First Men's Team Season 2021
Danny Halligan
First Team Coach
  • NZF Senior C License.
  • 27 years coaching experience at senior, junior and youth levels - National League and Club.
  • Danny became our First Team Coach after completing five successful seasons coaching Ferrymead Bays, winning the title in 2017, as well as the English Cup in 2016.
  • Danny initially joined the star-studded, all-conquering Christchurch United team in 1987 to win three National League titles and two Chatham Cups, before embarking on a professional career with Brisbane United in the Australian League.
  • He played as Central Midfield.
  • Hobby: watching and learning from all sports played at a high level.
Thank you Danny Halligan!

On the 5th of November 2021, after 28 straight years of coaching, First Team Coach Danny Halligan has stepped down from his position, to spend more time with his family.

The club can today confirm that Danny Halligan has stepped down from his position as First Team Head Coach for Christchurch United Football Club. 

Christchurch United Club President Slava Meyn spoke on Danny’s tenure at the club:
“As the President of Christchurch United Football Club, I am very thankful to Danny Halligan for his invaluable efforts in making the club great once more. Three years ago, Christchurch United was in the local second division, and now we are once again competing for a position in the National League as we had done 30 – 40 years ago.”

Danny has given the club a fantastic three seasons, taking the club from the Canterbury Championship League in 2019 all the way to narrowly missing out on qualification for the National League at the end of the 2021 season. Under his guidance, our first team reached 3 English cup finals in a row and went on two fantastic runs in both the 2019 and 2021 Chatham Cup.

“With his arrival in 2019, Danny brought both great character and a strong sense of professionalism that helped our club develop. After having coached for 28 years in a row, Danny is taking a well-deserved break from football to spend more time with his family. We wish a Christchurch United and All Whites legend all the best and hope to see him in the stands next year for Christchurch United’s first team games.” - Christchurch United Club President Slava Meyn.

Thank you. Danny!
We wish you all the best with your future endeavors!
"I began my coaching career as a player/coach as I enjoyed the extra responsibility and the impact I could have on the team. Now that I no longer play, coaching was the natural fit for me to continue to be involved and to help players learn and develop.".
First Men's Team Season 2021