All five Hall of Fame members have made immeasurable contributions to the Newcastle Knights Rugby League Club in their roles as players, coaches and/or administrators.
Gidley, a local Newcastle product, wore the red and blue on 221 occasions and was a key member of the Knights’ Grand Final winning team in 2001. A powerful and skilled centre, Gidley scored 68 tries for his hometown Club. Gidley is also the Knights’ current CEO of Football Operations.
Hagan, a clever five-eighth, played for Newcastle 111 times between 1989 and 1993 and was an integral part in building the Club culture in the early days of the Knights. Hagan took over the coaching reigns at his former Club in 2001. He guided the Knights to a Grand Final victory in his first season in charge and was at the helm of the Club for 154 matches between 2001 and 2006.
Harragon played a total of 169 matches during a sensational career for his hometown Club. The heroic prop’s crowning glory in the red and blue was captaining the Knights to the 1997 Premiership, where they defeated the Manly Sea Eagles 22-16 in a dramatic Grand Final. Harragon now serves as the Chairman of the Newcastle Knights Advisory Board.
Arguably one of the greatest players of all time, Johns played for the Knights a record 249 times and still holds the Club record for most career points with 2,176. Johns was a standout performer in the Club’s two Premiership wins in 1997 and 2001 and was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal for man-of-the-match in the 2001 Grand Final.
McMahon was the Knights’ coach during their inaugural season in 1988 was in charge of the Club for 83 games. McMahon built a team full of local junior talent and instilled a set of standards that the Club has continued to build upon. He laid the foundations for the proud and passionate culture that still resonates throughout the Club today.
The Hunter Ports Newcastle Knights announced the launch of the Newcastle Knights Aggreko Hall of Fame as the cornerstone of the Club's 25th year celebrations.
The Knights newly formed Advisory Board felt the formation of a Hall of Fame was an appropriate way to celebrate the Club's 25 year history which has featured premiership wins in 1997 and 2001.
The key objectives of the Hall of Fame were to acknowledge former greats of the Club and their contribution to the Knights both on and of the field in a region so rich in rugby league culture.
The Hall of Fame is supported by the Newcastle Herald and NBN, which provided an opportunity for the Knights huge supporter base to contribute with their vote on the top 25 players in its first year.
These top 25 players were announced to coincide with the Knights opening game of the Club's 25th year against the St George Illawarra Dragons on March 1, 2012.
The selection panel then reduced the list to a top 10 which was announced on Friday Match 16, 2012 at the Knights game against the Brisbane Broncos.
The Knights held a Hall of Fame and 25 year anniversary dinner on April 4, 2012 where five founding members were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
To be eligible for nomination players and coaches must be retired.
The Hall of Fame selection committee will nominate up to two inductees each year.
The Newcastle Knights Top 25 has been announced and it includes a plethora of the Club’s most legendary players.
Unsurprisingly, the list features a number of players from the Knights’ 1997 and 2001 premiership winning teams.
The Knights all-time leading point-scorer Andrew Johns and his brother Matthew both made the cut, while former captain Paul Harragon also features.
Robbie O’Davis, Adam MacDougall and Mark Hughes have been rewarded for their efforts as dual-premiership winning members of the Knights’ backline with their selection in the group.
The scorer of the match-winning try in the 1997 Grand Final Darren Albert is in the mix and so to is 216-game veteran Steve Simpson.
Stalwarts from the Club’s inaugural season in 1988 who have made the Top 25 include the likes of Tony Butterfield, Mark Glanville, Tony Kemp, Robbie McCormack and Sam Stewart.
A number of other famous Novocastrians who have contributed greatly to the region’s rich rugby league culture have also been selected. The full list is:
Michael HILL (committee spokesman)
Long-serving former Knights chairman, former NSW Sheffield Shield cricketer, retired solicitor, who along with fellow Hall of Fame selection committee member Leigh Maughan led the push for Newcastle's inclusion in the NSW Rugby League premiership.
Knights founding father, former marketing manager and club director, outspoken former television and radio sports commentator for NBN and most Newcastle radio stations, passionate Knights supporter.
Foundation coaching director at the Knights alongside inaugural coach Allan McMahon, and his successor David Waite. Former assistant coach to Warren Ryan at Newtown and long-time confidant of four-time premiership-winning Wests Tigers and former Canberra Raiders coach Tim Sheens.
Newcastle Herald Rugby League and Sports Reporter who has covered the Knights for the Herald since 1992, including the premiership-winning years of 1997 and 2001 and all the highs and lows.
The face of TV sport in Newcastle. Long-time NBN Televison sports presenter, commentator and marketing manager, who used to call every Knights home game for NBN.