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23 May 2017 ~ Comments Off on A Message for Manchester from Trust in Haven

A Message for Manchester from Trust in Haven

Thoughts  today are with those killed and injured in Manchester last night and our heart felt condolences to their families

Also our message  to the Many Haven fans living in  Manchester  area . We hope you are all OK .


16 May 2017 ~ Comments Off on Last Fan Standing

Last Fan Standing

Trustinhaven Last Fan Standing competition is now up an running . Entries for this current competition closed midnight 24th May and on the basis of the Entries we have , the   prize for the Last Fan Standing will be £250 .

Many Thanks to all those who have signed up .

We will publish the Week 1 results on Saturday 27th May and the next round of fixtures will take place on Monday 29th May

16 May 2017 ~ Comments Off on London Skolars 14 Whitehaven 28

London Skolars 14 Whitehaven 28

Carl Foster Two Trys in the Capital

Whitehaven came through this tough game to win their 6th game of the Kingstone League 1 Campaign and keep in touch with the promotion places .

Due to Injuries and Non availability Haven travelled to the capital with their last 17 available   players and a tough afternoon at the office was in prospect  . The first half saw the Skolars   taking the game to Haven but a resolute defensive stint from Haven restricted the half time score to 8 points to six with Havens player coach Carl Foster leading from the front and scoring on the half hour converted by Paul Crooks to keep Haven in contention at the break  .

After being under the cosh for the first 40  minutes Haven turned things around in the second period , a second try by Carl Foster on 43 minutes converted by Crooks put Haven ahead on the scoreboard and from there they never looked back .

Jessie Joe touched down in the 66th Minutes converted by Crooks to put haven 18 -8 ahead.  The Skolars reduced the deficit with their third try on 74 minutes ,to make the core 14 -20 with time running out.

It was Haven who prevailed with time ticking down , as  Coach Foster broke the line and made an  opening for James Newton to score . with Crooks adding the extras and then a penalty Haven were home to a crucial victory by 28 pts to 14

A fine win in difficult circumstances that confirmed  Havens third place in the League table only one win behind front runners Toronto and Barrow .

Carl Foster Two Trys in the Capital

08 May 2017 ~ Comments Off on Whitehaven 34 Newcastle Thunder 20

Whitehaven 34 Newcastle Thunder 20

Haven had to dig deep in the final quarter of this clash, to finally prevail over a determined Newcastle Thunder side .

Haven looked good in the first quarter of this game and when Elliott Miller went over for a try on his 100th Pro game  it was 6 nil to Haven and they looked as though they could go on and  dominate the game . However the Thunder had other ideas as they levelled the score just 4 minutes later through winger Blair  : and that set the tone for the  rest of the game . Jordan Burns and Scott McAvoy touched down but Thunder hit back with a try through ex Haven Player Rhys Clarke  to make the half time score Haven 14 Thunder 12 .

The second half saw the visitors  start well but it was Haven who extended their lead with a converted Scott McAvoy Try to lead 20  to 12

On the hour however the Haven lead looked shaky as Thunder winger Blair secured his brace with an interception try converted by Hardcastle and when the half-back was presented with a long range penalty effort to square up the scores at 20 all .

Haven were looking vulnerable at this point and the outcome of the game was in the balance , However a great  run by Player Coach  Carl Foster saw him score and put  Haven  back ahead with 12  minutes remaining , before a penalty soon after re-established an eight point cushion over Thunder.

The game was over with 5 minutes remaining when Glenn Riley  scored by the post and with the extras added Haven  were home by 34 points to 20 .

Att 425

Whitehaven RLFC squad


Elliot Miller, Craig Calvert, Jessie Joe Parker, Chris Taylor, Jordan Burns, Ste Roper, Paul Crook, Marc Shackley, Tyrone Dalton, Carl Forster, Connor Holliday, Scott McAvoy, James Tilley, Glenn Riley, James Newton, Dave Thompson, Tommy Holland

Two Try Scott McAvoy

06 May 2017 ~ Comments Off on Haven V Thunder Match Preview

Haven V Thunder Match Preview

Whitehavens go into this weekends clash with Newcastle Thunder buoyed  by last Sunday’s , 19-18 win  at Hunslet that left the haven  a clear third, just two points behind Toronto Wolfpack and Barrow.

The North-East side have had a two-week break while hosts Whitehaven contested a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie and a re-arranged League One game.So Haven Player Coach Carl Foster is looking forward to  Sundays Clash with Newcastle Thunder , in a positive  mood , looking to expose any rustiness in the Thunder line-up after their enforced break

Player-coach Carl Forster reflected this week on recent performances and concluded  : “It’s what I would call a good start, four wins out of five games and the only defeat being against the league leaders and title favourites.

