Caversham AFC

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Caversham AFC
Caversham AFC Logo.jpg
Full name Caversham Association Football Club
Nickname(s) Cavy, Train
Founded 1931
Ground Tonga Park, Dunedin
Ground Capacity 500- 536
Coach Tim Horner
League ODT FootballSouth Premier League
2016 ODT FootballSouth Premier League, 1st (Champions)

Caversham is an association football club based in Dunedin, New Zealand. They compete in the ODT FootballSouth Premier League.

They are named for the suburb of Caversham to the southwest of Dunedin's city centre, best known for its former international sports venue Carisbrook. Caversham AFC, however, are based not there but at Tonga Park, located one kilometre to the south in the suburb of Forbury.

Club history[edit]

Caversham AFC was founded in 1931, and has been based at Tonga Park throughout its history.

Caversham's premier team home strip is a white jersey with wide red band, white shorts, and red socks. The away strip is forest green shirt, greenish-white shorts, and forest green socks. Until 2009, their home strip was a red shirt with a broad horizontal black band edged in white, red shorts with a similar band across the left leg, and black socks. That kit is now used by the club's second XI.

Caversham competed in the former New Zealand national league from 1971 to 1973 and from 1975 to 1977, competing in the first of those seasons as part of an amalgamated Dunedin Suburbs team. Their best performance came in 1976, when they finished third. They have reached the semi-finals of the Chatham Cup on six occasions (in 1970, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012), though they have yet to appear in a final.

In recent years, Caversham have enjoyed great success in the ODT FootballSouth Premier League, winning 14 titles from 2000 to 2016.

Current 2016 Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 New Zealand GK Liam Little
2 New Zealand DF Jude Fitzpatrick
3 Scotland DF Craig Ferguson
4 New Zealand DF Sam Cosgrave
6 New Zealand MF Mitchell Carter
7 New Zealand MF Jack Belchambers
8 New Zealand MF Andrew Ridden
9 New Zealand MF Brett Clifford
10 New Zealand FW Jayden Grant
No. Position Player
11 England FW Lewis Jackson
12 New Zealand MF Michael Hogan
13 New Zealand GK Charles Owen
14 New Zealand FW Ryan Fleming
15 New Zealand MF Jarod Grove
17 New Zealand DF Rhys Henderson (C)
18 Germany FW Tore Waechter
19 New Zealand MF Sam Collier
20 New Zealand FW Ben Wade

Former squad members[edit]

Tonga Park[edit]

The club's home ground is Tonga Park. This lies immediately south of Caversham in the suburb of Forbury. Caversham's clubrooms are located on the west side of the ground, on Surrey Street (45°54′10″S 170°29′25″E / 45.90278°S 170.49028°E / -45.90278; 170.49028).

The park is bounded on two sides by schools - the twin single-sex secondary schools of King's High School and Queen's High School, and Macandrew Intermediate School. Originally used for rugby league and known by a variety of names, including Mammoth Park, The Stadium, and The Speedway, it was renamed Tonga Park (the Māori word for south) after it was purchased by the Dunedin City Council in 1932.[2]

The Mosgiel goalkeeper stops a Caversham cross from reaching its target, Tonga Park, Dunedin, 31 July 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meikle, H. (5 August 2010) "Late bloomer *has no regret over switching pitches." Otago Daily Times, p.19
  2. ^ Goodall, M., and Griffiths, G. (1980) Maori Dunedin. Dunedin:Otago Heritage Books. p. 50.

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