Manawatu - Horowhenua Rugby..
On 13th July 1878 it was published that two teams, one called 'The Square' and another called 'Terrace End' would play in Palmerston North. Teams were;
'Square'; TURNER, CALLANAN, KING, PE WARBURTON, BI PIRANI, COTTAM, DUNDAS, SIMPSON, CRAWFORD, CODEMAN, DIMOND, COX & others.
'Terrace End'; CHARLES, MITFORD, NATHAN, J. NATHAN, DEARD, LOCKE, GILLESPIE, STAITE, GOODISON, MARSH, TYERMAN, MOUNTFORD & others.
(Only 8 of the Palmerston team showed so 2 spectators filled the gaps. Teams were; Palmerston North Club; L PIRANI, TURNER, CALLANAN, COX, COTTAM, W NATHAN, JC NATHAN, DIMOND WARBURTON AND BRIGHTWELL. Feilding Club; PAUL, WHITCOMBE, E JACKSON, ROE, KNYVETT, FOSTER, BOOTH, EDGE, ASHERWELL, J SHERWILL, POWELL, SANSON, CRAMMOND, HOLMES AND HORNIMAN: Feilding won by thirty four and a half (?) points to nil.
"The town of Ashhurst appears to be growing rapidly. One of the latest signs of civilisation is the formation of a football club" (Manawatu Herald-Foxton 15-4-1878)
1882 Marton Club amalgamated with Feilding Club to form Manchester Club based in Feilding. They played 2 games that season and players were; Manchester Club; HW SHERWILL, A SMITH, W GODFREY, F ROE, LOWE, PYBUS, DAWSON, SEATON, SINCLAIR, GOODBEHERE, WHEELER, CLERE, GREGORY, H GREENWOOD, HAULTAIN, HALCOMBE, WARE & P JONES. Palmerston Club; AW HARISON, L PIRANI, GARRARD, ALLAN, I SALMOND, SVENDSEN, RH STALLARD, JACKSON, HJ BOOTH, G PALTRIDGE, A PALTRIDGE, B HOUNDSLOW, STRONG, STRACHAN, SIMONS, LG WEST, EMERY & MOFFAT. Umpirres were W JACKSON and Mr CAVERHILL
Halcombe club was formed in 1883 but they did field a team earlier to play against Marton Juniors
team, 26-July 1884; (against Wanganui Combined)
WEBSTER, AD THOMPSON, A TEMPAR, F SMITH, W HALCOMBE, F ROE, JAMIESON, MORRISON (Foxton), PRATT (Foxton), I SALMOND, EW SECKER, RH STALLARD, James MOFFATT, GH SAYWELL.
Wanganui XI - 2 July 1887: at Palmerston North.
W Armstrong; A Gray; Smith; McMahon; W Austin; FW Mason; D Craig; Troy; R Rankin; S Jamiesn; P Grogan; J Carrell; O Fitzgerald; R Sewell; E Dickenson;
Palmerston North 15th Sept 1888;
Manawatu; LUXFORD, AL PARR, F SMITH, J JACKSON, JE HENRY, C HUME, RH WHISKER, R OLIPHANT, EW SECKER, GH SAYWELL, GE MANNING, C HODGENS, A HANNA, W MOFFATT, FW JACKSON.
Wellington; EJ BARNETT, R THOMPSON, W FRASER, G COOPER, RC SIM, H ROBERTS, SG COCKROFT, F MOORE, R MALCOLM, L STOREY, G HUME, JE SMITH, JJ REICH, T SULLIVAN, A MERLET.
Palmerston North Football Club -
W Moffat; G Smith; J Swallow; FW Jackson; A Moore; Jim Moffat; W Randall (umpire) Will Jewell; E Burton; R Oliphant (captain); JF Manning; R Milton; HLR Isherwood; J Jackson; RH Stallard;
v.Taranaki at Palmerston North 23 August 1890;
AW Babbage; TA Hempton; A Bayly; A Good; C Bayly; W Bayly; HT Coutts; F Pearson; W Sangster; W Good; W Old; CE Major; F Livingston; J Lambie; J Heffernan;
1892 in Manawatu a team called Kia Kaha Rugby was formed
The Weraroa Wanderers (Levin) was formed by the Charles WILLIAMS the proprietor of the Weraroa Hotel. They later amalgamated with Horowhenua to become the Wanderers.
