Newcastle KB United

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Newcastle KB United
Full name Newcastle KB United
Nickname(s) KB
Founded 1977
Dissolved 1984
Ground International Sports Centre,
Newcastle
League National Soccer League

Newcastle KB United are a defunct Australian association football (soccer) club. They participated in the National Soccer League from 1978 until early in the 1984 season.

History

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.

KB United's NSL licence was taken over by Adamstown Rosebuds in 1984 after the collapse of Newcastle KB United. Rosebuds renamed themselves Newcastle Rosebud United while they played in the NSL.

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.

Stadium

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.

Supporters

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
1978 11 (14) 3 8500
1979 6 (14) 3 10200
1980 6 (14) 9 6400
1981 10 (16) 29 5300
1982 12 (16) 9 4400
1983 5 (16) 5 2900
1984~ 8 (12) 1 1700
1985~ 12 (12) 3 1500
1986~ 6 (12) 9 1800

~ NSL divided into 2 conferences with Newcastle in the Northern Conference.

Notable former players

Honours

  • Winner National Knockout Cup: 1984 (as Newcastle Rosebuds)

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