1930 Chatham Cup

The 1930 Chatham Cup was the eighth annual nationwide knockout football competition in New Zealand.

1930 Chatham Cup
Dates6 September 1930
Championship venueBasin Reserve, Wellington
ChampionsPetone (2nd title)
Championship match score2 – 1

The competition was run on a regional basis, with five regional associations (Auckland, Wellington, Manawatu, Canterbury, and Otago) each holding separate qualifying rounds. In all, "almost 30 teams" took part.[1]

Teams taking part in the final rounds are known to have included Auckland Thistle (who defeated Auckland YMCA in the Auckland regional final[2]), St. Andrews (Manawatu), Petone, and Western (Christchurch). Other teams known to have taken part include Wellington's Hospital AFC, Diamonds, and Waterside;[3] Canterbury's Christchurch Thistle, Nomads, and Rangers;[4] and Dunedin teams Port Chalmers and Northern.[5]

The previous season's winners, Tramways caused something of a sensation when they defaulted their first round match as a protest at having to play under floodlights.[6] Further controversy was caused when the North Island final was awarded in to Petone by forfeiture in questionable circumstances.[7]

The 1930 finalEdit

Petone won the title for a second time, having previously won in 1928. In what was, by contemporary reports, an exciting game, Petone had the advantage of the wind at their backs in squally conditions, scoring the only goal of the first half through Dave Craig. In the second half, rain added to the wind to make conditions treacherous. Clarrie Falloon equalised for Western, and then thought they had taken the lead, only to have their second shot ruled out by referee A.E. Caisley. J. Dodds grabbed the winner with only a handful of minutes remaining, and Petone lifted the trophy for the second time, the first team to do so.[8]



Western3 – 2Christchurch Thistle
Falloon 2, ? report
Petone6 – 0Wanganui
Craig 2, ?, ?, ?, ? report
Auckland Thistle? – ??

Semi-finals ("Island finals")Edit

Auckland Thistlew/o win to PetonePetone


Petone2 – 1Western
Craig, Dodds [2], [3] Falloon
Referee: A.E. Caisley


  1. ^ Papers Past — NZ Truth — 12 June 1930 — CHATHAM CUP ELIMINATION
  2. ^ Papers Past — NZ Truth — 26 June 1930 — In the Chatham Cup elimination round In Auckland Thistle defeated V.M.C.A. by three goals to nil.
  3. ^ Papers Past — NZ Truth — 10 July 1930 — YOUNG MEN LOOK SILLY
  4. ^ Papers Past — NZ Truth — 17 July 1930 — THE FINALISTS
  5. ^ Papers Past — NZ Truth — 17 July 1930 — LOW STANDARD
  6. ^ Papers Past — NZ Truth — 5 June 1930 — CHAMPIONS
  7. ^ Papers Past — NZ Truth — 7 August 1930 — TROUBLED WATERS IN THE NORTH
  8. ^ Hilton, T. (1991) An association with soccer. Auckland: The New Zealand Football Association. ISBN 0-473-01291-X. p. 69