Seacliff AFC

Seacliff AFC was a soccer club based in the Otago region of New Zealand's South Island. They are notable for being the first team to win the Chatham Cup competition. They contested the final on later occasions in 1924, 1925, and 1929. Many of the team came from the staff of the Seacliff Lunatic Asylum; with the demise of the hospital in the 1940s, the team went into hiatus.[2]

Seacliff AFC
Seacliff soccer 1923.jpg
The team that won the first
Chatham Cup in 1923
Full nameSeacliff Association Football Club
Nickname(s)The Light Blues [1]
GroundSeacliff, Otago

A new team using the Seacliff name formed in the early 1980s and competed in the Chatham Cup between 1990 and 1997, reaching the second round in 1994. The new team was initially largely from the staff of the Cherry Farm Hospital which had been built to replace the Seacliff institution; with the closure of this hospital, the team also soon disbanded.[3]


  1. ^ "Soccer". Evening Post. 8 August 1925. p. 18. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Football: Rapturous scenes for victorious Seacliff". Otago Daily Times. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  3. ^ Hilton, Tony; Smith, Barry (1991). An Association with Soccer: The NZFA Celebrates Its First 100 Years. New Zealand Football. p. 94. ISBN 978-0473012915.
Chatham Cup
Preceded by
1923 Chatham Cup
Succeeded by
Auckland Harbour Board