|Full name||Fencibles United AFC|
Pakuranga, Auckland, New Zealand
|2011||Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 2, 3rd|
In 1995, two East Auckland clubs, Pakuranga Town AFC and Howick AFC, amalgamated to form Fencibles United AFC. Fencibles United is now one of New Zealand's largest soccer clubs. In the 2001 winter season, 94 teams were fielded.
The adoption of 'FENCIBLES UNITED AFC' as the name for the club, has recognised the Fencibles as the historic link between the two clubs and identifies with the locality. The Fencibles were the first European settlers in the region. The name 'Fencibles' refers to the Royal New Zealand Fencibles Corps. 'Fencible' is derived from the word 'Defencible', meaning capable of defence.
The Fencibles Corps recruited men who had served in the military for Britain in the 1830s and 1840s. They were offered a new life in New Zealand, including free passage for families, a cottage and an acre of land to become theirs after the completion of a seven-year term, in return for military duties. These soldier-settlers had a dual role as labourers/farmers/settlers and as a defence force if required.
The largest of the Fencible settlements was established in 1847 at the site of what was later to be called Howick (named after Lord Howick, Secretary of the Colonies, who was responsible for the Fencibles Corps immigration to New Zealand). The 'Fencibles' were responsible for maintaining the security of the locality and were part of a defensive chain that extended through Pakuranga, Panmure, Otahuhu and Onehunga to protect the city of Auckland. While the main settlement was on the site of what is now Howick, there were houses and homesteads built at strategically important locations such as Pakuranga.
The club 'playing strip' of red, blue with white trim also reflects the uniforms of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles Corps. Their regular uniforms featured blue trousers with a red stripe down the leg seam and a red tunic with white trim. The tunic being replaced with a blue frock coat with red trim for ceremonial or dress occasions.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Fencibles United competes in the NRFL Womens Premier League. The team was 6th place in 2012.