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GRANVUE GREYHOUND STADIUM SUMMARY

ADDRESS————————————-

Hillside Street.
Stevenston
Ayrshire.

POSTCODE———————————-KA20 3HU

LOCATED————————————The town of Stevenston is located 18 miles north of Ayr along the Ayrshire coastline. The venue itself lay about a quarter of a mile south of Stevenston town centre.

ORIGINAL SITE—————————–Drained Marshland in the grounds of the old Auchenharvie Colliery.

DATE CONSTRUCTED——————–Don’t know.

DATE VENUE OPENED——————-Dont know but it was used as a football pitch during the years of the First World War. The team who played their Stevenson Thistle, were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Celtic in 1915.
Meaning other sports may have taken place prior to the arrival of Greyhound Racing.

FIRST MEETING—————————–Other sources suggest June 23rd 1933, but a caption found on this page differs.
Greyhound Racing only.

LICENSED OR INDEPENDENT———-Independent
All venues covered would have to be licensed with the government, licensed suggested in this section would refer to tracks operating under NGRC Rules.

INSIDE OR OUTSIDE HARE TYPE——Inside Sumner.
Please note that the Electric Hare suggested is only a guidance, and would have been in operation for a certain amount of time at this venue. Although it is not necessarily guaranteed that it was operational all the time, as other types of lure may have been used and updated as time progressed.

DISTANCES———————————–310 and 530 yards.
Please note that most racing venues distances had become varied throughout the years, the ones given above were at once point set and offers only a guidance to the track size.

CIRCUMFERENCE—————————Not known
Please note that alterations at most racing venues throughout its existence would see that the circumference of the track would vary, the one shown above offers only a guidance to the track size.

BIG RACE NAMES—————————Nothing found.

STADIUM SHARED WITH——————Home to amateur football and also had a Motorcycling Scramble track on the infield.

LAST MEETING——————————-Dont know but possibly during 1967.
Greyhound Racing only.

STADIUM CLOSURE DATE—————-Possibly 1967.
Meaning other sports may have taken place after Greyhound Racing had ceased.

STADIUM DEMOLITION——————-Not known

BUILT ON SITE——————————-The site is now a Golf Driving Range known as Auchenharvie Golf Complex situated on Moorpark Road West.                                                                                                                                       In some cases, structure’s that originally covered the venue after the stadium had been demolished, may have been themselves demolished too, so the one described is more likely to be the one which now presently covers the site.

EVIDENCE LEFT TODAY——————-Nothing known of.

FURTHER COMMENTS——————–None

This GO caption is dated October 18th 1951.
A caption printed in The Greyhound Owner dated October 1955. This caption throws some confusion regarding the opening of the venue, as it suggests it opened during 1948.
Three images of a programme dated November 1960.
Copies provided by Mr G Yates.
This advert is from a September 1965 edition of The Greyhound Owner Newspaper.
This OS Map is dated 1966. Courtesy of Old Maps.

Another of Ayrshire’s long list of greyhound tracks was the one known as the Granvue Greyhound Stadium in Stevenston, a small town situated within a mile of a beautiful section of coastline known as Irvine Bay. The town of Stevenston is located roughly eighteen miles north of Ayr, close to the sea ports of Ardrossan and Saltcoats and developed as a coal mining community, with as many as 32 coal mines in operation during the 19th century. It was during the early years of the 1930’s that the track developed on an abandoned section of marshland known as Stevenston Muir, which lay adjacent to Hillside Street. The original site had been the home of the Auchenharvie Colliery which closed during the latter part of the nineteenth century, but a section of land had been cleared to host junior football around the period of the First World War. The stadium was positioned in a picturesque setting that overlooked the Ayrshire coast, a setting that may have contributed to the venue being named as it was. It Opened up as a flapping track, yet its opening date remains unclear, although constructed as a purpose built greyhound stadium, other sports featured such as amateur football, and also became host to a motor cycle scrambling track, which took place within the infield of the greyhound track. Distances of races are yet to be confirmed, but it was known that the Greyhounds chased to an inside Sumner type hare for the most of its existence. It closed around 1967, the reason yet to be determined, but the stadium was known to be demolished soon after. The site is now covered by the Auchenharvie Golfing Range Complex, which is situated about a quarter of a mile south of Stevenston town centre, but a water filled disused quarry situated in a field just off hillside street also suggests its once location.

A programme, photograph or even memorabilia for this track is required for this page, if you can help please contact me.