1937 Speedway National League

The 1937 National League Division One was the ninth season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain.[1][2][3]

1937 Speedway National League
LeagueNational League Division One
ChampionsWest Ham Hammers
No. of competitors7
National TrophyBelle Vue Aces
A.C.U CupBelle Vue Aces
Highest averageJack Milne
Division/s below1937 Provincial League

SummaryEdit

The entrants were the same seven teams as the previous season.[4]

West Ham Hammers won their first national title despite finishing bottom the previous season. In the process they stopped Belle Vue Aces from claiming a fifth consecutive title win. Belle Vue did however go on to win the cup double winning the Knockout Cup for the fifth successive year and the A.C.U Cup for the fourth successive year.[5]

Roy Clarence Vigor (Reg Vigor) was fatally injured during a match at Wimbledon Stadium on 27 September. He hit a safety fence and his bike landed on top of him. He died in Nelson Hospital, Merton, three days later.[6][7] His death came just one month after the death of Stan Hart in the 1937 Provincial Speedway League.

Final tableEdit

Pos Team PL W D L Pts
1 West Ham Hammers 24 18 0 6 36
2 Wembley Lions 24 16 0 8 32
3 New Cross Rangers 24 16 0 8 32
4 Belle Vue Aces 24 13 0 11 26
5 Hackney Wick Wolves 24 10 0 14 20
6 Harringay Tigers 24 9 0 15 18
7 Wimbledon Dons 24 2 0 22 4

Top Ten RidersEdit

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Jack Milne   New Cross Rangers 11.09
2 Lionel van Praag   Wembley Lions 10.53
3 Eric Langton   Belle Vue Aces 10.18
4 Bluey Wilkinson   West Ham Hammers 10.14
5 Bill Kitchen   Belle Vue Aces 9.88
6 Jack Parker   Harringay Tigers 9.71
7 Cordy Milne   Hackney Wick Wolves 9.38
8 Eric Chitty   West Ham Hammers 9.32
9 Joe Abbott   Belle Vue Aces 8.98
10 Frank Charles   Wembley Lions 8.96

National TrophyEdit

The 1937 National Trophy was the seventh edition of the Knockout Cup.[8]

Qualifying RoundsEdit

Southampton Saints won the Provincial final and therefore secured a place in the quarter finals.

Quarter FinalsEdit

Date Team One Score Team Two
05/06 Harringay 41-65 New Cross
09/06 New Cross 76-31 Harringay
07/06 Wimbledon 39-68 Belle Vue
12/06 Belle Vue 80-28 Wimbledon
08/06 West Ham 58-46 Hackney Wick
11/06 Hackney Wick 60-48 West Ham
25/06
replay
Hackney Wick 65-43 West Ham
29/06 Southampton 40-44 Wembley
29/06
replay
West Ham 55-53 Hackney Wick

Semi FinalsEdit

Date Team One Score Team Two
15/07 Wembley 50-58 New Cross
14/07 New Cross 59-48 Wembley
16/07 Hackney Wick 56-52 Belle Vue
17/07 Belle Vue 69-39 Hackney Wick

FinalEdit

First legEdit

Second legEdit

New Cross Stadium
Jack Milne 18
Joe Francis 14
Ron Johnson 10
George Newton 9
Clem Mitchell 7
Stan Greatrex 3
Norman Evans 1
62 – 45Belle Vue Aces
Eric Langton 14
Joe Abbott 10
Wally Hull 10
Frank Varey 5
Bill Kitchen 4
Oliver Langton 2
Bob Harrison 0
[9]

Belle Vue were National Trophy Champions, winning on aggregate 115-110.

A.C.U CupEdit

The 1937 Auto-Cycle Union Cup was the fourth edition of the Cup and was won by Belle Vue for the fourth time. The groups were decided on the number of heat points scored within matches, rather than match wins.[10]

First RoundEdit

Group 1

Team PL W D L Race Pts
Wembley Lions 6 6 0 0 319.5
New Cross Rangers 6 3 0 3 311.5
Harringay Tigers 6 3 0 3 269
Wimbledon Dons 6 0 0 6 240

Group 2

Team PL W D L Race Pts
Belle Vue Aces 4 1 0 3 202
West Ham Hammers 4 3 0 1 190
Hackney Wick Wolves 4 2 0 2 181

FinalEdit

Date Team One Team Two Score
07/10 Wembley Belle Vue 49–45
09/10 Belle Vue Wembley 61-35


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "BRITISH LEAGUE TABLES - PRE-WAR ERA (1929-1939)". Official British Speedway website. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  4. ^ "1937 league tables". Speedway GB.
  5. ^ "Year by Year". Speedway Researcher. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Reg Vigor". Motorsport Memorial. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  7. ^ "Wimbledon Speedway part one". Speedway Museum. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  8. ^ "1937 National Trophy". Speedway archive.
  9. ^ a b "1937 National Trophy" (PDF). Speedway Researcher. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  10. ^ "1937 ACU Cup" (PDF). Speedway Researcher. Retrieved 6 August 2021.