North Shore United
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North Shore United Association Football Club is a semi-professional football (soccer) club based in the North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand. They currently compete in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier.
|Full name||North Shore United Association Football Club|
|Ground||Allen Hill Stadium, Devonport, North Shore|
|League||NRFL Premier Division|
- Not to be confused with the amateur Canadian club of the same name .
Their home ground is Allen Hill Stadium, which is located in the suburb of Devonport.
The Club was founded in 1886, making it the oldest football club in New Zealand and Oceania. North Shore United was originally formed as North Shore in 1886 and in 1933 amalgamated with Belmont, taking the present name.
As the result of a sponsorship deal, the team were known from 1979 to 1985 as Hanimex United or, unofficially, as Hanimex North Shore United.
North Shore United is one of New Zealand's oldest and most successful football clubs. In addition to numerous provincial and regional titles, North Shore United won the New Zealand club championship two times (1977, 1994) and finished as the runner-up three times (1975, 1982, 1983). They also came runner-up in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 2 (2012), promoting them to the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 1 the following season. The club was promoted to the NRFL Premier in 2018 as runners-up.
North Shore United also has proud Chatham Cup record, having won the competition on six occasions in 1952 (shared), 1960, 1963, 1967, 1979, and 1986. They also finished as the runner-up six times in 1926 (as North Shore), 1959, 1961, 1973, 1985, and 1995.
- New Zealand club championship
- Champions - 1977, 1994, 2019
- Runner-up - 1975, 1982, 1983
- Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 2
- Runner-up - 2012
- Chatham Cup
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Past and present players include:
- Ken Armstrong (1959–64, 1967–70)
- Allan Boath (1985–88)
- Kris Bright who currently plays for Auckland City.
- Duncan Cole (1978–79, 1982, 1984–88)
- Dave Coshan
- Adrian Elrick (1968–85)
- Kevin Hagan (1985–87)
- Keith Hobbs
- Robert Ironside (1985–87)
- Sam Jasper (2002–05)
- Lee Jones (1994)
- Paul Mariner
- Darren McClennan (1986)
- John McGinlay (1983–84)
- Iain Ormond (1978)
- Tony Readings (2003)
- Wynton Rufer (1998, manager 1998–99)
- Brad Scott
- Dean Wilkins
- Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "1. – Football – Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand". teara.govt.nz. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
- "Lotto NRFL 2018". Auckland Football Federation. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
- "Into prem league with game in hand" (PDF). The Devonport Flagstaff. 24 August 2018. p. 47. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
- "Ladder for 2012 NRFL Division 2". SportsTG. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
- Club entry on UltimateNZSoccer.com
- Dave Coshan – North Shore United AFC life member. Former first team player at North Shore United AFC and Birkenhead United.
- Pearce, Bob (22 November 2007). "Bob Pearce: Big game, big names". NZ Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
- North Shore United - UnitedSoccer1