The 2014 Elite League took place between March and October 2014. The Poole Pirates were the defending champions after winning in 2013.[1]

Summary

This season saw the first team line-up change since 2011, with the Leicester Lions replacing the Peterborough Panthers who dropped down a division. Ahead of the season the BSPA announced a new rule called the "Fast Track Scheme" which means every side has to use two British youngsters at reserve who have passed through the National League - the third tier of British speedway.[2]

Poole Pirates won their second consecutive Elite League title, defeating Coventry Bees 90–71 in the Grand Final.[3]

Team Lineups

Belle Vue Aces

Birmingham Brummies

Coventry Bees

Eastbourne Eagles

Kings Lynn Stars

Lakeside Hammers

Leicester Lions

Poole Pirates

Swindon Robins

Wolverhampton Wolves

Final league table

Pos. Club M Home Away F A +/− Pts
3W 2W D L 4W 3W D 1L L
1 Poole Pirates (Q) 32 12 2 0 2 4 1 4 3 4 1542 1333 +209 70
2 King's Lynn Stars (Q) 32 11 4 0 1 3 4 0 5 4 1528 1346 +182 70
3 Coventry Bees (Q) 32 10 3 0 3 5 2 0 2 7 1489 1406 +83 64
4 Swindon Robins (Q) 32 10 3 0 3 3 1 0 4 8 1465 1407 +58 55
5 Eastbourne Eagles 32 12 3 1 0 0 0 0 4 12 1430 1460 −30 47
6 Lakeside Hammers 32 10 3 1 2 0 1 1 3 11 1435 1445 −10 45
7 Wolverhampton Wolves 32 6 4 2 4 0 2 0 3 11 1398 1524 −126 37
8 Belle Vue Aces 32 8 3 1 4 0 0 1 1 14 1372 1524 −152 34
9 Leicester Lions 32 5 3 1 7 0 0 0 3 13 1350 1564 −214 25
Birmingham Brummies Club folded, results expunged

Play-offs

Draw

  Semi-finals Grand final
                         
3 Coventry Bees 49 50 99  
4 Swindon Robins 41 45 86  
    3 Coventry Bees 34 37 71
  1 Poole Pirates 37 53 90
1 Poole Pirates 45 47 92
2 King's Lynn Stars 44 43 87  

Semi-finals

29 September 2014 Report Coventry Bees 49–41 Swindon Robins Brandon Stadium
Referee(s):
Chris Durno


29 September 2014 Report King's Lynn Stars 44–45 Poole Pirates King's Lynn Stadium
Referee(s):
Graham Flint


6 October 2014 Report Swindon Robins 45–50 Coventry Bees Abbey Stadium
Referee(s):
Dan Holt


16 October 2014[a] Report Poole Pirates 47–43 King's Lynn Stars Poole Stadium
Referee(s):
Christina Turnbull

Grand final

17 October 2014[b] Report Coventry Bees 34–37 Poole Pirates Brandon Stadium
Referee(s):
Peter Clarke


20 October 2014 Report Poole Pirates 53–37 Coventry Bees Poole Stadium
Referee(s):
Mick Bates

Notes

  1. ^ Postponed from 6 October 2014 due to a waterlogged track.
  2. ^ Result stood after 12 heats, due to rain.

Final Leading averages

[4]

Rider Team Average
Denmark Niels Kristian Iversen Kings Lynn 9.03
Australia Darcy Ward Poole 8.70
Australia Jason Doyle Leicester 8.44
Denmark Hans Andersen Coventry 8.33
Slovenia Matej Žagar Belle Vue 8.29
Denmark Peter Kildemand Swindon 7.58
Australia Troy Batchelor Swindon 7.58
England Scott Nicholls Belle Vue 7.56
Poland Maciej Janowski Poole 7.50
England Chris Harris Coventry 7.49

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References