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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Wednesday, 29.June 2022 — 3min read

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The White City Stadium was one of the largest stadiums in Britain until it got demolished in 1984. The stadium was used for athletics, football, rugby, and croquet. It also hosted concerts and boxing matches. White City Stadium was built for the Olympic Games in 1908. It formed part of the Franco-British exhibition site, an 140-acre complex of palaces and exhibition buildings. Most of these buildings had whitewashed exteriors, hence the name White City. The stadium was used for athletics, football, rugby, and croquet. It also hosted concerts and boxing matches.

The stadium was built after the city of Rome, which had been originally awarded hosting rights for the 1908 Olympics, failed to meet its financial obligations. The stadium could hold a total of 93,000 visitors.

The Olympics that it hosted were among others the athletics, football, and cycling events, and the finish of the first modern marathon.

The stadium went unused for years after the Olympics, but was taken over by the Greyhound Racing Association in 1927. From then on, it mainly hosted greyhound racing and speedway. Other sports such as rugby, boxing, and athletics also found their way to the stadium.

White City Stadium hosted one game of the 1966 World Cup, which was a group match between Uruguay and France. The match was originally planned to be played at Wembley Stadium, but when Wembley's owner refused to reschedule a previously planned dog race, the match was moved to White City instead.

For a short time in the 1930s and 1960s, Queens Park Rangers used the stadium as their home. They were not happy with the conditions at their nearby Loftus Road stadium, so they quickly moved back.

The stadium was almost exclusively used for dog races by the 1980s, and it was demolished in 1984 to make way for additional buildings to the BBC's adjacent White City complex. The last event at the stadium was a greyhound race on September 22nd, 1984.

 

Nicholas Walton wrote: 27 November 2021 at 7:17 p.m. Also, The Blue Lamp 1949, a good film that still stands the test of time, can be seen in the movie. You can see the dogs racing and the tellers using hand signals to take the bets. My dad as a child used to watch the dog racing there after playing on all the bombsites, then The Speedway in his 20s.

The film "The Blue Lamp" was released in 1949 and is still considered a good film. You can see the dogs racing and the tellers using hand signals to take the bets.

My dad used to watch the dog racing at the Speedway when he was a child and then later in his twenties.

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My father was a totalisator track controller after Stanford Bridge, New Cross, Harringay, Slough and other GRA tracks. He had to go back to White City (London) after retirement to run the greyhound derby.

was his assistant and they were still working together until Roger passed away. My father was a track controller who worked at several GRA tracks after Stanford Bridge, New Cross, Harringay, Slough, and other racetracks. After retirement, he moved back to London to work as the greyhound derby's manager. Roger Allison was his assistant and they continued working together until Roger died.

Murray wrote: October 9, 2019 at 8:38 AM Hi, Dad Arthur John Mason (John) worked at White City from the 60's to the early 70's as an engineer working on the lights and hare etc. I was privileged to have seen a couple of events but I mainly remember dusty wood everywhere. The first time I felt sadness at a non-physical loss was the demolition of that iconic stadium, for a building that was to be for BBC Radio stations and suchlike in the end just offices very sad!

I had the pleasure of working with my Dad at White City during the 1960s and 1970s, primarily involved in Engineering work on the lighting and stadium facilities. The first time I experienced sadness beyond a physical loss was when the iconic stadium was demolished, a building which was destined for use by BBC Radio stations in the end.

I have been unable to find any information on this subject anywhere else and neither has the English FA responded to my inquiries. I would be very grateful for any information or suggestions you may have.

I have been unable to find any information on this topic anywhere else, and the English Football Association has not responded to my inquiries. I would appreciate any information or suggestions.

Pete Warnes wrote on February 6, 2019 at 3:38 pm: Was the Q.P.R. V Northampton Town game on September 2, 1963 at White City the first time that the Cobblers had been featured on Match Of The Day?

It is believed that the Q.P.R. V Northampton Town game on 9/2/63 at White City was the first time that the Cobblers had been featured on Match Of The Day.

