Season Recap: November 2014
November got underway in the worst possible way for the Falcons with a 37-23 loss away to Northampton in the LV= Cup, Dean Richards blaming costly decisions at the breakdown for the result.
And the competition continued in a similarly disappointing manner with an 18-13 loss away to Sale Sharks and a one point defeat at home to Cardiff Blues despite a strong second half performance.
Richards, along with Club Chairman Semore Kurdi and MD Mick Hogan, faced the first fan forum of the season, answering questions on everything from Rugby World Cup tickets and the influence of new Attack Coach Dave Walder to match day experience.
Elsewhere the Falcons announced two new commercial partnerships, independent logistics and mail company DX joining as associate partner while Consett-based Genetic Supplements came on board as the club’s official nutrition partner.
The Falcons returned to Aviva Premiership action with a trip to the Rec where they were on the wrong end of a 23-14 loss, despite tries from Mark Wilson and Sinoti Sinoti. Another highlight of the game was the league debut of Durham University graduate Sean Robinson, fresh from an impressive performance against Newport in the European competition.
Back at Kingston Park though November was all about Bringing the Noise as the Falcons prepared for their loudest game of the season!
With the club having visited businesses around the region and announced the return of the famous Kingston Park Stadium hot tub, 21st November saw the Falcons family – complete with a brass band, the North East’s top Elvis impersonator and not one but two gorillas – set a record for the world’s loudest ever club rugby crowd as their team roared to a 20-10 victory over Gloucester thanks to a try from Sinoti Sinoti and the boot of Rory Clegg.
The first year of the Falcons’ Under 13-15 Developing Player Programme came to a successful end, with a number of the players graduating directly from that programme into the club’s Junior Academy.
Hooker Rob Hawkins led the Falcons through Movember, with a number of players and fans sporting less than fashionable facial hair to raise money for this important cause.