White City Stadium, Glasgow

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White City Stadium (Glasgow)
White City Stadium, Glasgow
LocationPaisley Road West,
Ibrox / Craigton,
Coordinates 55°50′56″N4°19′03″W / 55.84889°N 4.31750°W / 55.84889; -4.31750
Opened7 April 1928
ClosedApril 1972

White City Stadium was a greyhound racing and speedway track in Glasgow, Scotland.


Greyhound racing


White City Greyhound Stadium c.1960 White City Greyhound Stadium in Glasgow c.1960.png
White City Greyhound Stadium c.1960

The stadium was built on Paisley Road West in Glasgow close to Ibrox Stadium, which was situated to the north-east and even closer to the Albion Greyhound Stadium, which opened the same year and across the road also on the north-east side. [1] When the stadium opened it was known as the White City Sports stadium and in addition to greyhound racing hosted Speedway and show jumping. [2] Bellahouston Park lay immediately to the south.


The first meeting was held during 7 April 1928, the same night that Lythalls Lane Stadium and Clapton Stadium opened to greyhound racing. [3] The track was affiliated to the National Greyhound Racing Society along with fellow Glasgow tracks Albion and Carntyne Stadium. The grandstand stood on the south side adjacent to Paisley Road with terracing all around the track. The circumference was a large 518 yards which allowed a back straight distance of 320 yards and three sets of traps on the home straight offered distances of 530, 550 & 590 yards respectively. [4]


Track trainers won the Scottish Greyhound Derby on two occasions, first with Sister Olive in 1931 and one year later with Laverock. In 1946 a tax assessment by the Glasgow City assessor increased the valuations of the five greyhound stadiums in Glasgow and the stadium owned by White City Glasgow Ltd was given a £6,700 valuation compared to the £4,000 that was quoted by the track. [5]

White City was one of the few greyhound tracks that used two separate hare systems with an 'Outside M.S Cable' as well as a 'Sumner' hare. All of the greyhounds were company owned and kept within the stadium grounds. [6]


The stadium became well known as mainly an international speedway venue but suffered from the 45% entertainment tax introduced by the government after the war. It continued to run speedway and was the original home for the Glasgow Tigers speedway team. [7]


In 1967 plans were revealed regarding the proposed M8 motorway that would be constructed. Five years later in April 1972 the track closed and the site would later be demolished to make way for the motorway. Some years later, Helen Street police station was built on the part of the site not occupied by the road.

Track records

320Come To Pass17.5827.07.1948
530Ballylander's Man29.8627.07.1949
530Silent System29.3107.04.1965
530Snells Kick29.311970=track record
550Derrylea Master30.8303.08.1948
550Lowfield King30.0629.06.1963
590French Toy33.281948
590Belle of Killarney33.281948=track record
590Lowfield King32.3006.07.1963

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