The 1997 Premier League speedway season was the second division of speedway in the United Kingdom and governed by the Speedway Control Board (SCB), in conjunction with the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA).

Restructure

A restructure of British speedway took place, with the Premier League becoming the second division and a new Elite League becoming the top division. During the two previous seasons (1995 and 1996) there had been only one division of British speedway also called the Premier League, this confused matters because the Premier League was now only a second tier competition.

Season summary

The Premier League was consisted of 14 teams for the 1997 season, running on a standard format with no play-offs. Reading Racers won the title.

Final table

M W D L F A Pts Bon Tot
Reading Racers 26 22 0 4 1323 1011 44 13 57
Long Eaton Invaders 26 18 1 7 1227 1107 37 11 48
Edinburgh Monarchs 26 17 1 8 1235 1102 38 8 43
Newcastle Diamonds 26 15 0 11 1201 1134 30 8 38
Exeter Falcons 26 14 0 12 1213 1125 28 6 34
Glasgow Tigers 26 12 2 10 1158 1179 26 6 32
Arena Essex Hammers 26 12 0 14 1157 1179 24 7 31
Isle of Wight Islanders* 26 12 0 14 1149 1184 24 7 31
Hull Vikings 26 13 0 13 1134 1195 26 5 31
Sheffield Tigers 26 12 0 14 1116 1219 24 5 29
Oxford Cheetahs 26 9 0 17 1116 1219 18 6 24
Stoke Potters 26 8 2 16 1111 1122 18 3 21
Berwick Bandits 26 7 1 18 1105 1223 15 4 19
Newport Wasps 26 7 1 18 1095 1241 15 2 17
  • replaced mid-season

Leading averages

Rider Team Average
England Reading 10.47
England Carl Stonehewer Long Eaton 10.39
England Glenn Cunningham Reading 9.92
England Edinburgh 9.88
England Long Eaton 9.81
Scotland Edinburgh 9.73
Germany Robbie Kessler Sheffield 9.76
England Alan Grahame Hull 9.75
Sweden Edinburgh 9.46
England Les Collins Stoke 9.44


Premier League Knockout Cup

The 1997 Premier League Knockout Cup was the 30th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier two teams and the first with the name Premier League Knockout Cup. Edinburgh Monarchs were the winners of the competition.[1]

During 1995 and 1996 the British League merged and ran as one newly named Premier League, which therefore meant that the second tier of speedway in the United Kingdom was the 1995 Academy League season, followed one year later by the 1996 Speedway Conference League season.

First Round

Northern Group

Pos Team Played W D L Pts
1 Hull Vikings 11 7 1 3 15
2 Edinburgh Monarchs 12 6 1 5 13
3 Newcastle Diamonds 12 6 1 5 13
4 Sheffield Tigers 12 6 0 6 12
5 Berwick Bandits 12 5 1 6 11
6 Stoke Potters 11 5 0 6 10
7 Glasgow Tigers 12 4 0 8 8

Southern Group

Pos Team Played W D L Pts
1 Oxford Cheetahs 10 6 3 1 15
2 Reading Racers 10 7 1 2 15
3 Long Eaton Invaders 10 6 2 2 14
4 Arena Essex Hammers 10 4 2 4 10
5 Exeter Falcons 10 2 0 8 4
6 10 1 0 9 2

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
04/07 Edinburgh 51-39 Reading
21/07 Reading 48-42 Edinburgh
29/06 Oxford 51-39 Hull
09/07 Hull 46-43 Oxford

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
30/08 Edinburgh 47-43 Oxford
29/08 Oxford 43-47 Edinburgh

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

External links

References