VALE: Football farewells dual Chatham Cup winner Bob Gore, aged 90

Football stalwart Bob Gore who won the Chatham Cup as a player and as a coach has died in Auckland, aged 90.

Gore was a member of the North Shore United team to win the cup in 1963, when the side beat Christchurch Nomads 4-1 in the final at Wellington’s Basin Reserve.

Main photo: Bob Gore is at the extreme left, back row. The 1963 Shore side was coached by former England and New Zealand international Ken Armstrong (far right, back row).

Sixteen years later, Gore was in the dugout as Shore’s assistant coach when the club beat Mt Wellington 2-1 at Papakura’s McLennan Park to win the Chatham Cup for the fifth time.

After his playing career, Gore coached the first team at Glenfield Rovers when they won the Northern League’s second division title in 1977.

In 1979-1980, he moved back to North Shore United as assistant coach to Don Jones.

Family and friends gathered at Takapuna’s St Joseph’s Catholic Church on September 20, 2023, for a requiem mass.

Robert (Bob) Gore

The following notice appeared in the NZ Herald:

On 15 September 2023 peacefully at North Shore Hospital. Loved and devoted husband of May. Dearly loved and respected father of Bob, Terry and the late Tony. Dearly loved father in law of Kai, Cecilia and Trish. Dear friend of Sheree Briggs. Dearly loved Poppa of Elise and John McDowell, Robbie, Joe and Frank Gore. Dearly loved Great Poppa of Theo and Finlay McDowell.


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