A brief history
The club started around 1967 with two or three junior teams playing out of the primary school. The number of teams grew rapidly as soccer was the only winter sports code played in Tikipunga at that stage. As funds would allow, some of the players' wives purchased some orange and royal blue material which was on special, thus the official club colours were born!!
The Tikipunga Association Football Club was born in 1972, and a year later was duly registered as an incorporated society.
The club continued to grow. This posed another problem of grounds, as the only ground available was at Tikipunga Primary School. Some heavy lobbying of council was instigated and resulted in a temporary area being made available on vacant land opposite where the tavern is now situated. This provided two full size fields and the school kindly provided another junior field, so although the land was leased by council, it gave some respite for games to be played at “home”.
When hockey and eventually rugby came to Tikipunga, more lobbying was carried out in an intense and prolonged manner which culminated in the formation of the present day “Tikipunga Sports Park”.
Completion of the first stage of our clubrooms complex was in 1983. This included changing and showering facilities with a small lounge. We now had a home.
We’ve had our ups and downs as happens in Whangarei, with some losses of personnel and some gains, also over the years. A decision to extend and build a proper lounge and function room was made, and was duly completed and opened on St. Patrick ’s Day in 1998.
The soccer part of the club is still doing well, and at senior men, women and junior level have won a fair share of championship and knockout trophy’s over the years. Tikipunga players over the years have also frequently been chosen to play in senior and junior Northland Provincial Representative Teams.
For a comprehensive club history please click here.