Wellington Olympic AFC also known as "The Greeks"
Founded in 1953 as Apollon AFC1959 Changed name to Christian Youth (CYFC)1983 Changed name to Wellington Olympic AFC
2009 ASB Chatham Cup Champions
Home Ground: Wakefield Park, Island Bay
Clubrooms: 570 Adelaide Rd, Wellington
Club Colours (playing strip - 1st team):
Jimmy Haidakis of Wellington Olympic AFC - 2013 ASB Chatham Cup v Island Bay United
The club was formed in 1959, by the late Father Elias Economou, under the name CHRISTIAN YOUTH FOOTBALL CLUB (CYFC). Jim Christie joined the club in 1961 and became President/secretary/treasurer/ selector/player and has been involved in one way or another ever since. Co-selectors were Leonidas Bertos who also coached, and the Atha Giovanidis.
Apollon had 2 teams and nearly every year won its respective grades and were promoted, so they gradually climbed the ladder up to when the Central League was formed in 1963 and the 2nd year CYFC entered the 3rd division of this compitition.
Some of the players that played in the early years were:-
5 Bertos's brothers, Leonidas, Vasso, Laki, Taki, and young Chris (son of Leonidas)
3 Zaloumis, Taki, Sandy and John
2 Androutsos, Taki and Nick
2 Christies Jim and Costa
That was one team taken care of then there were:-
Basil Kiourktsidis, George Moutzouris, Laki Kaloyianni, Nick Paraskevopoulos, Chris Papanicoloau, John Leonidas and many others
CYFC was then founded by the Greek Community but then had very few expenses there were only registration fees, which were paid once a year (transfer fees were 2 shillings and 6 pence (25c).
The 1st CYFC dance was held on Queens Birthday Sunday in 1963 at the Parthenon Hall. No we did not pick a Miss GOYANZ that was to come later as GOYANZ had not yet been born. On the dance committee were Jim Christie Eleftherios (Lefty) Kondos and Basil Kiourksidis. All the food was donated we approached many Greeks and asked not for money but for food. When we entered the Central League we also appointed our 1st non Greek coach, Billy Wright who then played for Diamonds and Wellington and he brought Jeff and Wally Allen, Tony Kislick (Coronation Street) Atha Coventry and others.
After Entering Central League Division 2 in 1970, CYFC remained in this division until 1974 where it was relegated into Central League Division 3. CYFC spent two seasons in Division 3 where it won promotion in 1976 to Central 2 under the guidance of coach Ray Janes. The following year CYFC won promotion to Central League Division 1 for the first time in their history. They finished top of the table by six clear points, losing only game in the process. CYFC's stay in the top Central division was short lived as it only lasted a year where they finished bottom of the table.
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