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31. 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...

32. 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...

33. 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...

34. 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...

35. History

Calendar Icon  27 August 2013 Author Icon  Jeff Bell Category Icon  History
 
Petone Football Club, was formed as Petone AFC in 1898, and while two other clubs can trace their roots back earlier than this, Petone is the oldest football club in Wellington to survive in its original form without amalgamation. The Club has been at its current base at Memorial Park since 1961.    ...

36. All Whites Legends Lunch

Calendar Icon  6 November 2013 Author Icon  Jeff Bell Category Icon  Events
 
The TAB All Whites Legends Lunch celebrates the outstanding achievements of the 1982 and 2010 All Whites teams that made the FIFA World Cup Finals.   Special guest Benji Marshall, formerly of the West Tigers and now the Blues, will also join us for an insight into the highest levels of professional league and rugby.   MC Bryan Waddle will hos...

37. Andy Leslie

Calendar Icon  16 April 2011 Author Icon  John Bradbury Category Icon  Life Members
 
Elected 1945 Passed Away 1964 Andy Leslie has been a household name in Petone since the 1970s, as Petone’s home-grown All Black captain. But the name was also very prominent from 1928 through to 1945, when Andy Leslie snr was an outstanding player for what was our very successful1st team.   Andy Leslie was in fact the first person to be appoi...

38. Andy McVean

Calendar Icon  20 August 2011 Author Icon  John Bradbury Category Icon  Life Members
 
Elected 1956 Passed Away 1974 Andy McVean's association with Petone was an unusual but very long-standing one. Unusual in the sense that rather than being a player, he was a youthful trainer of the 1928 and 1930 Chatham Cup winning teams, which both included his much more well-known brother Peter McVean. Peter was the teams’ goalkeeper and indee...

39. Otto Hilton

Calendar Icon  11 June 2011 Author Icon  John Bradbury Category Icon  Life Members
 
Elected 1960 Passed Away 1965 Otto Hilton was born in 1912 and went on to play senior club football in Austria and Czechoslovakia, representing the Czech Army team in 1936-39. He immigrated to New Zealand from a war-threatened Europe in 1939 and, after a period of refereeing, joined Petone in 1950 – attracted by the club’s Chatham Cup winning ...

40. Wally Hewitt

Calendar Icon  3 September 2011 Author Icon  John Bradbury Category Icon  Life Members
 
Elected 1965 Passed Away 2011 Wally Hewitt was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1925. At 17 years of age he played for Glentoran Olympic which was a feeder team for Glentoran in the Irish League.   In October 1948 he emigrated to New Zealand and joined the Petone club in 1949. A tall, rangy player affectionately known as ‘the big lad’, ...