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|Full name||Newcastle Thunder Rugby League Football Club|
(as "Gateshead Thunder")
|Challenge Cups||Quarter finalists (2009)|
|League 1||1 (2008)|
|Most capped||234 – Joe Brown|
|Highest points scorer||449 – Benn Hardcastle|
The Newcastle Thunder are a professional rugby league club based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. They play in the Betfred Championship competition, the second tier of rugby league in the United Kingdom. They play their home matches at Kingston Park, also home to rugby union side Newcastle Falcons. The club was known as Gateshead Thunder until 2015.
The club was formerly known as Gateshead Thunder, and played their home games at Gateshead International Stadium in Gateshead. The club was formed by supporters of the original Gateshead Thunder after that organisation made the decision to relocate to Hull at the end of the 1999 season.The new club entered the Northern Ford Premiership for the 2001 season, however they struggled to compete, and eventually finished 17th out of the 19 clubs.
Gateshead continued to struggle in the following season, finishing bottom of the league in 2002.When the Northern Ford Premiership was split into two divisions for the 2003 season the club joined National League Two, and again finished in the bottom two, being kept off the bottom only by new entrants London Skolars. The club's fortunes began to improve in 2005, a seventh-place finish being enough to gain a first ever place in the play-offs, before losing to Workington Town in their first ever play-off game. The club again finished seventh in 2006, but went on to lose 46–18 to Featherstone Rovers in the play-offs.
In 2008 the club won its first silverware, finishing the season as League 1 champions.As champions, the club were promoted to the Championship, and avoided on-field relegation by finishing seventh under coach Steve McCormack Thunder's joy at securing a second season in the second tier was however short-lived, as the club was wound up following a dispute between the directors. A new company was formed to continue the club, however the club had to restart as a Championship 1 side, effectively being relegated for the 2010 season.
Gateshead Thunder were taken over by the owners of rugby union side Newcastle Falcons in 2015.The club was rebranded as Newcastle Thunder and applied for permission to use Kingston Park in Newcastle as their home ground.
Further silverware was earned in 2016, when Newcastle defeated North Wales Crusaders to win the League 1 Shield
On 10 December 2020 Thunder were promoted to the Championship by a committee to replace Leigh Centurions who were, in turn, promoted to Super League to replace Toronto Wolfpack, who went out of business. The Thunder will play in the 2021 Championship season.
|Years||Kit Manufacturer||Main Shirt Sponsor|
|1999||Avec||Northern Electric & Gas|
|2010||XBlades||GMC Transport Limited|
|2013||Stag||Jack Coupe and Sons|
|2016||Errea||Greene King IPA|
|2018-2019||Tyne Metropolitan College|
|First team squad||Coaching staff|
Updated: 16 March 2021
|Rhys Clark||Workington Town||1 Year||October 2022|
|Nikau Williams||Whitehaven R.L.F.C.||1 Year||October 2022|
|Ukuma Ta'ai||York City Knights||2 Years||September 2022|
|Jesse Dee||York City Knights||2 Years||September 2022|
|Josh Eaves||Whitehaven R.L.F.C.||1 Year||September 2022|
Also see Category:Newcastle Thunder coaches
(As Gateshead Thunder)
|League||Challenge Cup||Other competitions|
|2001||Northern Ford Premiership||28||2||0||26||346||990||4||17th||Did not qualify||R4|
|2002||Northern Ford Premiership||27||0||1||26||338||1108||1||18th||Did not qualify||R3|
|2003||National League Two||18||3||1||14||365||663||7||9th||Did not qualify||R3|
|2004||National League Two||18||1||0||17||298||715||2||10th||Did not qualify||R3|
|2005||National League Two||18||8||1||9||516||508||17||6th||Lost in Elimination Playoffs||R3|
|2006||National League Two||22||11||0||11||547||540||22||7th||Lost in Elimination Playoffs||R3|
|2007||National League Two||22||6||0||16||381||692||21||11th||Did not qualify||R4|
|2008||National League Two||22||19||0||3||767||415||59||1st||N/A||R3|
|2009||Championship||20||9||2||9||4610||657||32||7th||Did not qualify||QF|
|2010||Championship 1||20||1||0||19||236||1232||-2||11th||Did not qualify||R3|
|2011||Championship 1||20||0||1||19||268||1094||2||10th||Did not qualify||R4|
|2012||Championship 1||18||1||0||17||276||824||5||10th||Did not qualify||R4|
|2013||Championship 1||16||4||1||11||356||542||20||7th||Did not qualify||R3|
|2014||Championship 1||20||11||9||0||615||576||36||4th||Lost in Semi Final||R3|
(As Newcastle Thunder)
|League||Challenge Cup||Other competitions|
|2015||Championship 1||22||11||11||0||555||552||22||8th||Did not qualify||R4|
|2016||League 1||14||7||1||6||404||368||15||9th||Won in Shield Final||R3|
|2017||League 1||15||9||0||6||459||328||18||6th||Fifth in Super 8s||R4|
|2018||League 1||26||14||0||12||841||520||28||8th||Did not qualify||R4|
|2019||League 1||20||14||1||5||741||364||29||3rd||Lost in Play-off Final||R4||1895 Cup||R2|
|2020||League 1||League abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic||R6|
|2021||Championship||20||7||1||12||431||627||15||11th||Did not qualify||R3||1895 Cup||R1|
|2022||Championship||27||7||1||19||559||877||15||12th||Did not qualify||R4|
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