John Coleman (greyhound trainer)

John Joseph Coleman (born 1935) is an Irish born former greyhound trainer. He was twice British champion trainer and was chairman of the Professional Trainers' Association for over 25 years.[1]

John Coleman
OccupationGreyhound Trainer
Major racing wins
Classic/Feature wins:
St Leger
Scurry Gold Cup
Gold Collar
(1978, 1995)
Grand National
Pall Mall Stakes
Trainers Championship
(1994, 1995)
2 x British Trainer of the Year


Coleman came to Britain from Cork in 1959 and started working for John Bassett at Clapton Stadium. He then secured the lease of the Chantilly Kennels owned by Jimmy Clubb and took out a private trainers licence in May 1966.[2]

He was appointed as a contracted trainer to Romford Greyhound Stadium in 1968 and established a strong kennel of greyhounds and owners. His first big race success was Ace of Trumps who won the 1969 Scurry Gold Cup.[2] In 1972 he switched from Romford to Wembley and was Champion Trainer in 1974. In 1982 he reached the final of the 1982 English Greyhound Derby for the first time.[3]

He remained at Wembley until 1989 before taking a position at the leading track Walthamstow.[4] During the same year he finished runner-up in the 1989 English Greyhound Derby.[5]

Further final appearances came in 1993, 1996 and 1998 and in between he was Champion Trainer for the second time in 1995, a year that also saw him secure the Trainers Championship for the second successive year.[6]

In 2008 Walthamstow closed and Coleman retired three years later in 2011, he was based for most of his career at the Claverhambury Kennels in Waltham Abbey. The one trophy that eluded him was the English Greyhound Derby.


He is twice winner of the Greyhound Trainer of the Year in 1974 and 1995.[7]


  1. ^ "40 years as a trainer and Coleman still soldiering on". Racing Post.
  2. ^ a b Genders, Roy (1981). The Encyclopedia of Greyhound Racing. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 07207-1106-1.
  3. ^ Dick, Barrie (1990). Greyhound Derby, the first 60 years, pages 175/176/177/178. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-36-8.
  4. ^ Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-15-5.
  5. ^ Dick, Barrie (1990). Greyhound Derby, the first 60 years, pages 200/201/202/203. Ringpress Books. ISBN 0-948955-36-8.
  6. ^ Hobbs, Jonathan (2004). Greyhound Annual 2005. Raceform. ISBN 1-904317-58-8.
  7. ^ Hobbs, Jonathan (2002). Greyhound Annual 2003. Raceform. ISBN 1-904317-07-3.