1954 Chatham Cup

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1954 Chatham Cup
Dates4 September 1954
Championship venueBasin Reserve, Wellington
ChampionsOnehunga (1st title)
Championship match score1 – 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]



Onehunga1 – 0Western
Referee: P. George