The 1989 British League season (also known as the Sunbrite British League for sponsorship reasons) was the 25th since its establishment in 1965.[1]

Summary

The league operated as the top-tier of British speedway. The Coventry Bees were the defending champions from 1988. The league was once again run over a 15-heat formula, with 7 riders per team. The season ended with Oxford Cheetahs winning their third title in five years.[2]

Final table

Team PL W D L BP Pts
Oxford Cheetahs 32 22 1 9 13 58
Wolverhampton Wolves 32 19 2 11 12 52
Cradley Heathens 32 19 3 10 10 51
Belle Vue Aces 32 19 2 11 10 50
Coventry Bees 32 15 3 14 8 41
Swindon Robins 32 12 1 19 8 33
Reading Racers 32 13 1 18 5 32
Bradford Dukes 32 9 2 21 3 23
King's Lynn Stars 32 8 1 23 3 20

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

Top Ten Averages

Rider Club Average
Denmark Hans Nielsen Oxford Cheetahs 10.91
Denmark Jan O. Pedersen Cradley Heathens 10.22
Denmark Erik Gundersen Cradley Heathens 9.97
United States Sam Ermolenko Wolverhampton Wolves 9.85
United States Shawn Moran Belle Vue Aces 9.68
United Kingdom Kelvin Tatum Coventry Bees 9.49
United Kingdom Simon Cross Cradley Heathens 9.13
United Kingdom Jeremy Doncaster Reading Racers 8.61
Sweden Jimmy Nilsen Swindon Robins 8.41
United States Kelly Moran Belle Vue Aces 8.29

Team Line-Ups

British League Knockout Cup

The 1989 British League Knockout Cup was the 51st edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. Cradley Heath Heathens were the winners for the fourth successive year if including the tied 1986 final.[3]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
21/04 Belle Vue 57-33 King's Lynn
08/04 King's Lynn 38-52 Belle Vue

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
26/06 Reading 51-39 Belle Vue
10/06 Cradley Heath 50-40 Oxford
09/06 Belle Vue 45.5-44.5 Reading
09/06 Oxford 45-45 Cradley Heath
13/05 Coventry 45-45 Bradford
06/05 Bradford 46-44 Coventry
22/04 Swindon 45-45 Wolverhampton
10/04 Wolverhampton 49-41 Swindon

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
26/08 Bradford 57-33 Wolverhampton
19/08 Cradley Heath 42-48 Reading
07/08 Wolverhampton 60-30 Bradford
31/07 Reading 40-50 Cradley Heath

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
16/10 Wolverhampton 41-49 Cradley Heath
26/10 Cradley Heath 46-44 Wolverhampton

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1990 league tables". Speedway GB.
  3. ^ "1989 British League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.