Manukau Magpies

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Manukau Rugby League Football & Sports Club Inc
Club information
Colours Black / White
Founded 1910
Current details
  • Moyle Park
Competition Auckland Rugby League
Premierships 1936, 1942, 1943
Minor premiership 1943, 1985
National Club Competition 1985
Roope Rooster 1936, 1941, 1943, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986
Stormont Shield 1941, 1942, 1943, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986
Sharman Cup 1977
Phelan Shield 2009

The Manukau Magpies are a rugby league football club based in Mangere, a suburb of Auckland in New Zealand, who compete in Auckland Rugby League's Fox Memorial competition. The club was established in 1910.


Established in 1910, the club played in 1911 as the Manukau Northern Union Football Club with James Rukutai as club captain. The club was registered with the Auckland Rugby League in 1911.[1]

After the First World War the club was reformed as the Manukau Rugby League Football Club.[2]

From 1924 the club was mainly active in junior grades until 1936 when a senior team was re-established. History was made that year when they took out the Championship, Roope Rooster and Fox Memorial Trophies in their first season.[1]

The club celebrated its centenary in 2011.[3] Dean Bell was named as the Manukau Player of the Century.[4]

Notable players[edit]

Players who have played for Manukau include George Nepia and Steve Watene in their foundation year.[5]

The club later had a close association with the Bell family as Dean Bell, Ian Bell and Clayton Friend all played for the club and Cameron Bell coached the club.[1]

The following players have played for Manukau and gone on the make the New Zealand Kiwis:[6] Dean Bell 1983-89; Ian Bell 1978-83; Walter Brimble, Wilfred Brimble 1938; Jack Brodrick, Rangi Chase 1937-38; Clayton Friend 1982-91; Doug Gailey 1974, Lummy Graham 1970; Jack Hemi 1936-39; Jack McLeod 1937-38, George Mitchell, Hawea Mataira 1939; George Nepia 1937; Frank Pickrang 1936; Pita Ririnui 1939; Kelly Shelford 1989-91; Steve Watene 1936-37; Tommy Trevarthan 1936; Nick Wright 1983.


  1. ^ a b c Manukau Magpies
  2. ^ History
  3. ^ Superleague, Volume 5, Issue 4, Edition 26 2010. p.22.
  4. ^ Superleague, Volume 6, Issue 4, Edition 28 2011.
  5. ^ Coffey and Wood The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League ISBN 1-86971-090-8
  6. ^ Manukau Rugby League and Sports Club Inc