The 1998 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).

Season summary

The League consisted of 13 teams for the 1998 season with the following the closure of the Long Eaton Invaders and the decision of the Oxford Cheetahs to compete in the Elite League. The addition of the Peterborough Panthers to drop down from the Elite League limited the reduction in numbers.

The League was run on a standard format with no play-offs.

Final table

M W D L F A Pts Bon Tot
Peterborough Panthers 24 16 2 6 1206 945 34 12 46
Reading Racers 24 16 0 8 1130 989 32 10 42
Exeter Falcons 24 14 1 9 1134 1023 31 7 38
Hull Vikings 24 15 0 9 1098 1037 30 6 36
Sheffield Tigers 24 13 0 11 1088 1064 26 7 33
Isle of Wight Islanders 24 11 2 11 1095 1055 24 8 32
Glasgow Tigers 24 13 0 11 1085 1065 26 6 32
Newport Wasps 24 11 3 10 1067 1081 25 7 32
Edinburgh Monarchs 24 11 0 13 1078 1077 22 7 29
Newcastle Diamonds 24 10 3 11 1041 1109 23 3 26
Arena Essex Hammers 24 8 2 14 995 1139 18 2 20
Berwick Bandits 24 7 1 17 982 1173 15 2 17
Stoke Potters 24 3 0 21 956 1198 6 1 7

Premier League Knockout Cup

The 1998 Premier League Knockout Cup was the 31st edition of the Knockout Cup for tier two teams. Reading Racers were the winners of the competition.[1]

Northern Group

Pos Team Played W D L Pts
1 Berwick Bandits 11 7 1 3 15
2 Sheffield Tigers 12 7 1 4 15
3 Glasgow Tigers 12 7 1 4 15
4 Edinburgh Monarchs 11 5 1 5 11
5 Newcastle Diamonds 9 3 2 4 8
6 Hull Vikings 12 4 0 8 8
7 Stoke Potters 8 3 0 6 6

Southern Group

Pos Team Played W D L Pts
1 Peterborough Panthers 10 7 0 3 14
2 Reading Racers 10 5 1 4 11
3 Arena Essex Hammers 10 5 0 5 10
4 Exeter Falcons 10 4 2 4 10
5 Isle of Wight Islanders 10 3 3 4 9
6 Newport Wasps 10 2 0 8 4

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
20/07 Reading 56-34 Sheffield
16/07 Sheffield 45-45 Reading
14/08 Peterborough 56-34 Berwick
22/08 Berwick 42-48 Peterborough

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
21/09 Reading 57-33 Peterborough
18/09 Peterborough 44-46 Reading

Leading averages

Rider Team Average
Denmark Nicki Pedersen Newcastle 9.97
England Carl Stonehewer Sheffield 9.93
England Lee Richardson Reading 9.60
England Paul Thorp Hull 9.56
England Glenn Cunningham Peterborough 9.55
England Reading 9.48
Finland Petri Kokko Reading 9.36
Australia Glasgow 9.32
Denmark Peterborough 9.29
England Edinburgh 9.26

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

External links

References