New players help Mt Albert Ponsonby retain Brian Stanyer Memorial Trophy

A new signing and a triallist were on the scoresheet for Mt Albert Ponsonby as they retained the Brian Stanyer Memorial Trophy with a 4-1 win against Central United.

French import Nicolas Destaing (20), an academy player on exchange from Paris St Germain, and triallist Sam Tutton (28), who spent last season at Bay Olympic, found the net, along with returning players Lewis Black and Jonathan Cantle.

Main photo: Nicolas Destaing … arrival from France.

Sam Lloyd scored Central’s goal.

Brian Stanyer.

Playing in the ninth annual staging of the pre-season feature game at Western Springs’ Seddon Fields grounds, the sides used the match as their final preparation for the winter league season due to start a week later.

The trophy game helps keep alive memories of the late Brian ‘Stan’ Stanyer.

After entering football at Eden FC in the 1970s, he fell in love with MAP when becoming a first-team player there in 1977.

And that’s where his passion remained until he died on October 13, 2016, aged 61.

Since then, MAP and Central United have played annually for the Brian Stanyer Memorial Trophy, a chance for friends, family members and supporters of both clubs to remember ‘Stan’ and watch an entertaining game of football.

The 2022 match was cancelled due to COVID restrictions.

MAP have now won the last three encounters, in 2020, 2021 and 2023.

Central United (in red) and MAP together for the Brian ‘Stan’ Stanyer Memorial Trophy 2023. Photo: Shane Wenzlick /


Game played on Sunday March 19, 2023

Mt Albert Ponsonby 4 (Lewis Black, Jonathan Cantle, Nicolas Destaing, Sam Tutton)
Central United 1 (Sam Lloyd)

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