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Norma_Stitts
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Norma_Stitts
Re: Greyhound Track
19th June 2013 at 11:43PM
sunflowerdee Wrote:

Sorry sam 39, There is me going on about belle vue, didnt realise there was a greyhound track in stockport. I am a born and bred manc, so assumed you where posting about belle vue. I am a stockport granny now.


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sunflowerdee
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Re: Greyhound Track
22nd June 2013 at 12:49AM
GRANNY whatever normas titts. Im a nana, thank you very much. You make me sound like an old has been, and I am far from that.
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Digbydan123
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Digbydan123
Re: Greyhound Track
16th December 2015 at 12:19AM
I moved into Hazel grove in 1960, the Greyhound track was closed at his time. I don't believe it had been closed for many years. In 1969/70 the Marcliffe Cinema opposite was used by Associated Semiconductor Manufacturers located on School Street for commissioning their process (life test) equipment. I was indentured to ASM (now NXP Phillips on Pepper road) in August 1967. If anyone is interested I have a several of photographs of long lines of assembly workers manufacturing semiconductor devices some years previous to 1967.
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tarboat
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tarboat
Re: Greyhound Track
16th December 2015 at 8:54PM, Edit: 16th December 2015 at 8:54PM by tarboat
The Greyhound Racing History website has a brief history of the track.
www.greyhoundracinghistory.co.uk

Stockport (Hazel Grove)

South-east of Stockport lies the suburb of Hazel Grove and back in 1932 a new greyhound track was constructed just south of the London, Midland and Scottish railway viaduct on the east side of the Macclesfield Road. The surroundings at the time were sparsely populated but the track was able to include Stockport within its catchment area and with sixty omnibuses passing the stadium every hour on a variety of routes it was expected to be a success. The Stockport Greyhound Racing Co Ltd that initiated the construction was led by their Chairman J.W Marples, a well-known dog judge.

The build however was subject to considerable controversy because the council was adamant that the site was required for future dwelling-houses and residential buildings which then led them refusing planning permission and subsequently putting a ban on the work that had already started. Mr W Gardener acting for the new stadium owners stated that "The position is that whether the council approves the plans or not, the project can be carried through. We have secured a five year lease on the ground with an option to purchase, and should the council ever wish to make a road through this ground, as is suggested, the track can be moved to another position." Remarkably this was all taking place in November 1932 just one month before the proposed opening.

The finishing touches to the stadium were still in progress when the first meeting was scheduled and held on the Saturday afternoon of 23 December 1932. Originally there was no tote due to government restrictions at the time, the racing kennels were situated parallel with the Macclesfield Road and the resident kennels were to be found a short distance from the track in Buxton Road. Stands were erected in each enclosure just in time for the public opening although work continued afterwards to increase the capacity of the stadium.

The track applied for a licence with the National Greyhound Racing Society (NGRS) and it is believed that it was probably granted but it is known that in 1934 they were affiliated with the rival British Greyhound Tracks Control Society (BGTCS) when the raced on Saturday afternoons. The main distance was 500 yards and a ‘Sumner’ hare was used.

During 1935 John Sharp a businessman and bus company owner purchased the stadium which also hosted Speedway in 1937. Business peaked in 1946 (See figures below) and it is likely to have been an independent track for a period of its existence because there is no record of NGRC membership after the war. The track circumference at this time was recorded as 430 yards with distances of 310 & 525 yards.

In March 1960 John Sharp the stadium owner decided to sell ten acres of the site to City and Town Buildings Ltd, of London. Sharp felt that the sport was dying, killed by the betting tax and also revealed that he had been offered an incredible £100,000 for the stadium just after the war when greyhound racing was in its heyday.
The site was duly sold and demolished but initially it was turned into football pitches before redevelopment into the Greyhound Industrial Estate although the northerly part of the stadium near the viaduct still remains waste ground.

The southerly part of the stadium is where the ‘Carpet Right’ building stands today.

Selected Totalisator Turnover
Year      Turnover £
1938     2,437
1941     8,285
1942     7,422
1943     9,374
1944     11,240
1945     21,669
1946     469,889
1947     118,133
1948     55,940
1949     147,308
1950     115,384
1951     97,286
1952     95,200
1953     84,267
1954     63,000


I also found a note about the speedway events at the track in 1937.

Speedway at Hazel Grove in 1937

Even at humble levels of speedway riders raced for cash prizes. Few speedways could have been less imposing than that started by the Manchester Motor Sports Club at Hazel Grove, near Stockport, in 1937. Cinders could not be afforded for the track. Riders did not ride for cash prizes but if the proceeds of a meeting exceeded expenditure, these were shared among the winning riders. (Speedway News, 15 May, 12 June 1937.)
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Re: Greyhound Track
19th December 2015 at 10:15AM
Apart from the greyhound track, does anyone remember the airfield?
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tarboat
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tarboat
Re: Greyhound Track
19th December 2015 at 11:38PM
The airfield was on the field to the east Macclesfield Road just before the bridge over the Norbury Brook. This is where the airport link road is now being built. It could have been Hazel Grove Airport.
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Re: Greyhound Track
21st December 2015 at 2:03PM
Yes, I know where it was but does anybody remember it and when it was in use?
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tarboat
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tarboat
Re: Greyhound Track
21st December 2015 at 10:01PM
I think you will be hard pushed to find anyone who remembers the airfield in use as I think it was in the 1920s.
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