1954 Chatham Cup

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1954 Chatham Cup
Dates 4 September 1954
Championship venue Basin Reserve, Wellington
Champions Onehunga (1st title)
Runners-up Western
Championship match score 1 – 0

The 1954 Chatham Cup was the 27th annual nationwide knockout football competition in New Zealand.

The competition was run on a regional basis, with regional associations each holding separate qualifying rounds.

Teams taking part in the final rounds are known to have included Onehunga, Hamilton Wanderers, Eastern Union (Gisborne), Moturoa, Napier Rovers, Wanganui United, Kiwi United (Manawatu), Stop Out (Lower Hutt), Woodbourne (Marlborough), Western (Christchurch), and Northern (Dunedin).

Controversial refereeing[edit]

Referee Morrie Swain was involved in an incident in an early round of the competition held in Wellington between Apollon and Zealandia. His decisions incensed one of the teams so much that he was chased from the field and had to take shelter by locking himself in a dressing room.[1]



4 September 1954
Onehunga 1 – 0 Western
Basin Reserve, Wellington
Referee: P. George