Petone stalwart John Ryan honoured

  22 September 2018   Comms team   Club News
 
Petone stalwart John Ryan honoured

On Saturday 8 September Petone FC stalwart and former New Zealand football representative John Ryan (JJ Ryan) was honoured with the unveiling of a plaque on the Walk of Champions on Jackson Street.

 

John Ryan immigrated to New Zealand in 1957 (via Ilford FC, London) from Cahir, County Tipperary, Eire.

 

He joined the Petone Soccer Club in the same year and played for the senior team. A stocky (5’6”, 12 stone) strong, rugged and speedy left-winger, he had an accurate centre and a powerful shot which he was not afraid to use.

 

JJ was first selected for Wellington in 1959 and although he was in and out of the team over subsequent seasons, played against Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica), Karlsruhe SC and Munster (Germany).
His consistent play in 1963, including a blinder in the New Zealand trial, led to his selection in the New Zealand team, which made a World Tour in 1964. John played in nine matches on tour and scored the only goal against the English Amateur XI in a 4–1 loss at Dulwich Hamlet.

 

JJ’s family were present at the unveiling, which also happened to be on his 84th birthday. He managed to impress all those attending by performing press-ups over his plaque – fantastic! 

 

Congratulations JJ from all of us at Petone FC – a well deserved honour!

 

John Ryan:

  • Petone AFC: 1957-1968
  • Wellington Representative: 1959, 1960, 1963, 1964
  • NZ Representative: 1964
  • Goals for NZ: 2