The 1996 season of the Conference League, the second tier/division of British speedway. It was listed as the second division of British speedway because during 1995 and 1996 the two divisions of the British League had merged into one division only.[1] The following season it would be a third tier/division competition.

Summary

The Conference League was the first to promoted under the name and was an entirely amateur competition contested by thirteen teams (many were junior sides belonging to their parent clubs). The league expanded from the eight that had begun the previous season's 1995 Academy League - Berwick, Buxton, Devon, Linlithgow, Mildenhall, and Sittingbourne all returned from 1995, and were joined by Arena Essex, Eastbourne, Owlerton, Peterborough, Reading, Ryde, and Swindon. Stoke and Cleveland did not return from 1995.[2]

As not all fixtures were able to be run, the champions were decided by a percentage of total points available. Linlithgow Lightning topped the table to become champions.[3]

1996 Teams

Final table

Team PL W D L Pts %
Linlithgow Lightning 23 18 0 5 36 78
Devon Demons 11 7 1 3 15 68
Berwick Bandits 12 8 0 4 16 66
Ryde Wight Wizards 19 12 1 6 25 65
Swindon Sprockets 12 7 0 5 14 58
Arena Essex Hammers 27 14 1 12 29 53
Mildenhall Fen Tigers 19 10 0 9 20 52
Buxton Hitmen 21 10 2 9 22 52
Peterborough Thundercats 13 5 1 7 11 42
Owlerton Prowlers 12 5 0 7 10 41
Reading Ravens 13 5 0 8 10 38
Eastbourne Starlets 16 1 2 13 4 12
Sittingbourne Crusaders 18 1 2 15 4 11

PL = Matches; W = Wins; D = Draws; L = Losses; Pts = Match Points; % = Win Rate

Conference League Knockout Cup

The 1996 Conference League Knockout Cup was the 29th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier two teams.[5]

It was only the tier two competition because the Division 1 & 2 had merged during 1995 & 1996, this meant that the newly formed Conference League was tier two of British speedway at the time. Linlithgow Lightning were the winners of the Cup.

Final

Team One Score Team Two
Linlithgow 49-29 Mildenhall
Mildenhall 39-39 Linlithgow

Riders' Championship

Mike Hampson (Buxton)

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Major League Competitions". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1996 Tables". Speedway GB.com.
  3. ^ "Linlithgow Speedway". Defunct Speedway.
  4. ^ Total points scored, plus bonus points, divided by total number of races, multiplied by 4
  5. ^ "1996 Conference League Knockout Cup Final". Speedway GB.