“50 Years United” details the highs and lows between 1970 to 2020 for Christchurch United FC as it rose to national glory on several occasions before eventually settling back down between the ranks.
Written by Coen Lammers, the book features insightful interviews with some of New Zealand’s best ever players who also played for Christchurch United including Ryan Nelsen, Ben Sigmund, Johan Verweij, Ceri Evans, Danny Halligan and Alan Carville, to name only a few.
The detailed hard-back book tells the story of how the club raised the bar for New Zealand football and propelled it at both an amatuer and professional level. It features national league and Chatham Cup triumphs during periods of domestic dominance, as well as relegations and scarring defeats along the rollercoaster that is football.
It also features recollections of some of the games the club has ever been involved in, recounted by the players and coaches who were in them. The book takes you on the highs, the lows, and celebrates key figures from right throughout the club from coaches and captains to administrators.
There will be 100 copies of the book available at the Christchurch United anniversary gala event on October 10 — you can register for the event here.
Alternatively, another 900 copies of the book will be delivered to Christchurch by November 15 and these can be pre-ordered now by texting an email to firstname.lastname@example.org