1894 in Manawatu a club called 'Pirates' was formed
Petone 10th August 1895
Wellington; H DAVIDSON, F GALLOWAY, J BAUMBER, W ROBERTS, HW KELLY, O CRAWFORD, W MCKENZIE, J KELLY, A CAMPBELL, C A MCANALLY, J SWINDLEY, WP PRINGLE, FB YOUNG, JJ CALNAN, WR HARDCASTLE.
Manawatu; FA MCMINN, C ROCKLEY, JDR HEWITT, A RICHARDS, WJ SHANNON, A POIDEVIN, J JOHNSTON, A JOHNSTON, A KEELING, A PERRIN, N RUSH, GC ELLIOT, SJ SANSON, EJ LE CREN, EJ NASH.
President - P BARTHOLEMEW: Vice Pres, Messrs J DAVIES: HF DAVISON: JW GOWER: J KEBELL: Dr McKENZIE: JR MCDONALD: R SMART: Field Captain; CG POWLES; Match Committee Messrs J MCINTYRE: H DENTON: CW ALLEN: CG POWLES; WL FITZHERBERT; Management Committee; V HITCHINGS; CK WILSON; J McINTYRE; M FOSELLA; BR GARDENER; HH OSTLER;
Manawatu at Palmerston North 16 August 1899
A Jackson; M Carruthers; CG Powles (capt); CW Allen; VE Hitchings; W Hakaraia; HH Ostler; AJ Wallace; W Aldridge; Uma Tahuri; W Greenhaugh; T Powles; J Davis; CK Wilson; S Cootes;
Patrons to 1900: J STEVENS; AET NIXON; WB RHODES:
Presidents to 1900; JG WILSON; AET NIXON: W ROBINSON: ? HUNTER;
Secretaries to 1900: ? GREGSON: J WHYTE: ? BRADBURY: H LYALL: F ARMSTRONG: ? OVEREND: E BALL;
"We would suggest to payers that it is not absolutely necessary for them to exert their lungs by yelling and shouting in order to carry ut a game properly, but it is occasionally necessary for the voices of the umpires to be heard. This is simply impossible as the game is now played when so much noise is made by the players. At home a short time ago a match was played in almost perfect silence, and it was noted how much better the players were able to assist each other and how seldom the umpires services were called for. We think this would be a good example to follow on next Saturday when polishing off the Palmerston men."
Played at Palmerston North 16 August 1899
Horowhenua; A JACKSON, M CARRUTHERS, CG POWLES, CW ALLEN, VE HITCHINGS, W HAKARAIA, HH OSTLER, AJ WALLACE, W ALDRIDGE, Uma TAHURI, W GREENHOUGH, T POWLES, J DAVIS, CK WILSON, S COOTES.
Manawatu; PURCELL, J LYONS, FURRIE, DOUGLAS, BAKER, SHANNON, MCMINN, NEWTH, SMITH, WINGATE, GALLAGHER, HOGAN, MCKINNON, SULLIVAN, W HOOK.
Played at Palmerston North 20 August 1902
Horowhenua; A SAXON, S COOTES, MARTIN, WINIATA, C ROGERS, VE HITCHINGS, E FULLER, AJ WALLACE, R TENNANT, G ANDERSON, R KING, J SMITH, LJ FURRIE, W JOHNSTONE, J UTIKU, H WARREN.
Manawatu; D RUSH, H BAKER, J BAKER, STUBBS, HEWITT, FINDLAY, H RUSH, TE AWE AWE, SMITH, BOON, WINGATE, COX, WYLIE, A TORTENSON, PUKLOWSKI.
Evening Standard 29th May 1905;
The Ashhurst Correspondent wrote "The local footballers journeyed to Palmerston to play against some team with an unpronouncable name, but, as the team in question did not put in an appearance our men had it all to ourselves."
[wonder who that was?]