Monmore Green Stadium Guide

On the outskirts of Wolverhampton in the West Midlands is a small borough called Monmore Green. Not far from the area’s East Park you will find greyhound racing taking place weekly at the Monmore Green Stadium. Owned by Ladbrokes, the bookmakers, this is one of the top dog racing venues in the UK. From March until October you can also watch Speedway Racing here.

Promising non-stop excitement from the moment you walk through the doors, the stadium is based over three levels including track side. There’s a bar on every floor, as well as a trackside restaurant where you can get a tasty bite to eat. If that sounds a bit too posh to you then you might prefer the snack bar in the main part of the ground.

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Race Days & Times

The main meetings at Monmore Green are on Thursday and Saturday evenings. They’re the ones that they make a fuss about, though there’s also racing on Monday and Friday afternoons. Some times there are also races Tuesday and Wednesdays during the day, but all of those are mainly for television or the bookies.

When it comes to the main days the doors open at 5.30pm. Thursday’s first race is at 6.33pm and Saturday’s is ever so slightly later at 6.38pm. Monday afternoon’s proceedings get underway at 2.08pm and Friday afternoons start 10-minutes later. If there are races on a Tuesday or Wednesday then times tend to vary.

Visiting

  • Ticket Prices: As Mondays and Fridays are not really aimed at attracting the public they are free admission. For Thursday and Saturday nights you’ll pay £6 on the door or £5 if you book in advance, with both costs including the Race Card.
  • Getting There: Only a mile from Wolverhampton city centre, Monmore Green is actually quite easy to get to. If you’re driving then it’s just off the A41. If you’d prefer public transport then Priestfield is the nearest Metro stop and Wolverhampton Train Station is the closest place by rail. Buses 53, 79 and A5 all stop about 5-minutes walk from the stadium.
  • Parking: There’s a large car park with plenty of room for coaches and more cars than you can shake a gear stick at.

History

Wednesday the 11th of January 1928 saw Monmore Green officially open its doors for the first time. The meeting was organised by the Midland Greyhound Racing Association and was witnessed by a remarkable 10,000 people. The saw seven races take place that night, including two hurdle races.

With Willenhall Greyhound Stadium not far away in another part of the Midlands, it was decided in 1935 that the large kennels based at Monmore Green would be split in two in order to serve both courses. When the Second World War began, the majority of greyhound stadiums shut for business, but Monmore carried on for the majority of it.

It was during the war that the Midland Puppy Championship was devised and raced for the first time in 1943. That would later become the Midland Puppy Derby before being renamed as the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby; though you shouldn’t confuse it with the Puppy Derby, which has been held at Wembley Stadium since 1929 and is significantly more prestigious.

The Midland Puppy Championship was switched to Willenhall in 1963 when a fire ripped through the main stand at Monmore Green, causing untold damage and forcing the stadium to close for a time. The fire was used as an opportunity to develop the ageing stadium and the improvements soon caught the attention of a company known as Totalisators and Greyhound Holdings. TGH, for short, bought the two Midlands stadia from Midland Greyhound Racing Company in 1970 and added them to their ever-growing roster.

In 1974, Ladbrokes bought out Totalisators and Greyhound Holdings and took their greyhound tracks as part of the deal. In 1981, severe weather ruined the hose racing fixtures calendar and threatened the bookmaker’s profits. They came up with the idea of racing greyhounds not for punters in attendance but purely for bookies to take bets on, hence the Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Service was born and Monmore Green held the inaugural fixtures.

Over the years the Monmore Green track has hosted a number of well-respected events. In 1986, for example, the much-loved Golden Jacket race was held there after having struggled to find a home following the closure of Harringay Stadium and a short spell at Hall Green Stadium. Eventually it settled at Crayford Stadium but Monmore wasn’t done. In 1994, the Midland Gold Cup, which had previously been run before the war, returned. Nowadays, it is known as the Ladbrokes Gold Cup.

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