A visiting supporter to Cougar Park and our wonderful town of Keighley? Then check out this guide to Keighley compiled for your visit by Head of Operations Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport).
AN INTRODUCTION TO KEIGHLEY
Keighley is a large town in the Metropolitan Borough District of Bradford. With a population of 89,870, Keighley is the Third Largest Civil Parish in the United Kingdom.
TRAVELLING TO KEIGHLEY
There are four means of Transport into Keighley.
From M62, exit the M62 at junction 26, and follow the M606 towards Bradford, heading towards the city centre, following the signs which lead you onto the A650 through Shipley and Bingley. When you arrive on the outskirts of Keighley, you need to turn left at the roundabout after the Magnet showroom heading towards Riddlesden. Follow this road for about 1.5 miles, and then turn right (3rd exit) at the next roundabout.
Similarly, if you are coming via the M65 route, go through Colne and follow the main to road to Keighley and Crosshills where you can pick up the A650 dual carriageway at Crosshills. On arriving at the outskirts of Keighley you will arrive at a roundabout (with a retail park facing you which includes a KFC). Turn immediate left at the roundabout and then immediate left again. Drive down the slight incline and turn right at the bottom onto Royd Ings Avenue. The main entrance to Cougar Park is approximately 200 yards further down Royd Ings Avenue on the right.
Trains run every Half an Hour on the Airedale Line from Leeds & Bradford Forster Square Train Stations from Monday to Saturday. However, on the Cougars matchday of Sunday, trains run every hour from Leeds and every two hours from Bradford Forster Square.
Coming from the North, trains run every fifteen minutes Monday to Saturday with varied times on a Sunday from Skipton. Please check Northern Rail for Services from Carlisle and Morecambe.
Bus services to and from Keighley are run by Transdev. The two services I would suggest if you’re coming to Keighley are the 662 and 760. The 662 Service, Keighley to Bradford Interchange, runs every ten minutes weekdays and Saturday with services run half hourly on Sundays. The 760 Service, Keighley to Leeds, runs half hourly on weekdays and Saturday with services reduced to hourly on Sundays.
Coach services into Keighley are very limited. There are Two Services a day ran by National Express with a further One by MegaBus. All services drop off at Keighley Bus Station.
WHERE TO STAY IN KEIGHLEY:
The Travelodge is located next to Toby Carvery at the Roundabout which is about a five minute walk from Cougar Park. The King’s Head Pub on South Street now doubles up as a bed and breakfast with four rooms available to the public.
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK IN KEIGHLEY:
As already mentioned, there is a Toby Carvery in Keighley which shares it’s ground with Travelodge at the Roundabout a five minute walk from Cougar Park. Also, The Roebuck is situated in the suburb of Utley and is approximately 10 minutes walk from the ground.
Want to try an authenic curry and see why the Bradford Metropolitan District is the Curry Capital of Europe? Then my suggestion would be the Shimla Spice Restaurant which can be found just outside the town centre on South Street. However, there is a wide range of curries to choose from including the Balti House, Azeems, the Curry House, Khalids and Moghuls.
For those who love a takeaway, Keighley is most definitely the place for you! McDonalds and KFC are both directly opposite Cougar Park with Subway, Pizza Hut and a newly opened Burger King available in the town centre. There is a huge variety of independent takeaways which are all located in and around the town centre.
There is the K2 Nightclub in town along with a wide variety of pubs. My suggestions on the pub front would be Wetherspoons near the Bus Station or for those who like the brewery’s pubs, there is the Burlington Arms and Commerical Inn which is popular amongst Cougars players and supporters alike with my final suggestion, the Percy Vear Real Ale Pub, a sponsor of ours, located just round the corner on the corner of South and Aireworth Steet.
WHAT TO DO IN KEIGHLEY:
There is not much to do in Keighley, Apart from the Cougars! I can personally only suggest one of the following three.
There is the Keighley Worth Valley Railway, a historic line for steam trains which came to fame when used to film the Railway Children. Only open Weekends and School Holidays, it allows you to take in the beautiful scenerey as well as visit the historic towns and villages of Ingrow, Damems, Oakworth, Haworth and Oxenhope.
For those with young Children, there is the Dragon’s Den Activity Centre which even caters for adults. They have an enormous state of the art multi level play centre, Baby and Toddler Zone, Go-Karts, Food and Refreshment, Disabled access and facilities as well as supplying Free Wi-Fi and Parking to customers.
For those who loves museums, there is the Keighley Bus Museum. The Museum which has been open since 1992, is home to some sixteen privately owned buses which include the oldest double decker bus known off in the world.
WHAT IS COUGAR PARK LIKE?
Cougar Park is an old fashioned Rugby League ground with a £5 million redevelopment planned to take place over the next three years.
The Danny Jones Stand, built in 1936, is a wooden stand which is in desperate need of redevelopment as it needs constant re-painting. There is the Terry Hollindrake Stand, a covered terracing at the Hard Ings Road end with two open terraces (The East & South Stand) running down the side of the pitch and behind the posts at the Petrol Station end of the ground.
WHAT IS IT LIKE FOR VISITING SUPPORTERS?
Visiting Supporters are allowed to mingle with the Home Support down at Cougar Park, however, during the match itself they tend to accomodate themselves down the side of the pitch on the open terrace. There is the Hall of Fame Bar at the Ground which serves a number of alcoholic and soft beverages at very reasonable pricing and an Executive Suite for those who want our Executive Match Day experience.
PRICING AT COUGAR PARK:
Admission Prices 2017 – Adults £15, Concessions £10, Juniors FREE, Stand Transfer £2. Matchday Programmes 2017 are Priced at £3.