IT started as an idea, a way to relive the ultimate season as a Jets supporter, and quickly developed into a passion project.
Three years and hundreds of hours of work later, David Keating has produced “The Championship Chronicles”, a series of podcasts to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Jets’ grand-final triumph.
The nine episodes, the first of which will be released on November 22, covers the 2007-08 campaign from the start of pre-season to that magical moment at Allianz Stadium on February 24 when captain Jade North raised the A-League trophy.
“The idea was to produce something special for the fans, so they can relive the best season as a supporter of the Newcastle Jets,” Keating said. “It was also about doing something for the players, but most of all doing something for the fans. It has definitely been a passion project. Thankfully my wife, Teigan, loves football as well. I began by writing scripts and reviewing old footage. Then about 12 months ago, I started reaching out to players and administrators from that year and got help from local medal to help build context.”
North, coach Gary Van Egmond, Joel Griffiths, former Chief Executive John Tstasimas and director of football Remo Nogarotto were among 24 people interviewed for the series, which will be available at www.newcastlefootball.net.
“I never expected to get as many people as I did,” Keating said.
Keating, 33, is a foundation member of the Jets and remembers clearly “Ante Milicic scoring the first goal against Sydney FC”.
“I started getting involved with Jetstream (podcast),” he said.
That morphed into becoming the club’s statistician.
“The Jetstream boys released a magazine and wanted someone to put in match data,” he said. “It built and built and built to the point now where I supply info on key milestones to the club. The club would not have known that their 1,500,000th fan came through the turnstiles last year if I didn’t tell them. What I take most satisfaction out of is recognising player milestones and having them celebrated publicly by the fans.”