Gypsies Green Stadium, South Shields
The end of a not so golden era
This is Gypsies Green Stadium at the coast in South Shields, it is not very glorious, and for many years has been much under used. Plans are afoot to make it disappear and a shining new four star hotel will rise in it’s place. Built in the early 1960’s it had an athletics track and infield as well as a velodrome for cycling, but it was never massively popular. Perhaps the wind whipping in from the North Sea had something to do with it.
For some years there was an active cycling club that met there and South Shields Harriers (athletics club) used it as their base too, it also hosted the World Jazz Band Championship as well as a visit from Muhammad Ali in 1977, here is a YouTube video clip of his day here;