Petone Football Club was formed as Petone AFC in 1898, and while two other clubs can trace their roots back earlier than this, Petone is the oldest football club in Wellington to survive in its original form without amalgamation. The Club has been at its current base at Memorial Park since 1961.
The club’s major achievements were winning the Chatham Cup three times — 1928, 1930 and 1949, winning the Central League in 1990, and winning the Capital Premier League in 2006 and 2007. The women’s team also won the Women’s Central League five times in the mid 1990s and the youth team won the Junior National Cup (New Zealand under-18 championship) in 1979 and the National Youth Championships (Under 19s) in 2008.
The club organises the annual pre-season Hilton Petone Tournament, attracting maximum entries from clubs in the Wellington region since its inception in 1955. It is an established part of the soccer scene and in 2004 celebrated its 50th anniversary.
The club has well established training and playing facilities which, along with the clubrooms, are all based at Memorial Park, and was the first in the Wellington area to establish a fully floodlit training pitch back in 1979. Last season the club fielded 30 junior teams, plus nursery grade, 2 women’s teams and 10 senior men’s teams.