Quick history

A history of Gosforth FC/Newcastle Gosforth/Newcastle Falcons in significant dates:

03/11/1887 Gosforth FC’s first match, against Northern, is drawn, with a try from Stuart Frederick Bates.

09/03/1901 Win first trophy, Northumberland Third Teams’ Cup, beating Percy Park III in a final replay 10-6.

16/04/1919 First post-WWI match, 0-14 v Old Novocastrians at County Ground.

17/01/1920 First senior post-WWI win, 8-3 away to College of Medicine.

31/03/1928 Win Northumberland Senior Cup for the first time, beating Percy Park 5-3 in the club’s first senior final.

25/12/1931 The last time Gosforth play on Christmas Day, winning 11-3 v Northern.

28/10/1939 Last independent senior match before WWII, 5-22 at Blaydon.

29/09/1945 First post-WWII match, 0-34 v Tynedale at County Ground.

03/11/1945 First senior post-WWII win, 3-0 v Hartlepool Old Boys at County Ground.

08/04/1950 Lose first post-WWII Northumberland Senior Cup Final to Percy Park 3-9.

05/09/1955 Lose 0-3 to Clifton in first match at North Road.

21/04/1956 Win Northumberland Senior Cup for the first time since WWII, beating Northern 6-3 in a replay.

04/09/1971 Lose 9-13 at Halifax in first RFU Cup match.

1975/76 Win first Journal Trophy.

24/04/1976 Beat Rosslyn Park 23-14 at Twickenham to win John Player Cup.

1976/77 Win first Northern Merit Table.

16/04/1977 Beat Waterloo 27-11 at Twickenham to win John Player Cup.

20/04/1980 Beat Alnwick to win Northumberland Senior Cup for tenth successive season.

02/05/1981 Lose 15-22 to Leicester at Twickenham in John Player Cup Final.

12/09/1987 Lose 10-15 at Liverpool St Helens in first league match (Division Two).

22/04/1989 Lose final match at North Road 9-47 to Saracens in Division Two.

09/09/1990 Official opening of Kingston Park stadium. Lose 6-32 to RFU President’s XV including Rob Andrew.

24/04/1993 Secure Division Two Championship and promotion to Division One, despite losing 16-19 at Moseley.

11/09/1993 Lose 12-42 at Orrell in first Division 1 match.

30/04/1994 Relegated after only one season in Division One, losing 23-43 at Northampton on the last day to finish bottom.

05/09/1995 Sir John Hall buys Newcastle Gosforth.

21/09/1995 Rob Andrew announced as Director of Rugby.

07/09/1996 First match as Newcastle Falcons, a 30-13 win over Waterloo at Kingston Park in Division Two.

08/03/1997 £1m signing Va’aiga Tuigamala makes debut in 57-10 home Division Two win over Wakefield.

04/05/1997 A 61-13 defeat of Rotherham secures promotion to new Premiership.

07/09/1997 Beat Biarritz 37-10 at Kingston Park in the club’s first-ever European match.

25/03/1998 Jonny Wilkinson makes first league start in a 30-25 victory over title rivals Saracens at Kingston Park.

17/05/1998 Become English Champions with a 44-20 win at the Stoop against Harlequins.

February 1999 Dave Thompson buys out Newcastle Sporting Club’s 76% stake in the club.

15/05/1999 Lose 19-29 to Wasps at Twickenham in Tetley’s Bitter Cup Final.

24/02/2001 Beat Harlequins 30-27 at Twickenham to win Tetley’s Bitter Cup.

29/09/2001 Lose 21-34 to Newport at Kingston Park in the club’s first ever Heineken Cup match.

01/02/2003 The West Stand at Kingston Park is officially opened. 32-17 home victory against Harlequins is the club’s first Premiership win for over three months.

04/05/2003 Beat Saracens 26-22 at Kingston Park to secure Premiership survival.

22/11/2003 Jonny Wilkinson kicks the winning drop-goal for England in the World Cup Final.

17/04/2004 Beat Sale 37-33 at Twickenham to win Powergen Cup.

16/01/2005 Qualify for European Cup Quarter-Finals for the first time by beating Newport Gwent 25-17 at Kingston Park.

02/10/2005 Become the first club side in the world to field three players that have scored in World Cup Finals (Matthew Burke, Owen Finegan and Jonny Wilkinson) v Sale in the Powergen Cup at Kingston Park.

18/08/2006 Rob Andrew becomes Director of Elite Rugby at the RFU, and is replaced as Director of Rugby by John Fletcher.

18/08/2007 Win Middlesex Sevens at Twickenham.

11/03/2008 John Fletcher and forwards coach Peter Walton sacked. Steve Bates named Director of Rugby until the end of the season.

20/05/2008 Steve Bates appointed permanent Director of Rugby.

04/05/2010 Steve Bates sacked, Alan Tait appointed head coach.

07/05/2011 Avoid relegation on points difference, losing at Bath while Leeds can only achieve a losing bonus point at Northampton.

05/08/2011 Win Premiership Sevens at Twickenham Stoop.

20/09/2011 Semore Kurdi is announced as the club’s new majority shareholder and chairman, replacing Dave Thompson.

12/01/2012 Gary Gold is named as Director of Rugby until the end of the season, with Alan Tait leaving the club.

14/03/2012 Dean Richards is announced as Director of Rugby for the 2012/13 season.

05/05/2012 Falcons beat Wasps at Adams Park but are unable to avoid finishing bottom of the Premiership, eventually being relegated.

12/05/2013 Falcons turn around a first leg deficit to beat Leeds and reach the Championship playoff final.

17/05/2013 Lose 17-18 to Leinster A in the British & Irish Cup Final at Kingston Park.

29/05/2013 Falcons beat Bedford 31-24 at Kingston Park (49-33 on aggregate) to win the RFU Championship and promotion to the Premiership.


2 responses to “Quick history

  1. Hi Steve. It was good to meet you on the train last night on the way back from the Bedford match. As you can see, I’ve signed up to the website and look forward to keeping up to speed with the news from the South Stand Choir.
    Well done.

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