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Written by Malcolm Stokoe   
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 13:31

Gosforth Rugby Club is pleased to announce that it will be moving back into Gosforth from this summer to be based at Broadway West. President, Neil Jamieson, formally announced the move at their AGM on July 4th 2015. In conjunction with the newly formed Gosforth Sports Association (GSA) and working with Newcastle City Cricket club, they are safeguarding their long term future by securing a long term lease with Newcastle City Council. The Council have been instrumental in realising Gosforth’s move by facilitating their aspirations for the site, which is great news for the city in the year of the Rugby World Cup with Newcastle being a host this autumn.

This move is after a year in temporary accommodation at Northumbria University’s Bullocksteads ground following an enforced departure from Druid Park after 7 years in getting it established as a rugby ground. Keith Gibson, Chairman of both Gosforth Rugby and GSA, says “I am delighted that we have secured a long term future for the Club. By negotiating a long term lease at Broadway, GSA can start re-developing both the grounds and clubhouse into a community facility not only for Cricket and Rugby, but for other sports in the area and for non-sport community activities.”

President, Neil Jamieson, explains that the Club had very little time to find a new home at the end of the 2013 season and were very grateful to Northumbria University, who provided a temporary home. “Whilst we were able to continue to maintain our league status playing at Bullocksteads, the club struggled to sustain their customary cordiality without a bar and kitchen facility. We have always prided ourselves on our hospitality and not having this facility has put a lot of strain on the players and members alike. Keith has worked tirelessly in the last year heading up a small team of club members to secure a lease at Broadway West. We are now in a position to set up a traditional club facility, but also open it up to the community.”

Hamad Hussain, Chairman of Newcastle City Cricket, adds –“ the formation of Gosforth Sports Association brings exciting times for the clubs involved and the local community . We hope to bring in a much needed revamp on the existing facilities with the clubs consisting of a blend of different ethnicities and cultures. Many years of fantastic recreational sport, benefitting health and local community activities, are envisaged. The potential is huge in this project and we urge all in the area to get on board to develop it further”.

The Club is now asking volunteers from both the Cricket and the Rugby club to assist in the renovation of the pavilion. They are drawing on members and friends of the club with key skills to have them up and running for the coming season. “The hard work starts now”, says Pete Cowey, our Project Manager for the BiG project. “We are working with our constituent bodies to look at funding for both the groundworks and the Clubhouse renovations. We are looking to improve the playing facilities as well the car parking and training areas”.

We are also pleased to announce the signing of a new Head Coach, Liam Gumbrill, who has 20 years’ experience of playing in Rugby Union. He has represented Leicestershire at Twickenham, the Midlands, Bedford Blues, Blaydon, Darlington Mowden Park and Glenfield in New Zealand, as well as spending time in Australia playing for the University of New South Wales.
Liam has worked with the RFU in schools and clubs as a Community Rugby Coach and as a Coach Educator. He has a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science, a PGCE and is also qualified as a UKCC Level 3 Coach in Rugby Union. Liam has coached a number of representative teams including Durham County U18’s and more recently Scottish RFU Exiles.
Gosforth Rugby Club was reformed in 1996 after the split of Newcastle Gosforth Rugby during the formation of Newcastle Falcons. They provide three senior teams, a colts and mini junior section. It is their intention to expand the Mini Junior age groups in the next couple of years and they will be working hard to increase their numbers.

GSA have already started talking to other sports with a view to joining the Sports Association and once the renovations are complete, we will be inviting local community organisations and residents to make use of the facilities, which will be available both on a short and long term basis.


Neil Jamieson
Mobile 07590 991527

Written by Malcolm Stokoe   
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 16:51

All players (both present and future!) are to report for pre-season training at Broadway on Thursday 9th July - 7pm start. Under the tutelage of new coach, Liam Gumbrill, and the watchful eye of Manager, Chris Raffo, this is a chance to see the new facilities at our home, Back in Gosforth. Currently the clubhouse is being given a much needed facelift - usually by the older members!! We desperately need the younger end to help get the place ready for our first game IN 8 WEEKS TIME!!

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 July 2015 15:07
Are you a willing volunteer? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Malcolm Stokoe   
Tuesday, 16 June 2015 17:31

More help needed

Good news on the BiG move, this week we started tidying up the clubhouse and grounds. Many thanks to those volunteers, who have been turning up each night. There is still alot to do and as such Pete Cowey would be very grateful if you could volunteer to help with the first phase, which is re-furbishing the exterior and ground floor, changing rooms etc., of the clubhouse.

Please call Pete on 07771 85 75 74 or contact him by email on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thank you and please don’t be shy as we need as many hands as possible. Also, if you have any spare white emulsion, please donate it!!

Forth to the Field and Back in Gosforth.



Hon. Sec.


Last Updated on Saturday, 04 July 2015 17:37
Tough start PDF Print E-mail
Written by Malcolm Stokoe   
Saturday, 06 June 2015 16:20

Gosforth kick off the 2015-16 season with a trip to Durham City on September 5th followed by an equally tough trip to Gateshead on September 12th. Our first league game at our new home Broadway West is against newly promoted Acklam on the 19th September, followed by Darlington (away) on 26th September; Consett (home) on 3rd October; Horden (away) on 10th October; Middlesbrough (home) on 17th October; Hartlepool Rovers (away) on 24th October; Rugby World  Cup on 31st October; Medicals (home)on the 7th November; Ponteland (away)on the 14th November;  h Novos (home)on the 21st November; RFU Cup on 28th November; Ryton (away) on 5th December; Stockton (home) on 12th December, which concludes the first half of the season. We end the season with a home game against Ryton on April 9th.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 June 2015 18:06
BiG project update PDF Print E-mail
Written by Malcolm Stokoe   
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 21:14

There has been quite a gap since my last update for which I apologise but I now have good, positive news.

We are now in receipt of the formal letter of intent from Newcastle City stating that they are working with (and working only with) Gosforth Sports Association towards a long term lease/asset transfer of the Broadway West Sports Ground and Pavilion. This is a VERY important step as it allows us to progress with grant applications to fund the work that needs to be done, albeit that we won't get any funds until the lease is actually in place.

We now await the head if terms of the lease from the City's legal department. We are all working towards a resolution no later than July 2015.

In the period since my last update we have not been idle. Gosforth Sports Association Ltd., the operating company for the facility and the holder of the lease has been formed. A professional fundraiser has been engaged and, following his initial ideas and submissions to us, is now working on actual grant applications. We also commissioned a specialist agronomy company to complete a survey and review of the current playing surfaces along with their recommendations of the work that will need to be carried out to meet our long term playing objectives. In addition, we have progressed our car park plans through to architectural drawings, ready for submission for planning approval.

We now move on to the next steps: formal planning approval for our initial requirements of the change of use of the flat into an extended club room, the new car park and the provision of training lights. Plus finalising the work needed to the playing areas and raising the daunting amounts of money we will need to deliver these objectives. In addition, we work to get the details of the lease agreed and signed off with the City. We are not there yet but the finishing line is getting nearer!

Thank you to all those who have helped get us to this stage and to the growing number of people offering their skills and labour going forward - we will be taking up your kind offers!

Lastly, our club dinner is on Friday May 1st. at the TA Centre on the Airport Industrial Estate. If you have not got your ticket/s yet then do so now as, due to security, only those who have bought their tickets before next week will be able to attend. Contact Pete Cowey for tickets.

Forth to the field,

Keith Gibson
Gosforth RFC

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