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WE HAVE LIFT OFF

2016

02

L OR XL?

SOMETIME IN THE 90'S

03

BUTTS FOR THE WIN

1990

04

GOING OUT WITH A BANG

2015

05

CATCH HIM IF YOU CAN

2000

07

CLASH OF THE TITANS

1995

08

WHO NEEDS SLEEP?

2001

09

SARGE'S BIG DAY OUT

1993

10

THE COMEBACK KINGS

2006

11

CHIEF'S LAST STAND

1999

17

BACK FROM THE DEAD

2000

18

HOLD YOUR BREATH

2008

19

THIEF IN THE NIGHT

2001

20

THE WIN WE HAD TO HAVE

1988

21

A SIDELINE MIRACLE

2014

22

GOING BANANAS

any year he wanted

24

FIRST KNIGHT

THE EARLY YEARS

25

EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY

26

THE FLYING SCOTSMAN

2007

28

FIRST TASTE OF SUCCESS

1988

29

GRAVITY SCHMAVITY

2015

30

IS IT A BIRD? A PLANE?

1999

30 REGIONS 30 MOMENTS

01

WE HAVE LIFT OFF

2016

02

L OR XL?

SOMETIME IN THE 90'S

03

BUTTS FOR THE WIN

1990

04

GOING OUT WITH A BANG

2015

05

CATCH HIM IF YOU CAN

2000

07

CLASH OF THE TITANS

1995

08

WHO NEEDS SLEEP?

2001

09

SARGE'S BIG DAY OUT

1993

10

THE COMEBACK KINGS

2006

11

CHIEF'S LAST STAND

1999

17

BACK FROM THE DEAD

2000

18

HOLD YOUR BREATH

2008

19

THIEF IN THE NIGHT

2001

20

THE WIN WE HAD TO HAVE

1988

21

A SIDELINE MIRACLE

2014

22

GOING BANANAS

any year he wanted

24

FIRST KNIGHT

THE EARLY YEARS

25

EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY

26

THE FLYING SCOTSMAN

2007

28

FIRST TASTE OF SUCCESS

1988

29

GRAVITY SCHMAVITY

2015

30

IS IT A BIRD? A PLANE?

1999

01/30

WE HAVE LIFT OFF

Nathan Ross takes to the air

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 2016

Nathan Ross has made a habit of scoring spectacular tries. But none come better than this freakishly amazing effort against the Dragons in the 2016 season. With a tight corridor of space to work with down the left sideline, Rossy launched himself from five metres out, said farewell to the defenders around him and took to the air, finally planting the ball back on terra firma just millimetres inside the try line. Houston, we don’t have a problem…

five metres out, said farewell to the defenders

02/30

L OR XL?

The groundsman alters the dimensions of the in goal. Or does he?

YEAR OF THE MOMENT SOMETIME IN THE 90'S

When Allan Langer was at the peak of his powers in the early 90s, many believed he had the ball on a string. Able to kick with both feet, he always had a knack of finding space to get the ball into the in goal. In Newcastle, it was always a different story. Rumour has it that whenever the Broncos came to play, the legendary Knights Groundkeeper would shorten the depth of the in-goals to limit the potency of Alfie’s kicking game. True or false? We'll never know.

Groundskeeper alters the in goal. Or did he?

03/30

BUTTS FOR THE WIN

Butterfield scores on the bell

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 1990

In a playoff game to reach the 1990 preliminary final, the Knights were up against an experienced Balmain line up. The game had taken its toll on both teams and tired legs were cramping. Behind with only a few minutes left on the clock, the ball was played to a young Tony Butterfield on the very last tackle. With a deft touch, a lucky bounce, and a more-than-contentious put down, the Knights go through to the finals.

a deft touch, a lucky bounce, and a more-than-contentious put down

04/30

GOING OUT WITH A BANG

Gidley’s farewell game

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 2015

No one epitomises what it means to wear the red and blue better than Kurt Gidley. A leader, soldier and mentor, he played 251 games for our club, captaining the team for 123 of them. Widely regarded as one of the game’s best utility players, he was tough, relentless and the ultimate competitor. He played his last game for the Knights in 2015 and finished with this typically gutsy try. His leadership was also typically gutsy and will be remembered long after this final whistle.

