Steve Sumner Tribute Christchurch United Vs. Manurewa AFC

Before the National League Round 4 game at United Sports Centre where Christchurch United Vs. Manurewa AFC played for a 1-2 result. There was a touching tribute to Steve Sumner as this game marked the first since Steve's passing, many Manurewa AFC fans had travelled down for the game who had experienced working with Steve.

Just before kick off, there was a shirt swap as both starting 11 of each team showed class and lined up around the centre circle where Manurewa AFC Chairman Wayne Jensen were joined by Steve's son Carlos and Steve's grandkids Stella and Beckett.

A lovely moment shared between the two clubs and supporters.
Steve Sumner, a name synonymous with New Zealand football, left an indelible mark on the sport through his exceptional skills, leadership, and dedication. His illustrious career spanned several decades, with notable stints at clubs like Christchurch United and Manurewa AFC.

Born on April 2, 1955, in Lancashire, England, Sumner's journey in football began at an early age. He displayed exceptional talent and a deep passion for the game, which ultimately led him to pursue a professional career.

In 1976, Sumner made a significant move to New Zealand, a decision that would prove pivotal in shaping his football legacy. His arrival marked the beginning of a new era for New Zealand football, as Sumner's influence would soon be felt across the nation.

Steve Sumner's tenure at Christchurch United, which began in the late 1970s, is often hailed as one of the most successful periods in the club's history. His presence on the field was electrifying, with his impeccable ball control, visionary passes, and unmatched work ethic.

After leaving Christchurch United, Sumner embarked on a new chapter of his career with Manurewa AFC. His move to the club was met with great anticipation, as fans eagerly awaited his impact on the team.

Sumner's influence at Manurewa AFC was profound. His experience brought a new dimension to the squad, and under his guidance, the club achieved remarkable success.

Steve Sumner's contributions to New Zealand football extended far beyond his playing career. He remained actively involved in the sport, working tirelessly to promote and develop football at various levels. His coaching expertise and mentorship continue to inspire aspiring footballers across the nation.