Founded in 1883, the Newcastle City Blues compete in the Black Diamond AFL.
Australian football first arrived in the Hunter region of New South Wales during the early 1880s, thanks largely to the efforts of former Ballarat gold-miners, such as the Duguid Brothers, Jim, John and George. In 1883 these three men established the region’s first Australian football club, Wallsend and Plattsburg, which was quickly joined by others. One of these clubs was known as Newcastle City, and can probably be considered a direct antecedent of today’s club of the same name.
Despite its promising start, football would not really get off the ground in the Newcastle area until after WW II. Even during the 1880s, the game’s grip on the imaginations of the local populace was seldom better than tenuous. There was never any formal league competition at this time, with fixtures being arranged privately between clubs purely on an ad hoc basis. By 1894, the game in and around Newcastle had died, and over the ensuing half a century all attempts to resurrect it failed. Finally, in 1948, a Newcastle Australian Football League was formed, with four clubs, one of which was a reincarnated version of Newcastle City.
Known as the Blues, the club would go on to enjoy considerable success, especially during the 1960s, when it won no fewer than half a dozen senior grade premierships, and the 1970s, which yielded five more. In both 1964 and 1973 the side went through the entire season undefeated, earning the title of champions.
The club remains one of the biggest and most progressive in the Hunter region. Since the 2000 season the Blues have competed in the Black Diamond AFL, which came about as a result of rationalisation of football in the area, and saw the five NAFL clubs joined by counterparts from the Central Coast Australian Football League.
Newcastle City Blues
Newcastle No.1 Sportsground, Cnr. Parry & Union Streets, Newcastle
The Newcastle metropolitan area is the second most populated area in New South Wales. Located 162 km northeast of Sydney, at the mouth of the Hunter River, it is the predominant city within the Hunter Region. Famous for its coal, Newcastle is the largest coal exporting harbour in the world. The city is named after Newcastle upon Tyne, England’s famous coal port.
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