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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

early success

1981 onwards

Onslow Ramas G8 – 1981

Onslow Ramas U8 1981

Photo and text courtesy of Dave Webster

Back Row – Johnathon Rennie, Errol Shand, Philip ?, Martin Fraser, Tim Ward, Nick Boetcher, Nigel Brandon

Front Row – Mark Hughson, ? Clements, Brent Delany, Dave Webster, Jed Beck, Matthew Tempro, Martin Robson

Coach : Pat Webster

My first year of playing football.

We started with a 9-0 loss and got better (ie 8-0 then 7-0 etc) until we finally won a game in our last game of the season against Seatoun 1-0

Onslow Simlas G11 – 1984

Onslow Simlas U11 1984

Photo and text courtesy of Dave Webster

Won the league undefeated, only dropped points in last game of the season (a 1-1 draw)

At the time Wellington had three Junior FA’s, Wellington, Hutt & Mana. The top 2 teams from each would play in the regional league, to get into the regional league you had to win the 1st division then play off against the lowest placed regional league team from your area. In 1984 the U11 regional league was won by Karori Swifts and lowest placed Wellington team was Brooklyn Northern United who finished 2nd!

We played them home and away.

We had a proper referee, Ray Harris (father of All White Billy Harris and also famous for his Sunday afternoon Jazz show on TV, back when there were only 2 TV Channels)

We drew 1-1 in Brooklyn and then lost 1-0 at Raroa Park

In 1985 the NZFA changed the qulafying date for juniors age groups from 1st January to 1st of August to come into line with the rest of the world. The result meant teams like this were spilt up.

Of the players Adrian Sutton went on to play a couple of ti9mes for New Zealand B and sat on the bench in a couple of full internationals but never got on the pitch. Alistair Campbell played Central League for North Wellington and Petone. I think Paul Cording and Andrew Smith also played at Central League level.

Onslow Gurkahs G12 – 1985

Onslow Gurkahs U12 1985

Photo and text courtesy of Dave Webster

Back Row – Matthew McGuire, Andrew Smith, Robbie Gasson, Alistair Stewart, Dave Webster

Front Row – Robert Bealing, Thai ?, Daniel Frost, ?, Alistair Campbell

Coach – Rod Stewart (left), one on the right unknown

Onslow Kenyas 1983 onwards

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.

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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.

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Adrian Sutton at the back playing for Manawatu in 1993.

 

If anyone has any further historical information regarding the club please contact communication@onslow.org.nz