Technical's past Chatham final tussles
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A potted history of the Technical football club's seven previous Chatham Cup finals, all played at Wellington's Basin Reserve, ahead of Sunday's Chatham Cup football final between Cashmere Technical and Waitakere City at English Park in Christchurch. Kick-off: 2.30pm.
1946: MARIST (WELLINGTON) 2 TECHNICAL OLD BOYS (CANTERBURY) 1
Tech scorer: Cyril Thomas.
Team: Ray Davey, Maurice Dean, Peter O'Malley, Ernie Harris, Vic Smith, Sid Goldsmith, Jim Cook, Henry Tullett, Don Grieve, Keith Lucas, Cyril Thomas.
Press report: A record 8000-plus crowd watched the first post-war final at Wellington's Basin Reserve and witnessed a hometown victory.
Cyril Thomas netted Tech's only goal after Vic Smith, ''from a little short of halfway, kicked to the Marist goalmouth where Thomas was waiting and netted''. Nice one, Cyril.
But Jack Hatchard grabbed a brace for Marist, who received the cup from Governor General Sir Bernard Freyberg. Smith and Tech goalkeeper Ray Davey were mentioned in dispatches.
1947: WATERSIDE (WELLINGTON) 2 TECHNICAL OLD BOYS 1
Tech scorer: Colin Bailey.
Team: Ray Davey, Maurice Dean, Peter O'Malley, Ernie Harris, Vic Smith, Jim Cook, Don Grieve, Reg Storer, Colin Bailey, Keith Lucas, Cyril Thomas.
Press report: Tech fielded three New Zealand internationals, Ray Davey, Vic Smith and Peter O'Malley, to Waterside's one but the Wharfies had three recent cup wins to their credit.
The two teams were ''evenly matched, but ''Waterside won because it was a more rugged team forward''.
Tech ''used more constructive tactics'' but the game was ''a hard one rather than an exhibition of polished football''.
1948: TECHNICAL OLD BOYS 2 WATERSIDE 0
Tech scorers: Peter O'Malley, Cyril Thomas.
Team: Ray Davey, Maurice Dean, Ernie Harris, Earl Mason, Vic Smith, Jim Cook, Don Grieve, John MacLennan, Colin Bailey, Peter OMalley, Cyril Thomas.
Press report: ''In their third successive attempt to lift the Chatham Cup'', Christchurch Technical Old Boys struck the jackpot.
Seven players were playing in their third final for Tech who ''applied pressure from the onset with excellent cohesion and good kicking, marred only by poor passing''.
Peter O'Malley scored Tech's first goal from a long shot. Keeper Ray Davey and his defence remained firm under bombardment from Wharfies. O'Malley and John MacLennan set up Cyril Thomas for the clincher goal, his second in three cup finals.
1950: EDEN (AUCKLAND) 3 TECHNICAL OLD BOYS 2 (*AFTER EXTRA TIME)
Tech scorers: Cyril Thomas, Colin Bailey.
Team: Lindsay McKenzie, Maurice Dean, Ernie Harris, Vic Smith, Nelson King, Jim Cook, John MacLennan, Peter O'Malley, Colin Bailey, Keith Lucas, Cyril Thomas.
Press report: Dean, Harris, Smith, King, O'Malley and Thomas were playing in their fourth final in five years. Nearly 11,000 spectators packed the Basin despite the absence of a Wellington finalist for the first time in 12 years.
The Aucklanders' success was ''due to superior stamina. In the extra-time, Eden was in the ascendent [sic] for the greater part''.
''Technical looked the better team in the first spell, their positional play being superior. But they were unable to head their opponents''.
Cyril Thomas got on the cup final scoresheet for the third time and John MacLennan was also on target for Tech.
1957: SEATOUN (WELLINGTON) 3 TECHNICAL OLD BOYS 1
Tech scorer: Andy McAnulty.
Team: Keith Sanders, Colin Spinks, Maurice Dean, Dennis Charlton, Jim Hunter, Ian Drewitt, Albert Gardenbroek, Vic Smith, Ted Charlton, Andy McAnulty, Ernie Fields.
Press report: Seatoun stalwart Bob Smith - grandfather of former All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen - celebrated his third cup coaching triumph against a Tech team boasting his brother Vic.
Bob Smith, later to become New Zealand Football Association president, had coached Christchurch club Western to the title in 1945 and 1955.
Ted Charlton, Tech's centreforward, tested the Seatoun keeper with powerful shots but only Andy McAnulty netted after a Dennis Charlton freekick. But the 5000-strong crowd witnessed a local victory.
1960: NORTH SHORE UNITED (AUCKLAND) 5 TECHNICAL OLD BOYS 3
Tech scorers: Arthur Verham, John Campbell, Ted Charlton.
Team: Keith Flintham, Ian Graham, Kevin Rasmussen, Kevin Hendy, Richard Van Dalsum, Arthur Verlander, Malcolm Jones, Arthur Verham, Ted Charlton, William Shannon, John Campbell.
Press report:'''One of the highest-scoring Chatham Cup finals on record- played before a crowd of 7500 - was one of the finest ever seen, and an added triumph for [North Shore]', who celebrated their 75th anniversary.''
The eight-goal thriller justified the hyperbole with ''the determined Technical team'' holding its northern opponents in the first half before being undone by the ''clever tactical moves inspired by the brilliant winghalf [Ken] Armstrong'', the former Chelsea professional and England international.
The late Kevin Hendy, was the ''star player of the Technical team. His clever anticipation and cover defence broke up the ever-threatening left wing attacks''. Hendy's career ended prematurely but he dedicated the rest of his life to Tech as a trusted and able administrator.
Tech scored first through Arthur Verham and John Campbell reduced the deficit to 3-2 before Shore pulled away. NZ international Ted Charlton scored a consolation third goal for Tech.
1968: EASTERN SUBURBS (AUCKLAND) 2 TECHNICAL 0
Tech team: Ian Marshall, Grahame Davis, Alex Hawthorn, Ken France, Graham Griffiths, Jim Chalmers, Adrian Daw, Bryce Wilkinson, Alan Caine (Peter Kay, sub), Stewart Squire, Kevin Pahi.
Press report: Auckland club Eastern Suburbs equalled Wellington Waterside's record of four outright victories in a game Technical ''never looked like winning''.
''The better team won; Suburbs were our masters in all phases,'' the late Jim Chalmers, Tech's player-coach, graciously conceded. Suburbs goalkeeper Kevin Harlock had ''an armchair ride'' while the late Ian Marshall, Tech's keeper and a future
All Whites coach, had no chance of stopping the two goals by Suburbs' sharpshooter John Wrathall. Fullback Grahame Davis was ''the one outstanding Technical player'' and ''deservedly won New Zealand selection'', although Chalmers, Ken France and Bryce Wilkinson ''worked tremendously hard to infuse some spirit of attack into their forwards''.
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