New Zealand Football and Auckland Football Federation (AFF) are saddened to learn of the passing of former All White and Blockhouse Bay stalwart Colin Shaw.
“Football in New Zealand has come a long way and our future is exciting but we never forget our rich history and the contributions made by past players such as Colin, who helped lay the foundation by making their mark both on and off the pitch,” AFF Chairman Glyn Taylor says.
“Colin distinguished himself as a striker of some renown with the All Whites and Blockhouse Bay and he will be sorely missed. The football family remembers Colin with affection and respect and our deepest condolences go out to the Shaw family at this most difficult time.”
Born in the Isle of Man, Colin scored eight goals in five appearances for New Zealand and was a star for the Blockhouse Bay club in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
His goals led Blockhouse Bay to a Chatham Cup and National League double in 1970, which was the inaugural year of the latter competition. Colin finished that season with 15 National League goals in only 14 matches.
In other highlights, he scored two goals in the 1970 Chatham Cup final against Western Suburbs – which ended in a 2-2 draw – and then scored the winner in a 3-2 replay victory a week later.
With winner’s medals for both the Chatham Cup and National League, New Zealand international caps and the country’s footballer of the year award, Colin became the first player to earn all four honours in a single season.
His proficiency in front of goal continued and he plundered more goals with 20 strikes in just 18 National League appearances in 1971.
Poignantly, Blockhouse Bay players from this era held a reunion lunch at the Bay Olympic club rooms last Saturday. This was an event was Colin was looking forward to attending yet sadly did not make.
A number of Colin’s former teammates were present and they along with the teams and supporters of both Bay Olympic and Birkenhead United marked his passing before their Lotto NRFL Premier League game with a minute’s silence.
Colin is survived by his wife Margaret, his children and grandchildren.
All Whites career
5 November 1967 v Australia lost 3-5 (1 goal)
10 November 1967 v South Vietnam lost 1-5 (1 goal)
16 November 1967 v Malaysia won 8-2 (3 goals)
17 September 1968 v Fiji won 5-0 (3 goals)
8 October 1968 v New Caledonia lost 1-3
Chatham Cup Final
5 September 1970, Blockhouse Bay 2-2 Western Suburbs (2 goals)
12 September 1970, Blockhouse Bay 3-2 Western Suburbs (1 goal)
Story courtesy of Auckland Football