Kieron Henare - President

Kieron originally started playing for the club in 5th grade and played throughout the junior and youth grades while growing up. One of the highlights being representing the club in Australia at an U17 level in the Australian National Tournament "Kanga Cup" where they came runners up overall. After that, spent several enjoyable years in the 1st/Reserve squad and during those years the squad went from Northern 3rd Division all the way up to Northern Premier League. Kieron played socially elsewhere and returned to Albany at the end of 2015 to join the Junior Committee and launched the Harbour West Tournament along with Cluster Trainings. At the beginning of 2016 he also joined the Executive Board and in early 2017 became Vice President. He became President in 2018 and also sits on the Management Committee.

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Kirsty Whiting - Secretary

Kirsty joined the club as a player in 2016 after being away from football for 10 years. Since re-joining the sport her passion has reignited, she started out as a player on the field but has since found herself in the position of goalkeeper - crazy, right! Albany Football is now part of the family to Kirsty, in the few short years she has been with the club she has since become a part of the events committee, volunteer club photographer, now club secretary and has recently become a referee. During the winter there isn’t a weekend that Kirsty isn’t present at the club one way or another. 

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Leewaine Scott - Treasurer

Leewaine has been involved with Albany since 2015, having played in the first team. After a year away from the club, followed by an injury, he returned to Albany to play in the first team midway through the 2019 season. In November of 2019, Leewaine joined the executive board. This year he has taken up the role of first-team manager after another bad injury. 

Favourite team - FC Spidey Thicc 
Favourite Player - Dev Pokhrel 

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Dave Irwin - Executive Board Member

Dave Irwin has been involved in football since 1982 either playing, coaching, managing or administration. He has been involved with Albany United since 2010 when his son, Nathan, started playing midget football as a 7 year old. He has been the assistant coach/manager of his sons  team from 2010 and they are now the Under 17s Development team. In 2018 he served on the Junior and Youth Committee. At the 2018 AGM he became a member of the Executive Board and is also the Chairman of the Rosedale Park Sports Charitable Trust which looks after our clubrooms. Dave is looking forward to the continued growth and success of the Club across all grades and teams. COYR!

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Vaughan Wright - Executive Board Member

I'm Vaughan Wright, currently serving on the Executive Board of Albany United. I joined the board midway through the 2019 season and have enjoyed a fantastic year following the success the club has enjoyed. After years of playing and coaching (now retired) I’ve enjoyed being able to contribute to football in another way, even as self-nominated minivan/ bus driver on the away trips. A life long Chelsea fan I’d love to see some blue around the club but for now it’s come on the Red Army.

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Andrew Mobberley - Director of Football

Playing Experience:
Played in Lotto NRFL Premier division & Lotto NRFL Division 1 & 2. 
Played in New Zealand's National League in 2015. 
10 international appearances for Samoa. 
Played Victorian state league (AUS) 2013-2014

U19 Youth contract player in Spain 2009-2010. 
U19 Youth contract for professional club Sporting Kansas City. 

Awards and Qualifications:
New Zealand Grassroots Coaching Award. 
Junior level 1, 2 & 3 coaching awards. 
C license (in progress). 
Bachelors Degree in Sport & Recreation, majoring in Sports Management with minor in Coaching. 
10 years coaching experience in First Kicks, Junior and Youth levels.


Emma Gough - Club Manager

Emma has two boys who have played with the Club for 7 years. In June 2019 she took on the role of Club Administrator and in June 2021 became the Club Manager. Emma oversees the Club's finances, manages all grant funding applications, deas with administration for all Junior and Senior member registrations and bar and the clubroom hire.

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Graeme Saxony - Senior Committee Chairman

Graeme has been part of the Senior Committee since 2017 and has held the role of Committee Chairman since 2018. His appointment to the role saw him as a finalist at the North Harbour Sports Excellence Awards 2018 in the category of Volunteer of The Year. As well as being part of the Senior Committee, Graeme also manages/plays for Albany Red United in NFF Div 2. Graeme also sits on the Management Board

Supports: Newcastle United
Favourite Player: Peter Schmeichel

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Garry Trewin - Junior Chairman

Now back in his previous role of Junior Chairman, Garry oversaw the Junior Committee from 2017 and in early 2020 he moved into the role of Club Captain. Previously he has been nominated as McDonalds coach of the year and also as a finalist at the North Harbour Sports Excellence Awards 2019 in the category of Volunteer of The Year. Garry has helped playing for a couple of senior teams and coaches/supports junior teams.

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Chris Castell - First Kicks Co-ordinator

Chris Castell has been coaching his son’s first kicks team since 2018 and has been co-hosting first kicks cluster training since 2019.
Chris has fond memories of when he was 5 years old and played soccer at Glover park.  Chris represented Selwyn Collage in Soccer.
Occasionally supports Queens Park Rangers.

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Mike Sanders - Youth Co-ordinator

My name is Mike Sanders and I am the Youth Co-ordinator for the season looking after the U13-U17 grades.  I’ve been on the Junior Youth committee and the Management board of the club for the last 3 years where I have enjoyed being a parent's voice and making a difference for the kids on the field. You will probably see me riding around on the quadbike  on a Saturday or at Festivals helping my son Josh, (who currently coaches a U9 team and has been part of the Albany United family for the past 10 years)  set up for the First Kicks and Junior games on a Saturday. You can contact me anytime at or

Mike is also on the Management Board

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Alvin Cheung - Senior Committee Member

Alvin joined the Senior Committee in February 2019 and plays for one of our ASFA teams, Green Machine. Alvin works for Northern Football Federation and is heavily involved in engaging with the Asian community and delivering great sport initiatives. Alvin has recently been recognised by the Asia New Zealand Foundation for being one of the top 25 aspirational leaders who works tirelessly to better the relations between New Zealand and Asia.

Supports: Liverpool FC
Favourite Player: Steven Gerrard

Allan Wilson – Senior Committee Member

Allan joined the Senior Committee in February 2019 and manages one of our ASFA teams, Green Machine. Allan is one of the country’s top young referees which saw him officiate the 2018 ISPS HANDA Chatham Cup final. Allan also sits on the board for the Auckland Sunday Football Association and is continually expanding our Sunday football offering.

Favourite Player:

Stephen Pearson – Senior Committee Member

Stephen joined the Senior Committee in November 2019 in preparation for the 2020 season. Stephen's appointment to the committee is an exciting one with his years of experience in the footballing world which has seen him manage/play for Albany North End in NFF Div 3 for the past 5 years as well as giving up his time to run various teams all year round.

Supports: Manchester United
Favourite Player: Ryan Giggs


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