The Elite League is the top division of Speedway in the United Kingdom and in 2002 was governed by the Speedway Control Board (SCB), in conjunction with the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA).[1]

Season summary

In 2002, the league consisted of nine teams. The title was decided by a play-off between the top five teams. The team that finished top of the table were seeded directly to the final. The next four met in quarter and semi final rounds. The winner of these rounds qualified for the final.[2]

Final table

M W D L F A Pts Bon Tot
Eastbourne Eagles 32 20 3 9 1562 1316 43 15 58
Wolverhampton Wolves 32 20 2 10 1549 1311 42 12 54
Coventry Bees 32 19 3 10 1492 1383 41 9 50
Poole Pirates 32 17 1 14 1455 1406 35 11 46
Peterborough Panthers 31 15 0 16 1394 1395 30 6 36
Oxford Cheetahs 31 14 2 15 1369 1407 30 5 35
Ipswich Witches 32 11 3 18 1375 1494 25 6 31
Belle Vue Aces 32 11 3 18 1379 1484 25 4 29
King's Lynn Stars 32 7 1 24 1247 1626 15 3 18

Peterborough v Oxford not held.

Play-offs

Quarter-Final and Semi-Final decided over one leg. Grand Final decided by aggregate scores over two legs.

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Final

Leading averages

Rider Team Average
Sweden Tony Rickardsson Poole 10.88
Australia Jason Crump Belle Vue 10.44
Australia Ryan Sullivan Peterborough 10.34
Australia Leigh Adams Oxford 10.10
Sweden Mikael Max Wolverhampton 9.93
England Scott Nicholls Ipswich 9.76
England Mark Loram Eastbourne 9.56
Sweden Andreas Jonsson Coventry 9.39
Sweden Peter Karlsson Wolverhampton 9.23
England Lee Richardson Coventry 8.97

Elite League Knockout Cup

The 2002 Elite League Knockout Cup was the 64th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. Eastbourne Eagles were the winners of the competition.[3]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
08/04 Wolverhampton 57-33 Poole
03/04 Poole 45-45 Wolverhampton

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
27/05 Reading 47-43 Arena Essex
29/04 Wolverhampton 61-29 Oxford
27/04 Coventry 36-35 Kings Lynn
26/04 Oxford 45-45 Wolverhampton
24/04 Kings Lynn 42-48 Coventry
22/04 Belle Vue 51-39 Peterborough
20/04 Eastbourne 54-36 Ipswich
19/04 Peterborough 59-31 Belle Vue
18/04 Ipswich 39-51 Eastbourne

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
01/07 Wolverhampton 40-49 Eastbourne
29/06 Coventry 49-41 Peterborough
29/06 Eastbourne 52-38 Wolverhampton
28/06 Peterborough 50-40 Coventry

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
09/10 Peterborough 51-39 Eastbourne
21/09 Eastbourne 55-35 Peterborough

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "2002 league tables". Speedway GB.
  3. ^ "2002 Elite League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.

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