75 Years of East Coast Bays Rugby

3 Jun 2021

In 2021 East Coast Bays turns 75 years young and we are celebrating this Queens Birthday Weekend.

The East Coast Bays Rugby Football Club was founded in 1946, to cater for the sparsely populated (5,000) people of the East Coast Bays area on the North Shore of Auckland.

The first President of the club, Lionel Webb, and the nine committee members worked out of the first club rooms which consisted of two army huts at the Browns Bay Domain, later to be named Freyberg Park.

Although the facilities were modest, they were a proud young club. It was, therefore, appropriate that the Domain was renamed Freyberg Park, after one of New Zealand’s greatest war time leaders, General Sir Bernard Freyberg VC who, as Lord Freyberg, was to become Governor General of New Zealand. In that first year of formation the Club gained second place in the Senior Competition run by the Kaipara Sub-Union. In those days the club wore white jerseys.

Games which involved traveling to Auckland, the teams would travel on the back of the trustee truck driven by Norm Wigglesworth. Often game day was followed by a working bee the next day, as the clubrooms were built with voluntary labour. In those days players would wash in the stream behind the clubrooms.

Today the Club serves a wider East Coast Bays community of approximately 59,500 residents and has 770 registered playing members and is situated at its Windsor Park home in Mairangi bay.

Enjoyment, Community, Belonging, are the core values that drive East Coast Bays Rugby and provides the energy for our One Club that is made up of many different groups of our community. Male and Female players, administrators, parents, sponsors, supporters, College, Intermediate and Primary schools, are all the DNA of the Green and Blacks of ECB.

On Saturday the 5th June ECB we will celebrate this Milestone with a gala evening.

75 Years of East Coast Bays Rugby
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