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Football,Dog Racing,Speedway and Bangor racing.

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:59 pm
by DarrenW
Coming from a group chat on facebook about how many grounds used to host other events besides football alone.

Was there ever any local grounds (and by that I mean within 50 miles) that hosted dog racing Speedway or Bangor racing that anyone can remember?

Only possible I can think of is Rye House but suspect Harlow did.

It seem's to be a thing that Scottish clubs often accommodated this up until more recently.

Re: Football,Dog Racing,Speedway and Bangor racing.

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:38 am
by anthony.brown
I've always hated grounds with athletic and speedway tracks around them; without crowds on the touchlines the atmosphere is often dead.
Not a local ground, but one I visited as a travelling Hatters' fan, was The Shay, Halifax, which also hosted speedway. On 4th April 1970 we went up on the 'football special' train, costing us 25 shillings a head return, and drew 0-0 in one of the most boring games I've ever watched. This despite having strikers Malcolm MacDonald and Viv Busby in our team. Some Halifax fans told us that the football pitch corners had to be removed whenever a speedway meeting was held; after the speedway the corners were replaced, but we were not told how this was done. Turf on boards, perhaps?

Re: Football,Dog Racing,Speedway and Bangor racing.

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:08 pm
by Cat Daisy
Enfield Town and Chelmsford spring to mind.

Re: Football,Dog Racing,Speedway and Bangor racing.

Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:12 pm
by Brian
The original Bedford Town FC ground in Queens Park was also home to greyhound racing between the mid 1970's until the ground closed in 1982, after landlords Charles Wells used the site for their brewery depot. See link below:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queens_Pa ... _(Bedford)

The original Biggleswade Town FC ground in Fairfield doubled as the towns cricket pitch. There was only a grandstand and covered standing area on one side with players changing in the cricket pravilion.
I remember Nottingham Forest bringing their first team squad to Fairfield for a friendly when I was a kid. According to history records it was 1975 with the likes of John McGovern, John O'Hare, Barry Butlin, Viv Anderson and Tony Woodcock featuring for Forest.

Re: Football,Dog Racing,Speedway and Bangor racing.

Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:13 pm
by Neil
My Mum used to live right next to the Shay and next door to Arthur Ellis the referee.

Re: Football,Dog Racing,Speedway and Bangor racing.

Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:25 pm
by RST
Neil wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:13 pm
Arthur Ellis the referee.
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