Priory Park Sports Ground

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Priory Park Sports Ground
LocationPriory Bridge Road, Taunton, Somerset
Coordinates51°01′13″N 3°05′48″W / 51.02028°N 3.09667°W / 51.02028; -3.09667
Openedc.1925
Closedc.2001

Priory Park Sports Ground was a rugby union, football and greyhound racing stadium located on the north side of Priory Bridge Road and the south bank of the River Tone in Taunton, Somerset.[1]

Origins[edit]

The stadium was originally a football stadium and was used by Taunton United F.C. in c.1925. Somerset Police F.C and Taunton Town F.C both used the ground during the 1930s.[2]

Rugby[edit]

The stadium was the home of Taunton R.F.C from 1935-2001.[3]

Greyhound racing[edit]

Greyhound racing events were held in the early 1930s before becoming a weekly event from Boxing Day 1947 until 5 December 1950.[4] The racing was independent (not affiliated to the sports governing body the National Greyhound Racing Club) and race distances consisted of 485 and 650 yards.[5]

This greyhound racing venue should not be confused with the Priory Greyhound Stadium which was the name for the greyhound operation held at the nearby County Ground, Taunton.[6]

Other Uses[edit]

Taunton Athletic Club also held fixtures at the ground.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OS Plan 1967-1972". old-maps.co.uk.
  2. ^ "Taunton - 8 July 1925". Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser. 1925.
  3. ^ "Taunton Rugby Club". Samurai Sports.com.
  4. ^ "Monthly Greyhound Star (Remember When 1950) 2010 edition". Greyhound Star.
  5. ^ Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-15-5.
  6. ^ "TAUNTON (PRIORY PARK) GREYHOUND STADIUM". Greyhound Derby.com.