Club History

 

The Team Taranaki concept was adopted and introduced in 2003. The concept which was signed off by all twelve senior men's football clubs enabled Taranaki to have a senior representative football side playing its football outside of the province.

This concept is aimed to provide elite football opportunities to all players who want to achieve and play the best possible standard without having to leave the province. 

As a composite side, all players that make up the Team Taranaki squad must be affiliated to one of the senior men clubs and are released to train and play for Team Taranaki. Those players not selected are released back to their home club each week.

The initial twelve clubs that signed the agreement to form Team Taranaki is now ten clubs. The nine being; Hawera, Kaponga, Eltham, Inglewood, Moturoa, Peringa, New Plymouth Rangers, FC Western and the two school teams of Francis Douglas and New Plymouth Boys High. These ten clubs comprise twenty-four senior men’s teams plus a number of women’s teams and junior sides of all ages.

In 2006 Team Taranaki won the Central Federation league and then the promotion – relegation play-off series which took them for the first time into the Central League.

In 2010 the team were relegated from the Central League to the Central Federation League and then in early 2011 the Central Federation League was discontinued by Central Football due to the lack of team entries. This left Team Taranaki, and three other teams who had entered the Federation League, little option but to compete in the Western Premiership.

In 2011, Team Taranaki finished 5th (out of 10) in their first season at this level. In 2012 improved perfomances led to a 4th place finish, with the team narrowly missing out on 2nd place after a round robin Top Four Play off series, despite being top scorers with 56 goals.

2013 witnessed the relaunch of the Central Football Federation League competition with 8 teams (Team Taranaki, Wanganui City, Wanganui Athletic, North End, Red Sox, PN Marist, Feilding and Taradale) competing for the opportunity to earn a promotion play off to earn a return to the Central League.

A successful season ended in third place, narrowly missing out to Red Sox by a point for Runners Up, both teams falling away in the final games to allow Marist to take the title. Three draws between the second and third place side helped the team form Palmerston significantly in the end.

2014 witnessed the best season yet, finishing a disappointing Runners Up having led the league throughout the season. 11 wins and three losses, the most crucial of which was the title decider on the final league game of the season away to Wanganui Athletic. A 2-1 win to the home side ended Taranaki's dreams of scooping the league title on the day.

However, a 1-0 win courtesy of a penalty to Morgan Hall at Wembley Park some weekes later against the same team led to the team claiming the League Cup and gaining revenge for the earlier defeat. 

2015 was a triumphant season with Team Taranaki claiming the Federation League title with two games to spare in a dominant season. A near faultless record, winning every league game except for a 1-1 draw away to Runners Up Havelock North in Round 1, scoring over 80 league goals and conceding only 6.

An otherwise steller season came to a disappointing end losing 4-1 on aggregate to Wellington United (Phoenix) in the promotion play off games in September.