Mitcham Stadium

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Mitcham Stadium
LocationMitcham, London
Coordinates51°24′34″N 0°09′19″W / 51.40944°N 0.15528°W / 51.40944; -0.15528
Opened1935
Closed1955

Mitcham Stadium was a multi use sports stadium in Mitcham, London. Uses included rugby league, athletics and greyhound racing.[1] The stadium is not to be confused with the former Sandy Lane ground owned by Tooting and Mitcham FC which was nearby.[2]

Stadium[edit]

The stadium was simply called the Mitcham Stadium and was used from 1935 until 1955. It had covered grandstands along both straights and one of the straights was slightly extended.[3] The stadium had a capacity of 60,000 and was owned by Sydney Parkes (a greyhound track owner).[4] The stadium was replaced by housing in 1955 and is now occupied by Ormerod Gardens.[3][5]

Rugby League[edit]

It was home to the Streatham and Mitcham R.L.F.C. from 1935-1937.[6]

Greyhound Racing[edit]

Some greyhound racing took place during 1936 and 1937. The track was a short lived independent (unaffiliated to a governing body).[7] The racing ended after the owner Sydney Parker was refused a racing licence.[8]

Other uses[edit]

The infield was also used for Hurling and Gaelic football.[3] Fulham F.C. were in advanced negotiations to relocate to the stadium in 1938 but it never materialised.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OS Plan 1953". Old Maps.
  2. ^ "OS County Series, Surrey 1935". Old Maps.
  3. ^ a b c "Mitcham Stadium". UK Running Track Directory.
  4. ^ "Fire in a post box". West London Observer. 1936.
  5. ^ "Sports grounds on either side of Sandy Lane, Mitcham, 1937". Britain from Above.
  6. ^ "London Mitcham Stadium". Greyhound Derby.com.
  7. ^ Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. p. 418. ISBN 0-948955-15-5.
  8. ^ "Rugby League: Broncos' rocky route to stardom". Independent.
  9. ^ "Fulham's Future, April". Leeds Mercury. 1938.