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.

The greyhound track in the Suffolk town of Ipswich was situated at 1° 8' E 52° 3' N and first opened for racing as an independent track in 1936. It switched to racing under rules in 1974. The first NGRC greyhound racing took place at Ipswich in 1974 on a grass track but with sanded bends. The most prestigious races run at the track were the Suffolk Derby over 440 metres, won in 1974 by Bealkiller Diver, and the Suffolk St Leger run over 625 metres.

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In the 1960s and 1970s Sprints were run over 300 yards, standard races over 500 yards and distance races over 700 yards. The Racing Manager was Mr H.E.Wedon and the judges were Mr B.Taylor and Mr E.Saunders. The track finally closed its gates in 1989.
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Track Records, as of 1971, 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)
Ipswich Track Records at a snapshot in time:-
SPRINT 300 yards Thunderbird I 16.50 secs Rating 44 15th July 1967
STANDARD 500 yards Barons Way 27.95 secs Rating 29 2nd September 1967
DISTANCE 700 yards Marcella 39.94 secs Rating 29 10th October 1964

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 Ipswich badges and artefacts for sale then email johnslusar@fsmail.net