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‘We were weeks away’: How Newcastle’s beloved Knights almost folded – Sydney Morning Herald

Newcastle make their first finals appearance in seven years when they play South Sydney on Sunday. It almost never happened.

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If Pearce and his teammates are looking for a higher purpose in the elimination final against South Sydney at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, they might want to consider just how close the good people of the Hunter went to losing their football team because of the smouldering mess left by billionaire Nathan Tinkler.
“We were within weeks of that happening,” Wests Group chief executive Phil Gardner says.
The Sun-Herald can today provide deeper insight into how close the NRL went to rescinding the licenc…

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