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Derwent Park is a Speedway and Rugby League Stadium in Workington, England situated beside the Cumbrian River Derwent. It is used mostly for rugby league matches and is the home stadium of Workington Town who play in League 1 the 3rd tier of Northern Hemisphere rugby league
|Full name||Derwent Park Stadium|
|Former names||Zebra Claims Stadium (2016 for sponsorship reasons)|
|Record attendance||17,741 - Workington Town vs Wigan, 13 March 1965|
|Workington Town (1956–)|
Workington Comets (1970–1981, 1999–2018)
Workington Tigers (1987)
Derwent Park has a capacity of 12,000 people with 1,200 seats.
The football pitch at Derwent Park is surrounded by a 398 yards (364 metres) motorcycle speedway track.
Floodlights were installed in 1990 and were first used on 17 October when Cumbria faced the touring Australians during the 1990 Kangaroo Tour in front of 6,750 fans on a cold night with Australia victorious 42–10 in a dominant display. Derwent also hosted the opening game of the 1994 Kangaroo Tour between Cumbria and Australia on a cold, wet day in front of only 4,227 fans. Australia were again dominant, winning 52–8 (In both 1990 and 1994, the Australian team was composed mainly of the mid-week team and not those who were expected to play Test matches).
Workington Stadium plansEdit
In February 2019 plans for a new stadium for Workington were announced, this would in involve the demolition of Borough Park and Derwent Park.
Derwent Park held its first full international match on 1 December 2000 with the Aotearoa Māori versus Samoa game in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup. Samoa defeated Aotearoa Māori 21–16 in front of 4,107 fans.
On 14 July 1990 the stadium was host to the "Cumbria Rock Festival" and bands included: Magnum, Saxon, Dogs D'Amour, Wolfsbane, the Almighty and Romeo's Daughter. On 13 July 1991, the second edition of the festival saw appearances by Marillion, Wolfsbane (who replaced Blackfoot on the bill as special guests), the Almighty, Atom Seed, Cheap and Nasty, FM, Jagged Edge, Sweet Addiction, Loud, Lisa Dominique, Dumpy's Rusty Nuts and Rattlesnake Kiss.
The stadium hosted two matches at Rugby League World Cup 2013: Scotland's ties against Tonga on Tuesday 29 October, watched in front of 7,630, and Italy Sunday 3 November, watched in front of 7,280.
On 5 December 2014 it was announced that Workington Town had signed a lucrative sponsorship deal that would see the stadium renamed as the Zebra Claims Stadium for the start of the 2015 season.
List of Test and International matches played at Derwent Park since its opening in 1956.
|1||1 November 2000||Samoa def. Aotearoa Māori 21–16||4,107||2000 Rugby League World Cup Group 4|
|2||29 October 2013||Scotland def. Tonga 26–24||7,630||2013 Rugby League World Cup Group C|
|3||3 November 2013||Scotland drew with Italy 30–30||7,280||2013 Rugby League World Cup Group C|
|4||27 October 2014||Scotland def. Wales 42–18||2,036||2014 European Cup|
|5||11 November 2016||New Zealand drew with Scotland 18–18||6,628||2016 Rugby League Four Nations|
Rugby League Tour matchesEdit
Derwent Park has also seen the county team Cumberland / Cumbria play host to various international touring teams.
|1||31 October 1963||Australia def. Cumberland 21–0||8,229|
|2||18 November 1967||Cumberland def. Australia 17–15||7,545|
|3||17 October 1990||Australia def. Cumbria 42–10||6,750|
|4||18 October 1992||Australia def. Cumbria 44–0||5,156|
|5||2 October 1994||Australia def. Cumbria 52–8||4,277|
|6||27 October 2004||/ Anzacs XIII def. Cumbria 64–12||4,203|
|7||25 October 2006||Cumbria def. Tonga 28–16||1,639|
- "Plans lodged to demolish Borough Park".
- "new stadium plan rejected by Allerdale Council".
- "Workington Rugby League World Cup withdrawal 'lost opportunity'".
- "Stadium for Workington".
- Cumbria Rock 1991 – ticket stub Archived 8 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- "Derwent Park". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 29 May 2015.