Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

300 Not out for Rob, Pride of the Falcons

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

300 Not out for Rob, Pride of the Falcons

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Byline: By Alan Hedley

Newcastle Falcons boss Rob Andrew reached a remarkable landmark at Welford Road last week. It was his 300th competitive game as the club's director of rugby.

The former England fly-half played his last game for Wasps a decade ago before taking over the reins at the Falcons ( then known as Newcastle Gosforth ( on October 21, 1995, in a Courage League Two game at home to Northampton.

In those 300 competitive games, he has won more than half ( with a record of won 163, lost 127 and drawn 10.

Andrew is the longest-serving director of rugby in the Premiership.

During his time in the hot seat the Falcons won promotion to the Premiership in 1996-97, before pulling off the feat of clinching the Premiership title in their first season in the top flight the following year.

They then beat a star-studded World XV to win the Sanyo Cup at Twickenham, as well as appearing in three Cup finals.

The 1999 Tetley's Bitter Cup final saw them lose out to London Wasps, but they lifted the Cup against Harlequins in 2001, followed by a dramatic Powergen Cup final victory over Sale Sharks in 2004. Andrew said: "I'm not a big one for numbers, but to be part of a club which has changed beyond all recognition in the last decade means something really special to me.

"There are a whole load of people who have played a big part in that ( and the continual ambition we all have for this club has never been diluted throughout the decade we've been here.

"A huge amount of progress has been made in making professional rugby a part of the North-East sporting landscape up here. But that process is still very much ongoing and we're very much looking forward, not back, as we continue to move the club on."

Andrew was brought to Newcastle by Sir John Hall with the Falcons being part of Sir John's Sporting Club empire at the time. …

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