Dillington Park Stadium

Dillington Park Stadium was a greyhound racing stadium on Highstone Road in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Dillington Park Stadium
LocationHighstone Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Coordinates53°32′37″N 1°28′31.8″W / 53.54361°N 1.475500°WCoordinates: 53°32′37″N 1°28′31.8″W / 53.54361°N 1.475500°W
Opened1934
Closed1990

Origins

The stadium was constructed north of Highstone Road, south of Bank Street and east of Bedford Street.[1] Dillington Park was originally a park and then a recreation ground named after the area known as Dillington in Worsbrough Common.

Opening

The official opening date for greyhound racing was on 25 May 1934 but it was originally a popular venue for whippet racing four times per week and was also used for significant boxing bouts.[2] A second track in Barnsley, the Dearne Athletic and Sports Stadium in Old Mill Lane, also hosted greyhound racing from 1934-1935 but a third venue at the Queen's Ground was refused a betting licence three times by the Corporation.[3]

History

The whippet racing gradually disappeared and was replaced entirely by the greyhound racing. The racing was independent (not affiliated to the sports governing body the National Greyhound Racing Club) and it was known as a flapping track which was the nickname given to independent tracks.[4]

The stadium offered basic facilities with a fully licensed bar (serving Barnsley bitter), lounge area and snack bar in the main stand with panoramic views of the racing. The track was all-grass, 330 yards in circumference and used an 'Inside Sumner' hare system with race distances of 400, 500, 650 and 800 yards. All races were handicap races and there were eight on course bookmakers.[4]

By the 1980s the owners were Terrence and Marjorie Green and racing took place on Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7.30pm. The track was now all-sand and had kennels for 48 greyhounds on site.[5]

Closure

In May 1990 a fire forced the closure of the stadium.[6] [7] The site today is housing known as Highstone View.

References

  1. ^ "OS Plan 1961-1962". old-maps.co.uk.
  2. ^ "Dillington Park Stadium". Box Rec.com.
  3. ^ "Council's Decision on Barnsley's Greyhound Track Controversy - Saturday February 15th". Barnsley Chronicle and South Yorkshire News. 1936.
  4. ^ a b Furby, R (1968). Independent Greyhound Racing. New Dominion House.
  5. ^ Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-15-5.
  6. ^ Barnes/Sellers, Julia/John (1992). Ladbrokes Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-22-8.
  7. ^ "Closures and openings over the past 10 years, July 1993, page 18". Greyhound Star. 1993.
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