1926 Chatham Cup

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1926 Chatham Cup
Dates 5 June – 4 September 1926
Championship venue Basin Reserve, Wellington
Champions Sunnyside (1st title)
Runners-up North Shore
Championship match score 4 – 2

The 1926 Chatham Cup was the fourth annual nationwide knockout football competition in New Zealand.

The competition was run on a regional basis, with five regional associations (Auckland, Wellington, Waikato, Canterbury, and Otago) each holding separate qualifying rounds. In all, 36 teams entered the 1926 competition,[1] with the overwhelming majority being from the North Island.

According to Huntly Thistle's club website, the club beat Pukemiro 6-0 and Hikurangi 4-0 before losing to the eventual finalists North Shore 3-1.[2] These teams, and those known to have qualified as regional champions and/or taken part in island finals brings the list of known entrants to 20.

One unusual feature of the 1926 competition was that three of the four semi-finalist sides were composed largely of staff from three of the country's largest mental hospitals, at Sunnyside, Porirua, and Seacliff.[3]

The 1926 final[edit]

The final was played at the Basin Reserve, Wellington, a change of venue from the previous finals which had been at Newtown Park or Athletic Park. The following year the final briefly returned to Newtown Park, before making its permanent home at the Basin Reserve, a venue which was used regularly until the 1970s.

In the final, played in front of some 4000 spectators, Sunnyside's Archie Trotter became the first player to complete a Chatham Cup final hat-trick. The match was high scoring, but contemporary reports suggest that many opportunities were missed by both teams. H. Pickering put Sunnyside in front after just seven minutes. Archie Trotter doubled the lead for Sunnyside before L. Hipkins scored for North Shore. After the half-time interval Trotter scored two further goals before John Woolley scored a late consolation for North Shore.[4]

Other notable features of the final included the appearance in the North Shore team of both Reg Baxter and Ces Dacre. Baxter was the first player to play for two different sides in Chatham Cup finals, having been part of the successful Seacliff team in the 1923 final. Dacre, while a fine player and New Zealand representative at football, is best remembered as one of New Zealand's foremost early cricketers.


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First Round[edit]

5 June 1926
Petone 3 – 3* Johnsonville
* Extra time was not played owing to fading light


12 June 1926
Petone 4 – 0 Johnsonville
Brislee, Paterson

Referee: E. Watts

Second Round[edit]

19 June 1926
Hospital 6 – 0 Waterside
Newman 4, ?, ?
Basin Reserve
Referee: C. Kelly

19 June 1926
Wellington Marist 3 – 2 (aet) Petone
 ?, ?, ? Paterson, Pincock
Kelburn Park
Referee: F. Hall

19 June 1926
Wellington Thistle 3 – 1 Wellington Institute
Basin Reserve
Referee: G. Jackson

19 June 1926
Wellington YMCA 7 – 2 Seatoun
Dempster 2, Orr 2, McGirr, Ballard, Stark [5] Telford, Murie
Basin Reserve
Referee: G. Wilson

Third Round[edit]

10 July 1926
North Shore 3 – 2 Northcote

26 June 1926
Hospital AFC 1 – 0 Wellington Thistle
Hospital Ground, Porirua
Referee: G. Jackson

26 June 1926
Wellington YMCA 2 – 0 Wellington Marist
Wilkins 2 [6]
Basin Reserve
Referee: E. Ormrod

Fourth Round[edit]

24 July 1926
Hospital AFC 3 – 2 Wellington YMCA
Newman 3 [7] Wilkins, Worth
Basin Reserve
Referee: L.F.C. Cooper


7 August 1926
Palmerston North Athletic 2 – 7 Hospital AFC
Whitehouse 2 [8] Newman 3, Ferguson 2, White, Anderson
Palmerston North
Referee: Rev. Duncombe

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

28 August 1926
North Shore 4 – 3 (aet) Hospital AFC
Jay 2,Dacre, Baxter [9] Lambert, Anderson, Newman
Blandford Park Auckland


4 September 1926
Sunnyside 4 – 2 North Shore
Trotter 3, Pickering report Hipkins, Woolley
Basin Reserve, Wellington
Referee: G. Kelly


  1. ^ "Chatham Cup Final to-morrow". Evening Post. 3 September 1926. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/huntlythistleafc/history.pl
  3. ^ "Will local men redeem themselves?". Evening Post. 7 August 1926. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Hilton, T. (1991) An association with soccer. Auckland: The New Zealand Football Association. ISBN 0-473-01291-X. pp. 67-68
  5. ^ "The Wellington "Reps."". Evening Post. 26 June 1926. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Chatham Cup: Y.M.C.A too good". Evening Post. 28 June 1926. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Against Otago: Wellington's second game in English trophy series". Evening Post. 17 July 1926. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Once again Marist win challenge cup". Evening Post. 14 August 1926. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "The Chatham Cup: Hospital defeated". Evening Post. 4 September 1926. Retrieved 18 September 2010.