The 2015 Premier League season was the second division of British speedway.

Summary

took place between March and October 2015. The Edinburgh Monarchs were the defending champions after winning the championship in 2014. The 13 teams that competed remained unchanged from the teams who competed in 2014. There had been concerns about whether or not the Peterborough Panthers would be able to compete but their future was secured after being able to raise the money necessary to continue racing.[1]

In an all-Scottish final, the Edinburgh Monarchs became the first team to win consecutive Premier League titles, by beating the Glasgow Tigers in the Grand Final. The Tigers held a 7-point lead after the first leg at Ashfield, but the Monarchs won 14 of the 15 heats in the second leg at Armadale – winning 58–32 on the night – to win the tie overall 99–80.[2] It was one of three titles won by the Monarchs in 2015; in the Premier League Cup, the Monarchs beat the Tigers once again 100–79,[3] while the quartet of Craig Cook, Sam Masters, Erik Riss and Justin Sedgmen won the Premier League Fours.[4]

Aside from Edinburgh's successes, the Somerset Rebels defeated the Monarchs to win the Knockout Cup,[5] Daniel King and Rohan Tungate won the Premier League Pairs for the Ipswich Witches,[6] and Danish rider Ulrich Østergaard won the Premier League Riders' Championship for the Peterborough Panthers.[7]

Teams

Team-by-team

Unless otherwise stated, all listed riders were declared at the start of the 2015 Premier League season.[8]

Berwick Bandits

Edinburgh Monarchs

Glasgow Tigers

Ipswich Witches

Newcastle Diamonds

Peterborough Panthers

Plymouth Devils

Redcar Bears

Rye House Rockets

Scunthorpe Scorpions

Sheffield Tigers

Somerset Rebels

Workington Comets

Final league table

Pos. Club M Home Away F A +/− Pts
W D L 4W 3W D 1L L
1 Edinburgh Monarchs (Q) 24 10 0 2 6 1 1 2 2 1229 955 +274 61
2 Somerset Rebels (Q) 24 10 0 2 3 3 1 2 3 1188 998 +190 55
3 Glasgow Tigers (Q) 24 10 0 2 2 4 0 4 2 1122 999 +123 54
4 Peterborough Panthers (Q) 24 8 0 4 4 2 1 3 2 1104 1039 +65 51
5 Sheffield Tigers (Q) 24 10 1 1 2 3 0 1 6 1112 1062 +50 49
6 Plymouth Devils (Q) 24 10 0 2 2 1 1 0 8 1123 1074 +49 43
7 Ipswich Witches 24 7 2 3 0 5 0 4 3 1163 1023 +140 42
8 Workington Comets 24 12 0 0 0 0 1 0 11 1086 1116 −30 38
9 Newcastle Diamonds 24 8 0 4 0 1 0 0 11 1067 1129 −62 27
10 Berwick Bandits 24 6 1 5 1 0 0 1 10 1011 1173 −162 24
11 Scunthorpe Scorpions 24 7 0 5 0 0 1 1 10 999 1185 −186 24
12 Rye House Rockets 24 5 1 6 1 0 0 1 10 998 1166 −168 21
13 Redcar Bears 24 6 1 5 0 0 0 0 12 946 1229 −283 19

Play-offs

Draw

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Grand Final
   
2 Somerset Rebels 484189  
3 Glasgow Tigers 4456100  
3 Glasgow Tigers 424991    
6 Plymouth Devils 463480  
  3 Glasgow Tigers 483280
 
    1 Edinburgh Monarchs 415899
1 Edinburgh Monarchs 4458102
4 Peterborough Panthers 465197  
4 Peterborough Panthers 463278  
5 Sheffield Tigers 443882  


Quarter-finals

17 September 2015 Report Sheffield Tigers 44–46 Peterborough Panthers Owlerton Stadium
Referee(s):
Darren Hartley

27 September 2015 Report Peterborough Panthers 51–38 Sheffield Tigers East of England Showground
Referee(s):
Dale Entwistle


2 October 2015 Report Plymouth Devils 46–44 Glasgow Tigers St Boniface Arena
Referee(s):
Stuart Wilson

4 October 2015 Report Glasgow Tigers 56–34 Plymouth Devils Ashfield Stadium
Referee(s):
Phil Griffin

Semi-finals

4 October 2015 Report Peterborough Panthers 46–44 Edinburgh Monarchs East of England Showground
Referee(s):
Peter Clarke

9 October 2015 Report Edinburgh Monarchs 58–32 Peterborough Panthers Armadale Stadium
Referee(s):
Willie Dishington


9 October 2015 Report Somerset Rebels 48–42 Glasgow Tigers Oaktree Arena
Referee(s):
David Watters

11 October 2015 Report Glasgow Tigers 49–41 Somerset Rebels Ashfield Stadium
Referee(s):
Michael Breckon

Grand final

16 October 2015 Report Glasgow Tigers 48–41 Edinburgh Monarchs Ashfield Stadium
Referee(s):
Chris Gay


17 October 2015 Report Edinburgh Monarchs 58–32 Glasgow Tigers Armadale Stadium
Referee(s):
Dave Robinson


Final Leading averages

[29]

Rider Team Average
England Simon Stead Sheffield 10.41
England Craig Cook Edinburgh 10.35
England Danny King Ipswich 9.54
England Richard Lawson Glasgow 9.12
Australia Sam Masters Edinburgh 8.98
Australia Brady Kurtz Somerset 8.73
England Oliver Allen Peterborough 8.51
Australia Josh Grajczonek Somerset 8.50
England Jason Garrity Sheffield 8.46
England Robert Lambert Peterborough/Rye House 8.38

