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Week Two PDF Print E-mail
Written by Malcolm Stokoe   
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 19:07

After a traumatic close season, some of our blues were successfully blown away with our 22-8 win over newly promoted Sunderland at Bullocksteads last Saturday. Considering that our relocation to Bullocksteads was very much like an away game for most of the players, the side did well to score a bonus point fourth try. Unfortunately the Second XV were let down VERY late by Seaham, who couldn't send a side. This Saturday sees the 1st XV on their travels to Hartlepool Rovers, KO 3pm and the 2's at Ponteland - again at 3pm.

 
The Big Project PDF Print E-mail
Written by Malcolm Stokoe   
Saturday, 06 September 2014 22:02

'Back in Gosforth' update.

 

Our new league season starts on Saturday 6th September when we host Sunderland at our temporary home at Bullocksteads - yes, we return to the Northumbria University facility once again. Come along and support the team, kick off at 3pm.

 

We are moving forward with our proposal to relocate the club back to Gosforth.

As with most moves, we would have liked to have moved on the click of a finger but reality is that it will take months of hard, and at times, frustrating, work to achieve our goal.

 

Along with Newcastle City Cricket Club, who already occupy part of the site, we have met with organisations and people able to assist and/or influence the process. These include Newcastle City Council, City Councillors, RFU, ECB and NRU. A development plan and relocation project plan have been written in draft form before details are finalised.

 

At this stage we are working with NCCC to form a Sports Club that will take on a lease agreement with Newcastle City Council which, in turn, is a step towards a full asset transfer of the site to the Sports Club. GRFC and NCCC will remain as individual clubs and, as clubs, be members of the Sports Club. Other amateur sports that would fit the use of the facility will be welcome to become members of the Sports Club.

 

Exciting times - yes

Challenging times - definitely

 

Forth to the field,

 

 

 

Many thanks,

Keith

 

Keith Gibson

 
New First Team Captain PDF Print E-mail
Written by Malcolm Stokoe   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 19:49

The Club is pleased to announce that Chris Daly will lead the team on the field this season, taking over the reins from Andy Black, who did a sterling job last season. Club Captain remains as Joe Woodhams. Best of luck to those three and the rest of the squad!

 
Honorary Life Members PDF Print E-mail
Written by Malcolm Stokoe   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 20:27

At the recent AGM the members present voted unanimously in favour of the appointment of three new Honorary Life Members. All three have served the Club tirelessly over many years. Incoming President, Neil Jamieson, was delighted to put forward the names of: Trevor Hogg; Malcolm Bell and David Hall.

Trevor is the longest serving, active member of the Club, having been a member since 1954 - whilst still at school. He has served the Club in various capacities from 3rd XV captain through to President via Hon.Secretary, match Secretary etc.

Closely following Trevor in longevity of membership is Malcolm Bell. Again Mal has been a member since his school days and, following the end of his paying and managerial roles, he has been the Hon. Fixture Secretary for a countless number of years. Mal is Senior Vice- President for the next two years.

Lastly is the "baby" of the trio! David Hall first joined the Club several years ago with his son, Peter, as Coach of the U8's minis. He guided several of today's senior players through the mini/junior ranks to maturity with the "older" end of the playing membership. He then started all over again with his grandson, Luke, at U8's level. Every Sunday morning he was to be seen out on the pitch before dashing off to the kitchen to provide food for the lads. His culinary skills were put even more to the test, when he stood in as Chef for after match (and sometimes pre-match) entertainment of both players and alickados. Latterly Dave has served as Hon.Secretary and Chairman before handing over the latter position to Keith Gibson recently.

All three are very worthy recipients of the highest honour the Club can afford to individuals and they join the other three existing HLM's: John Short; Mal Stokoe and Neil Jamieson.

 
An exciting future! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Malcolm Stokoe   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 10:17

An exciting future!

Following our having been served notice to quit Druid Park by our landlord, the Club is pleased to announce that we are to renew old acquaintances back at Bullocksteads, owned by Northumbria University for the coming season, '14-'15. The Club as a whole will move there in two months time with the mini/juniors beginning on September 7th, followed by the seniors after our final League game at Druid on September 20th. Until that time it is status quo at Druid. The agreement with Northumbria is for the said season with an option to extend beyond that.

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