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Newcastle United Jets Football Club is a professional association football club based in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. The club competes in the A-League and plays its home games at Newcastle International Sports Centre (EAS). The Jets have won one A-League championship, defeating arch rivals the 1–0 in the 2007–08 A-League 2007-08 Finals series. In 2009, Newcastle played in the AFC Champions League for the first time, reaching the Round of 16.

The club was formed in 2000 when it joined the National Soccer League (Australia) (NSL) as Newcastle United, and is one of only three former National Soccer League (Australia) clubs to appear in the A-League. They are more commonly referred to today as the Newcastle Jets.


Newcastle United

Newcastle United was formed in 2000 by Cypriot-Australian businessman Con Constantine from the remnants of the Newcastle Breakers club. The Breakers were dissolved when Football Federation Australia revoked its National Soccer League license at the conclusion of the 1999/2000 season. At the formation of Newcastle United the home ground was moved back to where Newcastle KB United played, now known as Newcastle International Sports Centre.

The Newcastle United club were reasonably successful, competing in two of the last three Final Series and finishing 2nd in the League behind Perth Glory in the 2001–02 season. The clubs colours were Blue and Red, somewhat traditional colours of the region also worn by the Newcastle Knights Rugby League team.

Newcastle United Jets

Newcastle United was renamed as Newcastle United Jets when it joined the A-League in its inaugural A-League 2005-06. The club was renamed to project a new image and to prevent confusion with the Premier League club Newcastle United F.C. The name "Jets" is a reference to RAAF Base Williamtown, located just 20 kilometres north of Newcastle. The club's logo depicts three F/A-18 Hornets, which the Royal Australian Air Force has based at Williamtown. During the A-league the Jets continued their successful form from the NSL by making all but one finals series, and winning one Championship (2007–08).

The club found themselves in desperate financial times shortly after the start of the 2010–11 A-League, Resulting in the sale of the club to mining magnate Nathan Tinkler after the license was stripped from former owner Con Constantine. As a result of Tinklers ownership (until at least 2020), a football advisory board was set up in place of Con's Autocratic system of ownership.

The Čulina Saga

On 4 October 2011 the club terminated the contract of coach Branko Čulina, as well commencing the process of applying to the FFA to have the 3-year 'Marquee' contract of (Branko's son) Jason "set aside". Although no one reason sited for the decision it is believed that an argument took place between Branko, CEO Robbie Middleby and owner Nathan Tinkler regarding the nepotist nature of Jason's signing as well as "medical advice".

Middleby stated, "The decision to terminate the contracts was made after a long deliberation by the Newcastle Jets’ Advisory Board." While Tinkler stated "Jason’s injury could mean the Jets are without their marquee player for up to three seasons – not a good result for the club, supporters, sponsors and players."

On 23 December it was confirmed that Jason is still a Contracted player to Jets, as Culina is suing the FFA for insurance payments

Colours and badge

Newcastle United's jersey for the 2009–10 season will retain the gold colour jersey, with navy socks and shorts and red trimming. The alternate jersey will, however, revert to something a little more historic, in light of the club's 10th year celebrations in 2010. The clash jersey will feature blue and red, with white and blue shorts and socks, in line with the old Newcastle United strips.
The Tinkler Sports Group revealed in early 2011 that the Newcastle Jets colours will revert back to the Blue and Red worn by Newcastle United and Breakers. This is also to combined colours with the Newcastle Knights who will become a cousin club in 2011.


Hunter Stadium, at the Newcastle International Sports Centre, is the home ground of the Newcastle United Jets and the Newcastle Knights. It has a capacity of 33,000.

The record crowd for a football match in Newcastle, New South Wales was set at Ausgrid Stadium on 2 February 2007 in the second leg of the A-League 2006-07 A-League 2006-07 Finals series against Sydney FC, in front of 24,338 people. This broke the record set earlier that season on New Years Day, where a crowd of 20,980 turned up to see a 2–0 loss against the same opposition. Prior to that game the football attendance record for a match in Newcastle stood for 52 years, set when Australia played SK Rapid Wien.

In the next few years, the stadium will be turned into a modern, state-of-the-art 33,000-seat ground. This upgrade is as a result of plans to hold the 2015 AFC Asian Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup in Australia. Newcastle may be one of the venues for these event, and minimum standards set by FIFA mean EAS is inadequate for this role. The next upgrade will involve demolishing the western grandstand and replacing it with one similar to the east, as well as placing seated areas on the hill at either end of the ground. This upgrade will cost around $60 million, of which $50 million is being provided by the State Government. This upgrade means the Jets attendance figures can grow immensely, and will also qualify the Jets to host any Grand Finals they reach in the future.


