North Shore Albions

The North Shore Albions were a rugby league club based on the North Shore of Auckland in Devonport before moving to Bayswater at a later time. They formed in 1909 and folded in the early 2000s due to a lack of playing numbers. At the start of the 1920 season they were renamed Devonport United when they amalgamated with the Sunnyside club.[2] It was proposed at the merger that they be known as North Shore Albions but Sunnyside objected and the name of Devonport United was chosen. In 1937, 17 years later at their annual general meeting they decided to revert to the name "North Shore Albions" as they had been commonly referred to as "shore" for many years.[3] Chairman H. Mann made the proposal and it was adopted by the club. Aside from Northcote and Birkenhead Ramblers they were the only club on the North Shore at that time. They closed their doors in 2005.[4] The only remaining club connected to them are the Northern Brothers who are based at Ngataringa Bay Sports Field. Their senior team is an amalgamation of East Coast Bays Barracudas and Glenfield Greyhounds but are based more in the North Shore Albions traditional area which includes the navy ground which has provided many players and teams over the years. The predominant colours are black and green which have been common colours of all the North Shore clubs over the decades.

North Shore Albions
Club information
Full nameNorth Shore Albions Rugby League Football Club
ColoursBlack and White
Founded1909[1]
Exited2005; 17 years ago (2005)
Former details
Ground(s)
CompetitionAuckland Rugby League
Records
Premierships1913, 1914, 1928, 1932, 1933, 1941
Runners-up1940
Minor premiership1941, 1946, 1955,
Stormont Shield1930, 1931, 1933, 1940, 1945, 1954,
Roope Rooster1915, 1931, 1945, 1954
Norton Cup1931, 1973, 1990, 1991

HistoryEdit

 
The Roope Rooster semi final on September 25, 1926 at Carlaw Park between North Shore (Devonport United at the time) and Marist. Devonport won 28 to 11.

They were formed in 1909 when the Auckland Rugby League competition was in its infancy, having its own first General Meeting that same season.

They were officially born on the evening of 23 July 1909 when a meeting was held at the Devonport Council Chambers. The following people were elected officers for the inaugural season: President – Dr. Guinness, Vice Presidents – Dr. Bennett, Captain Pilkington, Mr W. Swinnerton, Mr. A. Goldwater, and Mr. D. W. McLean, Committee – Mr. F. Gladding, Mr. P. Gerrard, Mr. Clark, Mr. Marshall, Mr. Wells, and Mr. Powell, with Mr. A. J. Powley the Secretary and Treasurer.[5]

They played in the first ever rugby league match between two Auckland club teams when they played City Rovers at Eagleton's Paddock in Epsom. North Shore put out a strong side and won the match by 44 points to 22.[6] Their team was made up of the following players: F. Neighbour, F. Gladding, Richard Wynyard, Gerrard, George Seagar, Frank Woodward, Griffin, B. Wells, Allen, C. Wells, Percival, Shaw, McReynolds, Marshall, Powell, William Wynyard, McDonald, and Stevens.

They also played one match on the Devonport Domain that year against a combined town team which they won by 26 points to 10.[7]

TitlesEdit

 
North Shore after winning the 1941 Rukutai Shield (awarded to the team leading after the first round).

They were particularly successful in their early years. They won the senior grade 6 times from 1913[8] to 1941, while they won the minor premiership (Rukutai Shield) 3 times from 1941 to 1955. As Auckland grew and the North Shore gentrified North Shore struggled to remain the power house it once was and it dropped down the grades. Its last notable title was the Norton Cup which they won in 1990 and 1991.

New Zealand internationalsEdit

Whilst with North ShoreEdit

Represented New Zealand prior to joining North ShoreEdit

North Shore Senior Team Records (1910-1941)Edit

The season record for the most senior men’s team in the club.

