Glenfield Rovers

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Glenfield Rovers AFC
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Full name Glenfield Rovers Association Football Club & Sports Club
Nickname(s) Rovers
Founded 1960
Ground McFetridge Park, Glenfield, Auckland
Chairman Glenn Read
League Northern League (New Zealand)
2014 Lotto NRFL Premier League Champtions & ASB Womens KO Cup Champions

Glenfield Rovers is a semi-professional football (soccer) club based in Glenfield, New Zealand. They are currently competing in the Northern League (New Zealand).


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.

Rovers currently play in the Lotto NRFL Premier League. They were champions of the Northern League in 2002, 2003 and 2014, missing out on promotion to the 2003 national league in the play-off series.

Glenfield Rovers' best performance in the Chatham Cup came in 2008, when they reached the semi-finals. They have reached the quarter-finals on two other occasions, in 1996 and 2010.


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