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Midland Red
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1 of 5  Wed 31st Oct 2012 10:16am  
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Here's an aerial view from 1929 Thumbs up Mod's note: Because various links on the thread are now "dead" we are copying here any relevant posting on this topic prior to this one Thumbs up
On 27th Sep 2012 9:10pm, slash1 said: I remember it very well, my best friend and I frequented it regularly in the early 60's, also shared dogs and trainers with Leicester dog track. Lots of very lovely, very attractive young kennel maids. Used to race 2 nights a week, can't remember what nights they were though, I'm sure that Leicester was on Wednesday and Saturday. Lots and lots of happy memories, as a result of our time there we went on to buy a greyhound between us, by that time Coventry was closed so our dog was kennelled at Hall Green dog track in Birmingham. Not sure when it closed, probably mid 60's, if not before, would be my guess. A very basic sort of building and stadium, if I recall correctly. We had both been to Caludon Castle School, so we named our dog Caludon Sandy, was to be the first of many. We actually registered the prefix. As we were quite young at the time, early 20's, other distractions came along. Happy happy days, and happy happy memories for me. Thankyou.
On 5th Oct 2012 6:10pm, Midland Red said: Not a fan of the dogs, but really interested to see it as a speedway fan, as it was Coventry's first (1928-1930), predating Brandon by a couple of years Update : The greyhound stadium was opened in April 1928 and a cinder speedway track added, the first speedway meeting being in July 1928
On 5th Oct 2012 6:42pm, Foxcote said: Evening. On wiki, is says that the speedway track was there in 1928 and closed 1936 and the following year, the greyhounds fired up until 1964.
On 5th Oct 2012 7:19pm, DBC said: My wife's late father owned a butcher's shop in Holbrook Lane in the 1950's and 60's, and I remember him saying that some of the dog trainers used to come into the shop asking for eggs to feed to the greyhounds. They always insisted on having really fresh eggs and not ones that had been hanging around in the shop for a time. So nothing but the best for the dogs!
On 5th Oct 2012 8:00pm, Midland Red said: Thanks for that - I've just updated my previous post with the answer to my own question, taken from this excellent publication
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PhilipInCoventry
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2 of 5  Wed 31st Oct 2012 11:19am  
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Hi all Wave I have enjoyed reading the posts on this thread. I understand that there was a lot of inter-reaction with Hall Green Stadium in Birmingham which also included speedway at the time. My mum & dad told me stories about the good times that were had at Lythalls Lane Stadium, both dogs & speedway. Travelling to Hall Green on outings was a big journey then for most people. Even a subject that I have not had a lot of input on is so fascinating to read about. It's all part of our history. Thank you to all that have posted on this. Cheers
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slash1
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3 of 5  Wed 31st Oct 2012 7:51pm  
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Very interesting topic to me. Further to Philip's post, someone, not sure who, ran coaches to Leicester and Hall Green. We used to get the Leicester coach by the Pippin, think the Hall Green coach from town. If we were lucky, my friend's dad used to take us in his A35! What a journey that was. Greyhounds have played a part in my life, several girlfriends, and the lady that was to become my wife, were met due to the greyhounds. That's another story, she lived in as a kennelmaid at a kennels in Roade, near Northampton (Roade had a railway station in those days).
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4 of 5  Tue 1st Jan 2013 5:09pm  
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There is some footage of the old dog track on an old wartime Coventry video here
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Keresley_PFC
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5 of 5  Thu 17th Jan 2013 1:30am  
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Hi everyone Just wanted to say I was thrilled to see the old stadium photo, my family used to race and win there back in c1930, thought I'd show you a couple of trophies from back then, hope you enjoy unfortunately they're very dirty and very bumpy as they survived a blitz attack. They are away being hopefully brought back to almost original condition I will reshow once I have then back. The first one is from a Charity Meeting held on June 24th 1936 The large one with the dog we think it's similar age but will have more detail hopefully soon as we're in contact with the company that made it, Pinter Bros in Sheffield.
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