tough, relentless and the ultimate competitor

05/30

CATCH HIM IF YOU CAN

Darren Albert scores four in a single game

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 2000

With 65 tries from 89 games, Darren Albert knew how to find the try line. He probably considered the in-goal his second home. While he’ll always be remembered for scoring the match-winning try in the 1997 Grand Final against Manly, he also holds the Club record with four tries in one match against the Wests Tigers. Little wonder no one saw him coming that day - he is one of the fastest players the NRL has seen, with a recorded speed of 10.7 seconds in the 100m sprint.

he is one of the fastest players the NRL has seen

06/30

I'LL BE BACK

There’s comebacks. And there’s Joey’s comeback

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 2001

While 2001 will be always be remembered as the year we brought the premiership back to Newcastle for the second time, things weren’t looking so great earlier that year for our eighth immortal, Andrew Johns. In fact, Joey was feeling rather mortal after a serious knee injury against the Dragons ruled him out for six weeks. But he returned against the Broncos before a packed home crowd and put on a masterclass that could have been entitled ‘How to bounce back from injury, score two tries, six goals and send the Broncos packing 44-0’…

he returned against the Broncos before a packed home crowd and put on a masterclass

07/30

CLASH OF THE TITANS

Chief’s chin? Meet Spud’s left shoulder

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 1995

When it comes to player rivalries, they don’t get much fiercer than Paul Harragon and Mark Carroll. These two giants never took a backward step. So when Manly came to visit in 1995, there were always going to be fireworks. Late in the second half, Chief was heard saying he had ‘one more hit in him’ and told Andrew Johns to kick it to Spud from the kick off. What happened next will go down in rugby league folklore. That’s what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object.

These two giants never took a backward step

08/30

WHO NEEDS SLEEP?

The boys come home with the trophy

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 2001

Back in 2001, we’d just won our second premiership, with a 30 – 24 win over the Eels. By 3am the following morning, the team bus was making its way back to Newcastle along deserted streets. But the team, expecting to slip quietly into town, were greeted by a most unexpected welcome home. McDonald Jones Stadium, the team’s hallowed ground, was packed to the rafters with screaming, adoring fans. Needless to say, the party continued long into the wee small hours…it seems the second time’s the charm.

packed to the rafters with screaming, adoring fans

09/30

SARGE'S BIG DAY OUT

Mark Sargent scores a triple

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 1993

Our first ever international, Sarge played 126 games for the Knights. He was better known for his toughness, intensity and ability to bulldoze through the opposition than his prowess at crossing the tryline. But you can’t keep a big man down. In all, Sarge scored 18 tries for the club. But three of those were achieved in a single afternoon of glory on a very special match day against Canberra. His smile says it all…

you can’t keep a big man down

10/30

THE COMEBACK KINGS

Knights come from behind to beat the old enemy

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 2006

After finishing 4th at the end of the regular season, the Knights drew a home final against the Manly Sea Eagles. The rivalry between the two opponents, simmering on a medium heat since the mid-90s, was never more to the fore than during this tense game. After trailing 18 – 6 at half time, the Knights rallied for a big second half, storming home to a memorable 25 – 18 win to set up a semi-final date in Sydney with the Brisbane Broncos. 

The rivalry between the two opponents, simmering on a medium heat since the mid-90s

11/30

CHIEF'S LAST STAND

saying goodbye to the legend

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 1999

Over eleven seasons since 1988 and 169 games, the Chief put his body on the line for the Knights each and every time. He was tough. Fearless. An inspirational leader. And a born and bred Novocastrian. Chief captained the Knights to the 1997 Premiership but after battling a chronic knee injury, he was forced to retire midway through the 1999 season. However, before that fateful decision he made one final emotional farewell in front of a full house.

He was tough. Fearless. An inspirational leader. And a born and bred Novocastrian

12/30

THE BIG FREEZE

Knights play in brass monkey weather

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 1997

Coming up against North Sydney midway through the 1997 season, the Knights had more to contend with than just a spirited Bears outfit. Along with just over 6000 brave (and well wrapped) fans, the Knights were made to battle against bucketing rain and freezing temperatures. So extreme was the weather, winger Darren Albert received treatment for hypothermia after the match. 

battle against bucketing rain and freezing temperatures

13/30

WHITEWASH

At 60-0 the margin doesn’t get much bigger

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 1999

It was a perfect afternoon of footy in 1999 when the Knights produced our biggest-ever winning margin by skinning the South Sydney Rabbitohs 60 – 0. Included in the highlights for the game were three tries for Mark Hughes, doubles to both Andrew Johns and Robbie O’Davis, and an incredible 10 from 10 conversions for the game. Did we mention the final score was 60-0?

three tries for Mark Hughes, doubles to both Andrew Johns and Robbie O’Davis

14/30

LIGHTS OUT

It’s a blackout!

