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1972 British League Division Two season

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1972 British League Division Two season
LeagueBritish League Division Two
ChampionsCrewe Kings
No. of competitors17
Knockout CupCrewe Kings
IndividualPhil Crump
Highest averagePhil Crump
Division/s aboveBritish League (Div 1)

The 1972 British League Division Two season was the second tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1][2]

Summary

The league still consisted of 17 teams with two teams leaving the league and two teams entering. The Rochdale Hornets had disbanded for good at the end of the previous season, whilst Ipswich Witches moved up to the British League. Two newly created teams Ellesmere Port Gunners and Scunthorpe Saints joined the league. The Romford Bombers promotion and team moved to the West Ham Stadium replacing the defunct West Ham Hammers at the stadium but halfway through the season, they moved again to become Barrow Happy Faces as their sponsor at the time was Duckhams Oil - its happy face logo was prominently displayed on the team's race jackets.[3]

Crewe Kings won their first title and completed the league and cup double.[4][5] Crewe were led by their Australian Phil Crump who finished top of the league averages and won the Riders' Championship. John Jackson also finished with an impressive average, as did their new signing Australian international Garry Flood. Flood would only ride the one season in speedway and would go on to win eight Australian Motocross Championships.[3][6]

Final table

Pos Team PL W D L Pts
1 Crewe Kings 32 22 1 9 45
2 Boston Barracudas 32 21 1 10 43
3 Peterborough Panthers 32 21 0 11 42
4 Rayleigh Rockets 32 17 4 11 38
5 Eastbourne Eagles 32 18 2 12 38
6 Birmingham Brummies 32 18 1 13 37
7 Workington Comets 32 18 0 14 36
8 Hull Vikings 32 16 0 16 32
9 Barrow Happy Faces 32 15 1 16 31
10 Teesside Teessiders 32 14 3 15 31
11 Bradford Northern 32 15 0 17 30
12 Sunderland Stars 32 13 2 17 28
13 Canterbury Crusaders 32 13 1 18 27
14 Berwick Bandits 32 12 3 17 27
15 Ellesmere Port Gunners 32 12 0 20 24
16 Long Eaton Rangers 32 11 2 19 24
17 Scunthorpe Saints 32 5 1 26 11

Top Five Riders

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Phil Crump Australia Crewe Kings 11.10
2 Geoff Maloney England Rayleigh Rockets 10.53
3 Richard Greer England Peterborough Panthers 9.98
4 John Harrhy England Peterborough Panthers 9.93
5 John Jackson England Crewe Kings 9.91

British League Division Two Knockout Cup

The 1972 British League Division Two Knockout Cup (sponsored by the Speedway Express) was the fifth edition of the Knockout Cup for tier two teams. Crewe Kings were the winners of the competition.[7]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
01/05 Crewe 49-29 Ellesmere Port
02/05 Ellesmere Port 33-45 Crewe

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
05/06 Crewe 59-19 Scunthorpe
04/06 Scunthorpe 19-59 Crewe
04/06 Sunderland 55-23 Workington
09/06 Workington 46-31 Sunderland
25/06 Eastbourne 50-28 Long Eaton
08/06 Long Eaton 38-40 Eastbourne
04/06 Boston 46-32 Rayleigh
17/06 Rayleigh 43-35 Boston
09/06 Peterborough 52-26 Barrow
13/06 Barrow 36-42 Peterborough
07/06 Bradford 52-26 Berwick
10/06 Berwick 39-38 Bradford
05/06 Birmingham 43-35 Canterbury
10/06 Canterbury 41-37 Birmingham
08/06 Teesside 48-30 Hull
07/06 Hull 40-38 Teesside

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
03/07 Crewe 53-25 Sunderland
03/07 Sunderland 42-36 Crewe
09/07 Eastbourne 45-33 Boston
02/07 Boston 40-38 Eastbourne
07/07 Peterborough 36-14 Bradford
05/07 Bradford 45-33 Peterborough
03/07 Birmingham 48-30 Teesside
06/07 Teesside 41-37 Birmingham

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
31/07 Crewe 47-31 Eastbourne
30/07 Eastbourne 44-34 Crewe
04/08 Peterborough 43-35 Birmingham
14/08 Birmingham 42-36 Peterborough

Final

First leg

Crewe Kings
John Jackson 12
Garry Flood 10
Phil Crump 9
Dave Parry 7
Dai Evans 6
Garry Moore 4
Peter Nicholas 3
51 – 27Peterborough Panthers
Roy Carter 11
Brian Clark 6
John Davis 4
John Amies 3
David Ashby 1
Ted Howgego 1
Frank Smith 1
Richard Greer R/R
[8]
British Railways Sports Ground

Second leg

Peterborough Panthers
Richard Greer 11
Roy Carter 10
Brian Clark 6
John Davis 5
Ted Howgego 4
David Ashby 3
John Amies 1
40 – 38Crewe Kings
Phil Crump 12
John Jackson 10
Garry Flood 8
Garry Moore 6
Dai Evans 2
Dave Parry 0
Peter Nicholas 0
[8]

Crewe were declared Knockout Cup Champions, winning on aggregate 89–67.


See also

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ Rogers, Martin (1978). The Illustrated History of Speedway. Studio Publications (Ipswich) Ltd. p. 129. ISBN 0-904584-45-3.
  3. ^ a b "teams". wwosbackup. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  4. ^ "BRITISH LEAGUE TABLES - BRITISH LEAGUE ERA (1965-1990)". Official British Speedway website. Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  5. ^ Oakes, Peter (1981). 1981 Speedway Yearbook. Studio Publications (Ipswich) Ltd. p. 101. ISBN 0-86215-017-5.
  6. ^ "Gary Flood - One of Australia's all-time motocross legends". Motorcross history. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  7. ^ "1972 British League Division Two Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.
  8. ^ a b "1972 KO cup final" (PDF). Speedway Researcher. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
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