Aldershot Stadium

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Aldershot Stadium
LocationOxenden Road, Tongham, near Farnham, Surrey
Coordinates 51°14'21.5"N 0°44'08.6"W
Opened1941
Closed1992

Aldershot Stadium was a greyhound racing, stock car racing and speedway stadium on Oxenden Road in Tongham, near Farnham, Surrey

Greyhound racing in the United Kingdom

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Origins

The stadium was constructed on land west of the Oxenden Road and east of the Blackwater River. [1]

River Blackwater, Essex river in Essex, United Kingdom

The River Blackwater is a river in Essex, England.

Opening

Greyhound racing first took place in 1941 and the racing was independent (not affiliated to the sports governing body the National Greyhound Racing Club). It was known as a flapping track which was the nickname given to independent tracks. [2]

The National Greyhound Racing Club was a former organisation that governed Greyhound racing in the United Kingdom.

Greyhound racing

During the 1950s and 1960s racing was held on Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7.30pm. The track had a circumference of 400 yards with an 'Inside Sumner' hare system and race distances of 275, 500, 675 and 900 yards. Facilities included a licensed bar, tea bar and hot dog bar and totalisator. The track was grass straights and sanded bends. [3]

Tote board

A tote board is a large numeric or alphanumeric display used to convey information, typically at a race track or at a telethon.

During the 1980s the facilities were listed as three stands (one glass fronted and two covered. race distances were now 254, 462, 626 and 842 metres and the main races were the Smokey Joe Stakes and the March Hare Stakes. [2]

Speedway

Speedway took place from 1950 until 1960. [4]

Stock Cars

During 1973 the stadium was taken over by Spedeworth International Ltd [5] and Stock car racing was a regular fixture. [6] There was also a weekly Sunday market.

Closure

The stadium closed on 30 October 1992 [7] making way for the new A331 road. [8] The loss of the stadium was seen as a blow to Independent racing because it was one of the more professional tracks in this type of racing. [9]

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References

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  2. 1 2 Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. ISBN   0-948955-15-5.
  3. Furby, R (1968). Independent Greyhound Racing. New Dominion House. p. 60.
  4. "Alderhot Speedway". Defunct Speedway Tracks.
  5. "Monthly Greyhound Star (Remember When 1973) May edition". Greyhound Star.
  6. "Defunct Stock Car, Midget & Banger Tracks". Simon Lewis.
  7. "Closures and openings over the past 10 years, July 1993, page 18". Greyhound Star. 1993.
  8. Barnes/Sellers, Julia/John (1992). Ladbrokes Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. ISBN   0-948955-22-8.
  9. "Monthly Greyhound Star (Remember When 1992) November edition". Greyhound Star. 2012.