1929 Chatham Cup

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1929 Chatham Cup
Dates 26 August 1929
Championship venue Basin Reserve, Wellington
Champions Tramways (1st title)
Runners-up Seacliff
Championship match score 4 – 0

The 1929 Chatham Cup was the seventh annual nationwide knockout football competition in New Zealand.

The competition was run on a regional basis, with six regional associations (Auckland, Wellington, Poverty Bay, Manawatu, Canterbury, and Otago) each holding separate qualifying rounds.

Teams taking part in the final rounds are known to have included Wellington YWCA (who beat Petone and Institute to reach the last eight[1]), Tramways (Auckland), Poverty Bay Thistle (Gisborne), St. Andrews (Manawatu), and Seacliff. Canterbury entrants included Riccarton, Western, Thistle, and Rangers.

The 1929 final[edit]

Seacliff's George Anderson, Bill Rogers, Bill Murray, and Bill Hooper were each playing in their fourth final, at that time record. Unfortunately for them, Tramways totally dominated the final. The only goal of the first half came from Clem Bell, though Seacliff came close to equalising before the break. In the second half, though, Seacliff were outclassed. Early on in the half Seacliff keeper T. Jackson managed to get a hand to a shot from F. Lewis but was unable to keep the ball for entering the goal (some sources name Evan Williams was the scorer of this goal). Harry Spencer added two more goals for the Aucklanders, but there was controversy when no penalty was awarded for a clear handball by a defender in front of the Tramways goal late in the match.[2]



Christchurch Thistle 4 – 1 Western
Trotter 3, Walker report Evans
Tramways 8 – 2 Poverty Bay Thistle
Spencer 3, Bell 3, Williams, Stretton report Watt 2

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

Tramways ? – ?* Wellington YMCA

*YMCA "faded out after leading 1-0 when the half-time whistle sounded", according to the report


Tramways 4 – 0 Seacliff
Spencer 2, Bell, Lewis report
Referee: D. Stirratt


  1. ^ Papers Past — NZ Truth — 8 August 1929 — Y.M.C.A. For Final
  2. ^ Hilton, T. (1991) An association with soccer. Auckland: The New Zealand Football Association. ISBN 0-473-01291-X. p. 68