Willie Mason loved watching from the hill before donning the red and blue jersey himself.
While the likes of Trent Waterhouse and Wendell Sailor have distinct recollections of the parochial Novocastrian crowd when visiting the venue with rival NRL teams.
Later this year on November 16 all five retired players will be back at the Newcastle facility for the 2019 Legends of League.
They combined forces at the ground on Tuesday to officially launch the event, which was held on the Central Coast for the first two occasions in 2017 and 2018.
Canterbury are the two-time defending premiers while Penrith, including 10 players from their 2003 premiership team, are the new kids on the six-team block replacing Manly.
The other sides are Newcastle, Brisbane, Parramatta and the Barbarians.
The Mark Hughes Foundation is once again the charity partner with $40,000 already raised the last two years.
Hughes, Buderus, Waterhouse, Mason and Sailor in Newcastle today launching 2019 @legsofleague, which will be played @MJStadium on November 16. Penrith replace Manly. Canterbury the two-time defending champions. Charity partners @MarkHughesFdn again @newcastleheraldpic.twitter.com/MkWnKWzhsk— Josh Callinan (@joshuacallinan) May 14, 2019
Kurt Gidley, Gordon Tallis, Andrew Ryan, Craig Gower, Tonie Carroll, Roy Asotasi and Michael Croker have already signed up along with Steve Menzies, Matt Bowen, Nathan Hindmarsh and Darren Albert.
Former referees Bill Harrigan, Sean Hampstead and Steve Clark will be blowing the whistle once more.
Tickets go on sale Thursday (9am) via Ticketmaster.