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The Greyhound Recorder was founded in 1931 by Dave Alexander, being produced from its Sydney office in Campbell Street.
The 16 page newspaper sold at a cost of three pence back in the 1930s. The approximate decimal equivalent was two cents. Dave Alexander developed the paper through its early years before retiring in 1950.
In 1965 the Greyhound Recorder moved its office up the road to Devonshire Street in Surry Hills. It wasn’t long before the Recorder was on the move again, eight years later transferring its operations to Summer Hill.
The Greyhound Recorder employed a large team of 37 in 1975 to not only produce the weekly publication, which then sold for fifty cents, but also all NSW form guides.
There were no computers back then and form guides were typed out onto stencils and printed at the back of the premises by a single-operated one-page printing machine. The last form guide was circulated in 1985.In 1988 the Greyhound Recorder was sold to the National Coursing Association and moved to Lidcombe. This was the first time the paper had not been run by an independent owner.
After producing a 16 page paper for 58 years, the Greyhound Recorder increased to 20 pages in 1989 and the growth has continued since.
The Recorder has had strong editorial direction since its first edition, commencing with founder Dave Alexander, followed by Jack Woodward, who took over in 1950. Woodward served 25 years in the position and was replaced by Frank Kennedy in 1975.
Kennedy was followed by, in order, Ted Hanson, Barry Crawford, John Mahoney, Rick Chapman, Barry Crawford (returned after leaving), John Mahoney (returned after leaving), Gerard Guthrie, Paul Brownrigg and today’s editor Adam Dobbin.
While several greyhound racing publications have come onto the market and failed during the last 78 years, the Greyhound Recorder continues as the market leader and maintains its reputation as the ‘Industry Bible’.
Out each and every Thursday the Recorder offers readers everyone they require including in-depth stories, extensive form and comment, up-coming race information and a traders mart.
Adam Dobbin | General Manager
Adam took up the post of Editor of The Greyhound Recorder in 2009 after serving in various roles for the NSW National Coursing Association. Adam’s charged with the responsibility of providing readers with up-to-date information across all facets of the greyhound industry, something the Recorder has prided itself on since 1931. In more recent times the Recorder has further expanded its footprint into other states, regarded now as a truly national newspaper.
Gerard Guthrie | Chief Journalist
Gerard joined The Greyhound Recorder in 2001 with a strong background in sports reporting, having graduated from the University of Canberra’s highly regarded Sports Journalism course and then worked in regional print and television media. A love of racing saw Gerard accept the position of Deputy Editor at The Recorder and he quickly forged a reputation as one of the most respected journalists in Australian greyhound racing. A two-time winner of the Golden Easter Egg Media Award, Gerard is highly regarded by trainers and officials across the country, ensuring he provides Recorder readers with a second to none coverage of all the big stories in greyhound racing.
Gary Harley | Hunter Correspondent
Gary Harley is a Hunter Valley based racing journalist and commentator who has been a Greyhound Recorder contributor since 1987.
He was the Newcastle Heralds greyhound writer from 1980 – 2008. Harley was a race caller for 2KY for more than 30 years and he was the resident caller at Newcastle’s Beaumont Park from 1980 until its closure in 1997. In times gone by he has officiated as a steward and judge at non TAB race meetings at Maitland, Singleton and Cessnock.
Jeff Collerson | Wentworth Park Correspondent
Joined the late Sir Frank Packer’s Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph in 1962. In 1968 he was poached by legendary racing columnist Pat Farrell to become the greyhound writer on Rupert Murdoch’s Daily Mirror. When Murdoch later bought the Daily Telegraph, Jeff became the paper’s greyhound expert. In 1988 he added a wine column and wine reviews to his duties. Hence the title of his 2005 book Getting Paid to Drink & Gamble which was also released on audio tape. Later,Jeff was also appointed one of the Telegraph’s two restaurant reviewers.
In 2006 Jeff’s 44 year contribution to greyhound racing was acknowledged when the NSW National Coursing Association inaugurated a new annual Wentworth Park race called simply ‘The Collerson’. Jeff is also the host of one of radio’s longest running sports programs, 'Going Greyhounds' heard Thursday mornings on 2KY.
Paul Dolan | Queensland Correspondent
Paul ‘Dogsy’ Dolan has been with the Recorder since 1992. Paul is an integral part of the Greyhound Recorder newspaper, charged with the responsibility of raising all the news of views from the ‘Sunshine State’. Paul can be heard calling at Albion Park as well as a number of Queensland meetings across all three codes. From Flying Amy to Bogie Leigh, to the battler in the bush, Paul is there to tell the story.
Brian Guthrie | Resident Form Analyst
Brian got the ‘bug’ in 1965 when encountering trainers walking their greyhounds while he was throwing papers over fences in the heart of Bulldog territory at Belmore.
Brian bought his first greyhound in 1967 and plenty have come and gone since then. Brian started with the Recorder in the early 80’s as a sectional clocker and when the clock finally caught up he progressed to doing his ‘gossip’ column with then editor, Bruce Beach.
Following that Brian progressed to form comment, markets and tips for the major TAB meetings, something he is doing to this day. Brian rarely misses a city meeting at Wentworth Park.
David Brasch | Queensland Analyst/Breeding Expert
David was born into a racing family. His grandfather was a top horse trainer in Bundaberg in Queensland and his father a jockey and trainer there as well. His brother John is a 4TAB race-caller. David has been a journalist all his life writing about greyhound racing for the past 30 years. He has bred, reared and trained his own dogs and achieved Group 1 success as an owner. David is an integral part of the Greyhound Recorder fabric and readers can see his Thursday night Albion Park comment in the paper each and every week.
Brennan Ryan | Tasmanian Correspondent
Brennan is a youthful passionate follower of greyhound racing. Both into greyhound racing from both his mum and dad’s side of the family, you could say it’s literally in his blood. Owning his first greyhound at eighteen, Brennan enjoyed the success of racing the greyhound Two Short, which was a double Young Guns winner in Townsville and Cairns and says he has been hooked on racing ever since. Now based in Tasmania, Brennan is a small time journalist working for the Launceston Examiner and the Qld Chase Magazine and he also credits leading journalist David Brasch as his biggest mentor in becoming a racing writer.
George Farrugia | Victorian Correspondent
George has been involved in greyhound racing from a young age, as his dad began training greyhounds in the early 1980s. His media background started when working as cadet for former Victorian newspaper National Greyhound Form, before a stint writing for the AFL Record. George can be heard on a weekly radio segment on Sport927 and also helps looks after the growing social media presence at The Meadows. He is also an avid greyhound breeder, with a small team of broodbitches on the outskirts of Melbourne.