Roger Hossick wrote: 25 November 2018 at 5:36 pm When my dad retired around 1977, he was the Maintenance Engineer in charge of electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and so on. Before that, one of his jobs was as the Hare Controller. Even after promotion, he was still called upon to drive the hare for the Greyhound Derby. Although various sports have been mentioned, nobody has mentioned Stock-car racing and Banger racing that also took place at the stadium.

After my dad retired in 1977, he was the Maintenance Engineer in charge of electricians, plumbers and carpenters. Before that, one of his jobs was as the Hare Controller. Even after promotion he was still called upon to drive the hare for the Greyhound Derby. Although various sports have been mentioned, nobody has mentioned Stock-car racing and Banger racing that also took place at the stadium.

My father worked at the track in the early fifties. Do you have any record of him, such as a photo? If so, could you please lookup it for me and send it to me? He passed away in 1958 aged 36 years.

My father was working at the track in the early 1950s. Do you have any record of him, such as photos or a transcript of his race results? As I have no photo of him, I am hoping to find any records that exist. He passed away in 1958 aged 36 years.

Ivo Ogrin writes: Hello, I have attached to a silver pocketwatch chain a number of years ago a silver medal commemorating the first floodlight match at White City, on 14 December 1932. Has anyone any further information about this bit of history? Thank you for your kind attention.

Hello! I'm attaching to this chain a medal that commemorates the first floodlight match at White City, on December 14, 1932. According to the information I have, it seems that this was part of one of QPR's spells there. Do any of you know more about that history? Thank you for your time and attention, Ivo.

There will never again be the thrilling excitement you felt during a greyhound race! Bands playing on the centre field, the starter for the greatest sporting event of any year bar none! And I?ve been to the Olympics, numerous Wembley cup finals, F1 races around the world, nothing comes close to one of those magical nights. When the man in the white uniform rang that bell from the inner field your heart rate skyrockets, you were never disappointed no matter what the result, just a feeling that you?d just witnessed and been part of one of sport's great events.

There will never again be the thrilling excitement you felt during a greyhound race's final night. Bands playing on the centre field, the starter for the greatest sporting event of any year bar none! And I?ve been to the Olympics, numerous Wembley cup finals, F1 races around the world, nothing comes close to one of those magic nights. When the man in the white uniform rang that bell from the inner field you didok with anticipation, you were never disappointed no matter what the result, just a feeling that you?d just witnessed and been part of the greatest event in sports!

I am researching the life of my grandfather, William Barton. Family tradition has it that he was involved in the construction of the White City, most probably as a carter and also we think as a gang leader. I believe he was transporting cement. Are there any records of the men who worked on the construction?

I am researching the life of my grandfather, William Barton. Family tradition has it that he was involved in the construction of the White City, most probably as a carter and also we think as a gang leader. I believe he was transporting cement.

Are there any records of the men who worked on the construction?

It's a shame that the site didn't survive until present-day wealthy owners of QPR arrived on the scene - it would have been perfect for the new home ground they are hoping for. Did the BBC really need all that new office space when they have more or less abandoned the iconic TV Centre next door?

I think it is unfair that Rome was not allowed to host the 1908 Olympics because a natural disaster happened in Italy which necessitated the diversion of funds.

It's unfortunate that the site didn't survive until the present wealthy owners of QPR arrived, as the site would have been perfect for their planned new home ground. Did the BBC really need all that new office space when they've practically abandoned the iconic TV Centre next door?

As a child, I would go to the dog track on Thursdays and if I won, I would go back again on Saturdays. Those were lovely days and I look back and think how lucky I am to have had such a happy childhood.

I went to the military tattoo parlor every Thursday and Saturday night when I was growing up. Those were great days because I got to go to the dogs a lot and it was a happy childhood.

in 1978 and 1979. I think that Speedway needs mentioning. White City Rebels rode there from 1976 to 1978 (winning the league in 1977) as well as important World Championship events (including the World Team Cup) in 1978 and 1979.

in 1977, 1978 and 1979. It's a great venue for racing and it would be great to see more events there. I think that Speedway needs mentioning. The White City Rebels rode there from 1976 to 1978 (winning the league in 1977) as well as important World Championship events (including the World Team Cup) in 1977, 1978, and 1979. It's a great venue for racing and it would be great to see more events there.

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