The SGB Premiership 2019 was the top division, called the SGB Premiership, of the British speedway championship in 2019. From the 2018 league season two teams, Leicester Lions and Somerset Rebels, dropped down to the next league down, the SGB Championship, and were replaced in the league by Ipswich Witches and Peterborough Panthers. Although no promotion or relegation exist in British speedway these changes were taken purely due to financial concerns of the teams that dropped out of the SGB Premiership. Rye House Rockets who had taken part in the previous SGB Premiership season closed down.

Background

The league ran between March and October 2019 and had seven teams participating. The line-up of teams changed from the previous 2018 league season with both Leicester Lions and Somerset Rebels dropping down into the SGB Championship and being replaced by two 2018 SGB Championship teams Ipswich Witches and Peterborough Panthers. Rye House Rockets who withdrew from the 2018 did not reenter the league. Poole Pirates were the defending champions after winning the title in 2018. BT Sport continued its TV coverage of the SGB Premiership in 2019.

At the Speedway AGM in November 2018, a number of changes were made to the rules and regulations for 2019. The biggest change was the introduction of fixed race nights: from now on, all Premiership meetings would be held on either a Monday or Thursday. Riders in teams must have achieved a minimum average of 3.00 to be able to race in the league. Although the team points limit remained at 42.50.

2019 teams

Belle Vue Aces

27 June Tero Aarnio replaced Ricky Wells in the Belle Vue Aces team[7]
30 July replaced the injured Tero Aarnio in the Belle Vue Aces team[8]
23 August replaced the injured in the Belle Vue Aces team[9]

Ipswich Witches

7 June Edward Kennett replaced David Bellego in the Ipswich Witches team[10]
27 August Niels-Kristian Iversen and James Sarjeant replaced Edward Kennett and Krystian Pieszczek in the Ipswich Witches team[11]

King's Lynn Stars

28 May Craig Cook and Simon Lambert replaced and the injured Erik Riss in the King's Lynn Stars team [12]
27 June and Erik Riss replaced Simon Lambert and Ty Proctor in the King's Lynn Stars team [13]
17 July Nicklas Porsing replaced the planned signed rider due to his injuries in the King's Lynn Stars team [14]

Peterborough Panthers

18 January Chris Harris is released from his Peterborough Panthers contract[15]
27 March Craig Cook is released from his Peterborough Panthers contract[16]
30 March Aaron Summers signed for Peterborough Panthers [17]
21 May Josh Bates and Scott Nicholls replaced Ben Barker and Lasse Bjerre in the Peterborough Panthers team [18]
27 June Ty Proctor replaced the injured in the Peterborough Panthers team[19]
14 August Jason Garrity replaced the injured Josh Bates in the Peterborough Panthers team[20]
27 August Ulrich Ostergaard replaced the injured Aaron Summers in the Peterborough Panthers team[21]

Poole Pirates

17 July Ricky Wells replaced in the Poole Pirates team [22]
27 August Thomas H. Jonasson replaced the injured in the Poole Pirates team [23]

Swindon Robins

23 May Ellis Perks replaced James Shanes in the Swindon Robins team [24]
2 May Rasmus Jensen replaced Dawid Lampart in the Swindon Robins team [25]
5 June Zach Wajtknecht stood down from the Swindon Robins team with Stefan Nielsen replacing him[26]
19 June David Bellego replaced the injured Tobiasz Musielak in the Swindon Robins team [27]
10 July replaced the injured in the Swindon Robins team [28]
16 July Tobiasz Musielak replaced David Bellego in the Swindon Robins team [29]

Wolverhampton Wolves

14 March Scott Nicholls replaced the injured Jacob Thorssell in the Wolverhampton Wolves team [30]
21 May Jacob Thorssell replaced Scott Nicholls in the Wolverhampton Wolves team [31]
29 June Ryan Douglas replaced Ashley Morris in the Wolverhampton Wolves team [32]

Results

Teams face each other four times: twice home and away. The first of the home and away meetings are called the 'A' fixtures, and the second are the 'B' fixtures.

'A' Fixtures

Home \ Away BV IPS KL PET PP SWI WOL
Belle Vue Aces 47–43 54–36 51–39 45–45 49–41 56–34
Ipswich Witches 52–38 49–41 49–41 49–41 37–53 46–44
King's Lynn Stars 54–36 45–45 55–35 57–33 49–40 52–38
Peterborough Panthers 40–50 39–51 45–45 46–44 50–40 41–49
Poole Pirates 55–35 48–42 49–41 43–47 51–39 51–39
Swindon Robins 55–35 46–44 50–40 46–44 45–45 52–38
Wolverhampton Wolves 36–52 50–40 51–39 59–31 44–46 46–44
Source: [33]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

'B' Fixtures

Home \ Away BV IPS KL PET PP SWI WOL
Belle Vue Aces 49–41 54–36 62–28 44–46 48–42 43–47
Ipswich Witches 48–42 48–42 54–36 43–47 48–42 41–37
King's Lynn Stars 55–35 57–33 53–37 39–51 39–51 54–36
Peterborough Panthers 42–48 38–51 54–36 46–44 44–46 48–42
Poole Pirates 37–35 51–39 58–32 50–40 45–44 41–49
Swindon Robins 58–32 66–24 50–40 65–25 53–37 46–44
Wolverhampton Wolves 54–36 45–45 53–36 56–34 55–35 48–42
Source: [33]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

