Some important dates in “The Yellows” history from the website.
Feilding F.C. formed and played first ever match on 13 July v. a “Rangitikei combined clubs” XV in Feilding. This is widely regarded as the first ever rugby match being played in the Manawatu.
Feilding briefly combined with Marton and played as “Manchester” until 1885. (The “Manchester” name however was used until 1887.)
As Manchester, Feilding win their first ever Manawatu senior championship. Since then, Feilding has achieved this honour on 18 occasions.
Manawatu County Union formed (with Feilding as a founding member).
Famous rugby song “On the Ball” written in admiration of the Feilding captain Andrew Thomson, by Edward Secker, captain of Palmerston North club.
Manawatu County Union renamed Manawatu R.U.
Club altered its playing strip to Black with a silver fern “shield” on the breast.
NZRFU adopts Feilding’s strip for national side use. The current day amber and black hoops become new club colours as a result.
Feilding threatened to join the Rangitikei Union in protest to a MRU judiciary ruling! Sanity prevailed and Feilding went on to win the Manawatu senior championships and become the inaugural recipients of the J.H. Hankins Shield, the oldest trophy still in use in N.Z. senior club rugby.
Local clubs Feilding and Unionists combine to form Feilding Unionist Club.
Club joins and plays in Rangitikei sub-union.
The former Feilding F.C. is resuscitated incorporating Red Star and old Unionists club. Playing strip is black and gold.
Club rejoins the Manawatu R.U. competition.
Colours revert back to black and yellow, but with blue dungarees.
Athletic rugby club formed in town and decimates Feilding F.C.’s ranks.
Town clubs combine again as Feilding F.C.
All clubs in recess because of The Great War.
Club fully revived. Feilding Technical School Club also had a senior team.
“Technical Old Boys” rejoin Feilding F.C.
Old boys of F.A.H.S. form Old Boys F.C. and decimate Feilding ranks.
Rugby moves from the racecourse grounds to a new facility called Johnston Park, formerly a camping ground.
Construction of the Collins Gym commenced.
Feilding (playing as “Kowhai”) won the MRU mid-week competition. (Wednesday was a “half-holiday” in the district then!)
Collins Gym opened on 13th May.
Former Feilding player Joe Ongley becomes President of the N.Z.R.F.U.
Feilding F.C. and Old Boys F.C. combined their seniors and played as “Feilding and Old Boys F.C.” due to many players being away on active service.
The club was forced into recess during the war years and the only rugby played was armed forces inter-camp matches.
The club “re-formed” as Feilding R.F.C. incorporating the Old Boys F.C.
Two players selected for North Island colts: R.Hurn, R.C. Henderson
The touring Wallabies team were guests at the club’s Annual Ball.
“Stewie” Freebairn becomes the club’s first All Black.
The club wins the Abraham Cup for Manawatu club supremacy.
Feilding Old Boys RFC is formed as a totally new and separate club.
Club celebrates its 80th birthday with the opening of its own clubrooms attached to the Collins Gym.
Club monogram initiated.
New clubrooms opened 11th August on current site.
New clubrooms become freehold.
Brian, Donald and Rex Kitchen all gain Manawatu rep honours!
Feilding’s Jack Gleeson is named All Black coach and leads the team on an unbeaten internal tour and test series against Australia. Gleeson would also coach the All Blacks from 1976-1978 including a “Grand Slam” tour of the U.K. in 1978.
Kevin “Hayburner” Eveleigh becomes the club’s 2nd All Black!
The “spec” house in Fairview Avenue built by club labour is sold and this enables the commencement of the clubroom extensions.
Manawatu defeats Auckland at Eden Park to claim the Ranfurly Shield for the first time in the provinces history (as “Manawatu”). Feilding hooker Denis Clare played in the match.
Clubrooms extensions opened.
Centenary Year and major celebrations.
An eight team National Seven’s tournament was held at Johnston Park and Feilding were well represented: D.Clare, T.Clare, P.Scott (Manawatu A) and T.Knox, K.Williams, G.O’Fee, M.Ayres, P.Hausman, C.Childs, D.Miller (Manawatu B). A post tournament N.Z. Sevens team was announced with Denny Clare gaining honours!
Clubs first official overseas tour with a party of 30 “mostly” senior players plus officials and supporters travelling to Melbourne for a week, hosted by the Box Hill club. A total of 5 games were played by our two XV’s, with A.Wilkinson and M.Ayres being the top points scorers.
Abraham Cup, with 4 teams winning their comps! (A’s, 3rds, 4ths, U19’s)
Club fielded a record 8 teams in Manawatu club competitions.
The Senior Fourths were recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for 114 consecutive competition games without a loss!
Johnston Park grandstand condemned.
Internal renovations of clubrooms completed.
125 years of the Yellows club celebrated.
Senior Fourths made 9 consecutive finals! (Champs ’01/’04/’05)
Aaron Smith named in the All Blacks, Nick Crosswell named in the Maori All Blacks
Aaron Smith became a regular All Black and was the first choice halfback. Nick Crosswell named in the Maori All Blacks. Colts won the Manawatu 7s Colts title.
140 years of the Yellows club celebrated.
Feilding Yellows Senior A's win the Hankins Shield against Varsity.