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ThunderArmy

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#3095359 Newcastle Thunder v Raiders

Posted by ThunderArmy on 26 March 2015 - 10:09 AM

you must be expecting 500 -800 barrow fans :onthequiet:


Haha over 800 tickets sold so far, add to that fans who pay at the turnstiles, plus however many fans you bring.


#3095013 29 Mar: iPro Sport Cup Semi Finals Thread

Posted by ThunderArmy on 25 March 2015 - 06:47 PM

Cant wait for sundays game, after alot of tough years watching thunder get hammered now we have a top side 1 win away from a final at blackpool, its amazing, onwards and upwards! Boom boom thunder army!


#3089273 york away

Posted by ThunderArmy on 15 March 2015 - 07:08 PM

Great win 38-24 against york, 18-0 down i was worried, though we came back and played fantastic, some great rugby league and great trys scored, we were all over the moon at the end celebrating a great win for thunder, now into the semi finals away at swinton another away game, 1 win away from the final at blackpools bloomfield road stadium, very happy tonight great win! This team deserve big support! We sang our hearts out and easily outsung the york fans though this team deserve loads of away support come on people support the thunder away dewsbury next in challenge cup! Onwards and upwards! Boom boom thunder army!


#3089265 15 Mar: iPro Sport Cup - Match Thread

Posted by ThunderArmy on 15 March 2015 - 07:00 PM

Great win today for thunder, over the moon with that win, so happy after always losing away to york for a few seasons finally we beat them today, at 18-0 down i was worried though great comeback and some top trys scored, bring on swinton in the semi finals!, another away game though that is now 5 cup games in a row this season and all 5 we have been drawn away, doing it the hard way! Onwards and upwards! Boom boom thunder army!


#3087417 15 Mar: iPro Sport Cup - Match Thread

Posted by ThunderArmy on 12 March 2015 - 09:37 AM

York v newcastle game is 3pm k.o, thunder can win no doubt about that, be a good game, come on thunder! Come on thunder!!


#3086722 Challenge Cup Draw

Posted by ThunderArmy on 10 March 2015 - 08:22 PM

Every time you post this I read it in the voice of Basil Brush.


See you sunday gav you will hear it then.


#3081261 iProSport league 1 cup

Posted by ThunderArmy on 01 March 2015 - 09:12 PM

Yes york, nice game for me as i live in york haha, tough game yes, though we can beat them, dont know were the game will be played though as york are currently homeless.


#3080600 28 Feb-1 Mar: League 1 Cup - Round 1 Match Thread

Posted by ThunderArmy on 28 February 2015 - 09:28 PM

Home from the game,great win thunder! Some great attacking rugby, roll on the draw tomorrow! Onwards and upwards! Boom boom thunder army!


#3067220 season ticket sales soaring at thunder

Posted by ThunderArmy on 06 February 2015 - 12:23 AM

Rugby League fans in the North East are giving their backing to Newcastle Thunder ahead of the 2015 season in every increasing numbers, with the club reporting strong season ticket sales for the new Kingstone Press League 1 season.

Thunder have already sold a third more season tickets than last season a full two months out from the first competitive game of the season, against Barrow Raiders on April 3rd and are hopeful this number will continue to rise in the build up to the start of the campaign, which will see games switch from Gateshead International Stadium to Kingston Park.

Priced at just £99 for adults, £69 for senior citizens and students, Thunder season tickets grant entry to 11 Kingstone Press League 1 fixtures against teams including the Raiders, York City Knights and newly promoted Coventry Bears, as well as the Saturday of the Magic Weekend at St James’ Park.

Super League’s annual jamboree hits the home of Newcastle United on May 30th and 31st and Thunder season ticket holders can enjoy all the day one action, which sees Salford Red Devils v Widnes Vikings, Hull FC v Hull KR and Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors at no additional cost.

Thunder season tickets also offer the chance for families to enjoy a day at an exciting sporting event at a top class venue at a reduced cost with all adult and concession season tickets able to claim up to two free Under 16s tickets. Additional juniors not fitting in with this provision can be added for only £59.

Thunder enjoyed their most competitive season in six years in 2014, making the end of season play offs and with the majority of last year’s squad being retained, with quality additions like Paupa New Guinea internationals Mark Mexico, Jason Tali and Charlie Wabo alongside Craig Boot, Fran Welsh and Dayne Craig.

With a new intake of emerging local talent like Daniel Bleek, Zach Clark, Paddy Hargreaves and Sam Luckley, 2015 promises to provide exciting times for Thunder, get your season ticket now and make sure you don’t miss a minute in a season where every minute counts.

To book a Thunder season card, or tickets for individual games, call the ticket hotline on  0191 214 5588 (option 1) 


#3061535 friendly v thunder

Posted by ThunderArmy on 27 January 2015 - 01:49 AM

We will go very well this season,good luck to you guys this season ,onwards and upwards! Boom boom thunder army!


#3058896 Newcastle Thunder

Posted by ThunderArmy on 22 January 2015 - 02:32 AM

Thankyou pete, see you soon mate, andy.


#3058316 Newcastle Thunder

Posted by ThunderArmy on 21 January 2015 - 12:43 AM

Roll on the new season! Onwards and upwards! Boom boom thunder army!


