Welcome to the Ferrymead Bays FC Official Website.
Ferrymead Bays FC is one of the largest and most successful football clubs in Christchurch running a number of senior and junior teams. The club is committed to playing at the highest level possible.
To complement our top Men's teams competing in the Mainland Premier League & Mainland Player Development League, we offer First Kicks and Fun Football for children aged 4 -6 years and 7-8 years of age respectively and have junior teams in each of the 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th grades, including a 14th grade girls team.
Ferrymead Bays Football Club are holding their AGM next Monday 11th November 2013 at The Ferry Alehouse 7.30pm start. All members are encouraged to attend.
New Coach Appointed.
Following Mick's decision to stand down as 1st team coach after 4 years.
Bays are please to announce the appointment of Danny Halligan as his replacement.
The club would like to take this opportunity to thank Mick for his outstanding services and the results he achieved during his tenure as head coach.
Statement From 1st Team Coach Mick Braithwaite.
After 4 successful years and 100+ league and cup games as 1st team coach. I have decided to step down from the position with immediate effect.
The time is probably right for some new ideas and a fresh face for match days and around the training ground.
Most of the other Mainland Premier Coach's have an assistant coach to help relieve the pressures of the job, but I have not had that luxury over the past 4 seasons. As much as I have enjoyed the tremendous success we have achieved in winning 11 trophies in that time, it has sometimes been a lonely road, especially on those long and cold Winter training nights.
Bays have punched well above their weight for a smaller club and we are now one of the top 2 club sides in the South Island of New Zealand.
I am proud of my work here and the achievements we have made and I am leaving the first team in a healthier position that it was in when I was handed the job.
At the end of 2009 season the club had finished bottom of the league, the coach walked away and we only avoided relegation in extra time in the play off game, then the bulk of the star players left or retired.
I was appointed in 2010 and my aim for my first season was to rebuild a side and consolidate our place in the MPL. We finished 3rd in the league, won The Hurley Shield and McFarlane trophy, by reaching the Chatham Cup Quarter final.
2011 saw us win The Mainland Premier Title, The Hurley Shield and Mainland team of the Year.
We backed this up in 2012 by retaining The Mainland Premier Title, The Hurley Shield as well as lifting The English Cup and become the first ever Mainland Football Club to be crowned South Island Champions when we defeated Caversham 3-1. We were also named Mainland team of the Year.
2013 was always going to be a tough ask, as everyone was gunning for Bays and were determined for us not to win the league again. We were unable to lift the title for a third year running but we finished a respectable 3rd and won The English Cup Final in my last game in charge.
Finally I would like to thank all the players who have been great to work with, along with a hard working back room staff, Duggie, Erna, Gricey, Goody, team captain Chris Murphy and our physio Bruce Reilly.
I would like to wish the team and the new coach all the best for 2014 and beyond.
All Junior & Remainder of Senior Football
Please check the relevant page in the Junior or Senior sections of the website or go to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ferrymead-Bays-FC/337251516370065?ref=hl
Congratulations to Chris Murphy's 12th A Team on winning the 12th Grade Division 1 Title... Well done..
The Club was formed in 1972 by a group of six enthusiasts. By 1986 the Club typically entered 8 to 10 teams in the Canterbury Junior Football Assn Competitions, compared to the 30+ teams we now have. We also have 100+ children taking part in our First Kicks and Fun Football beginners group on Saturday mornings.
Our number one home ground is Barnett Park, but we also have pitches at Ferrymead Park and Redcliffs Park. Training floodlights were installed at Barnett Park in 1996.
Life started out as Bays United AFC but the name was expanded to include Ferrymead to identify with the rapid expanding residential and commercial areas along with its sponsorship opportunities.
In 2002 Ferrymead Bays FC 1st Team won the Mainland Premier League for the first time after securing promotion from Division 1 in 2001 under the guidance of former NZ All White star Bobby Almond.Bays 1st Team also won the Mainland Premier League for a second time when they were victorious in 2006 under coach Fred Simpson and made it a hat-trick of Championship Titles when current coach Mick Braithwaite's side lifted the trophy again in 2011 and 2012.
To emphasise the strength of the football club, our Senior Reserve side also won the MPL Reserve league in 2011 and were runners up in 2012.