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Another stirring effort required from Knights Kurt Gidley farewells the Newcastle crowd. Picture: Peter Stoop
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Kurt Gidley farewells the Newcastle crowd. Picture: Peter Stoop

Kurt Gidley farewells the Newcastle crowd. Picture: Peter Stoop

Kurt Gidley tests the Bulldogs defence on Saturday. Picture: Peter Stoop

Kurt Gidley tests the Bulldogs defence on Saturday. Picture: Peter Stoop

Kurt Gidley crosses the line in his farewell home game. Picture: Peter Stoop

Kurt Gidley celebrates after scoring on Saturday. Picture: Peter Stoop

Kurt Gidley is swamped by his Knights teammates. Picture: Peter Stoop

Kurt Gidley farewells the Newcastle crowd. Picture: Peter Stoop

Kurt Gidley farewells the Newcastle crowd. Picture: Peter Stoop

Kurt Gidley farewells the Newcastle crowd. Picture: Peter Stoop

Kurt Gidley farewells the Newcastle crowd. Picture: Peter Stoop

August 2015: Kurt Gidley ahead of list game for the Newcastle Knights. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Kurt Gidley, who announced he will leave the Newcastle Knights at the end of this season, with his wife Brooke, and daughters Arabella, aged two, and Macy, aged 5 months. Picture: Ryan Osland

Kurt Gidley, who will leave the Newcastle Knights at the end of this season, at a press conference announcing his decision on Monday. Picture: Ryan Osland

Kurt Gidley, who will leave the Newcastle Knights at the end of this season, holds his daughter Arabella an dshakes hands with longtime team mate Danny Buderus, as his wife Brooke and other daughter Macy look on. Picture: Ryan Osland

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, Newcastle Knights legend, former NSW captain and Australian representative captain, though the years. From the Newcastle Herald archives.

Kurt Gidley, who will leave the Newcastle Knights at the end of this season, at a press conference announcing his decision on Monday. Picture: Ryan Osland

Kurt Gidley, who will leave the Newcastle Knights at the end of this season, at a press conference announcing his decision on Monday. Picture: Ryan Osland

Kurt Gidley, who will leave the Newcastle Knights at the end of this season, at a press conference announcing his decision on Monday. Picture: Ryan Osland

Kurt Gidley, who will leave the Newcastle Knights at the end of this season, at a press conference announcing his decision on Monday. Picture: Ryan Osland

Kurt Gidley, who will leave the Newcastle Knights at the end of this season, at a press conference announcing his decision on Monday. Picture: Ryan Osland

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Kurt Gidley ready for emotional farewell

ONCE more, with feeling.

Departing Knights Kurt Gidley, Clint Newton, Beau Scott and Tyrone Roberts will have to climb aboard for another ride on the emotional roller-coaster as they prepare for a final game in the red and blue that Newcastle must win to avoid the wooden spoon.

The Knights were 14th heading into the penultimate round of the season. But their 20-18 loss to Canterbury at Hunter Stadium on Saturday, combined with wins on Sunday by Wests Tigers and Gold Coast against the Warriors and St George Illawarra respectively, has left Newcastle in the competition cellar.

They are equal last with the Panthers, who they play at Penrith Stadium on Saturday, but have an inferior for-and-against record (minus-80 compared to minus-136).

Penrith play Canberra in the national capital on Monday night. If they beat the Raiders, the Knights would be unable to leapfrog them unless they won by a landslide on Saturday.

Newcastle would then need to beat the Panthers and hope the Eels, Canberra, Gold Coast, the Tigers and/or the Warriors lose their last-round games to have any hope of finishing better than last.

There is an unlikely chance that, even if the Knights win, they might still not escape the wooden spoon.

The dire predicament is a sobering postscript to the festive atmosphere at Hunter Stadium on Saturday night, when a season-best crowd of 23,406 turned out to farewell Gidley, Newton, Scott and Roberts.

Gidley is joining Warrington next season, Scott has signed for Parramatta, Roberts for Gold Coast and Newton is retiring.

Between them, they have played more than 500 NRL games for Newcastle.

Gidley was philosophical about the loss to Canterbury, saying he was proud of the team’s performance and his own, regardless of the result.

But the unexpected string of results over the weekend has suddenly raised the stakes, and Gidley has no intention of signing off this week without securing the two competition points that Newcastle need to avoid the spoon.

‘‘I’d love to finish on a great note,’’ Gidley told the Newcastle Herald. ‘‘I want the bus ride home next week to be a feeling of satisfaction of getting the job done in my last game for the club.

‘‘That’ll be a memory that will last forever, for sure.

‘‘It’s my last game, and something I want to remember for all the right reasons.’’

Newton, who like Gidley was born and bred in Newcastle and debuted for the Knights in 2001, said focusing on the game against Canterbury had been a challenge because of the unique emotional build-up.

‘‘It’s difficult,’’ he said. ‘‘I’ll probably have a bit of a comedown in the next couple of days.

‘‘But we’ve still got a job to do next week.’’

Newcastle will be sweating on the match review panel’s interpretation of an incident involving Kade Snowden and Bulldogs forward Greg Eastwood in the second minute of Saturday’s clash.

Snowden was placed on report for high contact and could be facing his second suspension of the season.

He was banned for a week for a careless grade-one high shot on Cronulla’s Matt Prior in March, continuing his unhappy judiciary record over the past few seasons.

‘‘We’ll see where that one goes … I don’t know where Kade’s charge sheet will be or what will happen, but we’ve got one more game to go and we need Kade Snowden playing,’’ Knights coach Danny Buderus said.

Buderus said Snowden’s front-row partner, Korbin Sims, was likely to be available to tackle Penrith despite being carried from the field with an ankle injury in the second half against Canterbury.

Newton said he tried to remain ‘‘in the moment’’ during his 42 minutes of game time but could not help some nostalgic thoughts in his final home game for the Knights.

‘‘You just try and focus on that, but I certainly took a few moments out there to take some mental snapshots of how good it is to play for this football club, and the supporters and my family and stuff like that,’’ he said. ‘‘I had a look around at times and that will stay with me forever.

‘‘But this is an emotional game, and hence you see grown men cry sometimes.’’

The 34-year-old hopes to play a role in Newcastle’s NSW Cup finals campaign but admitted it was hard to comprehend he had played his last game at the ground he first visited as a six-year-old during the Knights’ 1988 foundation season.

‘‘I still feel like there’s going to be more tomorrows, but there’s not,’’ he said.

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