Thistle in Chatham Cup action

The Chatham Cup.

Chatham Cup knockout football returns to Childers Road Reserve tomorrow when Gisborne Thistle host Havelock North Wanderers in Round 1 action.

Pacific Premiership side Gisborne Vehicle Testing Station Thistle face Central Federation League team Wanderers at 2pm — the first time a Chatham Cup fixture has been played here for over 10 years.

The sides met in a Chatham Cup game three years ago in Havelock North, Thistle losing a nail-biter 4-3.

Thistle are now in the same division as the Wanderers reserves side.

“It’s great to see the Chatham Cup back in Gisborne after all this time and I am looking forward to my side making a great game of it,” said Thistle coach Garrett Blair.

“In the Chatham Cup, just like England’s FA Cup, the underdogs can cause an upset.

“If we keep playing the way we have been in the last few weeks, we have every chance to do so,” said Blair, whose side have won two of their three league clashes including a 3-2 away win over Napier City Rovers Reserves last weekend.

Blair has some player concerns heading into tomorrow. He is hoping skipper Nick Land, Jay Matthews and Ander Batarrita will pass fitness tests to start, while midfielder Sam Patterson is unavailable.

Emerson Araya is to come in at right fullback and Englishman Brandon Josling will push up into the right midfield, a position he scored in two weeks ago against Gisborne United.

The Chatham Cup is similar to the FA Cup in England. Any football side in the country can enter and the format is knockout.

The cup has been won just once by a Gisborne club. Gisborne City beat Christchurch United 7-3 on aggregate (two-leg home and away) in 1987.

Birkenhead United are the defending champions.

The cup itself was gifted to the New Zealand Football Association in 1922 by the crew of HMS Chatham as a token of appreciation for the hospitality they encountered on a visit to New Zealand.

The actual trophy is modelled on the FA Cup.

Chatham Cup knockout football returns to Childers Road Reserve tomorrow when Gisborne Thistle host Havelock North Wanderers in Round 1 action.

Pacific Premiership side Gisborne Vehicle Testing Station Thistle face Central Federation League team Wanderers at 2pm — the first time a Chatham Cup fixture has been played here for over 10 years.

The sides met in a Chatham Cup game three years ago in Havelock North, Thistle losing a nail-biter 4-3.

Thistle are now in the same division as the Wanderers reserves side.

“It’s great to see the Chatham Cup back in Gisborne after all this time and I am looking forward to my side making a great game of it,” said Thistle coach Garrett Blair.

“In the Chatham Cup, just like England’s FA Cup, the underdogs can cause an upset.

“If we keep playing the way we have been in the last few weeks, we have every chance to do so,” said Blair, whose side have won two of their three league clashes including a 3-2 away win over Napier City Rovers Reserves last weekend.

Blair has some player concerns heading into tomorrow. He is hoping skipper Nick Land, Jay Matthews and Ander Batarrita will pass fitness tests to start, while midfielder Sam Patterson is unavailable.

Emerson Araya is to come in at right fullback and Englishman Brandon Josling will push up into the right midfield, a position he scored in two weeks ago against Gisborne United.

The Chatham Cup is similar to the FA Cup in England. Any football side in the country can enter and the format is knockout.

The cup has been won just once by a Gisborne club. Gisborne City beat Christchurch United 7-3 on aggregate (two-leg home and away) in 1987.

Birkenhead United are the defending champions.

The cup itself was gifted to the New Zealand Football Association in 1922 by the crew of HMS Chatham as a token of appreciation for the hospitality they encountered on a visit to New Zealand.

The actual trophy is modelled on the FA Cup.

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