1964 Speedway National League

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1964 Speedway National League
LeagueNational League
Season1964
ChampionsOxford Cheetahs
No. of competitors7
National TrophyOxford Cheetahs
Division/s below1964 Provincial League

The 1964 National League was the nineteenth post-war season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain, but the final season of the National League being the highest tier.[1]

Summary[edit]

West Ham Hammers returned after a nine-year absence but the league stayed at seven competitors with the withdrawal of Southampton Saints. Oxford Cheetahs, who had finished bottom of the table in 1963, rose spectacularly up the league to win the title, a repeat of the feat they had accomplished at a lower level in 1950[2]

Final table[edit]

Team PL W D L Pts
Oxford Cheetahs 12 9 0 3 18
Coventry Bees 12 8 1 3 17
Norwich Stars 12 6 0 6 12
Belle Vue Aces 12 5 1 6 11
Swindon Robins 12 4 1 7 9
Wimbledon Dons 12 4 1 7 9
West Ham Hammers 12 4 0 8 8

On account of the small number of teams in the league meeting each other only once home and away, the Britannia Shield was run in a league format. Oxford Cheetahs came out on top.

Britannia Shield table[edit]

Team PL W D L Pts
Oxford Cheetahs 12 8 1 3 17
Coventry Bees 12 8 0 4 16
Belle Vue Aces 12 6 0 6 12
Swindon Robins 12 6 0 6 12
Norwich Stars 12 5 0 7 10
Wimbledon Dons 12 5 0 7 10
West Ham Hammers 12 3 1 8 7

Top Ten Riders (League only)[edit]

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Ove Fundin Sweden Norwich Stars 10.71
2 Göte Nordin Sweden Wimbledon Dons 10.62
3 Barry Briggs New Zealand Swindon Robins 10.51
4 Nigel Boocock England Coventry Bees 10.44
5 Ken McKinlay Scotland Coventry Bees 9.92
6 Ron How England Oxford Cheetahs 9.84
7 Mike Broadbank England Swindon Robins 9.80
8 Sören Sjösten Sweden Belle Vue Aces 9.62
9 Björn Knutsson Sweden West Ham Hammers 9.16
10 Dick Fisher England Belle Vue Aces 8.77

[3]

National Trophy[edit]

The 1964 National Trophy was the 26th edition of the Knockout Cup. Oxford were the winners.[4]

First Round[edit]

Date Team One Score Team Two
03/07 Norwich 47-36 Oxford
25/06 Oxford 48-36 Norwich
13/06 Coventry 43-41 West Ham
09/06 West Ham 45-39 Coventry
17/08 Wimbledon 46-38 Swindon
08/08 Swindon 51-33 Wimbledon

Semi Finals[edit]

Date Team One Score Team Two
08/08 Belle Vue 32a-28a Oxford
12/09 Belle Vue 46-38 Oxford
06/08 Oxford 49-35 Belle Vue
05/09 Swindon 43-41 West Ham
? West Ham ? Swindon

a=abandoned after 10 heats

Final[edit]

Date Team One Score Team Two
22/09 West Ham 52-32 Oxford
24/09 Oxford 53-31 West Ham

See also[edit]

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "League Tables".
  3. ^ "Rider Averages" (PDF).
  4. ^ "1964 National Trophy". Speedway archive.