Vale: Marge Twiname – a pioneer of the women’s game in Auckland

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One of the pioneers of women’s football in Auckland, Marge Twiname, combined administration at club and regional level with supporting family members in their own pursuit of football success.

Marge died in Auckland in 2015 after a long illness. She was 80.

Marjorie (known wideley as Marge) was a Life Member of the Auckland Women’s Football Association, and received Auckland Football’s Long Service medal for her work within the sport.

Her many years of service to Eastern Suburbs, including being club secretary, also earned her a Life Membership of the club.

The Twiname family has been well-known for their involvement in Auckland football over many years, with Marge’s daughter Sandra playing for New Zealand in the 1970s.

Marge was the much-loved wife of Noel  and mother of David, Sandra, Malcolm and Erica, as well as grandma to Julie, Lynn and Emma, and a great grandma to Hunter.

David played National League for Suburbs and Erica played for the club’s women’s team, while Malcolm (Mal) has more recently been a Northern League team manager at Onehunga Sports and is an active member of Friends of Football.

Marge was sister-in-law to Roy, Leo and Tim Twiname, brothers of Noel.

The Twiname family have expressed their gratitude to the doctors and staff of Mercy Hospital and St Andrew’s Village for their care and kindness to Marge.

Marge Twiname (1935-2015)