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1996 Premier League speedway season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The 1996 Premier League season was the 62nd season of the top tier of speedway in the United Kingdom. It was also the second and last edition of two seasons, in which British speedway was competed as a single division. In addition there was a Conference League.[1][2]

As from 1997 the Elite League would be the top division and the Premier League would be the second division.

Summary

The one league set up only lasted for a second season due to the huge disparity between the sides. Wolverhampton Wolves won the title for the second time in six years, with American Ronnie Correy being the sole survivor of the 1991 winning team. In a strange coincidence a new set of two brothers helped Wolves win the title, back in 1991 it was the Ermolenko brothers but now it was the Swedish Karlsson brothers. Peter Karlsson and Mikael Karlsson both scored heavily and ended the season with averages around the 10 mark.[3][4]

Cradley Heathens and Stoke Potters merged for the 1996 season and despite their American stars Billy Hamill and Greg Hancock finishing first and second in the averages they could only manage fifth place in the league. Cradley Heath were disbanded after the season following the closure of Dudley Wood Stadium, their home venue.[5]

Final table

Pos Team PL W D L BP Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wolves 36 29 0 7 18 76
2 Peterborough Panthers 36 23 0 13 15 61
3 Eastbourne Eagles 36 23 1 12 12 59
4 Swindon Robins 36 22 2 12 12 58
5 Cradley & Stoke Heathens 36 21 1 14 13 56
6 Belle Vue Aces 36 21 1 14 12 55
7 Hull Vikings 36 20 3 13 11 54
8 Ipswich Witches 36 20 0 16 12 52
9 London Lions 36 20 0 16 11 51
10 Coventry Bees 36 16 2 18 10 44
11 Bradford Dukes 36 16 0 20 9 41
12 Scottish Monarchs 36 16 0 20 5 37
13 Oxford Cheetahs 36 12 4 20 8 36
14 Poole Pirates 36 13 2 21 5 33
15 Exeter Falcons 36 13 2 21 4 32
16 Middlesbrough Bears 36 11 1 14 6 29
17 Long Eaton Invaders 36 12 0 24 4 28
18 Sheffield Tigers 36 13 0 23 2 28
19 Reading Racers 36 11 1 24 2 25

PL = Matches; W = Wins; D = Draws; L = Losses; BP = Bonus Points Pts = Total Points

Leading averages

Rider Team Average
United States Billy Hamill Cradley & Stoke 10.67
United States Greg Hancock Cradley & Stoke 10.55
England Chris Louis Ipswich 10.29
Australia Jason Crump Peterborough 10.20
Sweden Peter Karlsson Wolverhampton 10.14
Australia Leigh Adams London 10.09
England Martin Dugard Eastbourne 10.08
United States Sam Ermolenko Sheffield 9.73
Sweden Mikael Max Wolverhampton 9.71
United States Ronnie Correy Wolverhampton 9.62
England Joe Screen Bradford 9.57
England Gary Havelock Bradford 9.55
Denmark Brian Andersen Coventry 9.46
Australia Craig Boyce Poole 9.38
England Mark Loram Exeter 9.28
England Chris Manchester Belle Vue 9.27
Sweden Jimmy Nilsen Swindon 9.22
Norway Lars Gunnestad Poole 9.13
England Kelvin Tatum London 9.07
Australia Ryan Sullivan Peterborough 9.01

Premier League Knockout Cup

The 1996 Speedway Star Knockout Cup was the 58th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams and the second with the name Premier League Knockout Cup. Wolverhampton Wolves were the winners of the competition. The following season the tier one teams would compete in the Elite League Knockout Cup and the Premier League Knockout Cup would be for tier two teams.[6]

First Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
20/04 Bradford 65-31 Sheffield
18/04 Sheffield 42-54 Bradford
24/04 Hull 56-40 Middlesbrough
23/05 Middlesbrough 50-45 Hull
04/05 Swindon 51-45 Oxford
26/04 Oxford 50-46 Swindon

Second Round

Date Team One Score Team Two
20/05 Wolverhampton 56-39 Ipswich
23/05 Ipswich 53-43 Wolverhampton
24/05 Belle Vue 53-43 Cradley Heath
13/07 Cradley Heath 52-44 Belle Vue
25/05 Bradford 57-39 Edinburgh
22/05 Edinburgh 44-52 Bradford
29/05 Long Eaton 56-40 Hull
31/05 Hull 47-49 Long Eaton
26/04 Peterborough 59-37 Coventry
25/05 Coventry 40-56 Peterborough
23/05 Hackney 54-42 Reading
13/05 Reading 40-56 Hackney
20/05 Exeter 45-51 Poole
26/06 Poole 44-52 Exeter
27/05 Swindon 59-37 Eastbourne
25/05 Eastbourne 56-39 Swindon

Quarter Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
19/08 Wolverhampton 48-48 Belle Vue
23/08 Belle Vue 48-48 Wolverhampton
24/08 Bradford 62-34 Long Eaton
28/08 Long Eaton 50-45 Bradford
23/08 Peterborough 52-44 Hackney
15/08 Hackney 51-45 Peterborough
09/09 Exeter 52-44 Swindon
17/08 Swindon 48-48 Exeter
09/09 Wolverhampton 51-45 Belle Vue
13/09 Belle Vue 49-46 Wolverhampton

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
23/09 Wolverhampton 59-37 Bradford
28/09 Bradford 54-42 Wolverhampton
13/09 Peterborough 61-35 Exeter
23/09 Exeter 48-48 Peterborough

Final

First leg

Second leg

Wolverhampton Wolves were declared Knockout Cup Champions, winning on aggregate 100-92.

1996

Teams

Belle Vue Aces

Bradford Dukes

Coventry Bees

Cradley & Stoke Heathens

Eastbourne Eagles

Exeter Falcons

Hull Vikings

Ipswich Witches

London Lions

Long Eaton Invaders

Middlesbrough Bears

Oxford Cheetahs

Peterborough Panthers

Poole Pirates

Reading Racers

Scottish Monarchs

Sheffield Tigers

Swindon Robins

Wolverhampton Wolves

See also

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "HISTORY ARCHIVE". British Speedway. Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  3. ^ "1996 league tables". Speedway GB.
  4. ^ SPEEDWAY GB - British Speedway Official Website
  5. ^ "Heathens at Stoke:End of Another Era". Cradley Speedway.
  6. ^ "1996 Premier League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.
  7. ^ "Speedway". Reading Evening Post. 10 October 1996. Retrieved 27 June 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
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