Gisborne City AFC

Gisborne City AFC was an association football club in Gisborne, New Zealand.

Gisborne City
Full nameGisborne City Association Football Club
Founded1939 (83 years ago) (1939) as Eastern Union AFC
GroundChilders Road Reserve

Founded in 1939 as Eastern Union, the club changed its name to Gisborne City after winning the Central Districts League at the first attempt in 1967.[1]

As Eastern Union, the club had competed in the Chatham Cup since the early 1950s, and reached the semi-final (and North Island Final) in 1957, losing to eventual champions Seatoun 3–1.

Gisborne set the New Zealand record for the most players from one club to be chosen for the New Zealand national football team to compete at a FIFA World Cup. Five players were selected to participate in the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain.

In 1984 Gisborne became the first team from outside New Zealand's three biggest cities Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch to win the national championship.



Champions (1) 1984

Champions (1) 1987

FIFA World CupEdit

World Cup All WhitesEdit

The following players represented the New Zealand national team also known as the All Whites at a FIFA World Cup whilst playing for Gisborne City:

1982 FIFA World Cup

Chelsea FCEdit

Chelsea ConnectionEdit

The Chelsea song Blue is the Colour was adopted as the clubs anthem.

The following former Chelsea FC players also played for Gisborne City:


Professional ClubsEdit


vs   Bournemouth 0-4

National TeamsEdit


vs   New Zealand 3-4


  1. ^ Kungler/Zlotkowski, Peter/Andre (5 October 2004). "New Zealand 1967". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 13 June 2022.
Preceded by Chatham Cup Winner
Succeeded by