|Full name||Newcastle Rebels|
|Founded||10 April 1908|
|1909||3rd of 8|
Newcastle were a rugby league team who played in the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership from 1908–1909, one of the nine foundation clubs. After the formation of several clubs in January 1908, members of the NSWRFL came to Newcastle to hold talks with the local footballing community at a meeting on 8 February 1908. However, at this meeting the motion to have a public meeting was lost. The local rugby union fraternity threatened sanctions and further recruitment occurred in secret. Finally a band of Rebel Pioneers assembled and signed up on 10 April, just days before the start of the competition.
Sometimes called the Rebels, Newcastle played in a strip of red and white hoops. They boasted the likes of dual-code international Pat Walsh in their side. Their moment of glory came in the latter weeks of 1909 when they beat league leaders South Sydney 7-6 on 7 August in front of 3,000 spectators at the Newcastle Showground. It was Souths' only loss for the season. This had come three days after beating a New Zealand Maori team.
Newcastle finished fourth and made the semis but were beaten by Souths 20-0.
The following year, the team left the NSWRL as a local Newcastle Rugby League competition was established and many players joined the four Newcastle foundation clubs. They were replaced by Annandale in the NSWRL.
In 1988, a new team, the Newcastle Knights again represented the Newcastle district in the NSWRL and its successors.
Stan Carpenter was the original captain of the club who played their first match against Glebe, losing 8–5. This was then followed by a bye in the second round of the premiership and then securing their first victory in the next round by beating Cumberland 37–0. A win against Western Suburbs was followed by a loss against North Sydney in round five.
Arguably the most significant event of the season for the club was in round six when they were scheduled to play against Newtown in the only match of the weekend. This fact meant that a crowd of 14,000, the second largest in the season, showed up to watch the two teams play at the Royal Agricultural Society Grounds. In this match Newcastle were able to win 17–8.
The club had a tough draw at the end of the season and managed to win just one of their remaining four games. All three of the losses were against the eventual finalists - two against the eventual premiers South Sydney and the other against the runners-up, Eastern Suburbs.
|1||Glebe||8–5||Newcastle||20 April 1908||Wentworth Park||3,000|
|3||Cumberland||0–37||Newcastle||16 May 1908||Wentworth Park||3,000|
|4||Western Suburbs||2–24||Newcastle||23 May 1908||Agricultural Ground||1,500|
|5||North Sydney||21–9||Newcastle||30 May 1908||Birchgrove Oval|
|6||Newtown||8–17||Newcastle||13 June 1908||Agricultural Ground||14,000|
|7||South Sydney||30–11||Newcastle||27 June 1908||Agricultural Ground||4,000|
|8||Balmain||5–28||Newcastle||4 July 1908||Birchgrove Oval||3,000|
|9||Eastern Suburbs||34–17||Newcastle||25 July 1908||Agricultural Ground||400|
|10||South Sydney||8–3||Newcastle||8 August 1908||Wentworth Park|
|1||North Sydney||7–14||Newcastle||24 April 1909||Agricultural Ground|
|2||South Sydney||28–9||Newcastle||1 May 1909||Agricultural Ground||400|
|3||Balmain||9–5||Newcastle||15 May 1909||Birchgrove Oval|
|4||Newtown||13–5||Newcastle||22 May 1909||Agricultural Ground||1,500|
|5||Newcastle||16–18||Eastern Suburbs||29 May 1909||Newcastle Showground|
|6||Glebe||8–26||Newcastle||19 June 1909||Agricultural Ground|
|7||Newcastle||34–0||Western Suburbs||26 June 1909||Newcastle Showground|
|8||Balmain||5–2||Newcastle||10 July 1909||Birchgrove Oval||2,500|
|9||Western Suburbs||5–28||Newcastle||17 July 1909||Agricultural Ground|
|10||Newcastle||5–0||South Sydney||7 August 1909||Newcastle Showground||3,000|
|SF||South Sydney||20–0||Newcastle||14 August 1909||Agricultural Ground||1,200|
- Pat Walsh (1908)
New South Wales
- Pat Walsh (1908)
- Power, Bob (1992). The Rebels of Rugby: The Story of Newcastle Rugby League Pioneers "The Bolsheviks vs. The Lilywhites" 1907-1920. Newcastle, New South Wales: self.