The Newcastle Falcons is a professional Rugby Football Union club that will play in the Aviva Premiership from the 2013-14 season, the top tier of domestic rugby in England, after securing promotion from the Rugby Football Union Championship in the recently concluded season. The club, originally founded in 1877 as Gosforth Football Club, underwent several name changes before settling in Newcastle Gosforth till 1996, before it was changed again to the current name.
The club was founded by some members of the Old Boys of Durham School and the name Gosforth was taken from a region near the Newcastle upon Tyne zone. The club made the move to a new stadium in 1955 at North Road, where they would stay till 1990. This was a period of immense success for the club and they achieved various feats that are till unmatched to this day.
Gosforth FC used to play in the Green and White hoops, similar to Celtic Football Club before they made the switch to their current colors. The Newcastle Falcons proved to be the supply line for players for many of the counties and provided a strong base of players for the North of England sides as well as the British and Irish Lions. Having been renamed to Newcastle Gosforth in 1990, the club changed its name to its current rendition in 1996 and the following season, went on to win the Premiership.
The Newcastle Falcons became the first fully professional rugby union club in the world but several problems haunted the club for much of the last twenty years and culminated in the side being relegated to the second division the season before last. However, the club bounced back on the back of some shrewd transfers and won the RFU Championship to return to the Premiership after one year.