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Catford Stadium was a historic greyhound track in Catford, a suburb of London. It was open between 1932 and 2003, when it was closed by its commercial operator Wembley . The local amateur side, Catford Wanderers, were mooted to move into the stadium, though this dream was never realised. The stadium has caught on fire and has since been demolished, along with the scoreboard.

Greyhound racing

In its heyday before the legalisation of bettings shops in the 1960s, the stadium attracted large crowds, and celebrities such as Henry Cooper, Lester Piggott, Lennox Lewis, Frank Bruno and Leslie Grantham Adam Waller appeared to present trophies to the winners.

Greyhound racing as a whole in the UK has been in terminal decline for several decades now, as there were once 33 greyhound stadiums alone in London, now only three are left (Crayford, Romford and Wimbledon).


Before it closed the stadium was embroiled in controversy, when in 2001, a trainer Lennie Knell was caught on camera admitting overfeeding dogs to slow them down .


In 1934 several speedway meetings were held on a track constructed inside the dog track. In 1949 permission was sought to operate speedway from the stadium again but permission was refused.Bamford, R & Jarvis J.(2001). Homes of British Speedway. ISBN...
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