1988 Chatham Cup
|Dates||first leg: 22 October 1988
second leg: 24 October 1988
|Championship venue||first leg: Queen Elizabeth II Park, Christchurch
second leg: Muir Park, Hamilton
|Champions||Waikato United (1st title)|
|Championship match score||3–3 (aggregate; Waikato United won on away goals)|
|Jack Batty Memorial Cup||Steve Tate, Waikato United|
Up to the last 16 of the competition, the cup was run in three regions (northern, central, and southern). National League teams received a bye until the final 64 stage. In all, 147 teams took part in the competition, a new record for the time.
The 1988 final
The final was the third and last to be held over home and away legs. The format was abandoned for the 1989 Chatham Cup as it proved unpopular. The 1988 final was the only one to be decided on the away goals rule, with Waikato United winning after scoring more goals in the first leg in Christchurch, despite both matches ending in draws.
The first leg was held in Christchurch, and proved to be an exciting match. Waikato took the lead through Steve Tate, and Lance Bauerfeind doubled their advantage. Christchurch never gave up, and scored twice in the last 20 minutes through John Hanson and Johan Verweij.
The two goals scored by Waikato in the first match were to prove invaluable. The second tie, in Hamilton, was evenly balanced. Waikato's Steve Tate again opened the scoring, with a goal after 17 minutes. The away goals rule meant that Christchurch would then need two goals — a 1–1 draw would not be enough for them. In the event, one goal was all they got, via a Keith Braithwaite penalty a quarter of an hour before the final whistle.
The Jack Batty Memorial Trophy for player of the final was awarded to double goalscorer Steve Tate of Waikato United.
|Cashmere Wanderers||0 – 4||Burndale United (Christchurch)|
|Old Boys (Invercargill)||3 – 3 (aet)*||Queens Park (Invercargill)|
* won on penalties by Queens Park (5-4) and South Auckland (4-3)
|Burndale United (Christchurch)||3 – 2||North End United (Dunedin)|
* won on penalties by Waikato United (3-0)
22 October 1988
|Christchurch United||2 – 2||Waikato United|
|Hanson, Verweij||Tate, Bauerfeind|
24 October 1988
|Waikato United||1 – 1||Christchurch United|
Aggregate score 3-3. Waikato United won on away goals.