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Cougar Park is a rugby league stadium in Keighley, England, which is the home stadium of the Keighley Cougars. Its capacity is 7,800 people. It also hosted a match during the 1995 Rugby League World Cup. From 1899 until 1995, it was known as "Lawkholme Lane". Football has also played at the ground, Silsden F.C. had played their home matches at the venue between 2003 and 2010. and Steeton A.F.C. played at the ground in 2018 and 2019.
|Full name||Cougar Park|
|Former names||Lawkholme Lane (1899–1995)|
|Location||Keighley, West Yorkshire|
Keighley Cougars (1899–)
Silsden F.C. (2003–2010)
Steeton A.F.C. (2018–2019)
Keighley Rugby Football Club was formed on 17 October 1876 and was allowed the use of a field in Lawkholme Lane. On 18 November 1876, the first game took place at Lawkholme Lane.
In 1932, with attendances on the rise the directors launched a big scheme of ground improvements. Up to this point Lawkholme Lane had had uncovered terraces and only one open stand on the Stockbridge side of the ground.
The playing area was widened; the turf and appointments were improved, and a spacious covered stand was erected. The new stand and improvements were opened on 9 September 1933 when Leeds were the visitors to Lawkholme Lane.
A fund was launched for the erection of a new stand, new dressing rooms, and other ground improvements. Local tradesmen were approached, collections were taken at matches and the supporters club arranged money-raising efforts. More than £3,000 was donated in the first season.
In 1957, the Keighley board bought Lawkholme Lane football ground, cricket ground, bowling green and cottages 13 acres (53,000 m2) of land in total, from the Duke of Devonshire for £10,000 paid for in sums of £2,500 a year. When the Hard Ings Road by-pass was built Keighley recouped some of their money by selling off a piece of land where cottages had been, for the erection of a petrol station.
In October 1985 Keighley were served a winding-up order by the Inland Revenue. This was only averted by the sale of the cricket field to Keighley Cricket Club for a reported £30,000 and the training pitch to Yorkshire Water for £65,000. Lawkholme Lane was sold in the late 1980s to the Co-op for approximately £10,000 and leased back to the club.
In August 1991, "the Cougars" were officially launched. The renovation of the old Lawkholme Lane ground followed and with this came a new name for the old ground "Cougar Park".
Terry Hollindrake Stand edit
The Terry Hollindrake Stand is situated at the north end of the ground behind the goal posts. It is the only covered terracing in the ground.
East Stand edit
The East Stand is open terracing that runs along the side of the pitch. Previously covered this stand has been an open terrace since before the ground was renamed Cougar Park.
South Stand edit
The South Stand is located behind the goal posts and is completely open terracing, it is identical to the East Stand. It is often referred to as the Hard Ings Road End.
Danny Jones Stand edit
The West Stand was renamed after Danny Jones who died during a Keighley game in London in 2015. The stand was renamed in his honour. The stand also backs onto Keighley cricket ground and is the only seated stand in the stadium. It houses the player changing rooms and TV gantry.
Representative, tour and test matches edit
Cougar Park has been the venue for two international matches.
|1||8 October 1995||Fiji def. South Africa 52–6||4,845||1995 Rugby League World Cup Group A|
|2||15 November 2000||Italy def. Canada 66–6||2000 Rugby League Emerging Nations Tournament|
Keighley played host to various international touring teams from 1907–1952.
|1||5 November 1907||New Zealand def. Keighley 9–7||8,000||1907–08 All Golds tour|
|2||26 January 1909||Keighley drew with Australia 8–8||1,000||1908–09 Kangaroo Tour|
|3||20 September 1921||Australasia def. Keighley 29–0||5,500||1921–22 Kangaroo Tour|
|4||1 October 1929||Australasia def. Keighley 15–9||3,000||1929–30 Kangaroo Tour|
|5||14 November 1933||Australia def. Keighley 14–7||3,800||1933–34 Kangaroo Tour|
|6||6 September 1952||Australia def. Keighley 54–4||7,431||1952–53 Kangaroo Tour|
On 15 September 1934 the ground was the venue for a representative game between Yorkshire and Sports Athletic Villeneuvois XIII (the first French team to tour England, rugby league in France only having become established in May 1934), Yorkshire won 26–17 in front of a crowd of 4,000.
- "Soccer: Silsden head for Cougar Park". Telegraph & Argus. 14 March 2003. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
- "Final whistle blown on Steeton's Cougar Park groundshare". Keighley News. 21 October 2019. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
- Delaney, Trevor (1991). The Grounds of Rugby League. Keighley: T.R. Delaney. pp. 108–111. ISBN 0-9509982-2-2.
- "Former Keighley players out in force as Terry Hollindrake Stand opened". Keighley News. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
- "Cougars return to winning ways". Rugby Leaguer & League Express. No. 2969. 1 June 2015. p. 24.
- 1995 Rugby League World Cup - Fiji vs. South Africa
- Lawkholme Lane (Cougar Park) at Rugby League Project
- "Rousie the "Star"". Yorkshire Post. No. 27, 191. 17 September 1934. p. 14 – via British Newspaper Archive.