Wellington Olympic AFC ("Olympic") also known as "The Greeks", is the sporting body of the Greek Orthodox Youth Association of New Zealand, as well as representing the Greek Community.
Founded in 1953 as Apollon AFC
1958 Creation of Christian Youth (CYFC)
1959 First season of CYFC
1983 Changed name to Wellington Olympic AFC
-2009 ASB Chatham Cup Champions
-2010 Central League Champions
-2016 Central League Champions
-2021 Central League Champions
-2022 Central League Champions
-2023 Central League Champions
-2023 Capital Premier Champions
Jimmy Haidakis of Wellington Olympic AFC - 2013 ASB Chatham Cup v Island Bay United
Home Ground: Wakefield Park, Island Bay
Clubrooms: 570 Adelaide Rd, Wellington
2023 Club Colours (playing strip - 1st team):
CELEBRATING FOUR GENERATIONS
In 2019, Marco Bertos, at the age of 6, became the first player of the fourth generation to the Club and will be carrying on the family name for many years to come.
Marco's great-grandfather, Leonidas Bertos, played a huge role when the Club was under the banner of CYFC in 1959 as a coach and selector of the 1st team.
Grandad (Papou), George Bertos Snr, had played for the Club since his teenage years and once he hung up his boots as a player, George turned his hand to one of coaching, selector and manager for the 1st team during the golden era of the 1990s. George continues to be involved with the Club behind the scenes.
Dad Adam Bertos continues to play and coach (currently with Olympic 4ths), as well as coaching Junior teams over the past four years, and is currently coaching the U10 Kronos team.
Marco Bertos with Dad, Adam, Grandad, George, and little sister Zoe - Little Kicks 2019.
Initially called "Apollon", the Greeks first kicked off in the Wellington divisions in 1953. Made up by the Romanian Greek immigrants who arrived to New Zealand in 1951/52, the club started with two teams finding great success and quickly promoted up the ladders. The club disbanded in 1956, giving way to a new club which was formed in 1958 by the late Father Elias Economou under the name CHRISTIAN YOUTH FOOTBALL CLUB (CYFC). To this day, Apollon continues to be part of the club's history.
CYFC first took to the field in 1959 and, like Apollon, were commonly referred to as "the Greeks". The first co-selectors for CYFC were Leonidas Bertos (who was also the coach) and the Atha Giovanidis.
A quick note of thanks...
A number of members have held a variety of positions within the Club including Jim Christie who joined the club in 1961 and wore almost every hat - President/VicePresident/Secretary/Treasurer/ Selector/ Player for GOYANZ, and Co-Chairman and Committee member of the Wellington Olympic sub-committee. Alongside him, Dimitrios (Jim) Androutsos was a pivotal figure within the Club as a Coach/Manager/Selector/Player/Committee Member for over three decades. Steve Stefanatos is another who, for many years was a backbone of guidance and authority for the Club and who's knowledge of the club is still sought after and treasured to this day.
There are so many from the past to thank who from CYFC days and throughout Olympic years have made such a contribution, including (but not limited to) Mario Kotsapas, Tony and Jim Kotrotsos, Con and Chris Palamidas, Chris Papanicolaou and Nick Androutsos.
Also of mention are Peter Halikias, John Serepisos, Nina Bertos-Papadopoulos (continues to be on the committee), George Carras, Chrisanthi Kamberogiannis and Nick Halikias for their long service and continued committment to the Club from CYFC days, each holding a number of positions within the Club as players, coaches, managers, selectors and officers of both GOYANZ and the Olympic sub-committee for the better part of four decades and who still work tirelessly behind the scenes. Nor can we pass over the continuing services of Paul Kotrotsos, Basil Bouzoukis, Maki Halikias, Demetre Kotrotsos and Jonathan Kotrotsos.
As CYFC, in 1964 they entered the Central League (formed 1963) in Division 3.
Some of the players that played in the early years were:-
4x Bertos brothers: Leonidas, Vasso, Laki, Taki, together with young Chris (son of Leonidas)
3x Zaloumis: Taki, Sandy and John
2x Androutsos: Taki and Nick
2x Christies: Jim and Costa
(That was one team taken care of)
Basil Kiourktsidis, George Moutzouris, Laki Kaloyianni, Nick Paraskevopoulos, Chris Papanicoloau, John Leonidas and many others.
