Christchurch is a blessed city with regard to football, and we could write volumes if we were to cover all the football clubs in this big city. From Christchurch United to Nomads United to Ferrymead Bays, it has them all. Others include Coastal Spirit FC, Parkland United Sports Club, and Halswell United FC. Let’s take a peek at the first two.
This is a semi-professional football club, and one of the competitors in Mainland Football, both at senior and junior levels. The team is a product of a merger of several clubs in Christchurch, which came together with a common goal of forming a strong side, that would compete with other teams in the New Zealand National Soccer League. The organisations involved in the merger included Shamrock, Christchurch City AFC, Christchurch Technical, and Rangers AFC.
From the 1970s to the 1980s, Christchurch United enjoyed a reputation as one of the top football clubs in New Zealand. As a matter of fact, the team actually won the national league six times in a span of 18 years (1973 to 1991). The club has also won the Chatham Cup on six occasions, between 1972 and 1991, and is known to have hosted some of New Zealand’s finest footballers, including Bobby Almond, Ian Park, Glen Collins, Ceri Evans, Graham Griffiths, and others.
Founded in 1910, Nomads United is a Harewood-based football club, that competes in the Robbie’s Premier Football League at the time of writing this content (September 2018), and it is the second oldest football club in Christchurch. During their early years, Nomads had more than one home ground, including Richmond Park, McFarlane Park, Malvern Park, and English Park, before Tulett Park became their official residence. Having, on numerous occasions, reached the later stages of the Chatham Cup, including the 1931 and 1963 finals, no one can dispute the fact that Nomads were a force to be reckoned with back in the day.