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SYSTON GREYHOUND STADIUM SUMMARY

ADDRESS———————————–

Mostyn Avenue
Syston
Nr Leicester
Leicestershire.

POSTCODE———————————-LE7 2EU

LOCATED————————————The small town of Syston is located six miles north west of Leicester city centre. The venue was situated about half a mile east of the town, at the junction with East Avenue and Mostyn Avenue, with this point being the start of the access road that lead to the track.

ORIGINAL SITE—————————–Lodge Farm and adjoining grazing land.

DATE CONSTRUCTED——————–1929 for Speedway.

DATE VENUE OPENED——————-1931
Meaning other sports may have taken place prior to the arrival of Greyhound Racing.

FIRST MEETING—————————-1931
Greyhound Racing only.

LICENSED OR INDEPENDENT———-Independent
All venues covered would have to be be licensed with the government, licensed suggested in this section would refere 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———————————–285 and 475 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—————————Dont know
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—————————None known.

STADIUM SHARED WITH——————Speedway

LAST MEETING——————————-1969
Greyhound Racing only.

STADIUM CLOSURE DATE—————-1969
Meaning other sports may have taken place after Greyhound Racing had ceased.

STADIUM DEMOLITION——————–Dont know

BUILT ON SITE——————————–Houses on Mowbray Drive.
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——————–None known of.

FURTHER COMMENTS———————None

This OS Map is dated 1956. Courtesy of Old Maps.
An advert from a 1956 edition of The Greyhound Owner newspaper.
This GO advert is dated July 1958.

Another one of the Leicestershire greyhound tracks, was the one found in the town of Syston, a small town situated roughly six miles north east of Leicester. Syston greyhound track was situated about half a mile east of its town centre, and had been constructed on land left behind by the abandoned Lodge Farm. The first signs of any sporting activities came during 1929, when a group of speedway enthusiasts built a dirt track on the site. But their new venture began to fail miserably, and any further development was halted due to poor financial circumstances. The failure of the Speedway gave the opportunity for Greyhound Racing enthusiasts to move in and level the land to construct a circuit. Opening up as a flapping track, and with the venue being very primitive indeed, it began to stage meetings during 1931. Once the venue had become established, racing consisted of six greyhounds chasing an inside Sumner type hare over distances of 285 and 475 yards. Business continued for almost forty years before Syston staged its final meeting in 1969, after it had been sold to developers. Today, no traces remain of Syston Greyhound Track, with its location pinpointed by houses on Mowbray Drive, which now covers the site.

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