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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Words: Bernard Brough
UPDATE: 24th August 2013
There's a new Facebook group set up:
Memoriesofsalfordgreyhoundtrack - click here