|Team Name||Newcastle Falcons|
|Seasons Spent in Premier League||22|
|Premier League Titles||1|
Newcastle Falcons Information
The Newcastle Falcons have gone through some name changes throughout their long history, but they rebranded as the Newcastle Falcons in 1997. The team is based in Tyne and Wear, located in Newcastle at Kingston Park, which boasts a capacity of just over 10,000. This is the second smallest capacity stadium in the Premiership, behind Saracens’ Copthall Stadium.
The northeast club has formerly won the Premiership championship and one of England’s greatest ever players, Jonny Wilkinson, spent more than a decade with them. The Falcons, as they are known, play in an all-black kit. Their colours were adopted for the start of the 1996/97 season.
The Newcastle Falcons team started life as the Gosford Football Club in 1877 before merging with Northumberland Football Club. They didn’t move to Kingston Park until 1990 under the name Newcastle Gosforth, before going on to become the Newcastle Falcons.
Newcastle booked their place in history by becoming the inaugural winners of the Premiership in the 1997/98 season. Things went quickly backwards for them following that, and they were unable to finish higher than fourth in any of the following 18 campaigns.
The Newcastle Falcons team suffered a couple of relegations from the top flight in 2012 and again in 2019. On both occasions, the Falcons rose back to the top tier at the first time of asking with promotion from the Championship.
As for famous players to have represented them, they don’t come much bigger than Jonny Wilkinson who kicked England’s World Cup winning drop goal against Australia in 2003. Toby Flood, Mathew Tait, Doddie Weir and Australia’s Matt Burke are other famous former Falcons.