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’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 […]

Napiexit. Miremain.

Napier City Rovers 3, Miramar Rangers 4 (AET) Park Island, Napier, June 26 2016 In some ways, I hate it when I watch a thriller. Now I have to find some kind of way to do an incredible game justice in my blog post… As soon as I saw the […]

Random thoughts on Te Cup

Eastern Suburbs 2, Napier City Rovers 1 AET Trusts Stadium, Auckland, September 20 2015 With a game like this, my ability to add much to the fabric of football culture is limited. If you care enough about the Chatham Cup to read my musings, you either played in it, you […]

Forza Birko!

Birkenhead United 1, Napier City Rovers 1 AET (Rovers won 4-3 on penalties) Shepherd’s Park, Auckland, August 30 2015 When Birkenhead played Glenfield in their local derby earlier in the year, I gave all concerned a bit of a hard time with a tongue in cheek post about the fearsome […]

Old scores

Central United 2, Napier City Rovers 0 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, August 17 2014 Here we are at Chatham Cup semi-final time! How did we get here? I’m glad you asked. Deep breath… It all started with 127 teams back in April with a lovely day in Auckland’s far East where […]