The following history is a full  reproduction of our Centenary Book published in 2000 to celebrate our first 100 years.

We shall be collating our history (2001-2017) as we continue to redevelop our website. (Kevin Hare – Web Admin)



1900 – 1950 “THE FIRST 50 YEARS”

1950 — 2000 “THE SECOND 50 YEARS”

  • click ->List Of Officials : Season 2000
  • click ->Historical Outline and Growth Of The Club, The Second 50 Years
  • click ->Development Of The Clubrooms, Playing Fields and Gymnasium
  • click ->The Club On The Playing Field
  • click ->In Reminiscent Vein
  • click ->A Quick Glance Grade Graph For The Top Two Teams
  • click ->Outstanding Scoring Records
  • click ->Acknowledgements

1900 – 2000 “HISTORICAL RECORDINGS”

  • click ->Life Members
  • click ->Presidents
  • click ->Vice Presidents
  • click ->Chairmen Of Executive Committees
  • click ->Vice Chairmen
  • click ->Club Captains
  • click ->Secretaries
  • click ->Treasurers
  • click ->Executive Committee Members and Years
  • click ->J.R.F.C. Representatives
  • click ->Coaches Of The Period
  • click ->Coaches Prior To 1950

2001 – 2017 ,to follow


INTRODUCTION

I am honoured in our centenary year to write the introduction of the Johnsonville Rugby Football Club centennial book.

One can only reflect on those people who started our club and try to image their visions of the future 100 years on. Our forebears faced many hardships and disappointments of the times. Fortunately, the will and spirit they possessed in the first 50 years has endured during the second 50 years; a legacy that the men, women and junior members of the club have proudly inherited, and which make this the great rugby club that we all enjoy today. The loyal support of Club members and players was highlighted on both occasions of the Premier team relegation. The Club not only fought its way back into premier grade, but went on to win the Swindale Shield in 1998, a triumph in keeping with our motto, “Striving for Excellence”, adopted in the 90s. This was our first ever Premier One trophy for the club and a memorable year in our history.

Just as our members in the first fifty years of Club history had to build ground and clubroom facilities we too, in 1985, were required to establish new clubrooms and grounds. The grounds are known as Helston Park, affectionately nicknamed “Hell Park”, to taunt visiting teams. Again, the loyalty of club members was realised when many tradespeople offered their services for free. Sound management decisions, including the sale of the Phillip St clubrooms, volunteer commitments, donations and those many loyal members who took up debentures; all gave of themselves to make this project a reality. We owe our great debt of gratitude to each and every one of those people, who carried these high qualities for the Johnsonville Rugby Football Club into the new millennium. The club became freehold in 1998.

Over the last ten to fifteen years, Polynesian rugby has improved remarkably and made a vast contribution to New Zealand rugby at all levels. The Johnsonville Rugby Football Club has clearly benefited from this phenomenon. We are proud of our multi-cultural environment and prouder still of the achievements of those members from the Pacific Island nations, who have chosen to join our club. Players who have represented Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and others, add a pronounced richness to our membership. A further highlight was the inclusion of four Johnsonville players in the Wellington representative team 1999.

Centenary celebrations of the Johnsonville Rugby Football Club will be held over Easter weekend, and tremendous interest has already been expressed from across New Zealand and abroad. Our centenary committee is working hard to make these festivities the success they deserve.

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank them for their kind efforts on behalf of all our members.

Finally, congratulations to Peter Stokes who compiled this very fine publication.

Garry Maude
President


LIST OF OFFICIALS : SEASON 1950

President:
Moore A.A.

Vice-Presidents:
Messrs; Chalmers S., Mildenhall E., Mills W., Nossiter S., Steel M.F., Willetts A.H.

Club Captain:
Fisher E.

Assistant Club Captain:
Holmes W.

Honorary Secretary-Treasurer:
Shepherd J .

Assistant Honorary Secretary-Treasurer:
Dean S.

Gymnasium Trustees:
Messrs; Jacobs F.C. and Morgan H.D.

Hon. Auditor:
Richardson C.R.

Management Committee:
Peryman E. (Chairman), Devereux E., Georgeson R., James G.B., Moore T., Parsloe C.K., Renner A.J.

Delegates to W.R.F.U.:
Messrs; Chaney H.E.C., Morgan H.D. and Peryman E.

Social Committee:
Messrs; Sharman K. (Chairman), Arbuckle D., Campbell M., Johnson R., Parsloe C.K., Powell E., Pringle J ., Shearer A. and Slater M.

Ladies’ Committee:
Mesdames; Billings, Devereux, Grant, Greer, O’Reilly, Renner and Scanlon.

Jubilee Committee:
Messrs; Peryman E. (Chairman), Angell O.F., Chaney H.E.C., Georgeson R., Jacobs F.C., James G.B., Moore A.J., Parsloe C.K., Pringle J., Renner A.J., Rice N ., Richardson A. and Shannan R.

Life Members:
Chaney H.E.C., Jocobs F.C., Morgan H.D., Richardson A., Watson C.W.R.


HISTORICAL RECORDINGS

Moore A. A. (Alex), Club president for 32 years. Died in office in 1951. Alex Moore Park was named after him in 1957.

I esteem it a privilege and an honour to have been called upon to write a preface to this Jubilee Booklet which is being published to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Johnsonville Rugby Football Club. As President of the club since its revival in 1919, I have followed its fortunes with the keenest interest and watched with pride its development through the post-war years, culminating in the attainment of the status of a senior grade, first division club. That the struggle was long and arduous, that the handicaps were great and that the disappointments were bitter, I well know but the ultimate achievement of the goal was recompense indeed for our efforts. The story told in these pages should stand as an everlasting monument to all those players and officials who over a decade and a half laboured, on and off the field, to secure our objective: it should serve as an inspiration to those of the present day that what has been achieved in the past can be repeated in the future, if only that will to win remains with us.

In the private lives of all of us, the advent of some notable anniversary such as a golden wedding is properly an occasion for celebration. So it is, or should be, with organisations such as the club, which may, after all, be likened to a large family. It is a fitting opportunity for jubilation, for the holding of social functions, for the congregation of members of all ages and for all those other forms of celebration which go to make up such an historic event as a Jubilee. Here is the chance for old club-mates, drifted apart these many years, to foregather and talk of old times. Here will they meet and mingle with those who have taken their places and here will the present generation of players make the acquaintance of those who founded and helped to build up the club.

I extend to the club my best wishes for the successful consummation of its Jubilee, and to all those who attend, my sincere hopes for a happy and enjoyable participation.

ALEX MOORE – President  (circa 1950)