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Craig Lingard was appointed Head Coach of Keighley Cougars in September 2016, replacing the departing Paul March at the Cougar Park helm.

An assistant to John Kear during the legendary coach’s four years in charge at the Batley Bulldogs, Lingard brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the club after being an instrumental part of the Mount Pleasant’s clubs rise from relegation battlers to a 2016 top four finish which saw the club compete with the likes of Leeds and Huddersfield in The Qualifiers for a place in Super League.

Previous to being number two to Kear at the Bulldogs, Craig spent a year as Head Coach of the Bramley Buffaloes in 2012.

A full-back in his playing days, Lingard will be best known for his time with the Batley Bulldogs between 1998 and 2008, in which he scored 142 tries to make himself the Bulldogs all time leading try-scorer and cement himself legendary status with the club.

Off the field, Craig is a Prison Officer and has appeared on popular television show Countdown in the past.


NameCraig Lingard
PositionHead Coach
SponsorSponsorship Available
Date of Birth
Joined Cougars2016
Previous ClubsBatley Bulldogs
Bramley Buffaloes