Introducing Yorkshire… Keighley Cougars

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The Keighley Cougars are a Rugby League Club in West Yorkshire who currently ply their trade in the games second tier, the Kingstone Press Championship.

A COUGARS GUIDE:
Club: Keighley Cougars Rugby League Football Club
Founded: 1900
Chairman: Gary Fawcett
Head Coach: Paul March
Ground: Cougar Park (Capacity: 7800)
Division: Kingstone Press Championship

A COUGARS HISTORY IN TWENTY POINTS:
. The Cougars were formed in 1900 after the team’s Rugby Union side switched codes.
. In 1903, the club were crowned Champions of the Second Division.
. In 1906, tragedy stuck the club when star player Harry Myers was fatally injured against Dewsbury.
. This tragedy galvanised the club to it’s highest ever finish of fourth in the First Division.
. In 1936, Welshman Hal Jones became the clubs first Great Britain international.
. In 1937, the club lost 18-5 to Widnes at Wembley in their only Challenge Cup Final.
. In 1951, the clubs record attendance of 14,500 witnessed a 7-6 defeat to Halifax.
. In 1991, Cougarmania began as the club was rebranded the Keighley Cougars.
. In 1992, the club rebranded Lawkholme Lane, Cougar Park.
. In 1993, the club secured promotion from the Second Division with 21 victories from 24 games.
. In 1995, the club hosted a Rugby League World Cup tie between South Africa and Fiji.
. Also in 1995, the club secured promotion from the First Division with a victory over Huddersfield Giants.
. However in 1996, Cougars were denied their rightful place in the new Super League, plunging them into financial ruin.
. In 2000, the club came second in the Northern Ford Premiership but missed out on promotion during the play offs.
. Also in 2000, Italy defeated Canada in the Emerging Nations World Cup at Cougar Park.
. In 2001, former directors Neil Spencer and Colin Farrerr reformed the club following liqudation.
. In 2003, the club secured promotion to the Championship for a first time afater a victory over Sheffield Eagles.
. In 2009, the club secured promotion to the Championship for a second time after a victory over Oldham Roughyeds.
. In 2010, a season in administration saw the Cougars relegated after just one season in the Championship.
. In 2011, The club secured promotion to the Championship for a third time after a victory over Workington Town.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR THE COUGARS?
With Super League restructuring still in discussion, the club are still in limbo whether they will be plying their trade in 2015, but will it be the Championship, Championship One North or the clubs real aim of Super League Two? Off the pitch, chairman Gary Fawcett is planning a £5 million redevelopment off Cougar Park to make it ready for the game’s top tier.