League table

Final Table Up To And Including Wednesday 18 September

Pos. Club M Home Away F A Pts +/−
W D L 4W 3W D 1L L
1 Poole Pirates 24 10 0 2 1 4 2 2 3 1101 1041 52 +60
2 Swindon Robins 24 11 1 0 2 0 0 6 4 1156 1003 50 +153
3 Wolverhampton Wolves 24 9 1 2 2 1 0 4 5 1096 1051 43 +45
4 Ipswich Witches 24 9 0 3 2 0 2 3 5 1055 1092 42 -37
5 Belle Vue Aces 24 9 1 2 2 1 0 2 7 1076 1066 41 +10
6 King's Lynn Stars 24 9 1 2 0 0 1 1 10 1073 1085 31 -12
7 Peterborough Panthers 24 5 1 6 0 1 0 1 10 970 1189 20 -219

Play-offs

Draw

  Semi Finals Grand Final
                         
Poole Pirates 50 36 86  
Ipswich Witches 40 54 94  
    Ipswich Witches 41 27 68
  Swindon Robins 49 62 111
Swindon Robins 49 58 107
Wolverhampton Wolves 39 32 71  

Home team scores are in bold
Overall aggregate scores are in red

Semi-finals


26 September [34] Poole Pirates 50–40 Ipswich Witches Poole Stadium
Referee(s):
Christina Turnball

28 September [35] Ipswich Witches 54–36 Poole Pirates Foxhall Stadium
Referee(s):
Chris Gay

9 October [36] Wolverhampton Wolves 39–49 Swindon Robins Monmore Green
Referee(s):
Graham Flint

10 October [37] Swindon Robins 58–32 Wolverhampton Wolves Abbey Stadium
Referee(s):
Darren Hartley

Grand final


15 October [38] Ipswich Witches 41–49 Swindon Robins Foxhall Stadium
Referee(s):
Mick Bates

17 October [39] Swindon Robins 62–27 Ipswich Witches Abbey Stadium
Referee(s):
Christina Turnball

Premiership Supporters Cup

The 2019 Knockout Cup was the 77th edition and (second under its new name) of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams.

Northern Group

Fixtures

Home \ Away BV PET WOL
Belle Vue Aces 50–40 54–36
Peterborough Panthers 42–48 46–44
Wolverhampton Wolves 52–38
Source: [33]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

The Wolverhampton Wolves Vs Peterborough Panthers fixture was not restaged after one postponement, and one abandonment.

Table

Northern Group Table
Final Table Up To And Including Monday 22 April

Pos. Club M Home Away F A Pts +/−
W D L 4W 3W D 1L L
1 Belle Vue Aces 4 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 190 170 9 +20
2 Wolverhampton Wolves 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 132 138 4 -6
3 Peterborough Panthers 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 128 142 3 -14

Southern Group

Fixtures

Home \ Away IPS KL PP SWI
Ipswich Witches 59–31 52–38 48–42
King's Lynn Stars 52–38 41–49 47–43
Poole Pirates 46–44 37–53
Swindon Robins 51–39 58–32 45–45
Source: [33]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

The Poole Pirates Vs King's Lynn Stars fixture was not restaged after it was postponed twice

Table

Southern Group Table
Final Table Up To And Including Thursday 27 June

Pos. Club M Home Away F A Pts +/−
W D L 4W 3W D 1L L
1 Swindon Robins 6 2 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 292 248 13 +44
2 Ipswich Witches 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 280 260 10 +20
3 Poole Pirates 5 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 215 235 9 -20
4 King's Lynn Stars 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 203 247 6 -44

Grand final


12 September [40] Belle Vue Aces 49–41 Swindon Robins National Speedway Stadium
Referee(s):
Phil Griffin

19 September [41] Swindon Robins 56–34 Belle Vue Aces Abbey Stadium
Referee(s):
Jim McGregor

SGB Premiership Shield

8 April [42] King's Lynn Stars 40–50 Poole Pirates Adrian Flux Arena
Referee(s):
Chris Durno

11 April [43] Poole Pirates 44–46 King's Lynn Stars Poole Stadium
Referee(s):
Tony Steele

Leading averages

Final SGB Premiership Averages Up To And Including Wednesday 30 October

Rider Team Average
Australia Jason Doyle Swindon 8.96
Australia Troy Batchelor Swindon 8.82
Australia Max Fricke Belle Vue 8.81
Denmark Rasmus Jensen Swindon 7.86
England Robert Lambert King's Lynn 7.81
England Craig Cook King's Lynn 7.78
Denmark Kenneth Bjerre Belle Vue 7.75
Denmark Niels-Kristian Iversen Ipswich 7.54
Australia Brady Kurtz Poole 7.54
Australia Jack Holder Poole 7.49
Denmark Nicolai Klindt Poole 7.43
Australia Josh Grajczonek Poole 7.29
Australia Sam Masters Wolverhampton 7.35
Sweden Jacob Thorssell Wolverhampton 7.33

Official Speedway GB Green Sheets Averages[44]

Notes

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