1988 British League season

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1988 British League season
LeagueBritish League
Season1988
ChampionsCoventry Bees
No. of competitors11
Knockout CupCradley Heath Heathens
Division/s below1988 National League

The 1988 British League season was the 24th season of the British League, the top tier of speedway in the UK since 1965.[1]

Summary[edit]

Coventry Bees won the league.[2]

Final table[edit]

Team PL W D L BP Pts
Coventry Bees 40 31 2 7 18 82
Belle Vue Aces 40 26 1 13 13 66
Cradley Heath Heathens 39 22 1 16 15 60
Oxford Cheetahs 40 20 6 14 13 59
Reading Racers 40 20 3 17 12 55
Sheffield Tigers 39 19 2 18 8 48
Swindon Robins 40 17 1 22 8 43
Wolverhampton Wolves 40 15 3 22 8 41
King's Lynn Stars 40 14 3 23 7 38
Ipswich Witches 39 13 0 26 4 30
Bradford Dukes 39 10 0 29 2 22

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

Leading averages[edit]

Rider Team Average
Denmark Hans Nielsen Oxford 11.03
Denmark Tommy Knudsen Coventry 10.08
Denmark Erik Gundersen Cradley Heath 10.06
England Kelvin Tatum Coventry 10.04
Denmark Jan O. Pedersen Cradley Heath 9.88
United States Shawn Moran Sheffield 9.51
United States Sam Ermolenko Wolverhampton 9.40
England Jeremy Doncaster Ipswich 9.34
England Chris Morton Belle Vue 9.01
England Steve Bastable Bradford 9.00

British League Knockout Cup[edit]

The 1988 British League Knockout Cup was the 50th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams. Cradley Heath Heathens were the winners for the third successive year if including the tied 1986 final.[3]

First Round[edit]

Date Team One Score Team Two
09/07 King's Lynn 47-43 Ipswich
08/07 Ipswich 34-55 King's Lynn
23/06 Sheffield 43-47 Cradley Heath
18/06 Cradley Heath 51-39 Sheffield
03/06 Belle Vue 53-37 Bradford
28/05 Bradford 36-54 Belle Vue

Quarter Finals[edit]

Date Team One Score Team Two
13/08 King's Lynn 40-50 Cradley Heath
10/08 Cradley Heath 53-37 King's Lynn
19/07 Coventry 53-37 Reading
15/07 Belle Vue 53-37 Wolverhampton
14/07 Oxford 48-42 Swindon
11/07 Reading 49-41 Coventry
11/07 Wolverhampton 45-45 Belle Vue

Semi Finals[edit]

Date Team One Score Team Two
14/10 Belle Vue 48-42 Cradley Heath
13/10 Oxford 38-49 Coventry
08/10 Coventry 44-46 Oxford
14/09 Cradley Heath 49-41 Belle Vue

Final[edit]

Date Team One Score Team Two
23/10 Cradley Heath 50-40 Coventry
22/10 Coventry 40-50 Cradley Heath

See also[edit]

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1988 league tables". Speedway GB.
  3. ^ "1988 British League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.