1973 British League season

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1973 British League season
LeagueBritish League
Season1973
ChampionsReading Racers
No. of competitors18
Knockout CupBelle Vue Aces
Division/s belowBritish League (Div 2)

The 1973 British League season was the ninth season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1]

Summary[edit]

Glasgow Tigers relocated to become Coatbridge Tigers. The Reading Racers won their first title.

Final table[edit]

Team PL W D L Pts
Reading Racers 34 25 1 8 51
Sheffield Tigers 34 22 3 9 47
King's Lynn Stars 34 20 3 11 43
Leicester Lions 34 21 0 13 42
Ipswich Witches 34 19 2 12 41
Belle Vue Aces 34 19 1 14 39
Wolverhampton Wolves 34 18 1 15 37
Exeter Falcons 34 16 3 15 35
Halifax Dukes 34 16 2 16 34
Newport Wasps 34 16 0 18 32
Oxford Rebels 34 14 2 18 30
Wimbledon Dons 34 14 1 19 29
Swindon Robins 34 13 3 18 29
Poole Pirates 34 13 2 19 28
Coventry Bees 34 13 0 21 26
Hackney Hawks 34 11 4 19 26
Coatbridge Tigers 34 12 1 21 25
Cradley United 34 7 4 23 18

M = Matches; W = Wins; D = Draws; L = Losses; Pts = Total Points

Top Ten Riders[edit]

Both Michanek and Mauger recorded perfect 12 point average scores at home for the season, meaning they were unbeaten by any opposing rider on their own track in League competition.

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Anders Michanek Sweden Reading Racers 11.55
2 Ivan Mauger New Zealand Exeter Falcons 11.30
3 Ole Olsen Denmark Wolverhampton Wolves 11.10
4 Eric Boocock England Halifax Dukes 10.52
5 Dag Lövaas Norway Reading Racers 10.37
6 Malcolm Simmons England King's Lynn Stars 10.33
7 John Boulger Australia Leicester Lions 10.25
8 Chris Pusey England Belle Vue Aces 10.24
9 Martin Ashby England Swindon Robins 10.11
10 John Louis England Ipswich Witches 10.07

British League Knockout Cup[edit]

The 1973 British League Knockout Cup was the 35th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. Belle Vue were the winners after Peter Collins of Belle Vue defeated Anders Michanek of Reading in a race-off because the tie had finished 78-78 on aggregate.[2]

First Round[edit]

Date Team One Score Team Two
28/04 Belle Vue 48-30 Oxford
28/04 Coventry 44-34 Reading
27/04 Hackney 43-35 Swindon
26/04 Oxford 41-37 Belle Vue

Second Round[edit]

Date Team One Score Team Two
25/06 Reading 56-22 Coatbridge
22/06 Coatbridge 41-37 Reading
15/06 Wolverhampton 43-35 Exeter
14/06 Sheffield 29-49 Belle Vue
12/06 Leicester 36-42 Kings Lynn
02/06 Belle Vue 43-35 Sheffield
02/06 Halifax 49-29 Wimbledon
30/05 Poole 40-38 Cradley Heath
26/05 Kings Lynn 42-36 Leicester
18/05 Newport 45-33 Ipswich
17/05 Ipswich 41-37 Newport
17/05 Wimbledon 37-41 Halifax
12/05 Cradley Heath 37-41 Poole
12/05 Swindon 43-35 Hackney
07/05 Exeter 37-41 Wolverhampton
28/07 Swindon 52-25 Hackney
15/06 Hackney 43-35 Swindon

Quarter Finals[edit]

Date Team One Score Team Two
01/09 Swindon 39-39 Wolverhampton
17/08 Newport 45-33 Reading
17/08 Wolverhampton 43-35 Swindon
13/08 Halifax 41-37 Belle Vue
10/08 Poole 39-39 Kings Lynn
30/07 Reading 55-23 Newport
18/07 Belle Vue 57-21 Halifax
23/06 Kings Lynn 47-31 Poole

Semi Finals[edit]

Date Team One Score Team Two
26/09 Belle Vue 48-30 Wolverhampton
14/09 Wolverhampton 42-36 Belle Vue
05/09 Kings Lynn 40-38 Reading
03/09 Reading 52-26 Kings Lynn

Final[edit]

Date Team One Score Team Two
01/10 Reading 47-31 Belle Vue
24/10 Belle Vue 47-31 Reading

See also[edit]

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1973 British League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.