Gateshead rugby league side in name change and relocation
The North East’s only professional rugby league club today confirmed a change of name from Gateshead Thunder to Newcastle Thunder.
The change, which has been approved by the Rugby Football League, will happen with immediate effect.
The club has also applied to Newcastle City Council to officially change home venue to Kingston Park where partner club Newcastle Falcons currently play games.
The name change and proposed move will see professional rugby league return to Newcastle for the first time in 77 years.
A club named Newcastle Rugby League FC entered the professional ranks in 1936 playing two seasons through to 1938.
With the name change to Newcastle Thunder comes a new, updated logo that draws on many elements of the original Gateshead badge.
The club colours of purple, yellow, black and white will remain with the 2015 home and away kits plus new sponsors to be unveiled in the next two weeks.
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