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Chatham Cup Final: 2017

Penalties are without doubt the cruelest decider in football and Central United will be rueing their early dominance in this years Chatham Cup final and their inability to pull away from Onehunga while the possession stats were clearly on their side. At half time the game seemed done. Onehunga Sports […]

’97: Central’s First Chatham Cup

It’s somehow fitting that Central United mark the 20th anniversary of their first ever Chatham Cup win with another appearance in the final. After all, they marked 10 years in the same manner. I went looking for any footage of the match. I wasn’t disappointed. Thanks to the sterling efforts of […]

Fire and Agapanthus

Central United 5, Bay Olympic 0 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, August 26 2017 Things I learned at the Chatham Cup semi-final on Saturday: Kiwitea Street has a Roma pennant in the clubrooms. Any club with Roma memorabilia always goes up in my estimations. I have never had the time to take […]

Injurious timing

Birkenhead 0, Onehunga Sports 3 Shepherd’s Park, Auckland, August 6 2017 I’m sorry but I have to start this with a gripe. There were four national cup quarter finals set down for Auckland this weekend – two in the New Zealand Women’s Knockout Cup and two in the Chatham Cup. […]

Cup memories

On the third of July 2011 I covered my first Chatham Cup game for this blog – a 2-0 victory for Waitakere City over Central United at Fred Taylor Park. Ten months after that, I saw my first ever NZ Women’s Knockout Cup fixture – a 3-0 victory for Lynn […]

Before the threshold

Marist (Wellington) 0 Seatoun 4 Chatham Cup Preliminary Round Tuesday 25 April 2017 Kilbirnie Park Words by Phil Clayton. Goal highlights from @kiwibardy Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). A Chatham Cup clash between two previous Cup winners. Seatoun won the Cup in […]

Chatham Cup: Hrvatska to Hamilton

The Road To The Chatham Cup 2017 The road to the Chatham Cup final is longest for those clubs entering the Preliminary Round. Between these teams and the oldest trophy in NZ Football’s collection are seven matches and the assorted might of the Federation Leagues top teams. This year I’m […]

The best of Winter 2016

Winter is over and spring is here (allegedly). The last NRFL game of the season is tonight. Birkenhead United and Western Springs cap things off with a positively Italian 8pm kick off on the turf at North Harbour Stadium. It will be well passed my bedtime when the season concludes […]

We go again

Birkenhead United 3, Miramar Rangers 1 Shepherd’s Park, Auckland, August 28 2016 I have never made any secret of the fact that I have a soft spot for Birkenhead United. But today, without wanting to go too mushy on you, I’m ready to declare my undying love. Allow me to […]