AFTER waiting 28 years, another couple of weeks was never going to make much difference.
But on Friday night, after two postponements because of rain, one of Newcastle’s iconic rugby league clubs – Northern Suburbs – will make an emotional return to their spiritual home, Passmore Oval.
A foundation club in 1910 and winners of 15 first-grade premierships, Norths were forced to merge with Nelson Bay in 1989 after falling on hard times.
Late last year, however, a group of the club’s Old Boys launched a plan to resurrect the once-mighty Bluebags in the second-division competition.
After a 32-20 loss at Tea Gardens, Norths’ first home game will be against Mallabula.
Adding to the sense of nostalgia, Norths’ team will feature Chad Pattison, a grandson of former club legend and Australian Test forward Billy “Bags” Owens.
Kick-off is at 7pm.