Premier League Knockout Cup

The 2015 Premier League Knockout Cup was the 48th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier two teams. Somerset Rebels were the winners of the competition.[30]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
28/06 Newcastle 63-26 Scunthorpe
05/06 Scunthorpe 53-37 Newcastle
18/06 Plymouth 47-41 Peterborough
25/05 Peterborough 46-44 Plymouth
22/05 Edinburgh 59-31 Sheffield
21/05 Sheffield 46-44 Edinburgh
17/05 Rye House 60-30 Workington
16/05 Workington 51-39 Rye House
21/05 Ipswich 46-44 Berwick
09/05 Berwick 47-43 Ipswich

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
30/08 Newcastle 56-33 Glasgow
30/08 Glasgow 48-42 Newcastle
01/08 Edinburgh 61-29 Redcar
23/07 Redcar 37-35 Edinburgh
25/07 Berwick 40-50 Rye House
12/07 Rye House 42-48 Berwick
11/07 Plymouth 40-50 Somerset
10/07 Somerset 53-37 Plymouth

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
12/09 Rye House 43-47 Somerset
11/09 Somerset 60-30 Rye House
13/09 Newcastle 53-37 Edinburgh
04/09 Edinburgh 56-34 Newcastle

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
29/09 Somerset 49-41 Edinburgh
02/10 Edinburgh 47-43 Somerset

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

Notes

  1. ^ a b replaced Ben Barker for the twenty-first declaration of the season.[9]
  2. ^ a b replaced for the second declaration of the season.[10]
  3. ^ a b replaced for the fifteenth declaration of the season.[11]
  4. ^ a b replaced Alex Edberg for the thirtieth declaration of the season.[12]
  5. ^ a b Richard Hall replaced for the sixth declaration of the season.[13]
  6. ^ a b Kauko Nieminen replaced David Howe for the twenty-third declaration of the season.[14]
  7. ^ a b David Howe replaced Kozza Smith for the fifteenth declaration of the season.[11]
  8. ^ a b replaced for the twenty-third declaration of the season.[14]
  9. ^ a b Ashley Morris replaced Ritchie Hawkins for the seventeenth declaration of the season.[15]
  10. ^ a b Tero Aarnio replaced Lewis Rose for the twenty-first declaration of the season.[9]
  11. ^ a b replaced Oliver Allen for the nineteenth declaration of the season.[16]
  12. ^ a b Ben Barker replaced Robert Lambert for the twenty-eighth declaration of the season.[17]
  13. ^ a b replaced Lewis Blackbird for the thirtieth declaration of the season.[12]
  14. ^ a b replaced for the eighteenth declaration of the season.[18]
  15. ^ a b James Wright replaced for the twenty-third declaration of the season.[14]
  16. ^ a b Linus Eklöf replaced James Wright for the thirtieth declaration of the season.[12]
  17. ^ a b replaced Ashley Morris for the tenth declaration of the season.[19]
  18. ^ a b replaced Sam Chapman for the thirteenth declaration of the season.[20]
  19. ^ a b replaced for the fifteenth declaration of the season.[11]
  20. ^ a b Adam Roynon replaced Hugh Skidmore for the sixth declaration of the season.[13]
  21. ^ a b replaced Ben Morley for the twenty-third declaration of the season.[14]
  22. ^ a b Robert Lambert replaced for the thirtieth declaration of the season.[12]
  23. ^ a b replaced for the thirtieth declaration of the season.[12]
  24. ^ a b replaced Steve Boxall for the nineteenth declaration of the season.[16]
  25. ^ a b replaced Luke Bowen for the fourth declaration of the season.[21] This change was reverted for the twentieth declaration.[22]
  26. ^ a b Ryan Douglas replaced David Howe for the ninth declaration of the season.[23]
  27. ^ a b replaced Josh Auty for the twenty-fifth declaration of the season.[24]
  28. ^ a b Leigh Lanham replaced Ryan Douglas for the thirtieth declaration of the season.[12]
  29. ^ a b replaced Ben Wilson for the twenty-sixth declaration of the season.[25]
  30. ^ a b Ben Wilson replaced Ellis Perks for the ninth declaration of the season.[23]
  31. ^ a b Andre Compton replaced Simon Stead for the thirtieth declaration of the season.[12]
  32. ^ a b Jason Garrity replaced David Bellego for the second declaration of the season.[10]
  33. ^ a b David Bellego replaced Ty Proctor for the twelfth declaration of the season.[26]
  34. ^ a b Nicolai Klindt replaced Andre Compton for the twenty-fourth declaration of the season.[27]
  35. ^ a b Michele Castagna replaced Ashley Birks for the twenty-third declaration of the season.[14]
  36. ^ a b replaced Arthur Sissis for the thirtieth declaration of the season.[12]
  37. ^ a b Rasmus Jensen replaced Leigh Lanham for the twenty-sixth declaration of the season.[25]
  38. ^ a b replaced Benji Compton for the nineteenth declaration of the season.[16]
  39. ^ a b replaced Rusty Harrison for the eighth declaration of the season.[28]
  40. ^ a b Rusty Harrison replaced Nathan Greaves for the fifteenth declaration of the season.[11]
  41. ^ a b Matt Williamson replaced for the twentieth declaration of the season.[22]

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