tigers 19 10 2 7 6 28
Coventry Bees 20 10 1 9 6 27
Bradford Dukes 20 8 1 11 4 21
Reading Racers 20 7 3 10 4 21
Swindon Robins 19 8 1 10 4 21
Ipswich Witches 20 7 1 12 3 18
Belle Vue Aces 19 5 0 14 2 12
King's Lynn Stars 20 2 0 18 0 4

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

Leading averages

Rider Team Average
Denmark Hans Nielsen Oxford 11.57
Denmark Erik Gundersen Cradley Heath 11.03
England Jeremy Doncaster Ipswich 10.38
England Simon Wigg Oxford 10.20
United States Sam Ermolenko Wolverhampton 9.72
Denmark Tommy Knudsen Coventry 9.68
United States Shawn Moran Sheffield 9.65
England Chris Morton Belle Vue 9.34
Sweden Reading 9.34
England Neil Evitts Bradford 9.32
United States Bobby Schwartz Kings Lynn 9.06

British League Knockout Cup

The 1986 British League Knockout Cup was the 48th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. Oxford Cheetahs and Cradley Heath Heathens were declared joint winners because the second leg of the final was not held and the first leg had ended 39-39.[3]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
21/07 Reading 53-25 Kings Lynn
19/07 Swindon 47-31 Ipswich
17/07 Ipswich 38-40 Swindon
05/07 Kings Lynn 43-35 Reading
21/05 Cradley Heath 46-32 Belle Vue
03/05 Belle Vue 45-33 Cradley Heath

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
29/09 Reading 45-33 Cradley Heath
24/09 Cradley Heath 50-28 Reading
17/09 Coventry 43-34 Sheffield
17/09 Oxford 48-30 Swindon
07/09 Swindon 37-41 Oxford
26/06 Sheffield 44-34 Coventry
24/06 Bradford 45-33 Wolverhampton
02/06 Wolverhampton 38-40 Bradford

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
16/10 Sheffield 33-45 Oxford
15/10 Cradley Heath 50-28 Bradford
10/10 Oxford 45-33 Sheffield
13/07 Braford 39-39 Cradley

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
01/11 Cradley Heath+ 39-39 Oxford+

+second leg not held

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1986 league tables". Speedway GB.
  3. ^ "1986 British League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.