The Visitors coach  Michael Mantelli takes the view that his squad will be refreshed and raring to go, especially as they head into the game anxious to make up for a sequence of three straight defeats.

After a good start to the season, they lost to North Wales in the cup and the league, and were also well beaten by Barrow. “We had been a bit stale in the last couple of wins and then we came up against North Wales who twice got the better of us, and a very good Barrow team who showed up a fair few of our deficiencies,” said Mantelli.

“Since then, we have been working hard on the little things and training has been going well. If we can continue to put in those efforts on the field, I’m sure we’ll see then take effect on game day.

Assistant  Coach with Italy in the 2013 RLWC  Mantelli agreed a two-year contract with Thunder and has already made a positive impression at Kingston Park. Newcastle currently occupy eighth place and finishing in the top half remains the coach’s target for his first season


Carl Forster should have a full squad to choose from on Sunday for the visit of Newcastle Thunder. Glenn Riley, who had missed the Halifax game and still doubtful for the trip to Hunslet, was able to turn out and put in a big performance. He had an ankle problem and Forster will be hoping there’s no reaction during the week.

Not only current form but also past games between the two clubs would point to a Haven win ; Thunder have never won at the Recreation ground and Haven have won all five  League Clashes between the teams since 2009 !

23 October 2014 ~ Comments Off on Square Deal

Square Deal

Due to technical problems square deal will not happen this season.

09 January 2013 ~ Comments Off on Coach And Match Interviews

Coach And Match Interviews

Interview With New Coach After Training

Challenge Cup Haven v Oxford.

Haven v Newcastle Thunder 

away games Now Available 

Players Interviews              

You Can Watch The Videos on Windows, android and IOS.


22 May 2017 ~ Comments Off on Havens 11 Try Romp over Stags

Havens 11 Try Romp over Stags

Haven romped to the anticipated win Over Hemel Hempsted Stags scoring 11 trys in the process .

The first quater of the game however was scoreless , Haven  were unable to breach a resolute Stags defence , however the introduction of Player Coach Carl Foster off the bench saw Havens play  move up a gear . They started to find gaps in the vsitors defence right accross the park, with Elliott  Miller scoring on 19 minutes and for the rest of the half it was all Haven as they scored Trys at regular intervals through Steve Roper ,Carl Foster (two) , David Thompson , Tommy Holland and James Newton and with Crooks adding 5 goals its was 34-6 at the half . Haven concedeing a poor score from the Play the ball near the line !

The try fest contibued after he break , Thompson got his second then ,as Did Carl Foster  followed by  Jessie Joe Parker . But then for some reason Haven put their cue on the rack  to allow the visitors to score three trys  all the result of poor defence by Haven ,  Haven  re-asseted themeselves , Carl Foster got his Hatrick and then Tommy Hollands second  went over for his second of the afternoon to make the final score 58-24

Despite another big game and a hatrick of trys Carl Foster suprisingly was not given the Man of the Match award , that went to winger Dave Thompson  Havens Dual Reg palyer from Leigh

Tommy Hollands First Try

One of Havens 11 Trys v Hemel Hempsted

21 May 2017 ~ Comments Off on Haven Look to Extend Winning Run against Lowly Stags

Haven Look to Extend Winning Run against Lowly Stags

Haven take on bottom Club Hemel Hempstead Stags at the Recreation Ground 3 pm Kick off on Sunday  .

for the promotion battles that lie ahead but for this week Haven should have little difficulty in making it  six wins on the spin as the Stags are rock bottom of the Kingstone League one with seven straight defeats this term having  scored only 82 points in seven games, and have the worst record in League One at both ends of the field, conceding 440 .

With Barrow going down to a heavy defeat in  Toronto Haven will be looking to move onto 14  competition points ,equal with their Cumbrian Rivals  who come to the Recreation Ground on the last day of the League campaign

The team will be selected from the 17 who did so well at London plus  Mark  Shackley and Tyrone Dalton .

Mark Shackley

Mark Shackley

05 May 2017 ~ Comments Off on Trust in Haven – Get on Board Now

Trust in Haven – Get on Board Now

Full copy of article in Whitehaven News 4 May 2017

Whitehaven Rugby League FC Supporters Trust, known as Trust in Haven, was formed in 2010 as an Industrial and Provident Societies (IPSs).