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 2009

When the Broncos came to play the Knights in 2009, it wasn’t Darren Lockyer’s 300th game that made the match so memorable. As the players left for half time, a fearsome clap of thunder filled the stadium and instantaneously cut the floodlights. The Knights’ faithful sat in the dark and pouring rain for 15 minutes as light was restored, with halftime being extended for almost 40 minutes as the storm clouds rumbled overhead. The Knights further spoiled Lockyer’s big game by trouncing the Broncos 28 – 12. 

a fearsome clap of thunder filled the stadium and instantaneously cut the floodlights

15/30

THE WOBBLY BOOT

Kurt shanks a conversion from the sideline

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 2011

Kurt Gidley, the Newcastle Knights Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008, finished his career at the club with an impressive goal kicking conversion rate of 78.34%. A workhorse and play-maker, with this typically unconventional effort against the Sharks he showed it clearly doesn’t matter what a kick looks like. Just as long as the ball’s aim is true and it goes straight between the sticks. 

A workhorse and play-maker

16/30

RISE OF A HERO

An emotional return for Alex McKinnon

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 2014

Alex Mckinnon's term at the club was tragically cut short after a career-ending spinal injury changed his life forever. Four months later Alex McKinnon returned home to greet the fans that had helped support him throughout his recovery. To launch the RISE FOR ALEX Round, Alex led the team out for an emotional return to Newcastle in front of a jam packed stadium. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as fans rose to greet their hero.

Alex led the team out for an emotional return

17/30

BACK FROM THE DEAD

Knights tame the Broncos

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 2000

Things weren’t looking great for the boys when they returned to the sheds at half-time trailing the red-hot Broncos 22 – 4. But the home crowd of over 21,000 needn’t worry. It‘s not known what was said in those few minutes between the halves, but it obviously worked. The Knights came out with a renewed vigour and the bit between their teeth in the second half, with tries to Billy Pedan, Daniel Abraham and Lenny Becket to overcome the opposition with a miraculous 26 - 22 win.

The Knights came out with a renewed vigour

18/30

HOLD YOUR BREATH

Dureau nails it in extra time

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 2008

With scores locked at 12 all against Manly, the game headed to extra time to find a winner. It’s at moments like this, when nerves are shredded, bodies are exhausted and tempers are flaring that an unlikely hero can step forward and change everything. In this case it was a young Scott Dureau in just his third ‘first grade’ game. He became that guy by kicking a match-winning field goal from 25 metres out. Cue sighs of relief from every Knights fan in the stadium.

nerves are shredded, bodies are exhausted and tempers are flaring

19/30

THIEF IN THE NIGHT

Tahu’s grab and smash

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 2001

Despite winning the title in 2001, the team to beat all season were the Parramatta Eels. When they came to visit the team’s home ground in Round 4, Timana Tahu got the Knights off to the best possible start by plucking a pass out the air to run 60 metres and score under the posts. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, he sealed the deal by slam-dunking the ball on crossbar. Now that’s how you celebrate.

plucking a pass out the air to run 60 metres and score under the posts

20/30

THE WIN WE HAD TO HAVE

The boys avoid the wooden spoon

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 1988

While it wasn’t a game that meant much to the rest of the competition, the final match of the 1988 season meant everything to the Knights. A defeat at home against the North Sydney Bears would have resulted in the wooden spoon in our very first season in the league. But this was to be the Knights’ day. After winning both the Under 21 and reserve grade matches earlier, our young first grade team sprung a Bear trap to score an a decisive 38 – 6 win.

this was to be the Knights’ day

21/30

A SIDELINE MIRACLE

Kurt converts for a miracle win

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 2014

After scoring two tries in the final two minutes, Gidley was given the opportunity to snatch the game from the Melbourne Storm with a conversion from touchline after the final siren. Showing his mettle as both leader and player, he took a deep breath, picked his mark and nailed it for a miraculous win. With the game on the line, it was a fine display of utter confidence.

Showing his mettle as both leader and player

22/30

GOING BANANAS

Joey rewrites the kicking textbook

YEAR OF THE MOMENT any year he wanted

Andrew Johns. 249 games for the Knights. Golden Boot winner. Twice. Dally M Medal winner. Three times. Dally M Halfback of the Year. Four times. But where is his trophy for the spectacular, trademark banana kick? Joey had many attacking weapons in his kicking arsenal but none more spectacular than this. An attacking play created and mastered on the training ground, this new innovation bamboozled opposition teams and revolutionised the game.

