Thurnscoe Greyhound Racing Track

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Thurnscoe Greyhound Racing Track
LocationChapel Lane, Thurnscoe East, borough of Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Coordinates53°32′46″N 1°17′38″W / 53.54611°N 1.29389°W / 53.54611; -1.29389

Thurnscoe Greyhound Racing Track was a football and a greyhound racing and whippet track located in Thurnscoe East, part of the metropolitan borough of Barnsley in South Yorkshire.[1][2]


The football ground was constructed believed to be sometime during the 1920s and by the outbreak of the World War II was being used for whippet racing and greyhound racing.[3]

Greyhound racing[edit]

When the racing started the track was known as Fairplay Racing Track. The racing was independent (not affiliated to the sports governing body the National Greyhound Racing Club).[4] The first meeting was held during April 1936 with the first promoter being master butcher Benjamin Lovatt of Highgate Villas.[5]

The track was 336 yards in circumference and could accommodate 4,000 patrons and was known locally as the Spike Greyhound Stadium.[3]


The racing ended sometime around 1950. The venue was later known as the Thurnscoe Sporting Club.[2][4]


  1. ^ "OS Plan 1962".
  2. ^ a b "Thurnscoe Greyhound Stadium". Greyhound
  3. ^ a b "SPIKE GREYHOUND STADIUM SUMMARY". Greyhound Racing Times.
  4. ^ a b Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-15-5.
  5. ^ "Betting and Lotteries Act 1934, Monday 17 February". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. 1936.