Western Springs AFC

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Western Springs
Western Springs AFC.jpg
Full name Western Springs Association Football Club
Nickname(s) Springs
Founded 1989
Ground Seddon Fields, Westmere, Auckland, New Zealand
Owner New Zealand Martin Bell
Chairman New Zealand Mark Evans
Coach England Neil Emblen
League NRFL Division 1
2013 NRFL Division 2, 1st

Western Springs AFC is a semi-professional association football club in Westmere, Auckland, New Zealand. They compete in the NRFL Division 1.

Western Springs' ground, Seddon Field is located on Meola Road in Point Chevalier.

History[edit]

The current club was formed in 1989, but its history stretches back to 1923 and the foundation of Comrades FC. This team amalgamated with Grey Lynn FC in 1952, briefly becoming Grey Lynn Comrades United, before renaming to Grey Lynn United in 1954. In 1986 this team combined with the New Zealand branch of the Celtic Supporters Club to form Grey Lynn Celtic. It was this team which combined with Point Chevalier AFC (founded 1943) to become Western Springs in 1989.

Present day[edit]

It currently has many teams competing in various divisions and competitions. The women's team plays in the Northern Women's Premier League. Past and present players include New Zealand Internationals Rosie White, Maia Jackman, Priscilla Duncan and Abby Erceg.

The senior men's side won the 2013 NRFL Division 2 under new Head Coach Neil Emblen. The reserves also won their league, and the Under 19s won the Napier Satellite Tournament making 2013 the most successful season in the clubs history.

The club laid two artificial turf pitches in 2013 making the club arguably the best footballing facility in New Zealand.

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