#3053921 Starting 13

Posted by ThunderArmy on 09 January 2015 - 06:45 PM

Well with the season nearly upon us im going to pick my strongest starting 13, on the thunder website the club have put squad numbers and photos on of the squad, my selection has a couple of changes, id go 1.louis sherriff 2.gary lo 3.jason tali 4.sam bowering 5.lee mapals 6.matty beharrell 7.jordan meads 8.matty barron 9.dayne craig 10.mark mexico 11.jason payne 12.rhys clarke 13.charlie wabo. That would be my starting 13 this season, we have a big squad with strength and depth, plenty of cover for all positions, roll on the new season! Onwards and upwards! Boom boom thunder army!


#3050255 Ambitious thunder have the super league in there sights

Posted by ThunderArmy on 30 December 2014 - 10:11 AM

Think we will be changing part of our name, hope we keep the thunder in our name, if we dont i will still support the club, i love the club, watched us get hammered for 3 seasons in a row, and seen the great times aswell, whatever the owner decides to call the club we will still support them, cant wait for the new season! Roll on 2015! Boom boom thunder army!!


#3048596 Ambitious thunder have the super league in there sights

Posted by ThunderArmy on 24 December 2014 - 12:58 AM

John Gibson speaks to Gateshead Thunder coach Stanley Gene about their marriage made in heaven with Newcastle Falcons

Gateshead Thunder coach Stanley Gene

Maybe the marriage is basking in the warm glow of its honeymoon but plans and expectations are for the long haul.

Newcastle Falcons, the area’s Premier rugby union club, said ‘I do’ to an approach from rugby league’s Gateshead Thunder to form a partnership that is aiming only one way: onward and upward.

The Thunder, playing third tier league, are planning to perform at Kingston Park come the opening of a spanking new season in February and are in discussions with those who matter over a name change to reflect their new city home.

In the spirit of togetherness the Falcons and Thunder top brass agreed to come together for an exclusive interview over their joint plans.

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Falcons owner Semore Kurdi and director of rugby Dean Richards shared a table and a coffee pot with Thunder managing director Keith Christie and head coach Stanley Gene, a legendary figure not just in Super League but back home in Papua New Guinea.

Certainly the Falcons remain very much big brother but the eventual aim is for Thunder to join them in top flight rugby, albeit the 13-a-side code.

“It most certainly is, but in the medium term not long term,” was Kurdi’s positive answer when I pushed for clarity on the height of ambition. “Super League is the aim.

“There are great benefits for both clubs in this partnership, great similarities and joint goals while we will, of course, still keep our own identities. The Thunder will, for example, retain their own board of directors and senior management but we will share things like ticketing, marketing and playing facilities.

“As for a possible name change Keith and his executives are in discussions with the people who matter most like the supporters.

“Of course you can’t buy success quickly. You’ve got to build towards it and that is what the Thunder are doing. And we’re talking from grass roots level.

“The way ahead is clearly defined. Rugby League has a pyramid system which means if you’re successful you can be promoted all the way to the top. They made the play-offs last season and because of Stanley Gene’s legendary status back home he has been able to sign four Papua New Guinea players whose ability is much higher than the standard where they will be playing.

“If promotion can be obtained next season that would put the Thunder in the Championship, one step off Super League. It would be tough there of course, it’s a good league, but it would be exciting.” Semore has overseen such a rise from the ashes with the Falcons who in his first full season of control won promotion from union’s Championship and last campaign retained their Premiership status. Another small step along the way has been taken this term.

“We have already established a sound basis,” Thunder managing director Keith Christie told me. “We have boys in from the age of eight and have links with more than 14 regional clubs fielding sides at under 14, 18, and 20s.

“Because of our success we’ve applied for tier two academy status where we would become only one of three clubs outside of Super League.”

If Dean Richards saw the union and league link peter out at Harlequins there is a template nearer home at Leeds where dual success has been achieved though with league the more successful.

“We can both benefit,” insisted Richards. “There are certain positions where players can cross over – I’ve signed league players down the years. However our link with the Thunder has not been born because we want to eventually plunder their players. Far from it.”

It’s ironic that Stanley Gene should be the coach delegated to target Super League status because he actually signed for Gateshead Thunder back in 1998, their only season in the top flight.

“Oh, sure I came up and stayed overnight at Washington to join the Thunder,” said Gene. “I actually signed at seven o’clock in the morning but never played because I got a phone call to say the franchise was being moved to Hull. So I went with it.”

Gene had burst upon the English scene after starring in the 1995 RL World Cup held here. He began at Hull Kingston Rovers and later crossed the great devide to Hull Sharks (now Hull FC) upon Gateshead heading south. Stanley, only 5ft 4in tall but with the build of a pocket battleship, also wore the colours of Huddersfield Giants, Bradford Bulls and Halifax while playing in three World Cups during a 14-year international career with Papua New Guinea. He famously captained Bradford to the 2006 World Club Challenge Championship.

Upon his Test retirement in 2008 Stanley was carried from the field in Australia to a standing ovation from a 16,239 crowd that reduced a hard man to a flood of tears.

He still resides in the Hull area with his English wife Joanna and sons Elliott, 17, and seven-year-old Leo.

This is a sporting hero who grew up deep in the rain forests of Papua New Guinea avoiding lethal snake bites, fierce political violence and even cannibalism. His was a life of abject poverty way beyond anything we can comprehend from which rugby thankfully rescued him.

Gene attained cult-hero status here in England thousands of miles away from his roots but he never forgot those of his own less fortunate.

His village has regularly benefited from Stanley’s generosity. Water and electricity supplies are down to him. Against such a backdrop of fighting hardship shooting for Super League status with the Thunder should seem like a doddle.