1975 British League season

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1975 British League season
League British League
Season 1975
Champions Ipswich Witches
No. of competitors 18
Knockout Cup Belle Vue Aces
Division/s below 1975 National League

The 1975 Gulf Oil British League season was the eleventh season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1]

Summary[edit]

The league was sponsored for the first time by Gulf Oil. Reading Racers returned after a one-season absence to increase the size of the league back to eighteen teams and the ban on Overseas riders that rode in other leagues abroad was lifted. The Ipswich Witches won their first title.

Final table[edit]

Team PL W D L Pts
Ipswich Witches 34 26 1 7 53
Belle Vue Aces 34 25 2 7 52
Newport 34 24 1 9 49
Exeter Falcons 34 20 3 11 45
Sheffield Tigers 34 21 0 13 42
Reading Racers 34 21 0 13 42
Oxford Rebels 34 18 0 16 36
Leicester Lions 34 16 4 14 36
Wimbledon Dons 34 16 2 16 34
Halifax Dukes 34 15 3 16 33
Cradley United 34 15 2 17 32
King's Lynn Stars 34 14 3 17 31
Wolverhampton Wolves 34 13 1 20 27
Hull Vikings 34 10 4 20 24
Poole Pirates 34 10 3 21 23
Coventry Bees 34 9 2 23 20
Hackney Hawks 34 9 1 24 19
Swindon Robins 34 8 0 26 16

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

Top Ten Riders[edit]

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Ivan Mauger New Zealand Exeter Falcons 11.45
2 Peter Collins England Belle Vue Aces 11.27
3 Phil Crump Australia Newport 11.17
4 Anders Michanek Sweden Reading Racers 11.03
5 Ole Olsen Denmark Wolverhampton Wolves 10.79
6 John Louis England Ipswich Witches 10.67
7 Dave Jessup England Leicester Lions 10.45
8 Malcolm Simmons England Poole Pirates 10.37
9 Dag Lövaas Norway Oxford Rebels 10.22
10 Reg Wilson England Sheffield Tigers 10.18

British League Knockout Cup[edit]

The 1975 British League Knockout Cup was the 37th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. Belle Vue Aces were the winners.[2]

First Round[edit]

Date Team One Score Team Two
22/05 Sheffield 44-34 Exeter
19/04 Belle Vue 49-29 Wolverhampton
18/04 Wolverhampton 37-41 Belle Vue
14/04 Exeter 47-31 Sheffield

Second Round[edit]

Date Team One Score Team Two
01/07 Leicester 47-31 Hackney
27/06 Hackney 40-38 Leicester
23/06 Cradley Heath 46-32 Kings Lynn
21/06 Kings Lynn 42-36 Cradley Heath
19/06 Oxford 60-18 Coventry
19/06 Ipswich 42-36 Belle Vue
16/06 Exeter 43-35 Poole
16/06 Reading 38-40 Newport
14/06 Swindon 47-31 Hull
14/06 Coventry 33-45 Oxford
11/06 Poole 41-37 Exeter
11/06 Hull 46-32 Swindon
07/06 Halifax 58-20 Wimbledon
06/06 Newport 46-32 Reading
05/06 Wimbledon 49-29 Halifax
04/06 Belle Vue 49-28 Ipswich

Quarter Finals[edit]

Date Team One Score Team Two
09/08 Cradley Heath 51-27 Newport
09/08 Belle Vue 45-33 Oxford
08/08 Newport 49-29 Cradley Heath
07/08 Oxford 36-42 Belle Vue
02/08 Swindon 32-46 Leicester
29/07 Leicester 42-36 Swindon
17/07 Exeter 43-35 Halifax
05/07 Halifax 47-31 Exeter

Semi Finals[edit]

Date Team One Score Team Two
05/10 Belle Vue 44-34 Cradley Heath
27/09 Halifax 37-40 Leicester
26/09 Leicester 47-31 Halifax
22/09 Cradley Heath 32-45 Belle Vue

Final[edit]

Date Team One Score Team Two
22/10 Belle Vue 46-32 Leicester
07/10 Leicester 38-40 Belle Vue

See also[edit]

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive. 
  2. ^ "1975 British League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.