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 on Oxford Road in Reading was situated at 1° 0' W 51° 27' N. The circumference of the track was a massive 526 yards making it one of the largest in the country. It raced under NGRC rules, was operational in the early 1930s and was first owned by Clapton Stadium Ltd. It ran Standard races over 400 yards, distance races over 550 yards and extended races over both 600 yards and 775 yards. Before the War it also ran races over 400 yards and hurdle races over 600 yards.

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It closed for racing on 1st January 1974 and Reading had to wait a year before the new track on Bennet Road opened.

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I am grateful to Jon Seddon for the following link to a map showing the whereabouts of the old track

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)
Reading Oxford Road Track Records at a snapshot in time:-
STANDARD 400 yards Bally Rambler 21.99 secs Rating 43
STANDARD 550 yards Bally Rambler 31.22 secs Rating 18
DISTANCE 600 yards S.M.Hector 34.12 secs Rating 33
EXTENDED 775 yards Broomhill Broil 45.26 secs Rating 23

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.

If you have rare Reading Oxford Road racecards, badges, results, information, favourite stories or artefacts then email