Newcastle Eagles will join Cheshire Phoenix, Leicester Riders and Manchester Giants in an exciting Retro Series 2023.
Five games involving the four teams in March and April have been selected as special retro games featuring retro kits, old-school tunes and off-court appearances from BBL legends.
“We are looking forward to throwing it back to the start of our years of success,” said Newcastle Sales and Communications Manager Dan Black.
“Our Eagles tip-off the inaugural fixture this series with a great night in store for our fans and special limited edition retro merch for them to get their hands on.”
The 2023 series follows up the success of last season’s retro nights between Riders and Giants.
This year four clubs are bringing back the retro games to allow the fans, players and coaches to celebrate their organisation’s history.
“We’re excited to be part of the Retro Series,” commented Leicester Riders Head Coach Rob Paternostro.
“We had two entertaining games with Manchester last season, it was really cool to see both sets of fans wearing their clubs’ old jerseys at the games.”
Leicester Riders will sport their 1987 uniform from the first ever season of the BBL.
The Cheshire Phoenix will suit-up in the 2001-02 ‘Jet-wash’ uniform, celebrating a clean sweep of trophies.
“It’s great that this year’s Retro games have expanded to four teams”, added Manchester Giants Head Coach Vince Macaulay.
“All four teams have a rich history in the BBL and we’re looking forward to celebrating it with our supporters at the games.”
Our Eagles are throwing it back to the 2004-05 season when the Eagles under legendary player-coach Fab Flournoy first won the BBL Trophy, beating Nick Nurse’s Brighton Bears in the final!
Following on from the success of last year’s pinstripes, the Manchester Giants will be back this year with a retro style kit sporting the infamous cartoon Giant logo!
The Retro Series 2023 games will take place on the following dates beginning in Newcastle on Friday 31 March when our Eagles play Cheshire Phoenix.
Full schedule of games in the Retro Series:
Friday 31 March
Newcastle Eagles vs Cheshire Phoenix
Friday 7 April
Manchester Giants vs Cheshire Phoenix
Sunday 9 April
Leicester Riders vs Newcastle Eagles
Sunday 16 April
Manchester Giants vs Leicester Riders
Sunday 23 April
Cheshire Phoenix vs Leicester Riders
Keep your eyes open for more announcements in the lead-up to the games.