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Round one of the Chatham Cup is coming up fast – it’s two weeks away to be precise – and after the draw was made last week, a few fans on Twitter had an idea… What if we picked a nice fun fixture, somewhere between Auckland and Wellington, to have a fan convergence at?

Fans from Auckland could carpool down. Fans from Wellington could carpool up. And the two clubs playing could get a nice boost of a decent crowd enjoying their fixture with chants and cheers to spur them on. The local club may even get a financial boost of a few extra people spending some money over their bar.

For the fans, it will be a fun day out and a good chance to talk to people in real life that we otherwise only interact with in the cyber world.

But most importantly, for the Cup, it will make a real event of one of the classic early round fixtures.

So the decision was made. Taupo AFC vs Manukau City, Crown Park, Taupo, 2pm, Saturday 14 May.

Let’s see how it goes and if it’s a success it could become a great annual event on the calendar of New Zealand football fans.

We already have confirmed attendances from Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton football lovers.

And the more the merrier!

If you would like transport, there’s still room in my car. We are also organising some accommodation for those that are keen to stay Saturday night.

For more details, e-mail me on casagiordani at orcon dot net dot nz.

Let’s make this a day to remember for all concerned and celebrate the cup the way it should be celebrated!

It would be awesome to see you there.

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Enzo Giordani

A grassroots sports photography enthusiast based in Auckland, New Zealand, and a fan of the most magnificent football club on earth - A.S. Roma.

5 replies

  1. We have a place booked for Saturday noght for the 6 of us who are going (so far). It’s fully furnished and has all the mod cons, including sky tv, aircon, gas BBQ, etc. – it evn has it’s own boat ramp.

    There’s room for up to 3 more people. the cost varies depending on how many people we end up. Each additional person brings the price per person down. With 6 of us it’s $74 each, a 7th would make it $64 each, 8 would be $57.50 each, 9 would be $52 each.

    if you are interested in joining us, reply here or tweet to @kiwibardy or @EnzoGiordani

  2. It’s a great idea but the tasty Central match-up of Olympic v Mirimar is just too good to pass up

      1. True but this is first round of CUP FOOTBALL!!!! plus someone should blog about central games while you lot are galavanting around Taupo. I’ll take this one for the team.

  3. A local backpackers by the name of Finlay Jacks is one of the Taupo AFC Sponsors, they will look after you too if you need somewhere to stay!

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