The main supporter base of the Newcastle Jets is known as the Squadron Novocastria, which was formed in anticipation of the first ever A-League game between Newcastle and Adelaide United. The Squadron begun standing behind the goals on the Southern Hill, however because of the layout of the stadium, they moved to Bay 2 of the Eastern Grandstand at Ausgrid Stadium, in a successful attempt to increase group co-ordination and noise level.
Standard songs/chants include, "We go by land and sea", "The Newy Boys go one by one" and "When The Jets Go Flying In". The Squadron have also started a new tradition of singing the chorus to the INXS song "Never Tear Us Apart" before the start of the game and second half.
As the club's performances improved throughout the Newcastle United Jets FC season 2006-07 the Squadron grew rapidly and continued to grow throughout the Newcastle United Jets FC season 2007-08.


Due to its geographical proximity, Newcastle shares a strong rivalry with both NSW A-League clubs.

- Central Coast Mariners: Known as The F3 Derby, the first meeting between the teams resulted in a tough semi-final tie in the 2005 Oceania Club Championship qualification competition (held in May 2005, prior to the start of the inaugural A-League season), when star Mariners striker Nik Mrdja broke the leg of Newcastle defender Andrew Durante, earning him a tag as Newcastle's "hate-boy". In the 2007–08 season, the Newcastle Jets beat the Mariners 2–0 in the first leg of the Major Semi-Final, before being beaten 3–0 in extra time in the second leg at Bluetongue Stadium. After beating Queensland Roar 3–2 in the Preliminary Final, the Jets then went on to defeat the Mariners 1–0 in the A-League Grand Final 2008. In round 17 of the 2008/09 season, the Jets and Mariners faced each other at Ausgrid Stadium. The Mariners won the game 2–1 courtesy of a Matt Simon goal in the 80th minute. After the full time whistle, star Jets striker Joel Griffiths grabbed Mariners midfielder John Hutchinson (footballer) around the neck causing players from both sides to intervene. Referee Peter O'Leary red carded Mariners' striker Dylan Macallister for abusive language. This was the most fiery meeting in the F3 Derby's short history.

- Sydney FC: Originally only considered rivals due to their locations, the two clubs are now bitter competitors. The Jets set their all-time record attendance of more than 24,000 at the home leg of the semi-final tie between the two in the competition's second season. In the A-League 2007-08 season, Sydney won all three games with close 1–0 victories. The two teams battled to secure a 0–0 draw in Newcastle in Round Four of the A-League 2008-09 season.

Current Squad

Senior Squad

Youth Squad

Former notable players

- Mark Bridge
- Nick Carle
- Angelo Costanzo
- Ante Čović
- Andrew Durante
- Adam Griffiths
- Joel Griffiths
- James Holland (footballer)
- Richard Johnson (footballer)
- Ljubo Miličević
- Ante Miličić
- Mark Milligan
- Stuart Musialik
- Jade North
- Paul Okon
- Sasho Petrovski
- Matt Thompson (footballer)
- Ned Zelić
- Mario Jardel

- Milton Rodriguez

- Jesper Håkansson

- Edmundo Zura

- Fabio Vignaroli

Korea Republic
- Song Jin-Hyung
- Donny de Groot

New Zealand
- Tim Brown (footballer)
- Vaughan Coveny
- Steven Old

- Mateo Corbo
- Paul Okon (2006–07)
- Jade North (2007–08)
- Matt Thompson (footballer) (2009–10)
- Michael Bridges (2010–11)
- Jobe Wheelhouse (2011-)


- Ian Crook (2001–04)
- Richard Money (2005–06)
- Nick Theodorakopoulos (2006)
- Gary van Egmond (2006–09)
- Branko Culina (2009–2011)
- Craig Deans (2011) (Interim)
- Gary van Egmond (2011—)



- Nathan Tinkler: Owner


- Ray Baartz : Head Chairman, Former Socceroo
- Troy Palmer : Executive Chairman, Owners Representative
- Joe Senkalski: Former Socceroo
- Keith Harris: Newcastle KB United Player
- Jeffrey Green: Former President Northern NSW Football
- Neil Jameson: Newcastle Herald Journalist
- Cheryl Salisbury: Former Matilda


- Robbie Middleby: CEO
- Mark Duffield-Thomas: Business Development Manager
- Richard Fisk: Membership and Commercial Manager
- Jarrod Johnstone: Commercial Manager
- Dani Potterh: Community Events Manager
- Craig Lambert: Marketing Manager
- Sarah Cukier: Administration Officer
- Brent Anderson: Youth Operations Manager
- Alison Senkalski: Women's Operations Manager
- Michael Bridges: International Football & Business Development Manager

Football department

- Gary van Egmond: Manager
- Craig Deans: Assistant Manager
- Marshall Soper: Skills Specialist Coach
- Bob Catlin (Interim): Goalkeeping Coach
- Michael Bridges: Strikers Coach
- Adam Waterson: Fitness Coach
- David Lowe: Head Scout
- Chad Ralston: Gear Steward
- Arthur Papas: Youth Team Manager
- James Pascoe: Youth Team Assistant Manager
- Clayton Zane: Women's Manager
- Joanne Peters: Women's Assistant Manager
- Bobby Evans: Youth/Women's Gear Steward


