Napier City Rovers FC

Napier City Rovers is a football team based in Napier, New Zealand, as of 2021 competing in the Central Premier League.

Napier City Rovers
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Full nameNapier City Rovers
Nickname(s)The Blues
Founded1973; 50 years ago (1973)
GroundBluewater Stadium, Napier, New Zealand
Capacity4,000 (seated)
ChairmanGraeme Sole
ManagerBill Robertson
LeagueCentral League
2022Central League, 4th of 10
National League, 8th of 10

Club historyEdit

The team was founded in 1973 via a merger of Napier Rovers and Napier City.

Napier City Rovers have won New Zealand's premier knockout football competition (the Chatham Cup) five times, in 1985, 1993, 2000, 2002, and 2019 won the old New Zealand National Soccer League in 1989, 1993, 1998, and 2000. They represented New Zealand at the Oceania Club Championship in 2001, finishing third.

The Hawke's Bay region, of which Napier is a part, were represented by Napier City Soccer in the first year of New Zealand's new Football Championship in the summer of 2004, the only region that was not represented by an amalgamated franchise. That changed the following year with the change of name also to Hawke's Bay United. As with all teams making up the new franchises, they continue to compete in local winter football leagues, and also in the Chatham Cup.

Current squadEdit

Squad for the 2020 Central Premier League[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   SCO Kyle Baxter
2 DF   ENG James Hoyle
3 DF   ENG Liam Schofield
4 FW   NZL Kaeden Atkins
5 DF   NZL Nick Yorke
6 MF   NZL Ethan Ladd
7 MF   NZL Karan Mandair
8 FW   NZL Samuel Wall
9 FW   VIR J.C. Mack
10 MF   CAN Gavin Hoy
No. Pos. Nation Player
12 DF   NZL Kenny Willox
14 MF   ENG Josh Stevenson
15 FW   NZL Ethan Clarke
16 DF   ENG Bill Robertson
17 DF   NZL Fergus Neil
18 MF   NZL Tai Barham
19 MF   NZL Isaac Milley
20 MF   NZL Zac Madsen
21 GK   NZL Heath Caldwell


  • Head Coach:   Bill Robertson


Performance in OFC competitionsEdit

2000–01 – 3rd Place – Won against AS Vénus   3 – 2 (stage 4 of 4)
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Position
2001 Oceania Club Championship Group A   Unitech 2–0 2nd
  Laugu United 1–1
  Lotoha'apai 9–0
  Foodtown Warriors Labasa 4–0
  Wollongong Wolves 0–1
Semi Final   Tafea 2–4
3/4 Playoff   Vénus 3–2 3rd


  1. ^ "Competition".
  2. ^ "Oceania Club Competitions 2000". RSSSF. Retrieved 13 February 2022.

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