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.
CYFC was promoted to Central League Division 2 in 1970 in which it spent four seasons until the team was relegated into Division 3 for the 1975 season. 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 one 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.
In 1959, CYFC (the Greek Community) had very few expenses to pay for the privilege of having a football team. 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 Queen's Birthday Sunday in 1963 at the Parthenon Hall. The dance committee consisted of Jim Christie, Eleftherios (Lefty) Kondos and Basil Kiourksidis. All the food was donated by the many Greeks in lieu of money.
Once GOYANZ was incorporated and took over all the responsibility for the Youth programmes, activities and sports on behalf of the Greek Community, the Miss GOYANZ Dance was held annually on Queen's Birthday weekend
In 1981 they failed to survive the higher grade once agian after being promoted from Div 2, CYFC made an immediate return to Div 2 football for the 1982 season. The only highlight of the 1981 season came in the opening game where CYFC beat eventual champions Napier 2-0 - something none of the other ten clubs were able to achieve.
In 1982 coach Peter Halikias helped guide the team to another Div two championship regaining first division status they lost the previous year. In 1983 CYFC changed its name to Wellington Olympic and were coached by Paul Norfolk. The team finished fourth but conceded far too many goals to have any real chance of challenging for the title.
In 1985 Olympic found themselves in farmiler teritory and were relegated to Div two. The following year Olympic cleaned up the Div two title. They were the only unbeaten side in any of the three Centtral League divisions. Second place was a distant 12 points behind them whilst thrid was another 12 points back. They scored a massive 59 goals which at the time was a record for the division. Only Lower Hutt (1985) had socred more than 50 goals and their total was reached in 22 games compared with Olympic's 20.
From 1987 Olympic proved itself as a Division One mainstay as it consistantly finished in the top 4 until 1993 when the SuperClub competition was intorduced. The only exception was in 1989 where they finished eightth. The main highlight of six year Division One campaign was winning it in 1991. The team was coached by former player and stalwart George Bertos. George secured the services of Imre Foldi the previous year and Andre Racz in 1991. Between them they scored 28 goals.
The championship was not decided until the last game of the season where second placed Miramar had to beat Olympic at Newtown Park to claim the title. The game ended 1-1 and the Central League Division One title was finally ours !!!.
In 2009 Wellington Olympic AFC claimed it's first ever Chatham Cup success after a 2-1 win against Three Kings United.
In the final, Three Kings United took an early lead through a third-minute goal from Luiz del Monte. Three Kings dominated for much of the early part of the match, but higher-ranked Olympic fought back, and a header just before the half-hour mark from Mickey Malivuk levelled the scores at 1-1. In the second half Olympic had the upper hand, and eventually took the lead through a 75th minute penalty taken by Raf De Gregorio Three Kings attacked strongly during the last few minutes of the match but were unable to produce an equaliser.
The Jack Batty Memorial Cup is awarded to the player adjudged to have made to most positive impact in the Chatham Cup final. The winner of the 2009 Jack Batty Memorial Cup was Raf De Gregorio of Wellington Olympic.
Following on from the successful unbeaten season of 2009, Olympic went into the 2010 among the favorites to lift the Central league Trophy. Many of the 2009 players had returned and the club had added a few key players to the squad.
The year started strongly, but a defeat to Miramar broke the unbeaten record from the year before, as well as a first round Chatham Cup exit to Wellington United made for some disappointing reading for the club and its supporters.
As the year went on the team went from strength to strength, visiting Miramar Rangers for the return match at Dave Farrington Park for the top of the league clash, Miramar holding a slim lead at the top. Olympic had not beaten Miramar away from home for over 10 years, when a young Leo Bertos was playing and scored the winner on the day to win 3-2 in the old North Island League. Olympic came out of the blocks strongly and went on to win the game 3-0 to the cheers of our away supporters.With one game to go, Olympic had to wait a week before playing Lower Hutt in a title deciding game.
While waiting for this game Miramar Rangers played Petone to keep the pressure up on the blue boys. With minutes to go, Petone scored a late winner which meant Olympic had been crowned champions of the Central League for the first time since 1991, with a game in hand. Olympic then went on to beat Lower Hutt in the final match and the wild celebrations began.
Wellington Olympic AFC - 2009 ASB Chatham Cup Champions
Wellington Olympic AFC - 2010 Central League Champions
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