Life Members

The following people have been awarded Life Membership of the Petone Football Club in recognition of their long and considerable service:

 

Andy Leslie

  16 April 2011
  John Bradbury
  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...

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Andy McVean

  20 August 2011
  John Bradbury
  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...

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Otto Hilton

  11 June 2011
  John Bradbury
  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 ...

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Wally Hewitt

  3 September 2011
  John Bradbury
  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’, ...

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Arthur Hilton

  2 July 2011
  John Bradbury
  Life Members
 
Elected 1970 Passed Away 1982 Arthur arrived in New Zealand with his brother Otto in 1939, overcoming all sorts of difficulty to get here. Once in the country, their talents in the production of grease saw them set up a company to manufacture special grease that helped the railways run during the war, and in the 1950s this company moved to Seaview...

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David McKissock

  14 May 2011
  John Bradbury
  Life Members
 
Elected 1970 Passed Away 1985 Dave was born in 1923 in Kilmarnock, Scotland. He joined Petone in 1949 after a season with Railways, in which he had also played four games for New Zealand against Australia. He became captain of Petone from the inside right position, where his slightly built frame (1.7 m and 60 kgs), tricky footwork, and body swerve...

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John Bradbury

  14 July 2012
  Various Contributors
  Life Members
 
Elected 1975 John joined the club as a 7 year old in 1953. He was given a half-game each week in the under-12s or junior 6th grade, (our only other team were under-16s), coached by 1949 “Settlers” fullback Bob Reid. John's father managed the side and John’s major contribution was (at a time when many people didn’t have phones) cycling to G...

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Jack Capstick

  21 April 2012
  John Bradbury
  Life Members
 
Elected 1980 Passed Away 1993 Jack Capstick, whose sports playing interests had been in cricket, table tennis and rugby, became actively involved with the Club in 1962 when, with his three sons playing, he joined the junior management committee. In that first year he managed the junior 4th (under 14) team and was also appointed a Hutt Valley selec...

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Jimmy Campbell

  30 April 2011
  John Bradbury
  Life Members
 
Elected 1985 Passed Away 1988 Jimmy Campbell, born in Scotland in 1901, started adult life as a coalminer before in 1923 joining St Bernard’s, an Edinburgh club, on 2 pounds 10 shillings a week, plus a further 10 shillings for each game played and won.   In 1927, he emigrated to New Zealand and came straight to Petone, probably because of the...

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Steve Minogue

  2 June 2012
  John Bradbury
  Life Members
 
Elected 1986 Steve joined the club as a nine-year-old in 1960, playing his first game on the then newly commissioned Memorial Park No. 1 ground. He soon found his niche as a left wing and moved through the age grades until commencing senior football in 1968.   In 1971 Steve started in administration as secretary of the inaugural supporters’ c...

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Phil Pickering

  9 June 2012
  John Bradbury
  Life Members
 
Elected 1989 Phil joined the club’s junior ranks in 1959 and went on to represent Hutt Valley from under 12 through to under 16 age groups from 1962 through to 1967.   As a 17 year old, he became a junior team coach (and ‘Mr Pickering’ to a wide range of youngsters) for about 10 years, and was also a junior management committee member (in...

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Tony Hilton

  5 May 2012
  John Bradbury
  Life Members
 
Elected 1998 Passed Away 1999 Tony Hilton joined the club in 1952 and played as goalkeeper for the junior 6th (under 12) team. Tony’s uncle Otto was at that time on the club’s management committee, and his father, Arthur, also joined that committee in 1954. Tony played junior football for 4 years and later also filled in for lower grade men’...

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Campbell Sutherland

  18 August 2012
  John Bradbury
  Life Members
 
Elected 1998 Campbell played his junior and representative football at Stop Out and then joined our club in 1973. He played as a full back in the second team for many years before moving into the third team and then finishing his playing career in the Pet Shop Boys team.   At the1973 Annual General Meeting (AGM), he was elected to the Managemen...

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Graham Hickling

  28 July 2012
  John Bradbury
  Life Members
 
Elected 2003 Graham joined club in 1958 as an 8 year old. He played in a team of boys who were coached by Dick Whittington right through until moving into senior football in 1967. Graham was selected in Hutt Valley under 14 and 16 age group teams.   He went on to play mainly second team football, although he did make 5 Central League appearance...

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Barry Pickering

  1 September 2012
  John Bradbury
  Life Members
 
Elected 2006 Barry joined the club in 1963 as a 6 year old. He soon impressed and was selected in representative teams from an early age. He made his debut for the 1st team in 1973, with one game from the bench, but the following two seasons he was a 1st team regular, scoring 17 goals, before giving some compelling performances as a goalkeeper in ...

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Sue Pickering

  20 April 2013
  John Bradbury
  Life Members
 
Elected 2008 Sue joined the club in 1972 as a junior player and, the following year, as a 15 year old, she was a member of the club’s first women’s team playing in the Wellington Women’s Football Association competition. She was in the 1st team through until 1980.   She joined the club’s Women’s Committee in 1976 for three years, duri...

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Ray Bell

  4 May 2013
  John Bradbury
  Life Members
 
Elected 2012 Ray joined the club in 1976 and played through to 2010 for various teams including the 3rds, 4ths, and the Pet Shop Boys, and then was a founding member of our first Masters’ team, which he also managed for 2 years.   Within weeks of joining the club, Ray joined the Supporters’ Club Committee and became its Secretary in 1980 an...

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