Almanac Rugby League Books: ‘Taking it to the Streets – The Second Life of the Newtown RLFC’ by Glen Dwyer




The Footy Almanac is happy to support Glen Dwyer and promote his 2019 publication Taking it to the Streets – the Second Life of the Newtown RLFC, a history of the club from 1991-2018. Glen grew up around Jondaryan in the 60s so, not surprisingly, he became and remains a passionate follower of the Toowoomba Rugby League competition and the Toowoomba Clydesdales. As a Sydney resident later on in life, Glen became involved with the Newtown Jets  where, these days, he is Director and Media Officer. The following information is from the official promotional poster for Glen’s volume. A review of the book will appear on Tuesday.


This book is an updated version of the history of the Newtown Jets that focuses on the club’s second life in rugby league from 1991 to 2018. Along with many anecdotes, photos, interviews and observations, the book looks at how the Newtown club has survived and reinvented itself in greatly-changed times.


“The modern saga of the club that refused to die is one of the great and inspiring tales of modern rugby league” … Ian Heads (highly-respected Australian sports journalist, author and historian).


“This is the classic tale of re-invention, of a club that wouldn’t lie down and die” …
Dave Hadfield (award-winning English rugby league journalist and author).


“The Newtown Jets’ recent history is about passion and the Australian spirit, about overcoming adversity and surviving against the odds” …
Anthony Albanese MP (Leader of the Federal Opposition, Member for Grayndler).


“This is the rugby league club that was consigned to oblivion in the middle 1980s, and now proudly competes again in a high standard rugby league competition. The old club attracts good crowds to its spiritual home, Henson Park, and has really connected with the modern version of inner-western Sydney and its new population”
Ron E. Sparks (radio broadcaster, journalist and program manager formerly with 2SM, 2UW, Triple M, 2Day FM and WSFM.)


Taking It To The Streets – The Second Life of the Newtown RLFC retails at $30.00 per copy and is also available from the Newtown RLFC office, which is located at 14 Rich Street, Marrickville. Call 1300 36 36 90 for phone sales and postage inquiries.

As well as being available for purchase online (, it is also available at the Better Read Than Dead Bookshop, 265 King Street, Newtown and in other inner-city book stores.


Glen Dwyer has advised up that the Newtown RLFC  can off free postage to anyone buying his book from within Australia.


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