The Newcastle Knights were invited to join the NSWRL in the early 1980s, but, fearing that joining the league would be bad for the smaller local league, they declined the invitation. In 1988, when asked to join again, they accepted and the Newcastle Knights officially entered the premier level of rugby league in Australia.
Newcastle Knights Information
Home Ground: EnergyAustralia Stadium
Colours: Blue and Red
Number of Premierships Won: 2 (1997, 2001)
Number of Minor Premierships Won: 0
The team was a success right from the start, as they immediately became one of the most popular clubs in the league. By 1990, Newcastle had made their first appearance in the NRL finals. It marked the beginning of a very successful period. From 1991 to 2003, they made the playoffs each year, eventually winning their first NRL Grand Final in 1997.
Though the team remained at the top of the NRL throughout much of the early 2000s, by 2005 they were plagued by injury and fell into a spiral that saw them hit a losing streak that lasted a record setting 13 games. Despite a brief recovery in 2006, the club was back to the bottom of the rankings in 2007 thanks to the retirement of team captain Andrew Johns and more player injuries. 2008 marked the beginning of a rebuilding period for the team. They finished just outside the Top 8 despite a strong effort, but the club’s enthusiasm carried over to 2009. 2010 has seen a slight slump from last year’s numbers, though the team has continued with their rebuilding efforts.
Emblem, Colours & Jerseys
The team’s colours are blue and red. Their emblem is the bust of a knight complete with a bright red helmet plume triumphantly blowing in the wind. The team jerseys are currently all blue with red accent stripes that run down the sides of the shirt and blue shorts. The away jerseys have a white shirt with red and blue accents on the shoulders and sleeves. The shorts are blue with red stripes down the side of the leg exactly the same as the home shorts.
The Newcastle Knights play their home games at EnergyAustralia Stadium located in New Lambton, New South Wales, which can seat up to 26,126 footy fans. It also serves as their training location. If you’d like to ensure your seat at EnergyAustralia Stadium at the Knights’ next home game, become a Defender by signing up for club membership. Not only do members get tickets to each home fixture, but they also have access to special members only merchandise, exclusive email updates, and special member discounts. There are a number of packages to choose from with fees available for all budget sizes.
Knytro the supercharged knight is the mascot for the Newcastle Knights. Decked out in red and blue armour, this is one mascot that’s not to be reckoned with. Known as the ‘Man of Steel”, he can be seen on the sidelines wielding his sword and thrusting it triumphantly every time Newcastle scores a try.
Best Bet to Make
The Newcastle Knights are sitting toward the bottom of the current NRL ladder; however, they’re not low enough to be a smart Wooden Spoon bet. They’re also too far outside the top to put down a Top 8 bet, and a Minor Premiership is definitely out of the question. So, the best bet to make on the Newcastle Knights would be on the home games during the NRL draw. They’re known to perform well on the home ground, particularly against rivalry teams such as the Manly Sea Eagles. Check out Ladbrokes.com.au to put down a wager on any of Newcastle’s upcoming games.