LEAGUE RIDERS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Update 2017: First & second tier leagues
renamed as the Premiership and the Championship.

- Elite League Riders Championship
- Premier Lge Riders Championship
- National Lge Riders Championship

                                                   also embracing:  -                                                                                  
  •  Provincial Lge Riders Chmpshp,
  • Conference Lge Riders Chmpshp,
  • Southern Area Lge Riders Chmpshp,
  • Nat'l Lge Div.2 & Div.3 Riders Chmpshps,
  • British Lge Div.1 & Div.2 Riders Chmpshps.

 


 

 



1,2,3 of the first PLRC,
 Cradley Heath, 1960:
 Eric Hockaday,  Rayleigh, (3rd),
 Ken Middleditch,  Poole,   (2nd),
 Trevor Redmond, Bristol, (1st).




     Today's present three League Riders Championship competitions have their genesis in the Provincial League Riders Championship (PrvLRC) of the early 1960s which in turn became the British League Riders Championship (BLRC) after the amalgamation in 1965 of the UK's two speedway leagues, the Provincial League and the National League, and which has run continuously every year without exception.

     There were however spasmodic 'LRCs even earlier, including a pre-war Provincial Lge Riders Championship won by ex-Wembley rider George Greenwood, and in the 'fifties National Lge and SAL Riders Championships, as listed below.

Pictured rt: Leo McAuliffe receives the 1956
SAL.LRC trophy from Al Sparrey.


Early League Riders Championships


1957 Line-up for the SAL Riders Championship: 

Stdg: Ron Walton, Maury Conway, Tommy Sweetman, Allen Lunn, Pat Flanagan, Bryan Meredith, Pete Mould, Les Searle, Brian Brett; Frt: Ross Gilbertson, Leo McAuliffe, Noel Conway, Bobby Croombs, Dave Still, Ronnie Rolfe, Jimmy Heard.




Present Day League Riders Championships : -
                   - PRC,   - Elite LRC,   - Premier LRC,    - National LRC 
                                           plus  - British, - BL2, - BL3, - Br.Acy  - Provincial  LRCs


 Premiership Riders Championship (PRC - formerly ELRC)

     After 20 years as the Elite Lge. and the Premier Lge., UK speedway's two senior leagues were re-named as the 'Premiership' and the 'Championship', (thereby aligning with UK football's terminology,) and the end-of-season Riders Championships re-designated accordingly, superseding the ELRC and PLRC.
    Concurrent with the then senior BLRC competition, the UK's second divisions during the '70s and '80s, (BL Div.2 > National League,) ran their own similar League Riders Championship, which morphed into the PLRC in 1997, whilst from 1994 the junior UK league, - i.e. third tier league - , also operated a Riders Championship, initially known as the Conference League Riders Championship, (CLRC), - today's National League Riders Championship, NLRC.

     The premise of the Championships was that each team in the league was represented by its top scorer, as identified by his league points average, the number being made up to meeting complement, usually 16+2, by the riders with next highest averages, i.e. the second from their team, until the complement was filled. (To accommodate large leagues of the past, complement has at times been 24 plus reserves.) In the current century participation in the Riders Championships has been undermined by rider involvement in multiple European leagues, commitment thereto, and financial attractions offered, such that places by invitation has today become the norm.

     Held traditionally at Belle Vue for 30 years, (to where, on a new track, the championship returned in 2017,) Barry Briggs dominated the competition in its British League period from the onset, with a record 6 consecutive wins. Mauger, Olsen and Phil Crump each total 4 wins (broken,) though the former's included 2 at the lower Provincial Lge. level. The Danes have totaled 13 wins through 6 riders thus far: the Kiwis 11, but achieved by just 3 men, - Briggs, Mauger and Redmond.

                         ELRC 2014: Maciej Janowski Poole, (2nd), Troy Batchelor (Swindon, WINNER), Jason Doyle (Leicester 3rd)
 


                                    
                                   2010, 2016 & 2017 Elite Lge Riders Champions, Freddie Lindgren, Wolverhampton.

  CRI,  PLRC  &  NLRC

     Following the same premise as for the senior league, the British League Div'n 2 Riders Championship commenced with that league's formation in 1968. There was a league name change in 1975, and again in '97. It is presently termed the 'Championship Riders Individual'. The UK's third Riders Championship was first raced in 1994 and continues today as the National Lge Riders Championship.

    All Premier and Conference/National Lge. champions were first time winners, - understandably, as most could be expected to progress to a senior league level - , except for second wins for Carl Stonehewer, Sean Wilson and Simon Stead

           Phil Crump, Crewe                                                     Lee Smart, D.Heathens                                       Jason Garrity, BV Colts
           BL2RC W'don 1972                                                      NLRC Rye Hse 2010                                           NLRC Rye Hse 2011    

               Simon Stead, Sheffield                                           Dan Halsey, Mildenhall
                 PLRC  Sheffield  2014                                          NLRC  Rye House     2014

           

 More League Riders Championship programmes HERE  


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