1997 Chatham Cup

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1997 Chatham Cup
Dates 27 September 1997
Championship venue Park Island Ground, Napier
Champions Central United (1st title)
Runners-up Napier City Rovers
Championship match score 3–2
Jack Batty Memorial Cup Ivan Vicelich (Central United)

The 1997 Chatham Cup was the 70th annual nationwide knockout football competition in New Zealand.

Up to the last 16 of the competition, the cup was run in three regions (northern, central, and southern), with an open draw from the quarter-finals on. National League teams received a bye until the third round (last 64). In all, 135 teams took part in the competition, which consisted of five rounds followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals, and a final.

The 1997 final[edit]

Central United won the final, beating Napier City Rovers 3-2.

The Jack Batty Memorial Cup is awarded to the player adjudged to have made to most positive impact in the Chatham Cup final. The winner of the 1997 Jack Batty Memorial Cup was Ivan Vicelich of Central United.


Third Round[edit]

Avon United (Christchurch) 1 – 2 Christchurch Technical

Central United (Auckland) 12 – 3 Melville (Hamilton)

Manurewa 0 – 2 Fencibles United (Auckland)

Palmerston North Marist 7 – 0 Red Sox (Palmerston North)

Metro (Auckland) 12 – 1 Whangarei Rovers

Northland United (Whangarei) 0 – 1 Three Kings United (Auckland)

Takapuna City 11 – 1 Carlton (Auckland)

Tararua United (Upper Hutt) 0 – 2 Waterside Karori

Tawa 0 – 2 Western Suburbs FC (Porirua)

Te Atatu 4 – 0 Cadcam Services (Auckland)

Wairarapa United (Masterton) 0 – 3 Manawatu (Palmerston North)

West Harbour (Auckland) 0 – 3 Tauranga City
* Won on penalties by Waitakere City (6-5)
"Waihopai' received a bye to the Fourth Round.

Fourth Round[edit]

Dunedin Technical 10 – 0 Waihopai (Invercargill)
* Won on penalties by Three Kings United (3-2)

Fifth Round[edit]

22 June
Blockhouse Bay 4 – 5 Central United
Carmody 2, Dixon, Lynch [1] M. Urlovic 3 (1 pen.), Harris 2
Whitney Street, Blockhouse Bay
Referee: C. Borland



17 August
Mount Wellington 1 – 4 Central United
Armstrong [2] Loftus 2, Torrens, Fowler (pen.)


27 September
Central United 3 – 2 (aet) Napier City Rovers
P. Urlovic 2, Rufer [3] Akers, Oliver
Park Island Ground, Napier
Referee: S. Sargent