OWLERTON GREYHOUND STADIUM

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 Owlerton region of Sheffield is situated at 1° 29' W 53° 24' N and first opened in 1932. It has witnessed some very good dogs throughout its history, not least Tric Trac and Spectre II who occupied the first and second spot in the English Greyhound Derby final of 1967. Naturally one of the most famous races to be run at the track is the Steel City cup over 500 metres after 1975 and over 550 yards prior to this date.

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The Sheffield track at Owlerton was situated on the Penistone Road and raced under NGRC rules. The Chairman of the Board of Directors was Dr. A.W.B. Perren, the Racing Manager S.Vinter who was also a Steward alongside C.Cooper and W.Moyer.

In December 1970 the English Greyhound Derby winner of that year John's Silver won over 549 metres in a time of 33.18 secs.

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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 grateful to Tony Nash for providing the data.
SPRINTS (up to 385m) STANDARD (386-549m) DISTANCE (550-699m) EXTENDED (700-999m)
Sheffield Owlerton Track Records at a snapshot in time:-
SPRINT 300 yards Silver Wire 16.70 secs Rating 32
STANDARD 500 yards Victor Ben Hur 28.02 secs Rating 27
STANDARD 525 yards Latin Pearl 29.25 secs Rating 32
DISTANCE 700 yards Victor Ben Hur 40.28 secs Rating 22
Track records as of 1989:-
SPRINT 290 metres Fearless Prince 16.78 secs Rating 71
STANDARD 500 metres Desert Pilot 29.38 secs Rating 60
DISTANCE 650 metres Desert Pilot 38.80 secs Rating 62

Track Records, as of September 2014, 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.
SPRINTS (up to 385m) STANDARD (386-549m) DISTANCE (550-699m) EXTENDED (700-999m)
Sheffield Track Records at a snapshot in time:-
SPRINT 280 metres Droopys Quincy 15.70 secs. Rating 98 7th May 2013
STANDARD 500 metres Boher Paddy 28.44 secs Rating 88 31st August 2010
DISTANCE 660 metres Ballymac Eske 38.61 secs  Rating 81 24th June 2014
EXTENDED 915 metres King Kane 55.58 secs  Rating 60 6th August 2014

I am grateful to Jon Seddon for the following link to a map showing the whereabouts of the old track
http://www.old-maps.co.uk/maps.html?txtXCoord=433845&txtYCoord=390060

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.

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