Joey had many attacking weapons in his kicking arsenal but none more spectacular than this

23/30

THE LAST WALTZ

Danny converts in his final home game

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 2013

After 257 games wearing the Red and Blue, an unprecedented four Newcastle Player of the Year awards and a reputation as one of the smartest and most exciting hookers in the game, Danny Buderus hung up his boots in 2013. In his last game at home, the club legend was the given the honour of taking the final conversion of the game as the Knights put the Eels to the sword, beating them 50 – 6. It was a fitting tribute to a Knights legend.

awards and a reputation as one of the smartest and most exciting hookers in the game

24/30

FIRST KNIGHT

Sam shows off his skills

YEAR OF THE MOMENT THE EARLY YEARS

For a big man, our first skipper, Sam Stewart, had the ability to surprise opposition teams with deft footwork and a skilful touch. For 81 games he plied his trade with the Knights, helping them grow into the little team that could. For this classic moment, Stewart had all his skills on show to set up an incredible team try. Little wonder he became the first Knights life member.

the ability to surprise opposition teams with deft footwork and a skilful touch

25/30

EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY

MacDougall carves the Tigers apart

YEAR OF THE MOMENT

When you’re nickname is Mad Dog, you’re already on the front foot. Accordingly, when Adam MacDougall had the ball in his hands, anything could, and often did, happen. In the 149 games he played for the club he was lightning fast, powerful, and unpredictable. In other words, a complete nightmare for opposition defences. And as the Tigers found out, the club’s leading try scorer was almost untouchable on his day. 

a complete nightmare for opposition defences

26/30

THE FLYING SCOTSMAN

McManus scores on debut

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 2007

Some say it’s not the destination, but the journey that counts. In James McManus’ case, the reverse was very much the case. Lucky for us, his destination was Newcastle. Born in Scotland, James McManus joined the Knights from the Northern Territory Institute of Sport, making his debut in 2007. If James needed another reason to remember this particular game, he got one - a length-of-the-field effort, helping to seal 25 – 24 win over the Bulldogs. No doubt the bagpipes were played loud that night.

length-of-the-field effort, helping to seal 25 – 24 win over the Bulldogs

27/30

SEEING DOUBLE

When two balls are better than one

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 2016

The game is rarely predictable and, just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes a tale of two balls. After chasing a Trent Hodkinson bomb, Korbin Sims kicked a stray ball towards Wests Tigers winger Jordan Rankin as he steadied himself to catch the rapidly descending ball from Hodkinson. Still following? Good. Because the distraction caused Rankin to spill the kick and led to a Knights’ try. So was it gamesmanship? Was it a fortunate accident? Only Korbin knows…

just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes a tale of two balls

28/30

FIRST TASTE OF SUCCESS

Our first win on home soil

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 1988

Our home ground has been home to stunning victories and momentous moments. But they all had to start somewhere. In front of 24,000 fans, we notched up our first victory at home with a gutsy effort against the Balmain Tigers. With tries from Glenn Frendo, Tony Kemp and Tony Townsend, and a perfect 4/4 conversions from Robbie Tew, the Knights got up 20 – 16. It was the start of a beautiful friendship between the Knights and this hallowed turf.

In front of 24,000 fans, we notched up our first victory at home with a gutsy effort against the Balmain Tigers

29/30

GRAVITY SCHMAVITY

Mamo takes off

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 2015

Tries don’t come any more spectacular or gravity-defying than this classic moment from 2015. With the ball rolling towards the dead ball line and the game quite literally up, Knights fullback Jake Mamo launched himself into the air to scoop the ball back into play. This acrobatic extravaganza led to a simple put down for Carlos Tuimavave. 

Tries don’t come any more spectacular or gravity-defying than this classic moment

30/30

IS IT A BIRD? A PLANE?

Hughes heads to the skies

YEAR OF THE MOMENT 1999

No, it’s Mark Hughes. Playing a key role in both the ‘97 and ’01 premiership teams, he scored many memorable tries in front of the Knights’ faithful over nine seasons. This spectacular effort against the Rabbitohs typified Hughesy’s whole-hearted commitment to putting his body on the line for the team. Or in this case, above the line.

whole-hearted commitment to putting his body on the line for the team