1974 British League season

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1974 British League season
League British League
Season 1974
Champions Exeter Falcons
No. of competitors 17

The 1974 British League season was the tenth season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain. 1973 Champions Reading didn't compete as they no longer had a stadium. Hull Vikings replaced them. The league was reduced to seventeen teams when the Coatbridge Tigers dropped down to Division Two. Overseas riders that rode in other leagues abroad were banned which meant that top Swedish riders such as Anders Michanek, Bernt Persson, Tommy Jansson and Christer Lofqvist didn't compete.

The Exeter Falcons won their first title. At the end of the season Oxford Rebels finished four points above the Hull Vikings courtesy of a protest over Hull's victory against the Rebels. Hull were later re-awarded the points after a close season hearing and moved above the Rebels.

Final table[edit]

Team PL W D L Pts
Exeter Falcons 32 25 1 6 51
Belle Vue Aces 32 23 0 9 46
Ipswich Witches 32 22 1 9 45
Sheffield Tigers 32 21 0 11 42
King's Lynn Stars 32 20 1 11 41
Newport 32 17 3 12 37
Halifax Dukes 32 14 3 15 31
Wimbledon Dons 32 14 1 17 29
Hackney Hawks 32 13 2 17 28
Leicester Lions 32 13 1 18 27
Wolverhampton Wolves 32 13 1 18 27
Swindon Robins 32 12 2 18 26
Cradley United 32 12 1 19 25
Poole Pirates 32 12 1 19 25
Coventry Bees 32 12 0 20 24
Hull Vikings 32 10 0 22 20
Oxford Rebels 32 10 0 22 20

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

Top Ten Riders[edit]

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Ole Olsen Denmark Wolverhampton Wolves 11.21
2 Ivan Mauger New Zealand Exeter Falcons 11.15
3 Phil Crump Australia Newport 10.77
4 Peter Collins England Belle Vue Aces 10.73
5 John Louis England Ipswich Witches 10.73
6 Terry Betts England King's Lynn Stars 10.26
7 Dag Lövaas Norway Hackney Hawks 10.15
8 Martin Ashby England Swindon Robins 10.10
9 John Boulger Australia Cradley United 9.94
10 Eric Boocock England Halifax Dukes 9.92


Photos from 1974 are being uploaded to Wiki Common where they can be accessed to illustrate entries for 1974 teams and riders.