The Elite League is the top division of speedway in the United Kingdom and governed by the Speedway Control Bureau (SCB), in conjunction with the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA).[1][2]

Season summary

In 2003, the league decreased to eight teams, after the King's Lynn Stars dropped to the Premier League. The title was decided by a play-off between the top four teams.[3]

Final table

M W D L F A Pts Bon Tot
Poole Pirates 28 20 1 7 1335 1182 41 11 52
Coventry Bees 28 17 0 11 1295 1224 34 9 43
Peterborough Panthers 28 16 0 12 1325 1195 32 8 40
Oxford Silver Machine 28 16 0 12 1295 1224 32 8 40
Wolverhampton Wolves 28 14 1 13 1248 1265 29 6 35
Eastbourne Eagles 28 12 1 15 1261 1250 25 7 32
Belle Vue Aces 28 9 1 18 1219 1298 19 5 24
Ipswich Witches 28 6 0 22 1088 1428 12 0 12

Play-offs

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

Semi-finals

Final

First leg:

Second leg:

Poole won 100-79 on aggregate.

Leading averages

Rider Team Average
Australia Jason Crump Belle Vue 10.79
Australia Leigh Adams Poole 10.14
Sweden Magnus Zetterström Poole 10.07
Sweden Tony Rickardsson Poole 9.64
England Scott Nicholls Ipswich 9.41
Denmark Nicki Pedersen Oxford 9.33
Sweden Mikael Max Wolverhampton 9.28
United States Greg Hancock Oxford 9.28
Australia Ryan Sullivan Peterborough 9.23
United States Billy Hamill Coventry 9.23

Elite League Knockout Cup

The 2003 Elite League Knockout Cup was the 65th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. Poole Pirates were the winners of the competition.[4]

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
23/05 Peterborough 52-38 Coventry
09/05 Oxford 55-35 Ipswich
05/05 Ipswich 41-49 Oxford
21/04 Coventry 52-38 Peterborough
21/04 Wolverhampton 57-33 Belle Vue
18/04 Belle Vue 49-41 Wolverhampton
18/04 Eastbourne 40-32 Poole
18/04 Poole 56-34 Eastbourne
10/09
(replay)
Peterborough 44-46 Coventry
03/09
(replay)
Coventry 61-29 Peterborough

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
11/10 Coventry 50-40 Wolverhampton
10/10 Oxford 46-44 Poole
08/10 Wolverhampton 48-41 Coventry
15/09 Poole 56-34 Oxford

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
25/10 Coventry 46-44 Poole
23/10 Poole 46-42 Coventry

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "2003 league tables". Speedway GB.
  3. ^ Bamford, Robert (2005). Tempus Speedway Yearbook 2005. NPI Media Group. ISBN 0-7524-3396-2.
  4. ^ "2003 Elite League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.

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