Beacon Park (Plymouth)

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Beacon Park (Plymouth)
Albion Drive, Plymouth - geograph.org.uk - 1735702.jpg
Albion Drive
LocationBeacon Park Road, north Plymouth
Coordinates50°23′44″N 4°09′16″W / 50.39556°N 4.15444°W / 50.39556; -4.15444
Capacity3,500
Opened1920
Closed2003

Beacon Park (Plymouth) is the site of a former rugby union stadium on the north side of the Beacon Park Road in north Plymouth;[1] redeveloped into housing called Albion Drive.[2]

Rugby Union[edit]

When Devonport Albion merged with Plymouth RFC to become Plymouth Albion R.F.C. they moved into Beacon Park in 1920.

Greyhound racing[edit]

Greyhound racing started on the 5 May 1928 with racing over 525 yards behind a trackless hare. The greyhound racing was independent (unaffiliated to a governing body) and whippet racing was also prominent.[3] New management took over during September 1929 and racing sometimes took place twice on one day at 3pm & 5pm. Racing came to an end on 4 July 1931.[4]

Closure[edit]

Plymouth moved out in 2003 and the stadium was sold and redeveloped into housing called Albion Drive.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OS County Series Devon 1933". old-maps.co.uk.
  2. ^ "History of Plymouth Albion RFC". Plymouth Albion. Archived from the original on 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  3. ^ "Beacon Park, Tuesday 29 May". The Western Morning News and Mercury. 1928.
  4. ^ Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. p. 420. ISBN 0-948955-15-5.
  5. ^ "History of Plymouth Albion RFC". Plymouth Albion. Archived from the original on 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2016-12-06.