Late last year, local football legend Blair Davidson sadly passed away. With a life-long involvement in local football spanning seven decades, Blair was the proud patron to Football South from 1997 until his passing.
In his playing days, Blair was a brave goalkeeper who played over 300 games for Dunedin Technical AFC and frequently represented Otago and the South Island representative team. Following on from playing, Blair was heavily involved in coaching, management, and administration of the game. He was a strong advocate for football across the region, and had a great passion for junior football as well.
Football South introduced the Blair Davidson Challenge Trophy in 2014 to honour Blair’s involvement and dedication to football in the region. The trophy is contested in a similar manner to rugby’s famous Ranfurly Shield, and is at stake on all home games of the holder. It quickly became one of the most keenly contested prizes in local football.
Football South CEO Chris Wright said – “Blair was an amazing patron to Football South and a personal friend, we all miss him hugely. With the Blair Davidson Challenge Trophy up for grabs this weekend for the first time since his sad passing last year, the game at Tonga Park is sure to have a unique atmosphere. Blair’s wife Robyn will be there to hand out the trophy and I’m sure she’ll love the passion that the clubs and players feel for the event.”
Head down to Tonga Park from 2:45pm today to see Roslyn Wakari attempt to wrestle the Blair Davidson Challenge Trophy off current holders Caversham.