Celebrating 10 years: 2007/08 Championship Reunion

The celebrations continue as the Jets pay homage to the players who brought the club, and the City of Newcastle its maiden Hyundai A-League Championship in the 2007/08 season.

The club will host its Championship-winning squad at this Friday’s match against the Glory – the final home fixture of the regular season.

Jets’ CEO, Lawrie McKinna – who was on the wrong side of the result that day – said it was great to pay homage to a wonderful season for the club.

“It was an amazing day to be a part of, to have a local derby played out in a Championship setting was something special,” said McKinna.

“The Jets (of 2007/08) were a quality side, you look back at some of the names they boasted like Bridge, Thompson and Griffiths – it was a formidable group of players.

“For the club, it’s about recognising the contribution these guys have made to our club and the Newcastle football community.

“Friday night is a chance for the players and staff from the 2007/08 Championship to come together and celebrate what was a fantastic season.”

2007/08 Grand Final

The players will be acknowledged at the ground before the game and will also form a guard of honour as the teams enter the field of play.

A couple of players were unavailable to be part of the reunion, with Jason Hoffman and Ben Kantarovski plying their trade out on the pitch against the Glory.

A few other notable omissions – due to playing commitments – include Mark Bridge (Western Sydney), Andrew Durante (Wellington), Tarek Elrich (Adelaide) and Jade North (Brisbane).

Football Operations Manager, Joel Griffiths said it would be good to see a few former teammates still competing in the Hyundai A-League.

“We had plenty of young guys in the side who have gone on to have exceptional careers,” said Griffiths.

“Jason Hoffman was just coming into the first team and Kantarovski was in the squad that year – it’s great to see both boys still at the club in what’s been a fantastic season so far.

“It’ll be great to catch up for a couple of beers, tell a few stories and have a laugh with the boys.”