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 helping to construct this page.

The greyhound track in the town of Gateshead was situated at 1° 37' W 54° 57' N and has operated both under NGRC rules and as an independent track throughout its history. The first recorded meeting of greyhound racing taking place at Gateshead in County Durham was on 23rd November 1937. The track had a circumference of 370 yards with four straights and very tight bends that were similar in nature to the track at Maidstone.

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Racing lasted at the venue until the final meeting took place on 7th January 1966. The meeting was held at Redheugh Park Stadium with races traditionally taking place over 440 yards. It was the norm for handicap races to be organised. The track was around the perimeter of Gateshead FC.

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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)
Gateshead Track Records at a snapshot in time:-
STANDARD 440 yards High Ranger 26.62 secs Rating 2 23rd August 1946
Track Records as of November 1960
STANDARD 440 yards Derryboy Sputnik 25.96 secs Rating 6 13th August 1959
DISTANCE 600 yards Split The Pack 35.97 secs Rating 5 4th November 1958

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 Gateshead badges and artefacts for sale then email