1932 Chatham Cup

The 1932 Chatham Cup was the tenth annual nationwide knockout football competition in New Zealand.

1932 Chatham Cup
Dates3 September 1932
Championship venueBasin Reserve, Wellington
ChampionsWellington Marist (1st title)
Runners-upMillerton All Blacks
Championship match score5 – 0

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

The Westland Association also ran qualifying finals. Taylorville were beaten by Dobson 5 - 1. Runanga and Cobden had to play two replays of the second Westland - Chatham Cup semi-final after the first result, a 4 - 2 victory for Runanga was protested by Cobden. The first replay was played at Dunollie where the large, raucous crowd eventually spilled on to the ground after a fight between two players with one spectator striking the referee. The result, 3 - 2 to Cobden was protested by Runanga. In the deciding third match Cobden finally beat Runanga 4 - 1. In the Westland - Chatham Cup final at Victoria Park, Dobson drew with Cobden 3 - 3. In the replay a week later on the 16th of July, Dobson beat Cobden 3 - 1, once again at Victoria Park. A Westland - Buller decider between Dobson and Millerton All Blacks was scheduled for the 23rd of July, with the victor to play Thistle (Christchurch) in early August.[1]

Teams taking part in the final rounds are known to have included Auckland YMCA, Hamilton Wanderers, St. Andrews (Manawatu), Wellington Marist, Riccarton, Millerton All Blacks and Maori Hill (Dunedin).

The 1932 finalEdit

Wellington Marist's Eddie Barton became the third player in Chatham Cup history to score a final hat-trick, in front of a crowd of 5000 at the Basin Reserve. The five-goal margin in the final remained a record until 1958. The game was described by contemporary sources as being a fine one, though it was one-sided. The first goal came after 25 minutes when Marist's Stan Marshment scrambled the ball across the line. Barton doubled the score before the interval. In the second half, playing with the stiff breeze, Jim Kershaw (later to become NZFA Chairman) curled the ball into the net directly from a corner. Millerton didn't take the opportunity to pull one back, missing a penalty, and Marist rubbed home the win with two further goals from Barton late on.

Millerton, a busy coalmining town in the 1930s, is now a ghost town.


Dobson2 - 3Millerton All Blacks
Clasper, W. Wilson Report Newman, J. Blyth 2
Victoria Park, Greymouth

Semi-finals ("Island finals")Edit

Hamilton Wanderers2 - 3Wellington Marist
J. Stewart, K. Cavaye Report T. Marshall 2, (Caldwell og.)
Seddon Park, Hamilton
Attendance: 1500
Referee: Jas. Baillie
Maori Hill1 - 3Millerton All Blacks
Proctor Report Cowan, Blyth, Taylor
Logan Park, Dunedin
Attendance: 1500
Referee: F. G. Smith



  1. ^ "WEST COAST NOTES". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. Retrieved 30 June 2020.