Defeat away at Barrow Raiders on Sunday means the Keighley Cougars 2017 season came to an end. So today, we’ll be taking a look at the 2017 season in numbers. Check out below as we crunch numbers to give you 26, the amount of games played this season, facts through the figures:
26 – The Cougars played 26 competitive fixtures in the 2017 season, winning 12, drawing 2 and losing 12.
46 – This means Craig Lingard finished his first season in charge with a 46% win ratio.
3 – Matty Beharrell, Adam Ryder and Mike Emmett were the only 3 ever presents for the Cougars in 2017.
32 – Craig Lingard used a total of 32 different players throughout the 2017 season.
16 – Of them 32, half (16 players) made their Cougars debuts this year. With a further 2, Ben Sagar and Hamish Barnes, making their second debuts after re-joining the club.
4 – The Cougars reserves provided four of the 16 new debutants for the club with Josh Casey (Toronto), Harry Aaronson (Barrow), Aidan Scully (Workington) and Gavin Reed (York) all making the step up to the first team this season.
1 – Davey Dixon (Scotland) is set to be the only Keighley Cougars player to feature at the Rugby League World Cup this November in Australia as the winger is a part of Steve McCormack’s train-on squad for the tournament.
20 – Andy Gabriel finished the season as the Cougars top tryscorer by crossing for 20 tries this season, the second time in his career he has hit the 20 try mark.
38 – Andy Gabriel and Adam Ryder’s deadly left hand partnership came up with 38 tries (20 for Gabriel; 18 for Ryder) in 2017, only being outscored by the Toronto Wolfpack’s left side duo of Craig Hall and Liam Kay.
814 – The Cougars scored a total of 814 points this season during the 26 games, only failing to scoring on one occassion in March’s 20-0 Challenge Cup Fourth Round defeat to the Barrow Raiders.
234 – Matty Beharrell finished the season as the Cougars top points scorer as he registered 234 of the Cougars 814 points. His points brokedown over 5 tries, 106 goals and 2 drop goals.
783 – Neil Cherryholme scored on his final game for the club and his career against Barrow on Sunday, his fourth try for the club and his first for 783 days, his previous try coming on the 26th July 2015 against Newcastle Thunder at Cougar Park.
25 – Neil Cherryholme’s try against Barrow also meant that a total of 25 different players scored tries for the Cougars in competitive games during 2017.
252 – James ‘Buster’ Feather played his 309th and final game for the club at Barrow, however the game was his 252nd as Captain, a Cougars club record for most games played as captain.
9,403 – A total of 9,403 supporters attended the 12 competitive home fixtures at Cougar Park in 2017, an increase of 3,078 from 2016.
784 – This means the average attendance for 2017 was 784, an increase of 213 from 2016.
1,362 – 1,362 for the 22-18 Kingstone Press League One Super Eights victory over the York City Knights in August was the Cougars highest home gate of the 2017 season.
457 – 457 for the 45-26 Kingstone Press League One victory over the London Skolars in June was the Cougars lowest home gate of the 2017 season.
92 – The 92-6 victory over Oxford RL equalled the club record for biggest home victory, tied with the win of the same scoreline against Gateshead Thunder in 2011.
5 – The Cougars played a total of 5 games against the Barrow Raiders in 2017 (Pre-Season, Challenge Cup, League One Cup, League One & League One Super Eights) meaning including pre-season friendly games, 1/6 of all games played this year were against the Raiders.
2,954 – The Cougars, and our supporters, travelled a total of 2,954.2 miles (Both Ways) this season to play and watch the Cougars 14 competitive away fixtures in the 2017 season.
2 – Despite the Cougars dual registration agreement with Batley Bulldogs splitting opinion, Linners only called upon his former charges twice this season with James Brown and Trae O’Sullivan featuring on dual registration. The latter of which stayed on loan for the Super Eights and will become a Cougar on a permanent basis in 2018.
0 – The Cougars Reserves team played 10 fixtures during 2017, all at Cougar Park, meaning they played zero away games this season.
7 – The Cougars and the Reserves saw a total of seven players and coaches head to Australia in July for the Rugby League Student World Cup with five players, Gavin Reed, Luke Walters, Callum Smithson and Tobias Williams (All Scotland) and Kieran Smith (England) being joined by the pair of Cougars Assistant Nathan Graham (Scotland Head Coach) and Reserves Assistant Richard Tate (England Assistant Coach) also going Down Under.
19 – The number of players current contracted to the Cougars for the 2018 season with more set to be announced over the coming weeks as we head into the off-season.
2017 – That’s the 2017 season crunched down in numbers, thank you once again for all your support this season and we’ll see you again for the 2018 season.