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Earliest meeting: Monday 2nd June 1873
Final meeting: Monday 2nd June 1873
Lillie Bridge was once a town in the county of Middlesex, but today has been subsumed into the capital. It is a busy area of London with its own underground station and the Earls Court Exhibition Centre as a major attraction. Back in the middle of the 19th century it had its own important Sports Ground which opened in 1867. The ground was popular for a number of years and Lillie Bridge held its own races in 1873, although the venture was not well supported and the only meeting took place on Monday 2nd June 1873. Stamford Bridge Stadium was built close to the Lillie Bridge Sports ground and this led to the downfall of the Sports Ground. There was a riot at the Ground on Sunday 18th September 1887 and all of its amenities were destroyed, leading to its final closure in 1888.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 2 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Mr Blackman, Mr Gosling
Principal Races

West Brompton Handicap, Fulham Selling Race, Welter Cup

Monday 2nd June 1873
West Brompton Handicap over 1 mile
1. Her Grace, 4 year old owned by Mr Blackman
2. Fanciful, 3 year old owned by Mr Gosling
3. Aurora, 4 year old owned by Mr J Edwards
Betting: Evens Her Grace, 5/2 Fanciful, 10/1 Aurora

The final meeting took place on Monday 2nd June 1873.
Course today Lillie Bridge Sports Ground, close to Stamford Bridge Stadium.
If you have photos, postcards, racecards. badges, newspaper cuttings or book references about the old course, or can provide a photo of how the ground on which the old racecourse stood looks today, then email

Much of the information about this course has been found using internet research and is in the public domain. However, useful research sources have been:-

London Illustrated News

Racing Illustrated 1895-1899

The Sporting & Dramatic Illustrated

Northern Turf History Volumes 1-4 by J.Fairfax-Blakeborough

The Sporting Magazine

A Long Time Gone by Chris Pitt first published in 1996 ISBN 0 900599 89 8

Racing Calendars which were first published in 1727

ISBN 978-0-9957632-0-3

652 pages

774 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-1-0

352 pages

400 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-2-7

180 pages

140 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-3-4

264 pages

235 former courses

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