Grandstanding over names

WHAT’S in a name? Well, not much, when it comes to the western grandstand at Ausgrid Stadium, which the Newcastle Herald revealed yesterday would remain unnamed indefinitely.

At the Herald website readers offered various suggestions for sporting identities whose names could adorn the new structure, which will be christened at the Knights’ first home game – against defending NRL premiers St George-Illawarra – on April 3.

Yesterday’s poll at theherald.com.au let readers vote on eight suggested names for the grandstand (see poll tally, Page11) but readers also tossed up rugby league great Clive Churchill, former Knights captain Danny Buderus and even four-time world surfing champion Mark Richards.

Some comments posted online called for more general names, such as the Hunter Stand, the Novocastrian Stand, the Old Boys Stand or the Turton Road Stand.

A few comments took aim at the $81million cost of the grandstand, including the ‘‘No Money for Health or Roads – Just Sport! Stand’’ and the ‘‘I’ve been waiting 14 months for spinal surgery so that I can start living again’’ stand.

Less serious comments ranged from the Bogun’s (sic) Are Us Stand, the 20 Years Overdue Stand to ‘‘Steve Burraston’s Last Stand’’.

One web wag suggested it be called the ‘‘Mario Jardel Stand’’ because it was ‘‘oversized and over priced’’, a reference to the former Newcastle Jets guest player.

We here at Topics are officially calling for the new structure to be named the Dando-Drinkwater Stand in honour of the infamous own goal the pair contrived to score in 1978 for Newcastle KB United, the city’s first team in an Australia-wide competition.

Arguably the most memorable goal in Newcastle’s national soccer history, Roy Drinkwater turned and lobbed a 35-metre backpass to goalkeeper Phil Dando, who unfortunately was off his line and stranded as the ball sailed over his head and into the net.

The goal even made it onto the English football program Match of the Day.

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