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 2004, the league increased to ten teams, with the Arena Essex Hammers and the Swindon Robins moving up from the Premier League. 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 and the next four met in quarter and semi final rounds. The winner of these rounds qualified for the final.[3]

Final table

M W D L F A Pts Bon Tot
Poole Pirates 36 23 2 11 1721 1603 48 13 61
Wolverhampton Wolves 36 21 0 15 1729 1586 42 16 58
Ipswich Witches 36 21 0 15 1701 1626 42 11 53
Eastbourne Eagles 36 18 3 15 1699 1632 39 11 50
Oxford Silver Machine 36 19 0 17 1679 1672 38 10 48
Swindon Robins 36 18 3 15 1657 1667 39 6 45
Belle Vue Aces 35 17 0 18 1630 1597 34 9 43
Arena Essex Hammers 36 16 0 20 1651 1679 32 8 40
Peterborough Panthers 35 12 2 21 1514 1722 23 3 26
Coventry Bees 36 9 0 27 1565 1762 18 3 21

* Belle Vue v Peterborough 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

First leg:

Second leg:

Poole won the championship with an aggregate score of 112-71.

Leading averages

Rider Team Average
Sweden Tony Rickardsson Poole 10.89
Australia Leigh Adams Swindon 10.83
Australia Jason Crump Belle Vue 10.67
England David Norris Eastbourne 9.95
England Mark Loram Arena Essex 9.87
United States Greg Hancock Oxford 9.83
Denmark Nicki Pedersen Eastbourne 9.48
Sweden Mikael Max Wolverhampton 9.39
England Scott Nicholls Ipswich 9.33
Sweden Andreas Jonsson Coventry 9.07

Elite League Knockout Cup

The 2004 Elite League Knockout Cup was the 66th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. Poole Pirates were the winners of the competition.[4]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
01/04 Coventry 42-54 Belle Vue
06/05 Swindon 56-38 Wolverhampton
22/03 Wolverhampton 50-43 Swindon

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
23/09 Swindon 48-42 Belle Vue
11/09 Eastbourne 46-48 Ipswich
12/05 Kings Lynn 56-39 Isle Of Wight
06/05 Swindon 56-38 Wolverhampton
07/04 Arena Essex 48-46 Oxford
02/04 Peterborough 44-46 Poole
01/04 Coventry 42-54 Belle Vue
26/03 Oxford 47-46 Arena Essex
25/03 Ipswich 51-42 Eastbourne
24/03 Poole 58-37 Peterborough

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
07/10 Ipswich 51-42 Arena Essex
07/10 Swindon 53-40 Poole
06/10 Arena Essex 43-46 Ipswich
06/10 Poole 61-30 Swindon

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
31/10 Poole 57-39 Ipswich
21/10 Ipswich 48-42 Poole

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "2004 league tables". Speedway GB.
  3. ^ Bamford, Robert (2005). Tempus Speedway Yearbook 2005. NPI Media Group. ISBN 0-7524-3396-2.
  4. ^ "2004 Elite League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.

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