The revival of football in North Wellington began in 1934 when the Onslow AFC club was formed and included both seniors and juniors. In 1972 the club merged with Johnson Villa AFC (now known as North Wellington). However, the Onslow Juniors decided to retain their identity and become the Onslow Junior Football Club as we know it today. The reasons for this appear to be, that Onslow wanted to stay in the Wellington Junior Competition rather than the Mana Junior Competition and also wanted to keep the Nairnville home base along with the cricket club of the same name.
The club is now one of the largest junior clubs in New Zealand with over 800 players.
This is an early team success
Rob Sutton coached the Onslow Kenyas from 1983 for a number of years. His son Adrian Sutton was a centre back in this team. Practices were twice a week held at Cashmere Avenue School. There were no coaching courses or mentoring of the coaches in those days. There were only a couple of teams in each Grade in the early 1980’s, so the club was considerably smaller.
Onslow Kenyas 1983. Middle back row: Adrian Sutton. Coach: Rob Sutton
Photo courtesy of Rob Sutton
Adrian went on to play for the NZ Secondary Schools team and was named in the All Whites squad. After leaving college Adrian went on to play for Manawatu, then onto Nelson United and Miramar Rangers before heading overseas to Australia.
Adrian Sutton at the back playing for Manawatu in 1993.
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