- Every week on a Monday, our Soul of Sport series takes readers behind the scenes at top sporting events
- KEVIN QUIGLEY travelled to the Coral Romford Greyhound Stadium for this weekend’s greyhound meetings
- Patrons young and old enjoyed an evening at the historic track which in 2019 celebrated its 90th anniversary
Welcome back to the Soul of Sport. For our latest episode of the series, KEVIN QUIGLEY travelled to the Coral Romford Greyhound Stadium in Essex to capture all the action from this weekend’s Coral Winter Bonanza meetings under the lights.
The stadium was originally opened in 1929 and celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2019, with the iconic venue being one of the most visited race tracks in the United Kingdom. After the Wimbledon Stadium was closed in 2017, Romford is just one of two greyhound racing arenas left in London, with the Crayford Stadium in Bexley being the second.
The stadium has also undergone a £10 million refurbishment in recent years, including a complete renovation of the stadium’s Millenium Stand and the addition of a new restaurant. Greyhound racing is one of the most attended sports in the UK, with trainers coming from all around the United Kingdom to race at the historic stadium.
Captured over three days, Mail Sport’s KEVIN QUIGLEY was on the ground to photograph the best moments from this weekend’s meetings.
Romford’s greyhound track – which originally opened in 1929 – is one of the most iconic racing venues in the United Kingdom
This weekend’s meetings commenced on Thursday and finished on Saturday evening, with 49 races taking place in total
Patrons gathered around the track to watch on as the greyhounds burst out from the traps during a chilly night in Essex
Fans of all ages were captivated by the pace and power of the greyhounds, who raced around the track at ferocious speeds
Several spectators made sure to enjoy a drink from inside the stadium, which underwent a £10million refurbishment in 2019
A patron scans the meeting programme with cash in hand as Puttfor Mim was crowned victorious in the first race on Thursday
The Romford Greyhound Stadium was first established in 1929 and has become one of the most visited race tracks in the UK
Some of the biggest races in the stadium’s calendar include the Champion Stakes, Golden Sprint and Coronation Cup
The Coral Winter Bonanza will continue next week, with the Sprint Final and Maiden Stayers Final taking place on Friday 16
Spectators enjoy refreshments inside the stadium, which installed a new 180-seater restaurant as part of its refurbishment
Greyhound racing will continue until the very end of the year, with the Coral Festive Bonanza scheduled for December 30