- Dr. Matthew McDonald: Club Doctor
- Adam Leslie: Physiotherapist
- Paul Hazell: Physiotherapist
- Rob Dingle: Youth/Women's Physiotherapist


- A-League Championship:
- - Champions: 2007–08
- - Semi-Finalists: 2005–06
- - Preliminary Finalists: 2006–07
- - Fair Play Award: 2007–08
- Individual Awards:
- - Coach of the Year: 2007–08 (Gary van Egmond)
- - Johnny Warren Medal: 2006–07 (Nick Carle), 2007–08 (Joel Griffiths)
- - Reebok Golden Boot: 2007–08 (Joel Griffiths)
- - Joe Marston Medal: 2007–08 (Andrew Durante)
- The QANTAS Challenge
- - Winners

Year by year history


Brackets indicate statistics including A-League finals.

Pre Season Cup

{ under the name Newcastle United

Brackets indicate statistics including NSL finals.

{ a round robin contest between the top six was undertaken to see who would be Grand Finalists. Newcastle were placed sixth and last in this competition, although a washed out game against Northern Spirit was never played as it did not affect the outcome of the top two.


(All records as of round 19 A-League 2009-10)


- Record victory:
- - 4 def. 0, 18 September 2005 (Round 4 – A-League 2005-06)
- - 4 def. 0, 19 January 2007 (Round 21 – A-League 2006-07)
- - 4 def. 0, 10 February 2011 (Round 27 – A-League 2010-11)

- Record defeat:
- - Pohang Steelers 6 def. 0, 24 June 2009 (Round of 16 – AFC Champions League 2009 knockout stage)

- High scoring game (6)
- - 5 def. 1, 8 October 2005 (Round 7 – A-League 2005-06)
- - 4 def. 2, 14 October 2005 (Round 8 – A-League 2005-06)
- - 4 def. 2, 4 November 2005 (Round 11 – A-League 2005-06)
- - 5 def. 1 8 September 2006 (Round 3 – A-League 2006-07)
- - 3 drew 3, 14 January 2007 (Round 20 – A-League 2006-07)
- - 3 drew 3, 22 August 2008 (Round 2 – A-League 2008-09)
- - 4 def. 2, 19 December 2008 (Round 16 – A-League 2008-09)
- - Pohang Steelers 6 def. 0, 24 June 2009 (Round of 16 – AFC Champions League 2009 knockout stage)
- - 5 def. 2, 5 February 2012 (Round 19 - A-League 2011-12)

- A-League Streaks (Including Finals)
- - Winning Streak: 4
- - - Round 19 A-League 2007-08 (4 January 2008) – Major Semi Final (leg 1) A-League 2007-08 (27 January 2008)
- - - Round 16 A-League 2009-10 (29 November 2009) – Round 20 A-League 2009-10 (20 December 2009) – Note: Round 19 played at a later date.
- - Losing Streak: 3
- - - Round 5 A-League 2005-06 (25 September 2005) – Round 7 A-League 2005-06 (8 October 2005)
- - - Round 17 A-League 2008-09 (26 December 2008) – Round 19 A-League 2008-09 (9 January 2009)
- - - Round 6 A-League 2009-10 (12 September 2009) – Round 8 A-League 2009-10 (25 September 2009)
- - Games without losing: 7 Round 8 A-League 2005-06 (14 October 2005) – Round 14 A-League 2005-06 (25 November 2005)
- - Games without winning: 11 Round 20 A-League 2005-06 (26 January 2006) – Round 7 A-League 2006-07 (8 October 2006)

- A-league Regular Season Placings
- - Highest Placing 2nd A-League 2007-08
- - Lowest Placing 8th A-League 2008-09

- A-League Regular Season Attendance: 20,980 (vs Sydney FC – 1 January 2007)
- A-League Finals Series Attendance: 24,338 (vs Sydney FC – 2 February 2007)
- Record Average Regular Season Attendance: 13,209 (A-League 2007-08)
- Record Regular Season Total Attendance: 145,303 (A-League 2007-08)


- Most A-League appearances: Tarek Elrich – 122
- Most goals in a game: (3)
- - Ante Milicic – v 4 November 2005 (Round 11 – A-League 2005-06)
- - Matt Thompson (footballer) – v 19 December 2008 (Round 16 – A-League 2008-09)

- Most Goals in a Regular Season Joel Griffiths 12
- Record transfer fee received: Australian dollar650,000 for Nick Carle from Gençlerbirliği S.K
- Most Yellow Cards in a season: (9)
- - Joel Griffiths (2006–07)
- - Adam Griffiths (2007–08)
- Most Red Cards in a Season: (2)
- - Mateo Corbo (2005–06)
- - Joel Griffiths (2006–07)
- Most Yellow Cards (Total): (17) Joel Griffiths
- Most Red cards (Total): (3) Joel Griffiths

Top goal scorers

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