The formation date for North Shore RFC is commonly accepted as May 3, 1873 following a meeting of interested parties, presumably at the Masonic Tavern in Devonport. New Zealand RFU records from 1885 report North Shore as one of the first 4 clubs formed in New Zealand so, irrespective of accuracy, we know that the "Pride of the Union" has survived and prospered for in-excess of 125 years.
The very first games were played only a stones throw away from the present grounds that Shore have now occupied for well over 100 years. Our prominent green and white hoops were adopted in 1935 and the present clubrooms were built in 1961. Many will remember the "aftermatch" functions that used to take place in the changing facilities and Club flat.
North Shore were strong movers in the formation of North Harbour RFU and have continued to play a major involvement in the Union on both the playing and administrative sides.
With North Harbour championships in 1987, 1988, 1992, 2001 and 2011 and almost perennial semi-final appearances it is not surprising that North Shore have produced 6 All Blacks in recent decades along with approx 30 North Harbour "A" players. In addition, a further 7 played for Shore either before or after their International careers. Northing is surer than the fact there will be more.
Playing at North Shore
Close associations with many North Harbour secondary schools have resulted in a steady stream of talented footballers joining Shore and it is a very rare event that they do not stay for their entire careers. It has resulted in a reputation for looking after younger players that has, in recent years, seen many talented youngsters from outside Auckland take advantage of the Club's special atmosphere and ability to assist them find their feet in Auckland. As the only club with a true song, the Pride of the Union looks confidently forward to the next 100 years.
The Pride of the Union
(to be sung with much ‘gusto’ and ‘pride’)
FOR THE SHORE IS THE PRIDE OF THE UNION FOR THE SHORE IS THE PRIDE OF THEM ALL FOR THEY ALL STICK AND STRIVE TOGETHER AND PLAY THE GOOD OLD GAME OF CLEAN FOOTBALL …………….CLEAN FOOTBALL
THE FORWARDS STICK TOGETHER ON THE LEATHER AND THE BACKS RUN AROUND LIKE ‘HAIRY GOATS’ …………….HAIRY GOATS
FOR THE SHORE IS THE PRIDE OF THE UNION THREE CHEERS FOR THE OLD GREEN & WHITES …………….GREEN & WHITES