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61. Petone - The Home of Wellington Football

Calendar Icon  26 August 2013 Author Icon  John Bradbury Category Icon  History
 
Petone was at the heart of the beginnings of football in the Wellington region. The Petone Wanderers club played and won the first ever match (against Wellington Rovers) in 1889 and hosted the second match, also against Rovers, at a pitch virtually on the site of Petone Pak‘nSave, one of our sponsors.   A year later, the Wellington Football As...

62. The Golden Years at Petone

Calendar Icon  26 August 2013 Author Icon  John Bradbury Category Icon  History
 
In 1927 Jim Campbell, a Scottish immigrant who had played professional football in Edinburgh, joined the club which was then in the Senior B division. He was a robust centre half (centre back these days) with a booming voice and he dominated opposing forwards. Within three months of his arrival he was selected straight from club football to play fo...

63. The 1940s - The Fall and the Rise

Calendar Icon  26 August 2013 Author Icon  John Bradbury Category Icon  History
 
After the grand success of winning the Division One championship in 1939, Petone had a mixed season in 1940, the Petone Borough’s centennial year. The team lost most first round games but then had an unbeaten run in the second round of matches. But World War II was starting to impact on the club with players that had enlisted in the armed forces ...

64. The 1950s - Seeds of Growth

Calendar Icon  26 August 2013 Author Icon  John Bradbury Category Icon  History
 
The 1949 Chatham Cup success led to a decade in which we won the Venus Shield for the 4th time, in 1952, and finished in the top four in six other seasons. There also emerged a core of junior players who were to form the nucleus of the 1st team for years to come, and a group of administrators who were to give great service to the club at junior man...

65. The 1960s - Consolidation at Memorial Park

Calendar Icon  26 August 2013 Author Icon  John Bradbury Category Icon  History
 
Three major developments characterised the club’s progress through the 1960s: the move to the new Memorial Park, the building of the first football club gymnasium in Wellington in 1967, and the emergence of a strong Junior Management Committee which was to have a very significant impact on the club through to today.   Moving from just one grou...

66. The 1970s - Strength and Innovation

Calendar Icon  26 August 2013 Author Icon  John Bradbury Category Icon  History
 
The 1970s were the years in which we really emerged as a stable, well-managed club with the best facilities in Wellington. But those qualities didn’t just happen – they resulted from determined efforts to entice, encourage and empower people to manage and lead the club and to shape its future. It is no coincidence that all of our current life m...

67. The Blairs – Four Generations!

Calendar Icon  27 August 2013 Author Icon  John Bradbury Category Icon  History
 
It should not come as a surprise to any readers that this season we have had four players gracing our 1st team with the surname of Blair. Three brothers: Jono, Cameron and Morgan; and their cousin: Mitchell. We have had sets of two and three brothers selected in the same 1st team before, we’ve had five Ryan brothers (Tom, John – a centurion, Jo...

68. Western Suburbs Football Fling 2013

Calendar Icon  11 September 2013 Author Icon  Jeff Bell Category Icon  Junior News
 
Over the weekend of 7 & 8 September, 13 Petone FC teams took part in the Western Suburbs Football Fling 2013, held at Endeavour Park in Whitby. The tournament attracted over 900 children from around the Wellington region, with grades 7-10 playing on Saturday and grades 11 and 12 on Sunday.   /p> The weekend’s weather managed to play its p...

69. 2013 Petone FC Club Awards

Calendar Icon  1 September 2013 Author Icon  Jeff Bell Category Icon  Honours
 
A big thank you to all who joined us on Saturday night for the 2013 Petone FC Prizegiving. It was a fantastic night with a few laughs, great music and Special thanks must go out to Chris Greenacre for coming along, giving us all an insight into what it is like to be a professional footballer, handing out awards and putting himself in harms way.  ...

70. 2013 Petone FC Senior Team Awards

Calendar Icon  8 September 2013 Author Icon  Jeff Bell Category Icon  Honours
 
Congratulations to the following people who picked up the team awards at Prizegiving last week.   Women 2nd TeamMost Improved Player   Samantha Hathaway   2nd TeamPlayer's Player of the Year   Michelle Lewis   2nd TeamSmith Trophy for Player of the Year   Sophie Badland   1st TeamLes Pickering Cup...