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1947 Speedway National League

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1947 Speedway National League
LeagueNational League Division One
ChampionsWembley Lions
No. of competitors7
National TrophyBelle Vue Aces
British Speedway CupWembley Lions
Highest averageVic Duggan
Division/s belowNational League (Div 2)
National League (Div 3)

The 1947 National League Division One was the 13th season of speedway in the United Kingdom and the second post-war season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1]

Summary

Harringay Racers rejoined the league. Wembley Lions retained the title. Belle Vue retained the National Trophy.[2][3][4]

Final Table Division One

Pos Team PL W D L Pts
1 Wembley Lions 24 19 0 5 38
2 Belle Vue Aces 24 15 1 8 31
3 Wimbledon Dons 24 13 1 10 27
4 Odsal Boomerangs 24 10 1 13 21
5 New Cross Rangers 24 10 0 14 20
6 West Ham Hammers 24 8 0 16 16
7 Harringay Racers 24 7 1 16 15

On account of the small number of teams in the league the British Speedway Cup was run in a league format. Wembley Lions won all their matches home and away to complete a double.

British Speedway Cup table

Pos Team PL W D L Pts
1 Wembley Lions 12 12 0 0 24
2 New Cross Rangers 12 8 0 4 16
3 Wimbledon Dons 12 5 1 6 11
4 Belle Vue Aces 12 5 0 7 10
5 Harringay Racers 12 5 0 7 10
6 West Ham Hammers 12 4 0 8 8
7 Odsal Boomerangs 12 2 1 9 5

Top Ten Riders (League only)

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Vic Duggan Australia Harringay Racers 11.54
2 Bill Kitchen England Wembley Lions 10.74
3 Norman Parker England Wimbledon Dons 10.35
4 Alec Statham England Odsal Boomerangs 10.25
5 Tommy Price England Wembley Lions 10.00
6= Eric Chitty Canada West Ham Hammers 9.54
6= Malcolm Craven England New Cross Rangers 9.54
8 George Wilks England Wembley Lions 9.46
9 Eric Langton England Belle Vue Aces 9.44
10 Jack Parker England Belle Vue Aces 9.32

National Trophy

The 1947 National Trophy was the tenth edition of the Knockout Cup.[5]

During the National Trophy quarter final match between Wembley and Harringay (on 15 August) the 27-year-old Wembley rider Nelson 'Bronco' Wilson received fatal injuries in the fourth heat. He died in the Prince of Wales Hospital, Tottenham, the following day from a fractured skull.[6] Remarkably another rider Cyril Anderson of the Norwich Stars was killed instantly on the same evening, during the Division Two Best Pairs.[7]

Qualifying

Middlesbrough and Norwich qualified for the quarter finals by virtue of finishing 1st & 2nd in the Second Division Cup.

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
07/08 Wembley 61–45 Harringay
07/08 Middlesbrough 40–68 Wimbledon
09/08 Belle Vue 67–41 New Cross
11/08 Wimbledon 77–31 Middlesbrough
12/08 West Ham 54–54 Bradford Odsal
13/08 New Cross 61–46 Belle Vue
15/08 Harringay 47–58 Wembley
16/08 Bradford Odsal 53–55 West Ham

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
25/08 Wimbledon 59–49 Belle Vue
02/09 West Ham 55–51 Wembley
04/09 Wembley 68–40 West Ham
06/09 Belle Vue 82–25 Wimbledon

Final

First leg

Second leg

Belle Vue were National Trophy Champions, winning on aggregate 116–100.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "Year by Year". Speedway Researcher. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  3. ^ Rogers, Martin (1978). The Illustrated History of Speedway. Studio Publications (Ipswich) Ltd. p. 129. ISBN 0-904584-45-3.
  4. ^ "BRITISH LEAGUE TABLES - POST-WAR ERA (1946-1964)". Official British Speedway website. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Belle Vue Win". Daily Mirror. 13 October 1947. Retrieved 11 August 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ "Cricket for a Kiddies' Fund". Nottingham Evening Post. 16 August 1947. Retrieved 11 August 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ "Another Speedway rider killed". Weekly Dispatch (London). 17 August 1947. Retrieved 11 August 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ a b "1947 National Trophy". Speedway Archive. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
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