1961 Chatham Cup

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1961 Chatham Cup
Dates May 6 –
August 26, 1961
Championship venue Basin Reserve, Wellington
Champions Northern (2nd title)
Runners-up North Shore United
Championship match score 2 – 0

The 1961 Chatham Cup was the 34th annual nationwide knockout football competition in New Zealand.

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

Other teams known to have taken part in the final rounds included Otangarei United (Whangarei), Hamilton Technical Old Boys, Kahukura (Rotorua), Eastern Union (Gisborne), Moturoa, Napier Rovers, Wanganui United, Kiwi United (Manawatu), and Timaru Thistle.

The 1961 final[edit]

Northern won the cup for a second time, having previously been champions in 1959; North Shore United made their third consecutive finals appearance, having won the cup in 1960. The match was thus both a match between the two previous winners and also a rematch of the 1959 final, with the same team winning on both occasions. Seven Northern players and six North Shore players played in both finals, these six latter players - among them England and New Zealand international Ken Armstrong - also having played in the winning side of 1960. The final was a free flowing affair, but no goals came until the half hour mark, when Northern took the lead through George Little. The score remained 1-0 until two minutes from the end of the match, when Bruce Campbell doubled Northern's lead.[1]

Results[edit]

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Second Round[edit]

May 6, 1961
Saint Kilda 7 – 3 Mosgiel
Durst 3, Van Schraa 2 (1 pen.), Smolders, Stoove [2] Downie 2 (1 pen.), Thompson
Caledonian Ground, South Dunedin
Referee: D. Welham

Third Round[edit]

May 27, 1961
Caversham 3 – 2 Green Island
Hornby 3 [3] Hay 2
Ellis Park, Dunedin
Referee: M. Laing
May 27, 1961
King Edward TCOB 2 – 1 Saint Kilda
Paul 2 [3] Van Schraa
Caledonian Ground, South Dunedin
Referee: A. Williams
May 27, 1961
Maori Hill 1 – 5 Northern
Roberts [3] G. Little 3, Rae, P. Little
Culling Park, Dunedin
Referee: R. McDonald
May 27, 1961
Roslyn-Wakari 5 – 3 Dunedin HSOB
Walker 2, Smillie, Imman, Sanctuary [3] Morris (pen.), Cross, Hilliker
Tonga Park, Dunedin
Referee: D. Welham

Fourth Round[edit]

June 17, 1961
King Edward TCOB 1 – 0 Caversham
Cunningham [4]
Caledonian Ground, South Dunedin
Referee: R.E. McDonald
June 17, 1961
Northern 3 – 0 Roslyn-Wakari
Berry 2, G. Little [4]
Caledonian Ground, South Dunedin
Referee: W. Bamberry

Fifth Round[edit]

June 24, 1961
Invercargill Thistle 4 – 0 Rovers (Invercargill)

Quarter-finals[edit]

July 15, 1961
Invercargill Thistle 3 – 5 Northern
Steel 2, Frost [5] G. Little 2, McVey, Rae (pen.), Berry
Invercargill
July 22, 1961
Western 6 – 2 Nelson Thistle
Christchurch

Semi-finals ("Island finals")[edit]

August 5, 1961
Northern 3 – 1 Western
G. Little 2, J. Little [6] Newsome
Caledonian Ground, South Dunedin
Referee: T. Griggs
August 5, 1961
North Shore United 6 – 1 Miramar Rangers
Auckland

Final[edit]

August 26, 1961
Northern 2 – 0 North Shore United
G. Little, Campbell [7]
Basin Reserve, Wellington
Referee: C. Anderson

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hilton, T. (1991) An association with soccer. Auckland: The New Zealand Football Association. ISBN 0-473-01291-X. p.73
  2. ^ Otago Daily Times, May 8, 1961, p. 8
  3. ^ a b c d Otago Daily Times, May 29, 1961, p. 12
  4. ^ a b Otago Daily Times, June 19, 1961, p. 6
  5. ^ Otago Daily Times, July 17, 1961, p. 11
  6. ^ Otago Daily Times, August 7, 1961, p. 6
  7. ^ Otago Daily Times (August 28, 1961), p. 5