The 1986 National League was contested as the second division of Speedway in the United Kingdom.[1]

Summary

The title was won by the Eastbourne Eagles.

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Eastbourne Eagles 38 28 1 9 57
Poole Pirates 38 25 1 12 51
Middlesbrough Tigers 38 25 1 12 51
Arena Essex Hammers 38 23 1 14 47
Stoke Potters 38 23 0 15 46
Wimbledon Dons 38 21 1 16 43
Mildenhall Fen Tigers 37 21 1 15 43
Milton Keynes Knights 37 20 1 16 41
Edinburgh Monarchs 38 19 0 19 38
Peterborough Panthers 38 18 2 18 38
Rye House Rockets 38 18 0 20 36
Boston Barracudas 38 17 1 20 35
Hackney Kestrels 38 16 0 22 32
Berwick Bandits 38 15 1 22 31
Canterbury Crusaders 38 15 1 22 31
Exeter Falcons 38 15 0 23 30
Birmingham Brummies 38 14 1 23 29
Glasgow Tigers 38 14 0 24 28
Newcastle Federation Specials 38 13 1 24 27
Long Eaton Invaders 38 11 2 25 24

Leading averages

Rider Team Average
Dave Jessup Mildenhall 10.69
Paul Thorp Stoke 10.44
Andrew Silver Arena Essex 10.40
Steve Schofield Poole 10.36
Les Collins Edinburgh 10.14
Nigel Crabtree Stoke 9.98
Kevin Jolly Boston 9.90
Gordon Kennett Eastbourne 9.87
Jamie Luckhurst Wimbledon 9.83
Martin Dugard Eastbourne 9.75
Malcolm Simmons Hackney 9.70

National League Knockout Cup

The 1986 National League Knockout Cup was the 19th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier two teams. Eastbourne Eagles were the winners of the competition for the second successive year.[2]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
12/05 Newcastle 43-35 Boston
10/05 Canterbury 53-25 Birmingham
02/05 Glasgow 37-41 Edinburgh
30/04 Edinburgh 53-25 Glasgow
27/04 Boston 37-41 Newcastle
27/04 Rye House 55-23 Exeter
25/04 Birmingham 48-30 Canterbury
21/04 Exeter 37-41 Rye House

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
08/07 Milton Keynes 43-35 Mildenhall
07/07 Newcastle 36-42 Berwick
06/07 Eastbourne 48-30 Wimbledon
06/07 Mildenhall 49-29 Milton Keynes
05/07 Canterbury 39-39 Peterborough
04/07 Peterborough 49-29 Canterbury
03/07 Middlesbrough 49-29 Stoke
02/07 Long Eaton 43-35 Edinburgh
02/07 Wimbledon 36-42 Eastbourne
29/06 Rye House 42-35 Hackney
28/06 Berwick 50-28 Newcastle
28/06 Stoke 40-37 Middlesbrough
27/06 Edinburgh 50-28 Long Eaton
27/06 Hackney 48-30 Rye House
15/05 Arena 45-33 Poole
29/04 Poole 36-42 Arena Essex

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
28/08 Middlesbrough 36-42 Mildenhall
22/08 Peterborough 45-33 Berwick
17/08 Mildenhall 43-35 Middlesbrough
09/08 Berwick 42-36 Peterborough
01/08 Edinburgh 38-40 Eastbourne
01/08 Hackney 39-39 Arena Essex
27/07 Eastbourne 48-28 Edinburgh
17/07 Arena Essex 43-35 Hackney

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
17/10 Peterborough 37-41 Eastbourne
28/09 Mildenhall 44-34 Arena Essex
21/09 Eastbourne 49.5-28.5 Peterborough
18/09 Arena Essex 43-35 Mildenhall

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
02/11 Mildenhall 39-39 Eastbourne
26/10 Eastbourne 51-25 Mildenhall

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1986 National League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.