Travel for away fixtures
contact Steve Shepherd Tel. 07740867495.
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Admission prices 2012 for the Stand
£12 Adult; £6 Concessions; £3 Kids U16
Seating is first come first served
Rest of the Ground (Standing); £12 Adult; £6 Concessions;
£3 Kids U16
Catering is available at the
ground from the shop in the Kells end of the ground, Pies, hot
drinks, crisps sweets etc all on sale. Also a fast food van situated
in the stadium. Hot drinks (Bovril !) etc may also be purchased
from a small hut near the grandstand.
The club's own bar on the Ground, the JJ
McKeown bar is open on match days before and after the game and a friendly
welcome awaits all visiting supporters. A disabled area is provided in
the main Grandstand for easy viewing and easy entry and exit points are
available, stewards are available to help. Access to J.J.McKeown bar is
wheel chair friendly.
Tickets are available from Unique Sports, Barwise Chippy, Farrell Sports
and the Ground.
Whitehaven is a Georgian planned
town (one of Britain's first planned towns, with a grid iron pattern of
streets). It is situated on the former iron and coal fields on the western
side of the Lake District. It
boasts almost as many links with America as it does with the rest of England.
Rich coal reserves were mined and transported to Ireland. This coal trade
led in turn to ship building and a direct involvement in trade with the
newly founded Colonies in what was to become the USA. One town centre
guest house option is Read
To find out more about Whitehaven, including
other accommodation options use the local web site at www.whitehaven.org.uk
Three of the leading figures in the American War of Independence
had connections with Whitehaven. These were George Washington,
Benjamin Franklin and John Paul Jones. There are also stop over
options in nearby Cockermouth,
Whitehaven RL was formed in 1948, three years after Workington
Town was founded at Workington. In that year February 9 was the
date the idea was first floated in Kells. Soon after the club
was admitted into the Northern Rugby League by just 14-11 votes
from the other clubs.
Those first matches saw the Whitehaven club nicknamed the Colliers.
The historic links to coal mining were forever tied up with the
fact that the Recreation Ground was owned by the Miners Welfare
organisation. Today this link poses a potential brake on any
outside investment in the ground itself.
At the first game Haven beat Hull 5-0. There was a "disppointing"
turnout of JUST 9,000 because of pouring rain, but how we would
love such gates these days! And in those days the Supporters
Club boasted 4,000 members!
From these early starts in a Britain that still had to knuckle
down under wartime rationing and austerity Whitehaven gradually
picked itself up and in 1951 the first of a long line of players
from Down Under joined Haven as Neville Emery became player-coach.
Some of the Great Haven Games of the past.
to the Ground
By car the following routes are suggested:
From the North East take the A69 to Carlisle and then the A595
to Cockermouth and onwards to Whitehaven; From Lancashire and
the south take the M6 to the Penrith interchange (Signposted
North Lakes) and then take the A66 to Keswick and towards Workington,
turning left onto the A595 after Cockermouth.By rail Mainline
from Euston to Carlisle, change to Whitehaven line and get off
at second Whitehaven stop called Corkickle station, just five
minutes walk.(You can hear the roar if Haven have scored!)
Find out more about Whitehaven by visiting Whitehaven's
own web site
To book a place on
the coaches for away fixtures contact Steve Shepherd Tel. 07740867495.