In 1984-85, the club began it's rise from the lower divisions to it's current position. That season Garnett won the 3rd Division Championship, to be followed by a further promotion the next season. It took little time for the club to adjust to the 1st Division as runners up spot was secured at the first attempt. In fact with only 10 minutes left in the season Garnett were in pole a position but a late KOSA equalizer on the adjoining pitch secured them the Championship. Garnett were not to be denied and dropped only one point (a goalless draw v Henderson) the following season becoming the 1987-88 1st Division Champions. In doing so Garnett became the first student based team to win the League. Unfortunately Garnett in traditional style bottled the Cup Final deservingly losing 0-1 to Howden Labour Club Pathology.
Despite a constant changeover of players, Garnett remained the most consistent team in the League finishing runners up three of the next four years. The other year, 1990-91, Garnett came third and runners up in the Cup Final to Jesmond Jets, a game Garnett dominated. 1991-92 saw Garnett win eight of their last nine games (another 0-0 draw v Henderson proving costly) only to lose out on the title, to GORS on a goal difference of one. Major honours on a Saturday eluded the Club until 1998-99 but Garnett remained a force to be reckoned with.
Over the years more teams were added as Castle Leazes joined Leazes Terrace as the Garnett power base. The 2nd team worked their way up from the 4th Division in 1985-86 to Division 1 Championship contenders. The club grew to field four Saturday teams and the depth of talent was displayed as all four teams began finishing with winning records. Making the Green and Black the biggest senior team in the North East.
In 1998-99 after a couple of below par seasons and a weakening of the league due to the departure of the local sides Garnett made the bold decision to join their old friends in the Corinthian League. Garnett made a great start by winning every game in the 2nd Division and fighting their way through to Radio Newcastle Corinthian League Cup Final. After decades of Cup disappointments Garnett triumphed 2-1 over Social Studies to end the jinx. The 1st Annual Garnett Reunion also took place and was hailed a great success.
1st Division Championship was clinched by an 11 point margin as Garnett
saw out the Millennium in style. The
season was an incredible one for the whole club as amazingly 6 out
of 7 teams won their leagues. In 2000-01 the club grew to 5 Saturday teams
and again decided it was time to play at a higher standard, the 1st team
joined the Tyneside Amateur League. Despite a disappointing 9th place
finish, it was widely agreed that the move was a success. The second team
now playing in the Corinthian 1st Division finished an impressive runner
up. The season also saw Garnett venture abroad for the first time with
the hugely enjoyable and never to be forgotten Barcelona
The club motto 'fortissimi pratinonigri' means 'the mighty Green and Black'. Green and Black