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 came to Newcastle in 1928 when, on the 23rd June, Brough Park hosted its first meeting. Greyhound racing is still popular in the North East today and Gosforth Park, situated at 1° 37' W 55° 0' N, also holds a regular meeting.The sanded track had a circumference of 456 yards, one of the largest in the country, running standard races, including handicaps, over 520 yards and shorter standard races over 420 yards. Prior to 1980 the surface was grass,

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The most prestigious race to be held annually at the circuit is the All England Cup which was first contested at the track in 1946 when the English Geyhound Derby winner Monday's News was successful.
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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)
Newcastle Gosforth Park Track Records at a snapshot in time:-
STANDARD 520 yards Traders Token 30.04 secs Rating 5

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

http://astore.amazon.co.uk/wwwgreyhoundd-21 where further reading can be undertaken.

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If you have rare Gosforth badges and artefacts for sale then email johnslusar@fsmail.net