Robert Dillon

Robert Dillon

A sports journalist since 1986 at the Newcastle Herald and Canberra Times (four years), Robert has covered 16 seasons of NRL-level rugby league, three rugby league tours of England, Test matches, Origins, grand finals, international and Sheffield Shield cricket, Wimbledon, A-League soccer and all manner of sport at grassroots level. His stories appear across the Fairfax Media network.

David Gallop says Nathan Tinkler's Newcastle Jets reign will soon be 'forgotten'

Robert Dillon Football Federation Australia chief says many clubs had changed ownership over the history of the A-League and "transition usually produces a stronger club".

Nathan Tinkler must raise $500,000 or Newcastle Jets' A-League licence will be revoked

Dig deep: Tinkler has been warned again.

Robert Dillon Nathan Tinkler will have to find more than $500,000 by Wednesday or risk having his licence to own the Newcastle Jets revoked.

Newcastle Jets players not paid wages on time for third time in four months

Tight spot: Jets owner Nathan Tinkler says his players will be paid on Monday morning.

Robert Dillon The precarious financial situation at the embattled Newcastle club has worsened.

Nathan Tinkler's tirade didn't faze me one bit

Robert Dillon dinkus, headshot, sportsdink

Robert Dillon Newcastle Herald journalist Robert Dillon got the full hairdryer treatment from the Newcastle Jets owner last week. Here's his reply

Newcastle Jets could be sued over 'bullying' and 'harassment' of players

Failing to take off: Joel Griffiths is in the bad books with Jets management.

Robert Dillon Professional Footballers Australia has warned the Newcastle Jets they could be sued for "bullying and harassment" if five unwanted players are not allowed to join their teammates in full training.

FFA on collision course with Nathan Tinkler over future of Newcastle Jets

Robert Dillon Football Federation Australia officials appear to be on a collision course with Newcastle Jets owner Nathan Tinkler after expressing "serious concerns" about the club's management and denying they...

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Nathan Tinkler may lose control of Jets as chief executive, chairman resign

Nathan Tinkler.

Robert Dillon Nathan Tinkler could be forced to relinquish his second football club inside seven months after another tumultuous setback for the Newcastle Jets.

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Griffiths backs Jets to take off

Joel Griffiths

Robert Dillon Acting skipper Joel Griffiths says Newcastle are capable of beating any team and can kick-start their belated bid for the A-League play-offs against Adelaide at Hunter Stadium on Friday night.

Melbourne Victory remain unbeaten after draw with Newcastle Jets

Jet power: Newcastle's Edson Montano attempts to break down the Victory defence.

Robert Dillon Melbourne Victory maintained their unbeaten record as the Newcastle Jets found another way to self-destruct in a 2-all draw at Hunter Stadium on Saturday night.

Melbourne Victory grabs draw as Newcastle Jets stumble

Besart Berisha after scoring an equaliser.

Robert Dillon Melbourne Victory maintained its unbeaten record as the Newcastle Jets found another way to self-destruct in a 2-2 draw at Hunter Stadium on Saturday.


A-League review panel to examine Joel Griffiths' post-game row with ref

Joel Griffiths

Robert Dillon, Dominic Bossi Previous offences are not expected to count against Joel Griffiths but Newcastle's new signing still faces the prospect of being suspended for more than one game by the A-League's match-review panel...


Newcastle Jets coach Clayton Zane happy with debut despite 3-0 defeat to Central Coast Mariners

Clayton Zane

Robert Dillon Clayton Zane believes his baptism of fire against Central Coast will help him grow as a coach.


Coach says Jets need to fire up for Heart

Gary Van Egmond

Robert Dillon Gary van Egmond reminds his players of the perils of leaving their run too late.


Newcastle Jets beaten by Perth Glory

Chris Harold of the Glory contests the ball with Jacob Pepper of the Jets

Robert Dillon The Newcastle Jets were left ruing a controversial no-goal decision after an upset loss to Perth Glory on Saturday night.

Nathan Burns torn between two goals

Nathan Burns

Robert Dillon In-form Jets winger Nathan Burns is content to let the two clubs sharing his services decide whether he stayed in Newcastle for the rest of the season.


This time, goalkeeper hopes for a quiet afternoon against Melbourne Victory

Mark Birighitti.

Robert Dillon It was a game Mark Birighitti would prefer to forget, but instead remembers as 'a goalkeeper's nightmare'.


Taggart hat-trick as Jets sink Heart 3-1

Adam Taggart.

Robert Dillon IN-form striker Adam Taggart continued his scoring spree as the Newcastle Jets notched a hat-trick of victories with a 3-1 triumph against Melbourne Heart on Sunday.

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Wandering Bridge eyes unprecedented hat-trick of titles

Mark Bridge

Robert Dillon HE HAS scored goals in grand final wins for Newcastle and Sydney FC, and Mark Bridge has no doubt the Western Sydney Wanderers are destined for similar success.

Farina fires a warning to struggling stars

Frank Farina

Robert Dillon SYDNEY FC coach Frank Farina has warned that some of his players are running out of chances to prove they are worthy of selection following the 2-1 loss to the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium on...

Resurgent Jets heap misery on Sky Blues


Robert Dillon NEWCASTLE JETS reclaimed a top-six berth and left Sydney FC languishing in the A-League cellar with victory at Hunter Stadium on Saturday night.