This week’s Club of the Week on Introducing Yorskhire is the Keighley Cougars. If you ever plan on visiting Cougar Park, here is a guide to Keighley.
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.
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
There is only one hotel I would recommend in Keighley. It is a Travelodge located next to Toby Carvery at the Roundabout which is about a five minute walk from Cougar Park.
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.
For those who love a takeaway, Keighley is most definitely the place for you! As well as the big brands of McDonalds, KFC (Both of Which are Opposite Cougar Park!), Subway, Pizza Hut and a newly opened Burger King there is a wide variety of independent takeaways. My suggestions would be Mangos, Chicken Cottage (Which is actually a franchise!) and Chesters.
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 King’s Head, which is run by the Cougars Stadium announcer ‘Crazy’ Dave.
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 which has not had much work done to it since the mid 1900’s even though it has a £5 million redevelopment planned to take place over the next three years. The Main Stand, built in 1936, is a wooden stand which is in desperate need of redevelopment as it needs constant re-painting and has holes in the roof. There is a covered terracing at the Hard Ings Road end with two open terraces running down the side of the pitch and at the Petrol Station end.
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.
PRICING AT COUGAR PARK
Admission Prices 2014 – Adults £15, Concessions £8, Juniors FREE, Stand Transfer £2.
Matchday Programmes 2014 – GO COUGARS! Priced at £2.50.