WEST HAM 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 at West Ham was situated at 0° 2' E 51° 30' N and opened on 4th August 1928 in front of a massive crowd of 56000. and was recognised as one of the fastest in the country. It hosted the Cesarewitch, run over 600 yards, and was won in 1930 by Mick the Miller. The Cambridgeshire was also competed for at the track.

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The track finally closed its gates to greyhound racing in May 1972.
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Track Records, as of 1935, 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)
West Ham Track Records at a snapshot in time:-
SPRINT 400 yards Brilliant Bob 22.11 secs Rating 38 6th August 1934
STANDARD 525 yards Brilliant Bob 29.61 secs Rating 21 20th October 1934
STANDARD 550 yards Maidens Boy 31.36 secs Rating 11 27th October 1930
DISTANCE 600 yards Ataxy 33.50 secs Rating 50 16th October 1935
EXTENDED 700 yards Bradshaw Fold 40.04 secs Rating 27 31st March 1930
Track Records as of 1947
SPRINT 400 yards Cooks Sandhill 21.91 secs Rating 47 19th September 1942
STANDARD 525 yards Selsey Cutlet 29.26 secs Rating 32 1st April 1940
STANDARD 550 yards Cottage Luck 30.87 secs Rating 25 22nd August 1942
DISTANCE 600 yards Ataxy 33.50 secs Rating 50 16th October 1935
EXTENDED 700 yards Lilacs Luck 39.88 secs Rating 31 24th July 1946
Track Records as of 1970
STANDARD 550 yards Come On Wonder 30.17 secs Rating 46
DISTANCE 600 yards Cals Pick 32.72 secs Rating 72
EXTENDED 700 yards Park Nightingale 38.96 secs Rating 52

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=541314&txtYCoord=181486

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