The Premier League Knockout Cup was a motorcycle speedway Knockout Cup competition in the United Kingdom between 1995 and 2016, governed by the Speedway Control Bureau (SCB).

History

The teams from the Premier League, the top tier of league racing between 1995 and 1996 competed in the competition before they switched to the Elite League Knockout Cup. The second tier teams then exclusively competed in the competition from 1997 until 2016. Similar competitions were staged between teams in the two divisions of the British League. The last winners of the Knockout Cup were the Glasgow Tigers who gained a 104–76 aggregate victory over the Newcastle Diamonds over two legs.[1]The competition was organised by the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA).

Competition format

The competition was run on a knockout principle; teams drawn together race home and away matches against each other, with the aggregate score deciding the result. In the event of the aggregate score being level, the teams again race home and away against each other until the tie is decided by an aggregate win.[2] With the current 14 teams, 12 teams will be drawn into the first round, with two other teams receiving a bye into the next round. Each round is contested with a home and away leg, with the winner on aggregate qualifying for the next round.

Winners

Year Winners Runners-up
Premier League Knockout Cup
1995+ Bradford Dukes Belle Vue Aces
1996+ Wolverhampton Wolves Peterborough Panthers
1997 Edinburgh Monarchs Oxford Cheetahs
1998 Reading Racers Peterborough Panthers
1999 Edinburgh Monarchs Arena Essex Hammers
2000 Swindon Robins Hull Vikings
2001 Hull Vikings Exeter Falcons
2002 Sheffield Tigers Hull Vikings
2003 Isle of Wight Islanders Sheffield Tigers
2004 Hull Vikings Isle of Wight Islanders
2005 King's Lynn Stars Rye House Rockets
2006 King's Lynn Stars Somerset Rebels
2007 King's Lynn Stars Somerset Rebels
2008 Somerset Rebels Workington Comets
2009 King's Lynn Stars Edinburgh Monarchs
2010 Newcastle Diamonds Edinburgh Monarchs
2011 Newport Wasps Glasgow Tigers
2012 Newcastle Diamonds Ipswich Witches
2013 Somerset Rebels Rye House Rockets
2014 Edinburgh Monarchs Ipswich Witches
2015 Somerset Rebels Edinburgh Monarchs
2016 Glasgow Tigers Newcastle Diamonds

Note

The 1995 and 1996 competition was for tier one teams following the merger of the division one and two leagues.

See also

Knockout Cup (speedway) for full list of winners and competitions

References

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