The 2015 National League was the seventh season of the National League, the third tier of British speedway. The Cradley Heathens were the defending champions after winning the competition in 2014.

Cradley finished the 2015 season in third place, as the Birmingham Brummies won the championship title. With 14 wins from 18 matches, the Brummies won the title after a 47–42 victory at the Mildenhall Fen Tigers in September,[1] and ultimately finished 6 points clear of the Eastbourne Eagles.

Teams

The 2015 season featured 10 teams, one more than in 2014. The and Devon Demons did not compete in 2015, whilst the Birmingham Brummies, Eastbourne Eagles and Rye House Raiders all joined the league. National League co-ordinator Peter Morrish expressed his excitement ahead of the new season, with the addition of the Brummies and Eagles especially – two teams with extensive Elite League experience – it was expected to be one of the most exciting National League seasons in years.[2]

Team-by-team

Unless otherwise stated, all listed riders were declared at the start of the 2015 National League season.[3]

Birmingham Brummies

Buxton Hitmen

Coventry Storm

Cradley Heathens

Eastbourne Eagles

Kent Kings

King's Lynn Young Stars

Mildenhall Fen Tigers

Rye House Raiders

Stoke Potters

Final league table

Pos. Club M Home Away F A +/− Pts
W D L 4W 3W D 1L L
1 Birmingham Brummies (C) 18 8 0 1 4 2 0 2 1 867 758 +109 48
2 Eastbourne Eagles 18 9 0 0 2 1 1 2 3 908 726 +182 42
3 Cradley Heathens 18 8 0 1 1 2 0 3 3 839 745 +94 37
4 Coventry Storm 18 8 0 1 1 2 0 2 4 816 774 +42 36
5 Rye House Raiders 18 6 1 2 1 2 0 1 5 797 766 +31 30
6 King's Lynn Young Stars 18 7 0 2 0 1 0 0 8 797 847 −50 24
7 Mildenhall Fen Tigers 18 7 0 2 0 0 0 1 8 730 879 −149 22
8 Buxton Hitmen 18 5 0 4 0 1 0 2 6 774 862 −88 20
9 Stoke Potters 18 4 1 4 0 2 0 0 7 765 838 −73 19
10 Kent Kings 18 4 0 5 0 0 1 4 4 766 864 −98 18

Final Leading averages

[22]

Rider Team Average
Adam Ellis Birmingham 10.14
Rob Branford Rye House 10.14
Bradley Wilson-Dean Eastbourne 9.83

National League Knockout Cup

The 2015 National League Knockout Cup was the 18th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier three teams. Eastbourne Eagles were the winners.[23] [24]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
12/04 Mildenhall 38-52 King's Lynn
15/04 King's Lynn 54-35 Mildenhall
06/04 Rye House 42-45 Stoke
19/04 Stoke 44-45 Rye House

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
19/07 Buxton 51-39 Kings Lynn
21/08 Kings Lynn 53-37 Buxton
16/05 Stoke 35-43 Cradley
27/05 Cradley 57-33 Stoke
20/05 Birmingham 47-42 Eastbourne
21/06 Eastbourne 50-39 Birmingham
11/05 Kent 52-38 Coventry
15/05 Coventry 45-45 Kent

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
29/06 Kent 28-42 Eastbourne
01.08 Eastbourne 50-40 Kent
07/10 King's Lynn 39-51 Cradley
14/10 Cradley 57-33 King's Lynn

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
21/10 Cradley 30-30 Eastbourne
24/10 Eastbourne 47-43 Cradley

