KEIGHLEY Cougars fans have been voting in their droves on Twitter to pick the club’s Team of The Decade, with players past and present getting the nod.

The choice in some positions proved to be a tough call, while other picks proved to be no-brainers.

So, as everyone associated with Cougars looks forward to what they hope will be a roaring 20s, here is their fan-voted team of the tumultuous 2010s.


Moss spent four seasons at Cougar Park and helped the club bounce straight back to the Championship in 2011 after scoring seven tries in 13 league and cup appearances.

He continued that hot streak in the second tier the following year, with 10 tries in 22 games, helping his side to finish in a creditable sixth place.


The flying winger broke Nick Pinkney’s 20-year club record by scoring tries in 10 consecutive games in his debut first-team season in 2015, as Cougars just missed out on promotion from League One in an agonising 29-28 defeat to Swinton Lions.

He was also the top try scorer in Keighley’s 2017 and 2018 League One campaigns, and his form then gave him a deserved chance to shine for Championship side Dewsbury Rams in 2019.


Ryder made a big impact in his short time at Cougars. He signed on a two-year contract in January 2017 from non-league side Huddersfield YMCA.

In a smooth transition to a higher level, he bagged 18 tries in his first season, before stunning form in the first half of 2018 saw him record 15 tries in his first 16 games.

Sadly, with Cougars finding themselves in the middle of a financial crisis, he was sold to Dewsbury, with his lethal partnership with Gabriel resuming again soon after.


Lawton impressed in a lengthy spell with the club. He joined them from Leeds Rhinos prior to the 2011 season and helped the side to promotion from Championship One that same year.

He helped Cougars to the Challenge Cup quarter-finals in 2014, where a fine run was ended by a 56-6 defeat to Super League side Widnes Vikings.

He remained at the club for another three years after that, amassing well over 500 points in his Keighley career.


White arrived at Cougar Park with impressive pedigree, having played Super League rugby for both Huddersfield Giants and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

The Bradford-born Jamaican international was in the twilight of his career by the time he arrived at Keighley in 2013, but he still had plenty left in the tank, amassing a sensational 81 tries in 100 appearances.


How could it be anyone else? Jones had two spells at the club, scoring more than 1,000 points. It was also during his time at Keighley that he became a Wales international.

He tragically passed away at the age of just 29 after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match against London Skolars in 2015, one of the darkest moments in the club's long history.

His legacy lives on though, largely thanks to the incredible work of wife Lizzie.

The singer established the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund following her husband’s death, which has raised over £150,000, and she has now been made an MBE following her tireless charity work surrounding cardiac screening.


Handforth, like White, had played Super League rugby for Wakefield, and came to Cougars at the end of his career in 2014.

The Irish international, fondly nicknamed "Tiger" showed that class is permanent during his three seasons at the club, helping himself to 30 tries in 69 games.


Shickell spent seven seasons at Cougars before retiring at the end of 2014.

He was popular throughout his time at the club, and scooped the players’ player of the year and the supporters’ player of the year awards in 2013.

Shickell was rightly welcomed back to be part of the Linners Legends side in 2018, a charity match at Cougar Park held to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, in honour of sufferer and club legend Phil Stephenson.


An all-time great who spent 14 years at the club first time round, he made over 300 appearances, and wore the captain’s armband an astonishing 247 times.

As captain, he was the club’s figurehead through the good times and the bad, with two promotions and a Challenge Cup quarter-final but also, two relegations, administration and Jones’ tragic death.

He retired in 2017 but with the club struggling before the start of 2019, he made the shock decision to return as a player, and will continue to feature at hooker this season.

He is now just six games away from breaking Stephenson’s all time summer appearance record (343).


Law was named Keighley’s player of the year in 2018, just reward for a player who gave it his all in a nine-year spell.

After playing for Halifax and Rochdale Hornets in the previous decade, Law looked set to see out his career at Cougars, and certainly seemed keen for that to be the case.

However, the financial turmoil that engulfed the club at the end of 2018, which saw players go unpaid for months, eventually accounted for Law, who opted to join Oldham Roughyeds.


Lynam began the decade with Cougars, and he ends it there too. He came through the club’s youth system before making his first team debut in 2013.

He has made over 120 appearances for the club, helping himself to 36 tries and was rewarded with a testimonial year for 2019/2020.

The highlight saw Lynam’s Invitational Team (featuring players that came through junior rugby league in the the town and a few former Cougars favourites) take on a team representing Keighley legend Stephenson, with the game raising money for the MND Association.


Rawlins spent over a decade at Cougar Park. What makes that more remarkable is that he doesn’t come from Keighley, Bradford, Halifax or Huddersfield, but Australia.

Rawlins played over 250 games for the club and was deservedly rewarded with a testimonial match against Leeds Rhinos in 2018.

His only club in England was Cougars and he is an honorary Keighley resident, having settled in the town with his family.


Lindsay only played 59 games for Cougars before his retirement at the end of 2016. But he made a real mark on the club.

He had spent nearly a decade at Batley Bulldogs before joining Cougars in 2014 and the talented loose forward was perhaps unlucky never to pick up a Super League contract.

It is testament to Lindsay’s brilliance that despite breaking his leg against Coventry Bears in 2015, having suffered a similar injury at Workington 16 months previously, he was still named as the club’s Player of the Year.

A true warrior, and a fitting man to round off Cougars’ team of the decade.