1929 Chatham Cup

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

1929 Chatham Cup
Dates26 August 1929
Championship venueBasin Reserve, Wellington
Defending championsPetone
ChampionsTramways (1st title)
Championship match score4 – 0

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.

Electric SoccerEdit

Blandford Park held Auckland's first Chatham Cup match under electric lighting in 1929. The first round fixture between Thistle and Y.M.C.A in extra time, was completed under floodlighting. On 12 June, in a second round fixture, Northcote were scheduled for an evening kick off against Thistle at Blandford Park at 7:30pm,[1]though due to bad weather the match was rescheduled [2]to take place on 19 June, and again was postponed due to the weather. [3] On 26 June the match was again postponed due to the state of Blandford Park. [4] Finally on the evening of 3 July the match took place, with Thistle defeating Northcote 3 - 2. [5]





Christchurch Thistle, Nomads, Rangers, Western, St. Albans, New Brighton A.F.C.


Hospital, Institute Old Boys'

Hawkes BayEdit


St Andrew's, Palmerston North Returned Services Association (R.S.A.)

Poverty BayEdit

Gisborne Thistle


Auckland F.A: Tramways, Y.M.C.A. (Auckland), Celtic (Auckland), Thistle (Auckland), Ponsonby, Onehunga, Bon Accord, Auckland Corinthians, Manurewa, Belmont, Rangers (Auckland)

South Auckland F.A:

North Auckland F.A:

The 1929 finalEdit

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.[6]


Auckland Round One
Thistle (Auckland)5-3 (a.e.t.)
Final quarter of match played under floodlights at Blandford
Y.M.C.A. (Auckland)
Kay 2, Chalmers, Webb, Hislop Report Humphries 2, McAuslan
Blandford Park, Auckland
Referee: Mr. L.C.H. Dawson
Auckland Round One
Celtic (Auckland)3-1Ponsonby
Rimmer, Watt 2 Report Ward
Blandford Park, Auckland
Referee: Mr. A. Parkinson
Auckland Round One
Onehunga0-1Bon Accord
Report Nicol
Auckland Domain, Auckland
Referee: Mr. R. H. Parfitt
Auckland Round One
Jones, Ahern Report Christie, Williams 2, Bell, Spencer, Simpson, Spong
Victoria Park, Auckland
Referee: Mr. J. Campbell
Auckland Round One
Report Williamson
Devonport, Auckland
Referee: Mr. A. Bowie
Auckland Round One
Onehunga, Auckland
Referee: Mr. G. Shand
Wellington Round One
Institute Old Boys2-1Hospital
May 2 Report
Basin Reserve, Wellington
Auckland Round Two
Floodlit night match
Thistle (Auckland)
Pugh 2 Report Kay 2, Rowat
Blandford Park, Auckland
Referee: Mr. A. J. Galley
Auckland Round Two
Celtic (Auckland)Postponed
Floodlit night match
Blandford Park, Auckland
Canterbury Round One
NomadsvRangers A.F.C.
Spreydon Park, Christchurch
Referee: Mr. Cawtheray
Canterbury Round One
St. Alban'svNew Brighton
Richmond Park, Christchurch
Referee: Mr. Wilson
Wellington Semi-Final
Match abandoned after 30 minutes
Y.M.C.A. (Wellington)
Petone Recreation Ground, Wellington
Referee: Mr. R. Ball
Wellington Semi-Final
Wellington MaristvInstitute Old Boys
Basin Reserve, Wellington
Referee: Mr. G. Jackson
Manawatu District Final
St. Andrew's5-0R.S.A. (Palmerston North)
McKenzie 3, Lyons, Beecham, Report
North Street Park, Palmerston North
Referee: Mr. R. Moxon


Tramways8 – 2Poverty 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


Tramways4 – 0Seacliff
Spencer 2, Bell, Lewis report
Referee: D. Stirratt


  1. ^ "Electric Soccer - Cup Tie Tonight - Thistle v Northcote". Papers Past. 6 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Association Football - Evening Match Postponed". Papers Past. 6 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Floodlight Match Off - Tonights Game Postponed". Papers Past. 6 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Chatham Cup Competition - No Match Tonight". Papers Past. 6 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Knock Out Soccer - Chatham Cup Tie - Northcote's Good Fight". Papers Past. 6 June 2021.
  6. ^ Hilton, T. (1991) An association with soccer. Auckland: The New Zealand Football Association. ISBN 0-473-01291-X. p. 68