Local champions FC Nelson will take on Christchurch United for a spot in the Mainland Premier League next season. Photo: Supplied.

FC Nelson’s shot at glory


It’s been a memorable season for FC Nelson and the club’s historic run isn’t finished just yet.

After locking the Division one and Price Charity trophies away for the summer, the side now has the chance to play for inclusion in the 2020 MPL.

However, standing in its way is the high-flying Christchurch United.

The two teams will play a home-and-away series starting in Nelson on September 14.

Club stalwart and committee member Francis Miccio says they are under no illusions about the enormity of the challenge.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for the squad to test themselves against much better opposition and shows youngsters that FC Nelson aspires to play in a higher league.”

Frances says the game will give players an idea of the level they will need to be to play Mainland football.

“Christchurch won its local league by a canter, they went further in the Chatham Cup than any MPL team and they beat Nelson Suburbs, so it’s a difficult assignment.”

Despite the outcome, Francis says the opportunity alone is massive.

“This is a huge achievement for our club and it’s the icing on the cake on what was another very successful season at FC Nelson.”

He says the club has seen improvements across the club from junior to senior sides, and will celebrate this come gameday.

“We are going to have a big day, start with a brunch for members, and followed by an after-match function and senior prizegiving.”

Though the odds are stacked against them, bigger sporting upsets have occurred.

“Football’s a funny old game, anything can happen.”