In 1987 the National League, also known as British League Division Two, was the second tier of speedway racing in the United Kingdom.[1]

Summary

The league champions that year were Eastbourne Eagles.[2]

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts
Eastbourne Eagles 30 22 0 8 44
Mildenhall Fen Tigers 30 20 1 9 41
Milton Keynes Knights 30 19 1 10 39
Stoke Potters 30 18 1 11 37
Peterborough Panthers 30 18 0 12 36
Berwick Bandits 30 17 1 22 35
Wimbledon Dons 30 14 2 14 30
Poole Pirates 30 15 0 15 30
Middlesbrough Tigers 30 13 3 14 29
Edinburgh Monarchs 30 13 2 15 28
Newcastle Diamonds 30 12 2 16 26
Arena Essex Hammers 30 12 1 17 25
Canterbury Crusaders 30 11 1 18 23
Exeter Falcons 30 11 1 18 23
Long Eaton Invaders 30 8 1 21 17
Rye House Rockets 30 8 1 21 17

Leading averages

Rider Team Average
Andrew Silver Arena Essex 10.66
Martin Dugard Eastbourne 10.40
Mel Taylor Mildenhall 10.38
Nigel Crabtree Stoke 10.20
Martin Dixon Middlesbrough 10.01
Les Collins Edinburgh 9.96
Dave Jessup Mildenhall 9.92
Steve Schofield Poole 9.54
Kevin Jolly Wimbledon 9.48
Gordon Kennett Eastbourne 9.40

National League Knockout Cup

The 1987 National League Knockout Cup was the 20th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier two teams. Eastbourne Eagles were the winners of the competition for the third successive year.[3]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
24/05 Mildenhall 66-30 Rye House
17/05 Rye House 24-24a Mildenhall
25/04 Berwick 64-32 Newcastle
20/04 Newcastle 51-44 Berwick

Abandoned[clarification needed]

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
10/07 Peterborough 57-39 Middlesbrough
21/06 Glasgow 47-49 Edinburgh
21/06 Peterborough 34-32a Middlesbrough
20/06 Berwick 65-31 Long Eaton
19/06 Edinburgh 65-31 Glasgow
18/06 Middlesbrough 56-40 Peterborough
17/06 Long Eaton 51-45 Berwick
17/06 Mildenhall 64-31 Exeter
16/06 Poole 51-45 Eastbourne
15/06 Exeter 51-45 Mildenhall
14/06 Eastbourne 62-33 Poole
01/06 Arena Essex 52-44 Wimbledon
30/05 Canterbury 61-35 Boston
25/05 Rye House 47-48 Mildenhall
20/05 Wimbledon 48-48 Arena Essex
16/05 Stoke 60-36 Milton Keynes
12/05 Milton Keynes 50-46 Stoke
10/05 Boston 50-46 Canterbury

Abandoned[clarification needed]

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
01/08 Stoke 49-29 Peterborough
31/07 Edinburgh 45-50 Eastbourne
25/07 Berwick 46-50 Mildenhall
25/07 Canterbury 54-42 Arena Essex
25/07 Eastbourne 56-40 Edinburgh
24/07 Peterborough 50-46 Stoke
09/07 Arena Essex 60-36 Canterbury
01/07 Mildenhall 61-35 Berwick

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
31/08 Mildenhall 60-36 Arena Essex
23/08 Eastbourne 57-39 Stoke
20/08 Arena Essex 51-45 Mildenhall
15/08 Stoke 53-42 Eastbourne

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
04/10 Eastbourne 54-41 Mildenhall
27/09 Mildenhall 50-46 Eastbourne

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ Oakes, P.(2006). Speedway Star Almanac. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0
  3. ^ "1987 National League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.