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Star date: 17th August 2013

DOG TRACK ESTATE SEES HERITAGE RE-BORN

Just off Seaford Road in Charlestown, now the `dog track estate', was the site of Salford's original Albion Greyhound Racing Track, attended by thousands of people between its opening in 1928 and its demolition in the 1970s.

Now, Chloe Trippier, a post grad student at the University of Salford, is looking to re-imagine the stadium via people's memories, photos and artefacts. Bernard Brough checks out the project as he goes to the dogs…

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Salford Greyhound Racing Track
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Salford has changed much over the years. Regeneration after regeneration has left the place almost unrecognisable. One little corner has changed so much that any vestige of the area's former use has been long lost.

Albion Greyhound Racing Track stood on the land between Gerald Road, Cromwell Road, Seaford Road and the River Irwell. It opened in 1928, a month before Manchester's White City stadium, and held greyhound racing events, speedway for a short while, and, latterly stock car racing when it was known as the Salford Albion Stadium. The track was demolished in the late 1970s. Now the only reminders of what went on there are some street names.

Chloe Trippier is hoping to shed some light on this long lost gem of Salford's sporting heritage. Chloe, a post grad student at Salford University, is basing her MA project on the Albion Stadium and its history.

"The area has a great sporting heritage, but there is nothing about the dog track" she says "The project is as much about the surrounding area, how people lived, where they worked, the pubs and everything that went on in that area."

Chloe has worked her socks off trying to gather information, photos and memories about the stadium, but there's almost no surviving evidence of the track's significance.

"People told me to try the internet and local libraries, but there's very little there" she explains "I need people to come forward with memories and if possible some photos or memorabilia, programmes, posters, that sort of stuff."

There's some great photos and maps at Chloe's `dog track' site http://salfordgreyhoundracing.tumblr.com

If you can add to it with memories of the track, photos or memorabilia please get in touch with Chloe at chloetrip@googlemail.com

Words: Bernard Brough

UPDATE: 24th August 2013

There's a new Facebook group set up:

Memoriesofsalfordgreyhoundtrack -  click here

 

Margaret Birch wrote
at 16:22:56 on 09 October 2018
I was a kennel maid,(my first job out of school),in 1967.I have so many great memories. It was hard work as each dog had to be walked 3/4 of a mile every day. the grooming and mucking out along with working 6 days and two race night all for the princely sum of £3.17.6d. I was once run over by a dog called General Prospect, who always refused to stop after a race. I really enjoyed working there. I was also very fit. Happy days.
 
John Clive Copley wrote
at 16:23:29 on 01 February 2015
I worked at the dogs on the tote as.a enginner for 7 years. Good days
 
Jennifer fletcher wrote
at 07:50:19 on 19 August 2013
Many happy memories and some disturbing ones! Lots of interesting nice people used to place bets on the dogs racing and if they won would sometimes give the tote girls a tip. Other memories I have always happened on a Friday (Pay Day) for many. Certain punters used to turn up,obviously straight from work,having first visited the pub,(the smell of alcohol very obvious) take out their pay packet and buy their tote tickets. This happened quite frequently during the night! I often wondered how much of their wages actually went home with them to their families. I used to feel really sad about this!
 
Jennifer fletcher wrote
at 19:23:39 on 18 August 2013
I worked on the TOTE from about 1961 for about 4years. My dad Joe Oliver was the head groundsman for many years.I used to work Tuesday and Friday evenings -used to love it-as well as earning extra money.I was good friends with Pat Baker from Ordsall.Have not seen or heard from her for many years.Hope she is well. Regards.
 
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