|Location||Holderness Road, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England|
Hull Kingston Rovers moved from Craven Street in East Hull to a new ground called Craven Park in 1922. The club had purchased a site behind the tram and bus depot on the eastern end of Holderness Road by Aberdeen Street at a cost of £18,281 and it hosted its first game on 2 September 1922.
In the early 1970s Hull Kingston Rovers purchased a site at Winchester Avenue with the aim of building a new stadium there. These plans never came to fruition and the site was later sold to a private developer. The profit made from this land was used to buy back Craven Park with greyhound racing continuing as a subsidiary concern.
A company called Entertainments Hull Ltd brought greyhound racing to the stadium to rival the operation at the Boulevard Stadium and the first meeting took place on 5 May 1928. The lease was soon secured by the Associated Greyhound Company who also had control of Towneley Stadium in Burnley and Darnall Stadium in Sheffield but the company went bankrupt and the greyhound operation suffered difficult times with a depression on the horizon.
With the greyhound racing boom underway a new company called Hull (Craven Park) Stadium Ltd bought the stadium from Hull Kingston Rovers in 1938. The rugby team secured a 21-year lease in the £10,750 sale. The track raced under National Greyhound Racing Club (NGRC) rules and the circuit was described as a handy sized track with a circumference of 407 yards with good length straights and with starting boxed that are set back to take full advantage of the length of the straight. Banking was 1 in 12 and an 'Inside Sumner' hare was used. Distances of 292, 496 & 698 yards made up the races and the stadium kennels charged owners one guinea per week, an agreement that included veterinary attention.
Facilities included three covered enclosures; the large home straight enclosure offered two clubs, the Silver Ring Club and the Stadium Club. The Supporters Club was to be found within the back straight covered stand whilst the totalisator and racing office was situated between the third and fourth bends. Distances changed to 500 and 700 yards by 1946.
Business exceeded the much larger Boulevard venue and Craven Park managed to pass the £1 million mark in 1946 in regards to tote turnover.
The stadium opened a restaurant and four buffet bars for the public with racing held on Thursday and Saturday nights during the 1950s and 1960s and in 1975 the stadium was bought back by Hull Kingston Rovers. As the 1970s progressed Mr V Holland was brought in as the new Racing Manager and Roy Thickett became replacing the retiring Arthur Rising. Popular events at the track included the Hair Belle Trophy, Art Wells Stakes, Charles Key Memorial Stakes and the Jack Lawlor Trophy. The track trainers were Jack King and Sylvia Cooke and they were joined by Ray Jones and John Tollafield. The last meeting was held during March 1989.
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|700y||Lilacs Luck||April 1946|
Following the Bradford City stadium fire, capacity was restricted and costs of safety work spiraled. With the club in debt the ground was sold to developers and the final rugby league game was played there on 9 April 1989. John Kennedy the new General Manager of the greyhounds was tasked with securing the future of the greyhound operation which moved two miles away to New Craven Park.
The list of international rugby league matches played at Craven Park is:
|1||5 October 1929||Australia def. England 31–8||20,000||1929–30 Ashes series|
|2||1 February 1936||Wales def. England 17–14||20,000||1936–37 European Rugby League Championship|
|3||3 November 1951||Other Nationalities def. France 17–14||18,000||1951–52 European Rugby League Championship|
Craven Park also saw the Hull Kingston Rovers, the county team Yorkshire and the Great Britain Under-24 side play host to international touring teams from Australia (once playing as Australasia) and New Zealand from 1926–1986.
|1||16 October 1926||New Zealand def. Hull Kingston Rovers 15–13||12,999||1926–27 New Zealand Kiwis tour|
|2||5 October 1929||Australasia def. Hull Kingston Rovers 31–8||12,000||1929–30 Kangaroo Tour|
|3||2 September 1933||Australia def. Hull Kingston Rovers 20–0||7,831||1933–34 Kangaroo Tour|
|4||18 October 1948||Hull Kingston Rovers def. Australia 17–12||7,614||1948–49 Kangaroo Tour|
|5||15 November 1952||Australia def. Hull Kingston Rovers 31–6||5,817||1952–53 Kangaroo Tour|
|6||18 September 1963||Yorkshire def. Australia 11–5||10,324||1963–64 Kangaroo Tour|
|7||7 October 1967||Hull Kingston Rovers def. Australia 27–15||11,252||1967–68 Kangaroo Tour|
|8||7 November 1973||Australia def. Hull Kingston Rovers 25–9||5,150||1973 Kangaroo Tour|
|9||4 October 1978||Australia def. Great Britain U/24 30–8||6,418||1978 Kangaroo Tour|
|10||22 October 1980||New Zealand def. Hull Kingston Rovers 20–12||9,516||1980 New Zealand Kiwis tour|
|11||10 October 1982||Australia def. Hull Kingston Rovers 30–10||10,742||1982 Kangaroo Tour|
|12||16 October 1983||Hull Kingston Rovers def. Queensland 8–6||6,383||1983 Queensland Maroons tour|
|13||15 October 1986||Australia def. Hull Kingston Rovers 46–10||6,868||1986 Kangaroo Tour|