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Manukau Rovers Rugby Football Club
Viscount St, Mangere, Auckland 2022

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A BIT ABOUT MANUKAU ROVERS

CLUB FOUNDED 1923

There is historic evidence that there was Junior rugby played in 1885 and seceded to league about 1913. At a meeting in 1923 Manukau Rovers approved a resolution that it affiliates with the Auckland Rugby Union so the club officially recognise 1923 as the foundation year. 

 

WILLIAMS PARK

An interesting note was that CJ Williams asked for his vote against the resolution to be recorded. 29 years later Mick Williams was made a life member.  The home ground in Mangere, “Williams Park” also carries his name. Rovers have been based at Williams Park since 1972.

 

GALLAHER SHIELD

The Gallaher Shield is awarded to the winner of the Auckland Rugby Football Union senior premier competition, and was first awarded in 1922. The shield is named in honour of Dave Gallaher, an early stalwart of Ponsonby, Auckland and New Zealand rugby. Manukau Rovers has won the Gallaher Shield on two occasions, 1968 and most recently in 1973.

 

FAMILY CLUB

The club is based on strong family ties that still exist today. The most well known being the Thomas family led by Barry (life member) who played through the ranks to All Black representation and was the club manager for many years and remains the club patron today. Other families with long history to the club are the Bunce, Stein and Tukerangi families.

LIFE MEMBERS

C.J. Williams 1931

T.W. Taylor 1931

R. Thompson 1933

C.D. Agnew 1934

R.P. Heighway 1935

J.T. Brimble 1938

O.S. Harvey 1947

R. Owens 1949

G. Littlejohn 1958

A. Inglis 1960

J.E. Tubman 1962

F.C. Stringer 1962

W. Stoupe 1974

F. McLaren 1974

J. Hogben 1974

B.T. Thomas 1980

W.J. Taylor 1982

P. Fitzpatrick 1982

G.L. Murdoch 1987

A.L Leckie 1987

R.W. Kennedy 1990

I.A Gemmell 1990

D. Heatherington 1996

J. Robertson 1997

J. Stein 1997

R. Southey 1999

C. Pile 1999

D.A. Stein 2001

W.K Howard 2001

A.T. Rutledge 2003

B.m. Preston 2004

P.J. Kennedy 2006

R. Garrat 2008

P. Lawson 2010

G. Thomas 2010

C. Smith 2011

C. Rakuraku 2001

J. Tukerangi 2015