Craven Park, Barrow-in-Furness

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Furness Heating Components Stadium
Craven Park
Craven Park, Barrow.jpg
Location Duke Street
Barrow-in-Furness
Cumbria
LA14 5UW
Coordinates 54°06′54″N 3°14′7″W / 54.11500°N 3.23528°W / 54.11500; -3.23528Coordinates: 54°06′54″N 3°14′7″W / 54.11500°N 3.23528°W / 54.11500; -3.23528
Capacity 7,600
Surface Grass
Opened 1931
Tenants
Barrow Raiders

Craven Park is a rugby league stadium in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. It is the home of Barrow Raiders rugby league team.

Rugby league[edit]

Craven Park was built in 1931, largely as a result of the efforts of supporters of Barrow RLFC, 500 of whom volunteered to construct the ground. The total cost of the building project came to £7,500 which was an unbelievable figure in those days.

The stadium was named after Commander G. W. Craven, a local war hero, who had started the appeal fund with a donation of £500. It should not be confused with Craven Park, or Old Craven Park in Hull, other rugby league venues.

In November 2007, the Cumbria rugby league team had their biggest ever win at Craven Park when they beat the United States national rugby league team 70–0.

For the 2010 season the ground was known as the Furness Heating Components Stadium (Craven Park). For the visit of Wigan in the Challenge Cup improvements were made and the capacity is now 7,600 (up from 6,500).

Matches between either Barrow or Cumbria against touring international rugby league sides included:[1]

Game Date Result Attendance
1 16 September 1933 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Barrowcolours.svg Barrow 24–5 12,221
2 4 December 1937 Barrowcolours.svg Barrow def. Australian colours.svg Australia 12–8 8,153
3 23 October 1948 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Barrowcolours.svg Barrow 11–5 13,143
4 11 September 1952 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Barrowcolours.svg Barrow 26–2 16,045
5 18 October 1956 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Barrowcolours.svg Barrow 25–11 9,988
6 24 October 1959 Barrowcolours.svg Barrow def. Australian colours.svg Australia 12–9 8,488
7 2 September 1963 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Barrowcolours.svg Barrow 18–5 10,130
8 16 November 1967 Barrowcolours.svg Barrow drew with Australian colours.svg Australia 10–10 8,418
9 1 October 1978 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Cumbria Cumbria 47–4 5,964
10 15 October 1982 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Barrowcolours.svg Barrow 29–2 6,282
11 21 October 1986 Australian colours.svg Australia def. Cumbria Cumbria 48–12 4,233
12 4 November 2007 Cumbria Cumbria def. United States colours.svg United States 70–0 1,028

Greyhound racing[edit]

Independent (unaffiliated to a governing body) greyhound racing took place around Craven Park from 1932-1933.[2] [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Craven Park results at Rugby League Project
  2. ^ Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. p. 410. ISBN 0-948955-15-5. 
  3. ^ "Barrow Greyhound Racing, Thursday 4 August". Lancashire Evening Post. 1932.