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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]

Sports, Games, and Pastimes

Sports, Games, and Pastimes.

Swifts Association Football Club, Dannevirke, was established in the year 1905, with Mr. James Young as its principal promoter. The club plays under the rules of the English Association, and has a membership of thirty seniors and twelve juniors. Practices are held on the Recreation Ground, and matches are played with various clubs. Meetings of the club are held in the Oddfellows' Hall, and meetings of the committee in the Masonic Hotel. Officers for the year 1907: President. Mr. H. M. Ries; Vice-presidents. Messrs A. Paul, G. H. Gordon Liovd, R. N. Blakiston, Thomas Lindsay Buick, and Dr. F. Reid Mackav; Captain. Mr. James Young; Honorary Secretary, Mr. McKeever; and there is a committee of five.

Captain James Young, who is a keen and enthusiastic association footballer, was the founder of the above club. He was its vice-captain in 1905, and was elected captain in 1906. Mr. Young is also connected with the local jockey club, and is a member of the Palmerston North Agricultural and Pastoral Society.