1931 Chatham Cup
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1931 Chatham Cup

1931 Chatham Cup
Championship venueBasin Reserve, Wellington
ChampionsTramurewa (1st title)
Championship match score5 - 2 aet
1932 ->

The 1931 Chatham Cup was the ninth annual nationwide knockout football competition in New Zealand.

The competition was run on a regional basis, with six regional associations (Auckland, Walkato, Wellington, Manawatu, Canterbury, and Otago) each holding separate qualifying rounds. In all, 30 teams took part in the competition,[1] though some reports suggest there may have been 31 teams,[2] and for the first time the majority came from the South Island. This was an improvements over previous years, but still a tiny number considering that 514 teams were affiliated to the regional associations nationwide.[3] Participation by Auckland teams was particularly poor, with only three sides from that city taking part.


The following 30 teams are known to have taken part in the competition:

The 1931 final

The final was won by Tramurewa, a recent amalgamation of former winners Tramways and Manurewa, soon to be renamed Manurewa AFC. In all, six of Tramurewa's player had played for Tramways in the 1929 final. In the final almost all of the action occurred in the second half. A. Wilson was the first scorer for Nomads, followed two minutes later by G. Goode. Clem Bell then scored twice to leave the scores tied at 2-2. Nomads defended stoutly to keep the scores tied until full-time, but in the first period of extra time both H., Donaldson and Arthur Spong scored for the Auckland team. The goal tally was completed just before the end of the second period of extra time by Bell's third goal.[4]

Tramurewa's Clem Bell was the second player in Chatham Cup history to score a final hat-trick, and also the second player to score in two separate finals (he scored in Tramways' win in 1929). The tally of seven goals scored in the game was the highest aggregate until 1940.


Semi-finals ("Island finals")


Tramurewa5 - 2 aetNomads
Bell 3, Spong, H. Donaldson Wilson, Goode
Referee: F. Sanders


  1. ^ Papers Past -- Evening Post -- 20 May 1931 -- THE SOCCER CODE
  2. ^ Papers Past -- Evening Post -- 3 June 1931 -- ASSOCIATION
  3. ^ Papers Past -- Evening Post -- 10 April 1931 -- SOCCER FOOTBALL
  4. ^ Hilton, T. (1991) An association with soccer. Auckland: The New Zealand Football Association. ISBN 0-473-01291-X. p. 69

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