WHITE CITY 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.

In a stadium built for the 1908 Olympic Games greyhound racing first took place on 20th June 1927. The track was situated at 0° 13' W 51° 30' N. The very first race was won by Charlie Cranston. The White City hosted the Greyhound Derby final from its outset in July 1927, when Entry Badge successfully claimed the 1000 first prize, until the track closed. It also hosted the Cambridgeshire and the Wood Lane Stakes.

White city 1927.JPG (15502 bytes)

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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=523101&txtYCoord=180888

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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)
White City Track Records at a snapshot in time:-
STANDARD 500 yards Ballyhennessey Sandhills 28.39 secs Rating 15 6th November 1937
STANDARD 525 yards Priceless Border 28.75 secs Rating 48 4th October 1947
STANDARD 550 yards Quare Times 30.38 secs Rating 40 5th August 1946
DISTANCE 700 yards Bosham 40.58 secs Rating 15 14th May 1935
EXTENDED 725 yards Shaggy Lass 41.43 secs Rating 43 4th May 1946
Track Records as of 1970
STANDARD 500 yards Outside Left 27.55 secs Rating 43 1958
STANDARD 525 yards Yellow Printer 28.30 secs Rating 63 1968
STANDARD 550 yards Monalee Champion 29.82 secs Rating 58 1967
EXTENDED 725 yards Cash For Dan 40.16 secs Rating 73 1969
Track Records as of 1980
STANDARD 500 metres Ballinska Band 29.16 secs Rating 64
DISTANCE 680 metres Sallys Cobbler 40.85 secs Rating 56

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.

White City 1932RE.JPG (20537 bytes) White City 1933RE.JPG (29309 bytes) White City 1934RE.JPG (22795 bytes) White City 1935RE.JPG (20812 bytes)
White City 1936GC.JPG (23831 bytes) White City 1936RE.JPG (18719 bytes) White City 1936RE2.JPG (16808 bytes) White City GC.JPG (17057 bytes)
Northaw GC.JPG (16154 bytes) White City Staff.JPG (20553 bytes) White City Tote.JPG (21239 bytes) White City GC5.JPG (25607 bytes)
Derby 1935 3rd.JPG (14434 bytes) In the early days of the Derby the owners of the finalists were each presented with a commemorative medal. I am very grateful to Richard English for providing a scan of the medal given to the trainer of the 3rd placed greyhound Stoute Heart.
White City Club.JPG (5638 bytes) The badge shown opposite was to gain entrance, as a member, to the White City Gaming Club which operated during an after racing at the most famous of English tracks.

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