History of Ferrymead Bays FC

Ferrymead Bays FC was founded in 1972 by six passionate football enthusiasts.

Since then, the club has grown from strength to strength, and today boasts over 40 teams, as well as more than 100 children participating in First Kicks and Fun Football groups on Saturday mornings.

The club's main home ground is Barnett Park, but they also have pitches at Ferrymead Park and Redcliffs Park. Barnett Park boasts floodlights that were installed in 1996, with two additional lights added in 2022.

The club initially started as Bays United AFC, but in recognition of the expanding residential and commercial areas, they added Ferrymead to their name, and the club continues to thrive under the Ferrymead Bays FC banner.

Ferrymead Bays FC has a long and successful history, having won the Mainland Premier League five times. The first time was in 2002, just one year after they were promoted from Division 1.

They went on to win the league again in 2006 under coach Fred Simpson and had back-to-back wins in 2011 and 2012 with coach Mick Braithwaite. The team's most recent success in the Mainland Premier League came in 2017 under the guidance of Danny Halligan.

In addition to their success in the league, Ferrymead Bays FC has also won the English Cup four times and the South Island Championship once.

The senior women's team compete in the Championship League, and the men's premier team won a spot in the newly formed South Island League.

The club's pathway is also highly successful, with the Men's Reserves going unbeaten throughout the season to win the MPL Reserve Division in 2021. The U19s also remained undefeated in their Canterbury Development League campaign, securing the title.

Ferrymead Bays FC is a club with a proud history and a bright future. With a strong commitment to developing local talent and a track record of success on the field, the club is a leading force in the Canterbury football community.