Whitehaven Rugby League


Haven Imortals

Whitehaven RL
Recreation Ground
Coach Rd
Tel.01946 328088

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Gate prices 2019

Adults £16.00

Concessions £11.00

Juniors £5.

An adult season ticket will be priced at £150 while concessions will be priced at £100

The club is delighted to announce a brand new initiative run in conjunction with the Copeland foundation, whereby u16's will get into matches free of charge. Foundation Chairman John Cox said "The foundation is keen to see as many children as possible attending games and is delighted to team up with the club to this end." Full details of the scheme will be unveiled in the near future.

New programme charge will be £2.50

The club has now gone digital on its season ticket operation with installation of a digitised system, season tickets will now be in a simple to carry photo I.D. format. This innovative operation: is more efficient and will cut down considerably on printing costs.

The club would also ask all of those who have a right of access to the club games F.O.C. such as Press officials, photographers, ex British Lions etc etc that they must come down and get an accredited card form the General manager's office as gate security will be stepped up next season.

Away travel is now being organised through the Supporters Trust , go to for information or the Trust facebook page


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.
Season Tickets are available from Unique Sports, Barwise Chippy, Farrell Sports and the Ground.

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 House
To find out more about Whitehaven, including other accommodation options use the local web site at
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, Wordsworth's birthplace.
Club History
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.
Getting 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
Away Travel
Away travel is organised through the Supporters Trust , or check The Trust Facebook page Or contact Shaun 01946691942 or 07938863720


the web site of Whitehaven Rugby League