The Newcastle Knights
are an Australian professional rugby league football
club based in Newcastle, New South Wales
. They compete in Australasia's premier rugby league competition, the National Rugby League
(NRL) premiership. Playing in red and blue, the Knights joined the top tier competition in 1988
, 79 years after the previous Newcastle based team, the Newcastle Rebels
had departed the Sydney competition with the formation of a separate league competition based in the Newcastle region
The club has won two premierships over its history (1997 and 2001) and produced such players as Andrew Johns
. Their home ground is Ausgrid Stadium
The Newcastle Knights entered the NSWRL
competition in 1988 with Allan McMahon
as coach. Newcastle had previously been invited to field a team in the NSWRL competition for the 1982 season, but declined, worried it would weaken the area's local league competition. The Canberra Raiders
were admitted to the 1982 competition in their place.
The team was a success from the start, becoming one of the most popular clubs in its first season. By 1990, the team was strong enough to enter a play-off for fifth spot.
The club won their first competition, the Nissan Sevens, in 1991 and made the pAndrew Johnslayoffs
in 1992, where they were beaten by the St. George Dragons
. The Knights made the semi-finals again in 1995 when the competition became the Australian Rugby League
, and won the reserve grade premiership the same year.
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