1958 Chatham Cup
|Dates||9 August 1958|
|Championship venue||Basin Reserve, Wellington|
|Champions||Seatoun (2nd title)|
|Championship match score||7 – 1|
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 Eastern Suburbs (Auckland), Rangers (Bay of Plenty), Hamilton Wanderers, Eastern Union (Gisborne), Stratford, Colenso Athletic (Hawkes Bay), Wanganui Athletic, Kiwi United (Manawatu), Lansdowne United (Wairarapa), Seatoun, Christchurch City, Oamaru, and Northern (Dunedin).
The 1958 final
In the final, Seatoun set a finals record by scoring seven goals, six of them from centre-forward John Donovan. Both of these feats are still cup records, though Seatoun's seven goal haul was equalled by Christchurch United in 1989. The aggregate of eight goals in the final equalled the record first set in 1940.
Donovan was supplied with a good series of crosses from his wings. The Wellington side battled into the wind during the first half, which remained scoreless for over half an hour before a late flurry of goals. Donovan opened his account after 37 minutes, and the score remained at 1-0 until three minutes before the break. Donovan and Raymond Wright then scored in quick succession, only to have Ken Giblett pull the score back to 3-1 with the last kick of the half. The second half was a one-man show, with Donovan taking the score from 3-1 to 7-1, three of the goals coming from headers. His remarkable record of a final double-hat-trick still stands as of 2009[update].
The final was notable in another way, as it was the first time that substitutes had been used in a Chatham Cup final. Neil Kerr (Seatoun) and Ken Giblett (City) were the first two substitutes to make finals appearances.
9 August 1958
|Seatoun||7 – 1||Christchurch City|
|Donovan 6, Wright||Giblett|
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