Monday, 2 June 2014

Newcastle Rugby League Football Club


Newcastle Rugby League Football Club joined the Rugby Football League for the 1936/37 season. The Pathe News cameras were out when Newcastle opened their home programme with a great fanfare. The match was attended by many dignitaries including the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, This first match, played against Huddersfield on 7th Sept 1936, resulted in a 12-33 loss. A piece of film, only about a minute and a half duration, exists and the clip is described as, “The Lord Mayor of Newcastle walking along with other officials to open first rugby league game. He runs a flag up a pole, it says 'Newcastle Rugby League F. C.' The Newcastle team run out onto the pitch, there are various shots of the crowd as Huddersfield run out and various shots of the match."
In their first season, 1936/37 Newcastle finished a lowly 29th out of 30 clubs, with only Featherstone Rovers below them.
In their second and last season,1937-38 they again finished second bottom 28th and last out of 29 clubs, this time with Bramley below them.
Newcastle Rugby League Football Club Club left the league at the end of the 1937/38 season.
Stadium
Newcastle RLFC played at a stadium also used as a greyhound stadium. This was possibly Brough Park Stadium which at the time was already home to both greyhound racing and Newcastle Diamonds speedway team.
According to "the Grounds of Rugby League"(Trevor Delaney,1991) Newcastle RLFC played at Brough Park in the 1936/37 season. For 1937/38 the team moved to the new White City Stadium in Gateshead.
 Club League Record 

Season
Position
P
W
D
L
For
Against
Diff
Pts
No of teams in league
1936-37
29th
38
5
1
32
300
890
-590
11
30
1937-38
28th
36
2
4
30
206
750
-544
8
29

Acknowledgements:
Wikipedia
The Grounds of Rugby League by Trevor Delaney

1 comment:

  1. A book is being written about the club. I was contacted by the author last year.

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