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Do you know this Black Country racing dog from days gone by?

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 23, 2014

By Dan Shaw

Did this racing dog belong to a Bloxwich collier?

Did this racing dog belong to a Bloxwich collier?

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BUGLE reader Mark R. Cooper follows an interesting sport – he is secretary of the Bowmen of England Archers and makes traditional English longbows and arrows for competition and recreational archery, as practiced at the butts during the 13-16th centuries and still in vogue today.

However, it is not toxophily that has prompted Mark to write in. Instead he wants to recruit readers' assistance in identifying the greyhound in this photograph.

Mark writes, "I wonder if you could help me in my quest, please? I have been clearing out some of my late uncle John Charles Lyons' papers, and I know he and his father were involved in the Midlands greyhound scene in the 1940s to the '60s.

"We think the greyhound concerned belonged to his father, William Charles Lyons (1891-1972), a collier by occupation, from Bloxwich.

"In those days, racing greyhounds was a big thing in the Midlands, until betting legislation changed, and one did not have to visit the greyhound stadium to place a bet on a dog. The end result was many stadiums closed through lack of support and there are only two stadiums left today.

"The black and white photo of the greyhound has no date or name on it, however, it does have the stamp of the Birmingham Gazette. I know that the Birmingham Gazette was taken over by the Birmingham Post around 1956, so the photo could be from before that date."

Do you recognise this dog and can you confirm if it belonged to William Lyons?

Modern greyhound racing developed in the 1920s and reached its peak in the 1950s and '60s.

Have you any information on the Midlands greyhound racing scene? Do you have pictures of any Black Country champion dogs? Contact editor@blackcountrybugle.co.uk or write to our usual address.

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