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Devonport North Shore football team, about 1895

Devonport North Shore football team, about 1895

Football began to be played in New Zealand in an organised way in the 1880s. The Devonport North Shore Club was founded in 1886, and in 2013 it was widely recognised as the oldest surviving club in the country. This is an early team, probably from 1895. The lack of standardised uniforms suggests that the game was still relatively informal.

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: 4-3065
Photograph by James D. Richardson

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How to cite this page:

Neill Atkinson and Steve Watters, 'Football - Football in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/40912/devonport-north-shore-football-team-about-1895 (accessed 24 July 2018)

Story by Neill Atkinson and Steve Watters, published 5 Sep 2013, reviewed & revised 15 Jul 2016, updated 15 Sep 2016