Ellerslie AFC

Ellerslie AFC is an association football club based in Ellerslie, New Zealand. The senior team currently competes in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 1.

Ellerslie AFC
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Full nameEllerslie Association Football Club
Nickname(s)The Ponies
Founded1887 (Re-formed in 1953)
GroundMichaels Avenue Reserve, Ellerslie
ChairmanTim Adams
CoachDavid Edmondson
LeagueNRFL Division 1
2019NRFL Division 1, 10th

Club historyEdit

Ellerslie AFC’s history goes back to the original founding of the Auckland Football Association in 1887, whereby it was one of the seven clubs to participate in the Association’s inaugural competition. The Club continued into the second season of organised soccer in Auckland, but, like the playing of the game at that time, did not continue past that point. Auckland football had slipped into a period of recess, due to the lack of suitable grounds, and Ellerslie became an early victim of the break in competition.

Come 1953 and the Club was reformed through the efforts of a number of families. Enough members were gathered to form two senior teams in that first season, with games played at the Michaels Avenue ground, while training sessions took place at Ellerslie Domain, courtesy of the local rugby league club’s generosity in lending the club the land for this purpose. Training sessions on a Thursday evening consisted of a full-scale match between the previous Saturday’s first team and reserves, an encounter from which the coming Saturday’s line-ups were selected by the coaches and the committee members. The club has been based at Michaels Ave ever since, which they share with Ellerslie Cricket Club.

HonoursEdit

Men's Premier Team League Honours:[1]

Women's Premier Team League Honours:[1]

  • Kate Sheppard Cup – winners 2001, runners-up 2002; 2003
  • AWFA Knockout Shield – winners 1973, runners-up 1988; 1989

Recent League positionsEdit

  • 2019 - Lotto NRFL Division 1 (10th)[1]
  • 2018 - Lotto NRFL Division 1 (7th)
  • 2017 - Lotto NRFL Division 1 (10th)
  • 2016 - Lotto NRFL Division 1 (6th)
  • 2015 - Lotto NRFL Division 1 (4th)
  • 2014 - Lotto NRFL Division 1 (5th)
  • 2013 - Lotto NRFL Premier League (9th) - Relegated
  • 2012 - Lotto NRFL Division 1 (2nd) - Promoted
  • 2011 - Lotto NRFL Division 1 (4th)
  • 2010 - Lotto NRFL Division 1 (1st)
  • 2010 - Lotto NRFL Division 1B (4th)
  • 2009 - Lotto NRFL Division 1 (6th)

Notable former playersEdit

The following former Ellerslie AFC players have represented New Zealand at senior international level.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Ellerslie". www.ultimatenzsoccer.com.
  2. ^ "Country Foods Cup". www.ultimatenzsoccer.com.

External linksEdit

Preceded by Kate Sheppard Cup Winner
2001
Succeeded by