The club was founded as Chelsea FC - named not after the English team, but after the Chelsea Sugar Refinery where team members worked. The team's name was changed to its current name in 1963, the same year that the club moved to its present site in McFetridge Park. According to the club's website, the Glenfield part of the club's new name reflected its new location, and "Rovers" was inspired by the fictional comic strip heroics of "Roy of the Rovers". An earlier team called Chelsea also existed in the Auckland area in the 1920s and 1930s, though there is no known link between this club and the team which became Glenfield Rovers. The earlier team may, however, have also originated as a team for workers at the refinery.