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

Notes

  1. ^ a b Josh Bates replaced Tom Perry for the eleventh declaration of the season.[4] This change was reverted for the thirteenth declaration of the season.[5] Bates replaced Perry once again, for the fourteenth declaration of the season,[6] but the change was reverted for the fifteenth declaration of the season.[7]
  2. ^ a b replaced for the fourth declaration of the season.[8]
  3. ^ a b replaced for the thirteenth declaration of the season.[5]
  4. ^ a b replaced for the fourth declaration of the season.[8]
  5. ^ a b replaced for the twenty-first declaration of the season.[9]
  6. ^ a b replaced for the thirteenth declaration of the season.[5]
  7. ^ a b replaced for the fourth declaration of the season.[8]
  8. ^ For the thirteenth declaration, was no longer listed as a rider for the Buxton Hitmen. No replacement was announced.[5]
  9. ^ Buxton Hitmen competed with seven riders for the majority of the season. However, was signed for the twenty-first declaration.[9]
  10. ^ a b replaced for the seventeenth declaration of the season.[10]
  11. ^ a b replaced for the fifth declaration of the season.[11]
  12. ^ a b replaced for Declaration 9a of the season.[12]
  13. ^ a b replaced for the second declaration of the season.[13]
  14. ^ a b replaced for the nineteenth declaration of the season.[14]
  15. ^ a b replaced for the twelfth declaration of the season.[15] This change was reverted for the sixteenth declaration of the season.[16]
  16. ^ Kent Kings competed with seven riders for the majority of the season. However, was signed for the eighteenth declaration.[17]
  17. ^ a b replaced James Cockle for the twelfth declaration of the season.[15]
  18. ^ a b replaced for the fifth declaration of the season.[11]
  19. ^ a b replaced for the fourteenth declaration of the season.[6]
  20. ^ a b replaced for the second declaration of the season.[18] This change was reverted for the fifth declaration of the season.[11]
  21. ^ For the twentieth declaration, was no longer listed as a rider for the Rye House Raiders. No replacement was announced.[19] Hume returned to the team for the twenty-second declaration.[20]
  22. ^ a b replaced for the ninth declaration of the season.[21]
  23. ^ a b replaced for the fourth declaration of the season.[8]

References

  1. ^ Pearson, Nigel (7 September 2015). "Mildenhall 42 Birmingham 47: Brilliant Brummies in title triumph". Birmingham Mail. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  2. ^ http://www.speedwaygb.co/news.php?extend.27962
  3. ^ "2015 National League Team Declarations Issue 1" (PDF). National League. Speedway GB. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  4. ^ "2015 National League Team Declarations Issue 11" (PDF). National League. Speedway GB. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d "2015 National League Team Declarations Issue 13" (PDF). National League. Speedway GB. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  6. ^ a b "2015 National League Team Declarations Issue 14" (PDF). National League. Speedway GB. 24 July 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  7. ^ "2015 National League Team Declarations Issue 15" (PDF). National League. Speedway GB. 27 July 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d "2015 National League Team Declarations Issue 4" (PDF). National League. Speedway GB. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  9. ^ a b "2015 National League Team Declarations Issue 21" (PDF). National League. Speedway GB. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  10. ^ "2015 National League Team Declarations Issue 17" (PDF). National League. Speedway GB. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  11. ^ a b c "2015 National League Team Declarations Issue 5" (PDF). National League. Speedway GB. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  12. ^ "2015 National League Team Declarations Issue 9a" (PDF). National League. Speedway GB. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  13. ^ "2015 National League Team Declarations Issue 3" (PDF). National League. Speedway GB. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  14. ^ "2015 National League Team Declarations Issue 19" (PDF). National League. Speedway GB. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  15. ^ a b "2015 National League Team Declarations Issue 12" (PDF). National League. Speedway GB. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  16. ^ "2015 National League Team Declarations Issue 16" (PDF). National League. Speedway GB. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  17. ^ "2015 National League Team Declarations Issue 18" (PDF). National League. Speedway GB. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  18. ^ "2015 National League Team Declarations Issue 2" (PDF). National League. Speedway GB. 17 April 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  19. ^ "2015 National League Team Declarations Issue 20" (PDF). National League. Speedway GB. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  20. ^ "2015 National League Team Declarations Issue 22" (PDF). National League. Speedway GB. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  21. ^ "2015 National League Team Declarations Issue 9" (PDF). National League. Speedway GB. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  22. ^ "2015 Averages" (PDF). Speedway GB.
  23. ^ "National League Knockout Cup Winners". Speedway Archive.
  24. ^ "Ocitber 2015 results". Speedway Great Britain.