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I paid my $12 to read Bruce Holloway’s The National League Debates, a well researched tale of New Zealand’s football league history from 1990 until the present. As a foreigner (who desperately wants to stay here, Immigration NZ, if you’re reading) it surprised me how many variation, u-turns, s-turns and […]

Shifting sands

Dylan Stansfield in a spectacular Solomons tackle

Well that, as they say, escalated quickly. Two days ago Hamilton Wanderers announced to their members on Facebook that they have submitted a bid for an ASB Premiership license. Two days later WaiBOP United look to have thrown in the towel, telling their own members that they will yield their […]


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Hopefully you have noticed lately that I am not the only one talking rubbish around here anymore! Much to my delight John Palethorpe, a well-respected and established political blogger on his own Shinbone Star website, has generously agreed to come aboard and indulge his football passion on He started […]

Race to the top

Paige Satchell

Northern Football 2, WaiBOP 0 New Zealand Development 1, Auckland Football 0 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, November 22 2015 I have two great passions – football and politics. When I started blogging seriously, exactly six years ago today, I decided to write about football, in part, because talking politics opens […]

Yeah, it was alright!


Waitakere United 1, WaiBOP United 5 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, November 19 2015 My partner Gina doesn’t often come to the football with me, but when she does she usually spends most of it on Facebook or playing Tetris. Her interest in the game is simply that by tagging along […]

In Search Of Lost Time: Euro 2004


As the twenty five year mark rolled around for Italia ’90, those who were there and old enough to recall dusted off their memories and flocked to YouTube where, inevitably, the pre-digital footage didn’t seem quite as vibrant as their emotion soaked memories. It’s a strange thing isn’t it, the […]

A tale of two WaiBOPs

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WaiBOP 3, New Zealand Development 8 WaiBOP United 2, Team Wellington 3 Gower Park, Hamilton, November 15 2015 “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was […]


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