1983 British League season

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1983 British League season
LeagueBritish League
Season1983
ChampionsCradley Heath Heathens
No. of competitors15
Knockout CupCradley Heath Heathens
Division/s below1983 National League

The 1983 British League season was the 19th season of the British League, the top tier of speedway in the UK since 1965.[1]

Summary[edit]

Cradley Heathens won the league.[2]

Final table[edit]

Team PL W D L Pts
Cradley Heath Heathens 28 26 0 2 52
Ipswich Witches 28 22 1 5 45
Coventry Bees 28 19 0 9 38
Reading Racers 28 17 0 11 34
Belle Vue Aces 28 15 3 10 33
Wimbledon Dons 28 15 1 12 31
Hackney Hawks 28 14 0 14 28
King's Lynn Stars 28 12 1 15 25
Birmingham Brummies 28 12 0 16 24
Sheffield Tigers 28 10 2 16 22
Halifax Dukes 28 10 1 17 21
Leicester Lions 28 9 2 17 20
Poole Pirates 28 9 0 19 18
Eastbourne Eagles 28 7 1 20 15
Swindon Robins 28 7 0 21 14

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


Leading averages[edit]

Rider Team Average
Denmark Hans Nielsen Birmingham 10.82
United States Dennis Sigalos Ipswich 10.75
England Chris Morton Belle Vue 10.30
England Kenny Carter Halifax 10.28
Denmark Erik Gundersen Cradley Heath 10.23
England Michael Lee Poole 10.16
Australia Phil Crump Swindon 10.03
New Zealand Mitch Shirra Reading 10.02
Denmark Tommy Knudsen Coventry 9.87
Australia Billy Sanders Ipswich 9.70
Denmark Ole Olsen Coventry 9.56

British League Knockout Cup[edit]

The 1983 British League Knockout Cup was the 45th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. Cradley Heath Heathens were the winners.[3]

First Round[edit]

Date Team One Score Team Two
09/07 Belle Vue 56-22 Halifax
30/06 Wimbledon 46-32 Swindon
25/06 Halifax 41-37 Belle Vue
25/06 Swindon 34-44 Wimbledon
19/06 Eastbourne 34-43 Kings Lynn
11/06 Coventry 45-33 Sheffield
11/06 Cradley Heath 46-32 Hackney
11/06 Kings Lynn 47-31 Eastbourne
09/06 Sheffield 37-41 Coventry
30/05 Birmingham 43-35 Reading
30/05 Reading 44-34 Birmingham
27/05 Hackney 35-43 Cradley Heath
24/05 Leicester 40-38 Ipswich
19/05 Ipswich 43-34 Leicester

Quarter Finals[edit]

Date Team One Score Team Two
21/08 Kings Lynn 45-33 Belle Vue
20/08 Belle Vue 58-20 Kings Lynn
23/07 Coventry 44-34 Wimbledon
21/07 Wimbledon 38-40 Coventry
18/07 Reading 40-38 Ipswich
13/07 Poole 35-43 Cradley Heath
09/07 Cradley Heath 53-25 Poole
07/07 Ipswich 39-39 Reading

Semi Finals[edit]

Date Team One Score Team Two
09/10 Belle Vue 38-40 Coventry
08/10 Coventry 44-34 Belle Vue
24/09 Cradley Heath 47-31 Reading
19/09 Reading 32-46 Cradley Heath

Final[edit]

Date Team One Score Team Two
17/10 Cradley Heath 47-31 Coventry
12/10 Coventry 39-39 Cradley Heath

See also[edit]

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1983 league tables". Speedway GB.
  3. ^ "1983 British League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.