Season Grade Name Played W D L PF PA PD Pts Position (Teams)
1910 1st Grade (Myers Cup) North Shore Albions 8 1 1 6 41 119 -78 3 4th of 4
1911 1st Grade (Myers Cup) North Shore Albions 7 3 0 4 80 68 88 6 3rd of 5
1912 1st Grade (Myers Cup) North Shore Albions 10 5 1 4 129 111 18 14 2nd of 6
1913 1st Grade (Myers Cup) North Shore Albions 7 5 1 1 80 55 25 11 1st of 6
1914 1st Grade (Myers Cup) North Shore Albions 10 8 1 1 135 38 97 17 1st of 6
1915 1st Grade North Shore Albions 9 4 1 4 76 83 -7 9 4th of 6
1916 1st Grade North Shore Albions 10 7 1 2 134 57 77 15 2nd of 6
1917 1st Grade North Shore Albions 9 4 0 5 84 91 -7 8 4th of 6
1918 1st Grade North Shore Albions 3 0 0 3 2 30 -28 0 6th of 6 (withdrew after 3 games)
1919 1st Grade (Myers Cup) North Shore Albions 10 4 1 5 95 94 1 9 5th of 8
1920 1st Grade (Myers Cup) Devonport United 12 4 2 6 98 151 -53 10 5th of 7
1921 1st Grade (Monteith Shield) Devonport United 7 1 0 6 61 132 -71 2 6th of 7
1922 1st Grade (Monteith Shield) Devonport United 14 7 1 6 223 194 29 15 4th of 8
1923 1st Grade (Monteith Shield) Devonport United 12 6 0 6 135 141 -6 12 4th of 7
1924 1st Grade (Monteith Shield) Devonport United 16 11 1 4 272 191 81 23 2nd of 9 (lost 20-17 v Marist in a playoff)
1925 1st Grade (Monteith Shield) Devonport United 12 5 0 7 174 207 -33 10 4th of 7
1926 1st Grade (Monteith Shield) Devonport United 11 5 0 6 223 149 74 10 4th of 7
1927 1st Grade (Monteith Shield) Devonport United 12 7 0 5 207 114 93 14 3rd of 7
1928 1st Grade (Monteith Shield) Devonport United 12 9 0 3 224 149 18 18 1st of 7
1929 1st Grade (Monteith Shield) Devonport United 15 11 1 3 236 113 123 23 2nd of 8
1930 1st Grade (Monteith Shield) Devonport United 13 8 0 5 151 128 23 16 3rd of 8
1931 1st Grade (Fox Memorial) Devonport United 12 10 0 2 178 92 86 20 2nd of 7
1932 1st Grade (Fox Memorial) Devonport United 10 7 2 1 130 104 26 16 1st of 6
1933 1st Grade (Fox Memorial) Devonport United 10 7 1 2 142 129 13 15 1st of 6
1934 1st Grade (Fox Memorial) Devonport United 13 5 1 7 100 130 -30 11 4th of 6
1935 1st Grade (Fox Memorial) Devonport United 12 5 2 5 150 154 -4 12 3rd of 7
1936 1st Grade (Fox Memorial) Devonport United 14 6 4 4 184 150 34 16 3rd of 8
1937 1st Grade (Fox Memorial) North Shore Albions 14 4 1 9 148 220 -72 9 6th of 8
1938 1st Grade (Fox Memorial) North Shore Albions 15 6 0 9 202 221 -19 12 7th of 9
1939 1st Grade (Fox Memorial) North Shore Albions 16 10 1 5 196 153 43 21 2nd of 9
1940 1st Grade (Fox Memorial) North Shore Albions 16 11 0 5 263 161 102 22 2nd of 9
1941 1st Grade (Fox Memorial) North Shore Albions 16 13 1 2 304 138 166 27 1st of 9
1910-41 TOTAL 369 199 25 143 4857 4067 733 426

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Northern Union Game/Auckland Rugby Football League". The New Zealand Herald. Vol. XLVI, no. 14117. 20 July 1920. p. 7. Retrieved 13 November 2019 – via National Library of New Zealand.
  2. ^ "Two Clubs Amalgamate". The New Zealand Herald. Vol. LVII, no. 17436. 5 March 1920. p. 6. Retrieved 10 August 2019 – via National Library of New Zealand.
  3. ^ "Devonport United/North Shore Albions". Auckland Star. Vol. LXVIII, no. 65. 5 March 1920. p. 23. Retrieved 25 March 2020 – via National Library of New Zealand.
  4. ^ "New Acquisitions" (PDF). Devonport Historical and Museum Society Newsletter. Vol. 6, no. 2. 1 October 2005. p. 2. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Northern Union Football". Auckland Star. Vol. XL, no. 174. 23 July 1909. p. 3. Retrieved 13 November 2019 – via National Library of New Zealand.
  6. ^ "Northern Union Game/First League Match/Some Heavy Scoring". The New Zealand Herald. Vol. XLVI, no. 14122. 26 July 1909. p. 7. Retrieved 1 October 2019 – via National Library of New Zealand.
  7. ^ "The Northern Union Game/North Shore V Combined Town". The New Zealand Herald. Vol. XLVI, no. 14140. 16 August 1909. p. 7. Retrieved 1 October 2019 – via National Library of New Zealand.
  8. ^ "The 'Knockout' Competition/Champions Beaten by Newton/City Defeat Ponsonby". The New Zealand Herald. Vol. L, no. 15335. 23 June 1913. p. 9. Retrieved 12 August 2019 – via National Library of New Zealand.