The 1987 British League season was the 23rd season of the British League, the top tier of speedway in the UK since 1965.[1]

Summary

Coventry Bees won the league.[2]

Final table

Team PL W D L BP Pts
Coventry Bees 22 19 3 0 11 52
Cradley Heath Heathens 22 13 1 8 9 36
Swindon Robins 22 12 2 8 7 33
Sheffield Tigers 22 13 0 9 6 32
Bradford Dukes 22 10 3 9 7 30
Ipswich Witches 22 10 3 9 6 29
Reading Racers 22 11 2 9 4 28
Belle Vue Aces 22 10 1 11 5 26
Hackney Kestrels 22 7 3 12 3 20
Wolverhampton Wolves 22 6 2 14 3 17
Oxford Cheetahs 22 6 1 15 3 16
King's Lynn Stars 22 4 1 17 2 11

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

Leading averages

Rider Team Average
Denmark Hans Nielsen Oxford 11.38
Denmark Erik Gundersen Cradley Heath 10.44
Denmark Tommy Knudsen Coventry 10.25
England Kelvin Tatum Coventry 10.06
United States Sam Ermolenko Wolverhampton 9.86
England Jeremy Doncaster Ipswich 9.67
Sweden Jimmy Nilsen Swindon 9.61
Denmark Jan O. Pedersen Cradley Heath 9.60
United States Shawn Moran Sheffield 9.47
England Simon Wigg Hackney 9.38


British League Knockout Cup

The 1987 British League Knockout Cup was the 49th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. Cradley Heath Heathens were the winners for the second successive year if including the tied 1986 final.[3]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
10/07 Hackney 48-42 Bradford
10/07 Oxford 51-39 Belle Vue
04/07 Kings Lynn 41-49 Sheffield
13/06 Swindon 47-43 Wolverhampton
04/06 Sheffield 51-39 Kings Lynn
01/06 Wolverhampton 44-46 Swindon
30/05 Belle Vue 47-43 Oxford
30/05 Bradford 49-41 Hackney

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
15/09 Bradford 41-49 Cradley Heath
15/08 Swindon 43-47 Reading
07/08 Oxford 48-42 Ipswich
06/08 Ipswich 47-43 Oxford
05/08 Cradley Heath 55-35 Bradford
27/07 Reading 48-41 Swindon
13/07 Sheffield 48-42 Coventry
11/07 Coventry 51-38 Sheffield

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
30/09 Coventry 48-42 Reading
30/09 Oxford 47-43 Cradley Heath
16/09 Cradley Heath 39-33 A Oxford
07/09 Reading 47-43 Coventry

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
20/10 Coventry 45-45 Cradley Heath
21/10 Cradley Heath 49-41 Coventry

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1987 league tables". Speedway GB.
  3. ^ "1987 British League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.