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When it comes to football, sometimes people say “every World Cup should be in Italy in 1990”. When it comes to my other favourite sport, cricket, I’ve always thought that there should be a similar saying: Every World Cup should be in New Zealand and Australia in 1992. When the […]

An interview with Neil Emblen

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As anyone who’s anyone already knows, the Northern League gets underway again in two short weeks! This pleases me very much, as I am sure it does you too if you are a person of class and taste. To celebrate, as has become my custom, I have selected a prominent […]

Taking the cake


Glen Eden Rangers 4, Ranui Swanson 2 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, March 7 2015 Roma vs Lazio, Celtic vs Rangers, Liverpool vs Everton, Boca Juniors vs River Plate, and Ranui Swanson vs Glen Eden. One of these things is not like the others. Ok, so this West Auckland Derby between […]

A stadium tour like no other!


In November last year this blog published a long feature on Newmarket Park, the stadium that was the home of New Zealand Football from 1964 until it was wrecked by a landslide in 1979. The post featured many memories from people who spent a lot of time playing, watching and […]


Lauren Mathis sending one into the box past Norwest's Tayla Bazeley.

Western Springs quite a lot, Norwest United 0 Seddon Fields, Auckland, March 1 2015 “No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.” ― John Donne The first of March marks the first day of Autumn, and so begins the transition from summer […]

The Fred

Dylan Stansfield in a spectacular Solomons tackle

Waitakere United 2, WaiBOP United 1 Fred Taylor Park, Auckland, February 21 2015 Ask any WaiBOP United fan which ASB Premiership venue they prefer to visit the least, and odds overwhelmingly are they will tell you it’s Fred Taylor Park. Why? To be completely honest I don’t entirely understand it […]


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