Sumner to be honoured at Golden Oldies

The Golden Oldies festival will pay tribute to Steve Sumner's impact on football in New Zealand. Photo: Marty Melville / www.photosport.nz

Football teams from around the world will have the opportunity to play for the inaugural Steve Sumner Cup at next April’s Golden Oldies World Football Festival, to be held in Christchurch as part of the Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies Sports Celebration 2018.

Earle Thomas, football manager for the Golden Oldies and a former All Whites captain, says it’s a privilege to be the first event to honour Sumner’s contribution to football.

Former All White Earle Thomas with the Steve Sumner Cup.

“We are extremely grateful to Steve’s family for allowing us to name the cup for the first division competition at Golden Oldies World Football Festival in his honour,” Thomas says.

“The Sumner family want to keep Steve’s legacy alive and are happy for the Golden Oldies event to name the cup in his honour. We felt it was very fitting with the event being held in Steve’s home town and being played for by footballers who participate for the sheer love of the game.”

While it is only the division one teams who will play for the Steve Sumner Cup, the Golden Oldies World Football Festival aims to attract some 60 or more teams in a number of categories and age groups from around New Zealand and overseas for the week-long tournament.

Steve Sumner shoots for New Zealand in a 2-2 with Saudi Arabia at Mt Smart Stadium during qualifying for the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Photo: Anthony Phelps / www.photosport.nz

Thomas says the cup will be contested every year at the bi-annual Golden Oldies World Football Festival and at a local tournament in Christchurch in alternate years.

The Golden Oldies World Football Festival will be played from April 15 to 22 in 2018 at Hagley Park. It is one of 10 sports – the others being rugby, hockey, netball, basketball, cricket, squash, softball, golf and lawn bowls – which make up the month-long Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies Sports Celebration 2018 event and which aims to attract a total of 10,000 sports people and their supporters and officials.

Open to men and women aged 35 years and above, grades are available for the competitive through to the recreational player.

All teams that enter before August 31 will receive five free training balls.

To enter your team and for more information please visit www.christchurchgoldenoldies.com/football

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