Caversham AFC

Caversham AFC
Caversham AFC Logo.jpg
Full name Caversham Association Football Club
Nickname(s) Cavvy
Founded 1931
Ground Tonga Park, Dunedin
(Capacity: 500- 536)
Coach Richard Murray
League ODT FootballSouth Premier League
2010 1st
Red jersey with white sleeves, white shorts, white socks
Home colours
Forest green jersey with greenish-white shorts, and forest green socks
Away colours

Caversham is an illustrious association Football club in Dunedin, New Zealand. They are competing in the ODT FootballSouth Premier League.

They are named for the suburb of Caversham to the southwest of Dunedin's city centre, best known for its former international sports venue Carisbrook. Caversham AFC, however, are based not there but at Tonga Park, located one kilometre to the south in the suburb of Forbury.

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Club history

Caversham's premier team home strip is red shirt with white sleeves, plain white shorts, and white socks. The away strip is forest green shirt, greenish-white shorts, and forest green socks. Until 2009, their home strip was a red shirt with a broad horizontal black band edged in white, red shorts with a similar band across the left leg, and black socks, but that kit was inherited by the seconds as a hand-me-down.

Caversham competed in the former New Zealand national league from 1971 to 1973 and from 1975 to 1977, competing in the first of those seasons as part of an amalgamated Dunedin Suburbs team. Their best performance came in 1976, when they finished third. They have reached the semi-finals of the Chatham Cup on five occasions (in 1970, 2006, 2007, 2010, and 2011), though have yet to appear in a final.

In recent years, Caversham have enjoyed great success in the ODT FootballSouth Premier League, winning six consecutive seasons from 2004 to 2009.

Current 2011 Squad

Jeremy Wild

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 New Zealand GK Callum Flaws
3 New Zealand DF Simon Ward
4 England DF Tom Schwarz
5 New Zealand DF Mike Smith
6 New Zealand MF Hamish Chang
7 United States MF Reid Usedom
8 New Zealand FW Tom Jackson
9 New Zealand MF Seamus Ryder
10 New Zealand FW Anthony Hancock
11 New Zealand MF Anton Ross
No. Position Player
12 New Zealand DF Jeremy Wild
14 New Zealand FW Evan Jones
15 New Zealand FW Darren Overton (captain)
16 New Zealand MF Patrick Fleming
17 New Zealand DF Tim Horner
18 New Zealand MF Harley Rodeka
19 New Zealand DF Ben Hawkey
20 New Zealand MF Harry Shaw
RGK New Zealand GK Dave O'Donovan
RRGK New Zealand GK Neil Birch

Former squad members

Tonga Park

The home ground of Caversham is Tonga Park. This lies immediately south of Caversham in the suburb of Forbury. Caversham's clubrooms are located on the west side of the ground, on Surrey Street, at 45°54′10″S 170°29′25″E / 45.90278°S 170.49028°E / -45.90278; 170.49028.

The park is bounded on two sides by schools - the twin single-sex secondary schools of King's High School and Queen's High School and Macandrew Intermediate School. Originally used for rugby league and known by a variety of names, including Mammoth Park, The Stadium, and The Speedway, it was renamed Tonga Park (the Māori word for south) after it was purchased by the Dunedin City Council in 1932.[2]

The Mosgiel goalkeeper stops a Caversham cross from reaching its target, Tonga Park, Dunedin, 31 July 2010. Caversham are playing in the red and white strip.

References

  1. ^ Meikle, H. (5 August 2010) "Late bloomer *has no regret over switching pitches." Otago Daily Times, p.19
  2. ^ Goodall, M., and Griffiths, G. (1980) Maori Dunedin. Dunedin:Otago Heritage Books. p. 50.

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