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Posted: Mon 05 Mar, 2012 10:33 pm
by drapesy
Chrism wrote:
Why was it called The Scratching Shed?

Because people were packed in so tightly you were liable to catch lice etc from the 'great unwashed' stood next to you and so likely to end up scratching yourself. A jest with a germ of truth perhaps!

Posted: Mon 05 Mar, 2012 11:04 pm
by Leodian
Sung at Elland Road when the Scratching Shed was at least still there to the 'We all live in a yellow submarine' Beatles song tune was the popular "We all live in a white Scratching Shed.
A white Scratching Shed.
A white Scratching Shed." Regular Smiley

Posted: Tue 06 Mar, 2012 8:00 am
by uncle mick
[quotenick="Jon Howe"]



1. Did Monk's Bridge Iron Company own land on the west side of the current Elland Road site? Several websites detailing the history of the ground state that the club bought land on the Gelderd Road and Churwell side of the ground in 1906

Taken from the Times online 15th Dec 1911. Concerning Monks Bridge owning land at Elland Road (see attachment )

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Posted: Tue 06 Mar, 2012 10:21 am
by uncle mick
[quotenick="Jon Howe"]



2. When did the Greyhound stadium open? I know it closed and was immediately demolished in 1982, but when did it open?

It appears it opened circa 1927. If I have read this article correctly it seems that there were "legal matters" between the two greyhound stadiums, one at each side of the road

http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itw/infomark/708/406/179614360w16/purl=rc1_TTDA_0_CS68623555&dyn=13!xrn_2_0_CS68623555&hst_1?sw_aep=leedscl




    

Posted: Tue 06 Mar, 2012 10:21 am
by Jon Howe
[quotenick="uncle mick"]
Jon Howe wrote:




1. Did Monk's Bridge Iron Company own land on the west side of the current Elland Road site? Several websites detailing the history of the ground state that the club bought land on the Gelderd Road and Churwell side of the ground in 1906

Taken from the Times online 15th Dec 1911. Concerning Monks Bridge owning land at Elland Road (see attachment )

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Thanks for this. Quite interesting. As this was dated 1911 presumably this was the remainder of the land that Leeds City DIDN'T buy in 1906. It appears that Monk's Bridge owned all the land on the ER football ground site, what was Fullerton Park and also where the un-used car park is now right up to the railway line.

Posted: Tue 06 Mar, 2012 10:27 am
by Jon Howe
[quotenick="uncle mick"]
Jon Howe wrote:




2. When did the Greyhound stadium open? I know it closed and was immediately demolished in 1982, but when did it open?

It appears it opened circa 1927. If I have read this article correctly it seems that there were "legal matters" between the two greyhound stadiums, one at each side of the road

http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itw/infomark/708/406/179614360w16/purl=rc1_TTDA_0_CS68623555&dyn=13!xrn_2_0_CS68623555&hst_1?sw_aep=leedscl



You need to register to access the site so I can't see the article. However, I have since discovered that 1927 is correct. For a short time there was greyhound racing on both sides of ER, run by rival associations. What eventually became the established greyhound stadium on the south side of ER obviously won the battle, however, I can't put a date to when the greyhound racing was operated on the speedway track on Fullerton Park, was that before the speedway track or after? Speedway operated between 1928-1938. Grateful for any help. Thanks.

Posted: Tue 06 Mar, 2012 10:37 am
by uncle mick
If you have a library card you can read "Times Online" here

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/page.aspx?pageidentifier=8c3257c4-443f-4af7-a419-3f1f9c078963

Posted: Tue 06 Mar, 2012 10:53 am
by uncle mick
It seem both greyhound tracks were prepared in 1927

Posted: Tue 06 Mar, 2012 10:57 am
by uncle mick
uncle mick wrote:
It seem both greyhound tracks were prepared in 1927

Sorry the attachment is small

Posted: Tue 06 Mar, 2012 11:02 am
by Jon Howe
uncle mick wrote:
uncle mick wrote:
It seem both greyhound tracks were prepared in 1927

Sorry the attachment is small


Don't worry, this is good info. Is this from Times online? ie. from the link I couldn't access?

If you see this link from YEP,

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/news-features/back-tracking-on-speedway-1-2268697

a number of people mention that greyhound racing took place after the speedway track shut. This may just be their flagging memory, and the greyhound racing actually took place on the site BEFORE the speedway around 1927. Either that or the legal wrangling was settled and there was greyhound racing on both sites in 1927 and for a short time after the speedway finished in 1938?