Newcastle KB United
|Full name||Newcastle KB United|
|Ground||International Sports Centre,
|League||National Soccer League|
The first Newcastle based team to play in a national league, Newcastle KB United was formed in 1977, but didn't play until 1978 one year after the inception of the Philips Soccer League (NSL).
Newcastle KB United was sponsored by Tooths Breweries (hence the KB tag) and took the NSL by storm by setting new crowd attendance records on a regular basis. They drew some famous names to play guest matches with them with Bobby Charlton playing a game for the club in 1978, Paul Reaney joining in 1980 and Craig Johnston played once in 1978 and again in 1982.
While they often struggled to compete at the very top of the league Newcastle were regular mid table finishers and their only honour was in 1984 when they travelled to Melbourne Knights and won the national league cup 1-0, playing as the newly formed Newcastle Rosebud United. The goal was scored by Derek Todd.
Colours and badge
Newcastle KB United played in traditional Newcastle colours of emerald, white and cinnamon but later changed to match the KB brand to their strip and played in predominantly yellow with a red and black trim.
Newcastle International Sports Centre now known as Hunter Stadium was the home ground of Newcastle KB United. It had a western stand and a circular playing area surrounded by a hill.
Newcastle KB United set many crowd records during their time in the NSL holding the record for the largest crowd to a domestic game in this country until the formation of the A-league. This record was 18,367 against Sydney Olympic in April 1979, a year when their average home crowd exceeded 10,000.
The local vocal support was known as "The Rowdies" and they created a great atmosphere from deep in the heart of the Western grandstand in what was known affectionately as 'The Red Section'.
|Year||Position||Cup||Ave Home Crowd|
~ NSL divided into 2 conferences with Newcastle in the Northern Conference.
Notable former players
- Arno Bertogna
- Ken Boden
- Mick Channon
- Bobby Charlton
- Colin Curran (Bunny)
- Phil Dando
- Roy Drinkwater
- Clint Gosling
- Graham Heys
- Craig Johnston
- David Lowe
- David Jones
- Malcolm McClelland
- Paul Reaney
- Joe Senkalski
- Neal Endacott
- Winner National Knockout Cup: 1984 (as Newcastle Rosebuds)
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