Mark Sargent is putting up for auction the Newcastle jersey he wore against Great Britain in 1992. Picture: Simone de PeakFORMER Knights captain and life member Mark Sargent is parting with one of his prized possessions as part of his fund-raising campaign for the NSW Cancer Council.
Sargent, who was inducted into the Knights Hall of Fame last year, is auctioning the jersey he wore in Newcastle’s game against the touring Great Britain team at Hunter Stadium in 1992.
His jersey, which he has signed and framed, is one of only 17 made and was a one-off design to commemorate that tour match.
The Knights’ first Kangaroos representative is part of the ‘‘Stars of Newcastle’’ charity initiative that will reach its climax with the ‘‘Dance for Cancer’’ at Wests New Lambton on Friday night.
Coincidentally, Sargent’s dance routine will be inspired by cheer-leading.
Organisers will also conduct a silent auction, and he hopes his jersey attracts more interest than his dance moves.
‘‘You’d have to think there’s never going to be another Newcastle team to play Great Britain and there’s only 17 of these jerseys floating around, so it’s a genuine collector’s item,’’ Sargent said.
‘‘I’m not letting it go lightly, but it’s for the right cause.’’
The Lions won 22-0 in pouring rain in front of a crowd of 9758 on June 23, 1992.
It was the first time in 82 years of touring Australia that Great Britain had held Newcastle scoreless, and Ellery Hanley made his only appearance of the trip. The charismatic British skipper lasted just nine minutes before he aggravated a hamstring injury and limped off.
Fellow Hall of Famer Michael Hagan, who captained the Knights that night, foundation skipper Sam Stewart, and stalwarts Marc Glanville, Robbie O’Davis, Robbie McCormack and Stephen Crowe were among Sargent’s teammates.
The Lions were coached on that tour by Malcolm Reilly, who returned three years later to coach the Knights and would go on to steer them to their maiden premiership in 1997.
Anyone who wants to bid on Sargent’s jersey but cannot attend can text bids to Amy at the NSW Cancer Council on 0407 282 515 until 9.30pm on Friday.
Other Hunter personalities participating in ‘‘Stars of Newcastle’’ include former Hunter Jaegers netballer Lara Cranfield (nee Welham), who teamed with husband Brad to win reality TV series The Block, NBN newsreader Natasha Beyersdorf, 2013 Mr Universe Lee Priest, former Liberal candidate for Newcastle Jaimie Abbott,and Newcastle Herald advertising entrant Samantha Newman.