Challenge cup goes on the line again in Auckland’s Lake Road Derby

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Holders Takapuna AFC will defend the Quinnell/Richards Cup when they host North Shore United in this weekend’s Northern League fixture.

The Quinnell/Richards Cup was brought out of North Shore United’s trophy cabinet for the resumption of rivalry between the clubs when Takapuna earned promotion to the top league this season.

The cup, in honour of the service to both clubs by Joan and Don Quinnell and legendary broadcaster and administrator Alan Richards, is up for grabs whenever the two clubs meet.

Earlier this season, in the first leg of the Lake Road Derby, Takapuna took home the cup after beating Shore 3-1 at Allen Hill Stadium.

Shore get the chance to reclaim it when the sides meet at Taharoto Park on Saturday (July 23), with kick off at 3pm.

Rivalry and friendship has marked the relationship between the clubs.

Takapuna AFC evolved out of North Shore United in the 1960s as the Shore rapidly expanded following the opening of the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Until Takapuna could afford their own strip, they originally played in a borrowed North Shore kit.

Photo: North Shore United … they will have to reverse their poor league form to win the challenge cup from Takapuna.


Northern League / Quinnell/Richards Cup

Game to be played on Saturday July 23, 2022
Taharoto Park, Takapuna, 3pm

Takapuna v North Shore United

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