23 December 2004
In the current Leeds squad are two former Newcastle players in Jon Dunbar and Tim Stimpson. Jon was with Newcastle from 2001 before joining the Tykes at the beginning of this season. He made 49 appearances for the Falcons and scored 4 tries. Jon also faced the Tykes on 5 occasions as a Falcon, including Newcastle's defeat at Kingston Park and the draw at Headingley last season. He played in last season's Powergen Cup winning team.
Tim Stimpson was at Newcastle from 1996 to 1998, making 30 appearances and two as a replacement. He scored a total of 254 points during this time, with 22 tries, 48 conversions and 16 penalties. He was part of the Newcastle side that gained promotion to the Premiership in 1996-97 and was in the squad which won the Premiership the following year.
The team in full is:
15 Tim Stimpson
14 Tom Biggs
13 Chris Bell
12 Andre Snyman
11 Phil Christophers
10 Gordon Ross
9 Mark McMillan
1 Mike Shelley
2 Mark Regan
3 Rayno Gerber
4 Scott Morgan
5 Tom Palmer (c)
6 Jon Dunbar
7 Richard Parks
8 Colm Rigney
16 Matt Holt
17 Gavin Kerr
18 Chris Murphy
19 Dan Hyde
20 Alan Dickens
21 Gareth Wright
22 Matt Cardey
Bumper Crowd Expected for Falcons Clash
The Tykes are set to break their attendance record for the fourth consecutive season for Monday's clash with Newcastle Falcons. The club's cashback scheme will see over 50 clubs and schools from across Yorkshire attending the game with over 3,000 tickets already pre-sold through the club's website and ticket hotline. The current record attendance of 7,467 was set against Gloucester in December 2003. The club's first record crowd came in the first season in the Premiership when 7,162 attended the home fixture against Leicester, the following season 7,207 were at Headingley for the visit of Newcastle and then last year's record against Gloucester.
Phil Davies looks ahead to the Tykes game against Newcastle Falcons on Monday 27th December, kick off 2.30pm, at Headingley.
WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING FROM MONDAY'S GAME?
We have had some great battles with Newcastle since our promotion and I would expect Monday's game to be no different. Both teams are built on similar goals with quality young players interspersed with world class players and it should provide a great spectacle for the supporters.
It looks as if the game could see us break our attendance record which would be a fantastic achievement. Both on and off the field we are always looking to build on what we have achieved before, if we do that we can only go forward onto bigger and better things.
HOW HIGHLY DO YOU RATE NEWCASTLE?
Newcastle are a club we have always shared a close bond with and their success in building crowds and achieving success on the field with last season's Powergen Cup is something we would certainly like to emulate.
I know a lot of the focus in the build up to the game has been about Jonny Wilkinson but the Newcastle has quality players throughout the side, as we found out in our last meeting up at Kingston Park. Players such as Matt Burke and Colin Charvis are household names in their own right and they also have up and coming internationals such as Jamie Noon, Mike Stephenson and most recently Mathew Tait who will all form the basis of their side for years to come.
HOW PLEASED ARE YOU WITH YOUR FORM AT PRESENT?
I was extremely pleased with our last performance in the Cup against Pertemps Bees. That's the most satisfied I've been after a game all season. It wasn't the scoreline as such but the way we played that I thought was the most important thing. Things that we have been working on on the training field in the last three weeks were in evidence.
The most pleasing thing about it - as you can only beat whoever is in front of you - was the way in which we did things, and we've got to build on it and repeat that in the next two league matches.
The next phase of the season is crucial for our aspiration for this season. We face two Cup quarter finals and big games in the Zurich Premiership starting on Monday. We have build up some momentum in the last three weeks but we need to make sure we carry that into our league campaign. We have been able to freshen a few people up but we are still struggling with a number of injuries however we know what we need to do.
WILL YOU MAKE ANY CHANGES THIS WEEK?
Iain Balshaw is still struggling with a quad injury so the team is unchanged from the one that beat Pertemps Bees. Gareth Wright will come onto the bench for David Doherty but it will be good to go with the same team again to try and build on our momentum from the last couple of weeks.