Northern AFC

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For the former Wellington, New Zealand team also known as Northern, see Wellington Northern.
Northern AFC
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Full name Northern Association Football Club
Nickname(s) Northern
Founded 1888
Ground Gardens Ground, Dunedin
Coach Lewis (Scouse) Houghton
League ODT FootballSouth Premier League
2014 ODT FootballSouth Premier League

Northern AFC is an association football club in North East Valley, Dunedin, New Zealand. They are currently competing in the ODT FootballSouth Premier League.

The club is based at The Gardens Ground, North East Valley, Dunedin. The undulating playing surface and overhanging trees ensure that every match at 'Fortress Gardens' is a tough encounter for the away side.

Club history[edit]

Established in 1888, the club claims to be the oldest in continual existence in New Zealand.[1] They have twice won the Chatham Cup, in 1959 and 1961, and have been finalists on eight other occasions.[2]

After amalgamating with Maori Hill (founded 1904) in 1972, the club was briefly known as Dunedin North End (1972–1974) and then as North End United, a name it used until 1990. The club celebrated its 125th Jubilee in 2013; as part of the celebrations, the NAFC Premier Men played Green Island in the first club football match to be held at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Northern's club strip is a vertical black and white striped shirt, black shorts and socks. The tangerine away strip is a real fan favourite.

In an improvement from their 2015 wooden spoon campaign, Northern finished in fifth place in 2016, ahead of both Otago University Afc and Green Island.

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