Auckland Football Federation was saddened to hear that former Auckland Football Association and New Zealand Football Association chairman, Harry Dods, recently passed away following illness.
Auckland Football Federation CEO Bill MacGowan paid tribute to Dods and his outstanding achievements within the game.
“Our deepest condolences go out to Harry’s family and friends at this very sad time,” said MacGowan.
“Harry had a remarkable career in football and within the administration scope was regarded as an extremely professional and well-respected.
“Everyone at Auckland Football Federation sends its condolences to Harry Dods’ partner Judy, and to the Dods family.
“Harry had many friends and admirers and he will never be forgotten by those that knew him,’ concluded MacGowan.
A qualified accountant, Dods moved to Auckland in the mid-1970s from New Plymouth where he had been an active member of New Plymouth United, a club for which he was made a Life Member.
He was employed by the Auckland Football Association and with Eden FC’s Roy Cox the pair became a formidable partnership who used innovative fundraising methods that helped raise money needed for New Zealand’s 1982 World Cup campaign.
Dods became the CEO of the successful 1982 World Cup campaign, and was able to watch his son Glen become a key member of the squad that qualified for the finals in Spain.
Dods later became chairman of Auckland Football Association, and then the chairman of the New Zealand Football Association.
He and his great friend Cox were strongly supportive of the women’s game, helping it establish its own organisation structure.
In 2001, Dods was appointed National Games Director for New Zealand Special Olympics, organising 14 sports for 1800 competitors with the assistance of 750 volunteers.
He was both the founding Chairman of Sport Auckland as well as founding Trustee, Chairman and Treasurer of SENZ Charitable Trust, an organisation set up to provide training and employment opportunities for young adults.
He was a trustee for the Mt Wellington Stadium Charitable Trust, the organisation responsible for Bill McKinlay Park.
Dods was a Life Member of the Auckland Football Federation and its predecessor, the Auckland Football Association, as well as the Auckland Junior Football Association.
New Zealand Herald Notices
DODS, Henry Alexander (Harry). Passed peacefully on 14 March 2017, at Ranfurly Village Hospital, after a long, courageous battle, aged 83.
Beloved husband of Judy, and dear friend to her children. Dearly loved father and father-in-law of Glenn and Caterina, Stephen and Daisy, Jody and Adrian.
Loved grandfather of all his grandchildren.
A service to celebrate Harry’s life will be held at All Saints Chapel, Purewa Crematorium, 100-102 St Johns Road, Meadowbank on Monday 20 March at 12 noon to be followed by private cremation.
In lieu of flowers donations to Alzheimers New Zealand www.alzheimers.org.nz would be appreciated.
Additional information courtesy www.friendsoffootballnz.com
Image – “The First 100 Years – The Official Centenary History of the Auckland Football Association”