North Shore United

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North Shore United
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North Shore United emblem
Full name North Shore United Association Football Club
Founded 1886
Ground Allen Hill Stadium (Dacre Park), Devonport, North Shore
Chairman New Zealand Simon Lampen
Coach New Zealand Paul Temple
League Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 1
2013 Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 1, 4th
Not to be confused with the amateur Canadian club of the same name .

North Shore United Association Football Club is a semi-professional football (soccer) club based in North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand. They compete in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 1.

Their home ground is Allen Hill Stadium, which is located in the suburb of Devonport.

History[edit]

The Club was founded in 1886, making it the oldest football club in New Zealand and Oceania.[citation needed] 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.

Achievements[edit]

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.

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.

Honours[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Past and present players include Scotland John McGinlay (1983–84) Ken Armstrong,South AfricaThabiso Elliot Tleane, Allan Boath, Duncan Cole, Adrian Elrick, Kevin Hagan, Robert Ironside, Lee Jones, Darren McClennan, David Chandler, Iain Ormond, Keith Hobbs, Wynton Rufer, Brad Scott, Sam Jasper and New Zealand International Kris Bright who currently plays for Shrewsbury Town.

Famous English Player, Paul Mariner of Ipswich & England (he married a local Devonport girl) played a number of games for North Shore in the mid-1980s - as did Trevor Brooking and Dean Wilkins.

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