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Encyclopedia > Newtown Jets
Newtown
Full name Newtown Jets
Colours Royal blue and white
Entered 1st grade 1908 (Foundation club)
Departed 1st grade 1983
Sport Rugby League
League NSWRL
1983 13th of 14
Premierships 3 - 1910, 1933, 1943
Runners-up 7 - 1913, 1914, 1929, 1944, 1954, 1955, 1981
Minor premiers 6 - 1910, 1933, 1943, 1944, 1954, 1955
Wooden spoons 8 - 1924, 1925, 1928, 1939, 1968, 1976, 1977, 1978
Biggest win 51 - 0 vs. Illawarra, May 2, 19821
Worst defeat 9 - 65 vs. St. George, July 30, 19612

Newtown was Australia's first rugby league club (after Glebe). They were founded on 8 January, 1908 at a public meeting held at Newtown Town Hall. Newtown played in the NSWRL competition from 1908-1983. Known as the 'Bluebags' and then the 'Jets' from 1973, the club won premierships in 1910, 1933 and 1943, finishing second in 1913, 1914, 1929, 1944, 1954-55, and 1981. Image File history File links Newtown_1980. ... 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rugby league is a team sport, played by two teams of 13 players. ... The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New South Wales. ... 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Sunday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1944 calendar). ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Sunday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1944 calendar). ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Wooden Spoon is a mock or real award, usually given to an individual or team which has come last in a competition, but sometimes also to runners-up. ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1976 calendar). ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... The Illawarra Steelers were a top-level rugby league team based in the town of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia. ... May 2 is the 122nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (123rd in leap years). ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Saint George Dragons was a team in the National Rugby League competition in Australia. ... July 30 is the 211th day (212th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 154 days remaining. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Rugby league is a team sport, played by two teams of 13 players. ... King Street at night: Newtowns vibrant high street. ... The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New South Wales. ...


Financial pressures forced the team out of the NSWRL at the end of 1983, however the club lived on, and currently field a side in the Premier League, the second-tier competition to the NRL. The logo of the National Rugby League. ...


There is some argument over whether or not Newtown was actually the first Rugby League club in Australia. The club's website stands by this claim however other sources most notably Terry Williams book "Out of the Blue (The History of Newtown RLFC)" refutes this claim.


Though some members of the club insist Newtown was first (8th January), all newspaper reports confirm the date as 14th January, making Newtown the second club formed under the NSWRL banner. When Glebe was excluded in the late 1920s, Newtown became (and still is) Rugby League's oldest club in Australia. Glebe were a rugby league team who played in the NSWRL competition from 1908-1929. ...


Notes

  1. This game was played using an obsolete scoring system. Under current scoring guidelines, the score in this game would have been 61 - 0
  2. This game was played using an obsolete scoring system. Under current scoring guidelines, the score in this game would have been 10 - 80

The history of rugby league began with the schism of 1895 in the sport of rugby football. ... The history of rugby league began with the schism of 1895 in the sport of rugby football. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Club History - Newtown Jets - Established 1908 (921 words)
Newtown's first Premiership in the NSW Rugby League was in 1910, with a team that included seven players who were to tour with the all-conquering Kangaroos of 1911/12.
In 2000 Newtown sought and was granted admission to the NSWRL First Division competition, whereby the Jets acted as the feeder team to the NRL's Auckland Warriors.
Newtown celebrated its 99th birthday on the 8th January 2007 and is poised for another big season in partnership with the Sydney Roosters, prior to the landmark centenary year of 2008.
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