The business of the Society is   conducted for the benefit of the community served by the Club and not for the profit of its members. Its   purpose is to   encourage and develop   a healthy, balanced and constructive relationship between the Club and its supporters and the communities it serves  .

Ultimately this would mean the Trust would become, on behalf of the Ordinary Supporter, a significant  Shareholder in Whitehaven RLFC 2010 Ltd.

As well as providing a voice for and services to, members, the Trust plays a valuable role in the club. It has previously  supported  the club when it was in financial difficulty, and in the intervening years has raised funds for to support club activity

The Trust has helped  the Club sign players, having committed a significant four figure sum to the club to sign players in recent seasons .In 2013 Trust in Haven raised £1500  for the Brennan Rooney Fund, the son of Havens Stand Off Jamie Rooney

The Trust however now finds itself at a Crossroads .

For the first time since the Trust came into being there is an opportunity to deliver on one of the Trusts main aims by acquiring on behalf of Supporters a significant Shareholding in the Parent Club .

In recent months the Trust has lost two  Board Members in John and Edna Hurst .Their involvement was valued and they will be missed .

This does mean that the Trust will now have to change how it operates, as we look  to implement  many new initiatives in order  to  maintain  and improve ,our  service to Supporters and our interface with  the Parent club

Critically we now have vacancies on the Trust Board so we are appealing to Whitehaven RLFC   Supporters to get involved . This can happen in a number of ways :

  • Join the Trust now this can be done online by visiting the trustinhaven.com
  • Become a Board Member of the Trust ! Interested ? Please email us on Trustinhaven@gmail.com to register your interest and to find out more
  • Join our new Fund raising initiative LAst One Standing   a Super League Results Prediction competition with prize money up to £500 that will appeal to all RL Fans

Many thanks for reading this!

For more information on The Whitehaven Rugby League Supporters Trust go to www.trustinhaven.com  ,email at trustinhaven@gmail.com  or call me on 01946 815541 .

Many Thanks

Dave Farrell  , Chair TIH .

03 May 2017 ~ Comments Off on Launch of Boxer Walker Biography

Launch of Boxer Walker Biography

Arnold ‘Boxer’ Walker will be at the Recreation Ground to sign copies of his authorised biography on Sunday, May 21, at Haven’s game with Hemel.

The life of the scrum half, one of the club’s greatest players, is detailed in Boxer: The Life of a Cumbria Great, which has been written by award-winning author Mike Gardner. It contains 355 pages and more than 100 pictures and is already being critically acclaimed in the rugby league community.

“This is one of the best rugby league books I have ever read,” says Barrow RL fan and author Steve Andrews. “I have read them all and this takes some beating. It is a must-read.”

It details Boxer’s life, when he was voted the best scrum half in the world, and has several chapters devoted to his time at Whitehaven, including previously unknown details of how he left Town for Haven, his problems with Tommy Dawes and how much he owes to another Recre legend Phil Kitchin.

Boxer Walker in the Chocolate blue and gold

The book, which is £15, will be available for sale on the day and Boxer and the author will be signing copies at the match from 12.30pm. Please note that members of the public who are not attending the match must arrive before 2pm. The Mayor of Copeland, Mr Mike Starkie, will be attending the event, along with a host of international and county players, including Trevor Skerrett (Hull, Wakefield and Great Britain), the Gorley brothers, and former Barrow stars David Cairns and Malcolm Flynn.

01 May 2017 ~ Comments Off on Match Report Hunslet 18 Whitehaven 19

Match Report Hunslet 18 Whitehaven 19

Whitehaven confirmed their promotion credentials with this narrow but nonetheless deserved 19-18 win over Hunslet at the South Leeds Stadium .


With both teams boasting similar records coming into the game a close game was always on the cards , and so it worked out but in truth Haven should have won by a wider margin had the referee Mr Grant awarded two seemingly good trys to Haven in the first half .

It was  Haven who  where on the score sheet first with a try from Shackley converted by Crooks  ,Hunslet hit back to make it 6 all before Whitehaven put their foot on the pedal and scored two trys through Taylor and Roper plus a Crook Goal to lead 16-6 before Hunslet hit back with a try to make the score 12-16  at the half .

The game was developing into a see saw battle , Would the second half continue in that vein  ? The answer was yes, as Haven had to survive pressure  by the Home team after the break . A converted try by Hunslet put them ahead 18-16, Haven replied with a penalty and a Roper Drop Goal to lead 19-18  with still plenty of time remaining .

The haven fans were left chewing their finger nails as time ebbed away but Haven showed great resolution to hang on for a deserved win.