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  1. In a week where the city launched its ambitious bid to host games in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, Newcastle Thunder are giving a glimpse of how their team might look when the game’s biggest showcase might roll into town, with a large presence of North East players in this weekend’s 19-man squad. 10 of the players in contention to play this Sunday are products of Newcastle Thunder’s academy programme and North East community clubs, with Cramlington Rockets, Durham Demons, Gateshead Storm, Jarrow Vikings Peterlee Pumas and Wallsend Eagles all represented. Half of the 10 are current features of an ever-improving junior rank with Alex Clegg and Rory Nettleton in line to make the first team debuts, along with Adam Bielby, Ollie Gowing, and Jed Charlton who have already earned that progression. They join academy graduates Sam Luckley, Niall Sidney and David Weetman and are complemented by Ali Blair and Liam Scott who have come to Thunder via the Eagles. If including players who have come through North East structures via University rugby league, the figure rises to 12, with Lewis Young and Tom Shaw both learning their trade as part of Northumbria University’s structures before moving over to Kingston Park Stadium. It is a squad that continues to show the club’s commitment to establish itself as one that can develop local talent and progress that into a first team that is complimented with talented recruited from across the globe. Tickets to see Thunder’s Northern Powerhouse are available to purchase by clicking here calling 0871 2266060 or by visiting the Kingston Park Stadium box office. Advance prices are available until 23:59 on Saturday 22nd September, offering up to a £3 saving on match day ticket prices. Newcastle Thunder squad v West Wales Raiders – 23rd September 2018 – KO 3pm FROM Jack Aldous, Adam Bielby*, Ali Blair*, Jed Charlton*, Alex Clegg*, Tyler Craig, Ben Dent, Conor Fitzsimmons, Ollie Gowing*, Sam Luckley*, Remy Marginet, Rory Nettleton*, Liam Scott*, Tom Shaw, Vincent Rennie, Niall Sidney*, Evan Simons, David Weetman*, Lewis Young, * denotes North East player.
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    Newcastle 2019 League 1 favourites?

    As Donald Trump would say ......... Fake News
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    Liam Finn signs for Newcastle
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    Newcastle Thunder should be a SL club

    It’s a dual marked pitch with both RL and RU lines on makea sense with it being 4G
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    The inevitable??

    It isn’t just the RFL’s job to sell out Wembley! Its every pro club, amateur club, school, university, fan! Everyone to buy a ticket and go It’s easy to sit on a computer and bash the RFL if the crowd is low! But it won’t be if everyone goes and supports it
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    Newcastle Thunder should be a SL club

    We will be in the Super League only when we achieve promotion through the divisions. There is a P&R Structure in place so every team in theory has a chance to make it there one day We are focused on growing the club, the fan base and more importantly growing our community game in the region We are one of only three clubs outside of the Super League that funds and operates a full scholarship and academy system that combined with our work and running of the community game will set us in good stead if/when we move up the divisions
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    Liam Finn signs for Newcastle

    It depends with with different age groups but the main clubs that run juniors are Cramlington Rockets Whitley Bay Barbarians Gateshead Storm Yarm Wolves Durham Tigers Catterick Crusaders Peterlee Pumas Alnwick Bears and Wallsend Eagles, Jarrow Vikings, Durham Demons running men’s teams only, but we are working on getting juniors back at those three clubs in totsl there is 1,255 registered players in the region for junior and men’s it’s been growing between 5-6% per year
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    Liam Finn signs for Newcastle

    Players that have played in the first team this season having either come though our academy or are currently in our academy are Sam Luckley Nial Sidney David Weetman Oliver Gowing Kieran Hudson
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    Liam Finn signs for Newcastle

    It’s all in hand .......
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    An ultimate Magic Weekend

    Hi Everyone Just wanted to canvass everyone’s opinions on our idea for combining Magic Weekend and Summer Bash into one Ultimate Magic Weekend. Where every Super League and Championship will be in one city over a bank holiday weekend thoughts and opinions welcomed The Ultimate Magic Weekend Bank Holiday weekend May 25th 26th 27th Saturday @ St James Park Game 1 - Championship Game 2 - SL Game 3 - SL Game 4 - SL Sunday @ St James Park Game 1 - Championship Game 2 - SL Game 3 - SL Game 4 - SL Monday @ Kingston Park Game 1 - Championship Game 2 - Championship Game 3 - Championship Game 4 - Championship
  11. Rugby League is growing in popularity in the North East as Newcastle Thunder report they are welcoming more fans to Kingston Park stadium than ever before, with a 29% rise in attendances compared to the same period last year. Over 9,000 fans have poured through the turnstiles at the seven home games held so far this season, resulting in an average of 1,289 as the club continues to grow. Specific highlights have included a bumper attendance of 4,137 at the Magic Night Out fixture against Bradford Bulls and two attendances of over 900 fans against York and Coventry, that have surpassed the 917 average achieved last season. The scale of the growth that Thunder are enjoying is further highlighted when compared to the final season at Gateshead International Stadium in 2014 when an average of 249 fans attended during the season. That figure means that since moving to Kingston Parks Stadium in 2015, the club’s attendances have grown by more than 400% And with half season tickets now on sale to cover the final six home games of the year, offering supporters the chance to save the equivalent cost of two match-day admission tickets, Thunder are hopeful this season’s average figure will rise yet further. General Manager Jordan Robinson said: “To be averaging over 1,000 fans at our home games is a big marker for the club that shows real progression that comes from a combination of hard work from all the staff and our ever improving involvement with local clubs. “We’re welcoming more and more new fans to our match-days who are enjoying what they are experiencing and are coming back for more and with some big games to come, in terms of our pushing for the promotion play-offs, we’re hoping that growth will continue through the rest of the season.”
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    Keighley in trouble once again.

    We hardly think the game is dying our avsrsge attendance in last 4 seasons has rose 400% Attendances in 2018 Doncaster - 818 York - 953 Keighley - 623 Hunslet - 837 Bradford - 4,137 Whitehaven - 759 Coventry - 903
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    the way parents behave at youngsters games

    Pleased to report we don’t have any of this sorted of behaviour in the North East, the sidelines are very well behaved and so is the on field, so far this season not a single red card has been handed out in the north east in 128 games so far so I’m not sure this is a Rugby League problem or more of an area problem ?
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    16-17 Jun: The Betfred Championship Match Thread

    Must still be a good 4/5k, not bad for a club that’s not even two year old
  15. After the success of the first development day, Newcastle Thunder are back at Cumbria Sports Academy Whitehaven for another Academy Development Day. U13-14 - 09:30-11:30 U15-16 - 10:30-12:30 if you would like to try and get onto a genuine player pathway with a scholarship and academy that plays in the Super League structure then make sure you get signed up