This site is not an official website for the track shown here and is neither approved or endorsed by the stadium. I am indebted to Richard English for the scans of badges on this page. 

Greyhound racing first took place at Catford in London on 30th July 1932, the track being located at 0° 1' W 51° 26' N.

The track at Catford, on the South side of the Thames, was run by the Sutton family who eventually sold it on to the GRA. The principal race at the track was the Gold Collar, run ititially over 440 yards and then transferred to 555 metres, which was first competed for in 1933. That first Collar was won by Wild Woolley.

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Other notable races contested at Catford include the Greenwich Challenge Cup, the Ben Trueman Stakes and the Cobb Marathon Bowl first run in 1942 when Castledown Prince was successful in 49.69 seconds.

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Racing continued under NGRC rules until the final meeting on 5th November 2003.

Track Records, as of 1947, are shown below together with an indication of how fast the time is in comparison to other tracks, both for currently open and defunct tracks, in the UK. Ratings are between 0 and 100, where 100 is an extremely fast time and reflects the speed of the track, tightness of the circuit and quality of greyhound visiting the tracks. I am extremely grateful to Tony Nash for providing the data.
SPRINT (up to 385m) STANDARD (386-549m) DISTANCE (550-699m) EXTENDED (700-999m)
Catford Track Records at a snapshot in time:-
STANDARD 440 yards Mondays News 25.41 secs Rating 6 31st May 1947
DISTANCE 600 yards Shadowlands Delight 35.20 secs Rating 7 12th July 1947
Track Record as of 1988.
SPRINT 385 metres Farncombe Black 23.42 secs.Rating 24
DISTANCE 550 metres Track Man 34.47 secs Rating 17

I am grateful to Jon Seddon for the following link to a map showing the whereabouts of the old track

This section gives a comprehensive picture of the badges produced by the track throughout the ages, but only provides the briefest of glimpses of its history. For those wishing to undertake further research we can recommend a visit to where further reading can be undertaken.

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If you have rare Catford badges and artefacts for sale then email