South Island fans of the All Whites are invited to a night of fun and World Cup anticipation at O’Shea’s Public House in Christchurch.
The Centre Circle — an independent fans’ group who are partners of Friends of Football — are hosting a get-together for all supporters who want to share in the excitement of New Zealand’s upcoming FIFA World Cup play-off against Costa Rica.
The free-entry event will be held at O’Shea’s on Saturday June 11, from 6pm till closing time.
“We’re inviting as many former All Whites to come along so we can all talk football and get into the mood for the big game in Doha,” says Centre Circle chair Bobby Almond, a key member of the 1982 All Whites who became the first national side to reach a finals tournament.
O’Sheas, owned by former All White Alan Stroud (see main photo), is at 124-134 Marshland Road, Shirley, Christchurch 8061.
Almond said the ’82 All Whites were very much aware of the support they had ‘back home’ when they met China in a sudden-death play-off, similar to the game facing the current crop of players.
“We knew how much excitement it was creating and that spurred us on.
“I hope we can encourage fans to get to events like this to show how much support there is.”
Friends of Football are hosting a lunch in Auckland on the day before the Costa Rica game, at which members of the ’82 All Whites will be special guests.
Aptly, the lunch will be held at Mt Smart Stadium, looking down on the pitch that created so many memories from the 1982 qualifying campaign.