In 1988, a team representing the Newcastle Knights first ran out onto the playing field. In terms of natural talent and financial resources the team was not well endowed. However in terms of courage and commitment the same team was without peer.
The 1997 Optus Cup title was followed up with the unforgettable 2001 Telstra Premiership victory. Two premierships in the first fourteen years of the Club's existence creating an enviable record, and cementing the Club's hard-won reputation as consistently one of the best in the League.