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Anderson, my aim is true

Kiwi True Blues 4, Central Brown 0 Anderson Park, Auckland, April 23 2017 One of my absolute favourite times of year – the Chatham Cup Preliminary round – continued in earnest yesterday. But whereas Saturday well and truly belonged to the Waikato and King Country with fixtures in Matamata, Tokoroa, […]

La magica della coppa

Tokoroa 1, Cambridge 4 Strathmore Park, Tokoroa, April 22 2017 In the 1960’s and 70’s, scores of Italians flocked to the Central North Island of New Zealand to work on the Tongariro power scheme. They lived in basic camps near each project, and a young man by the name of […]

Getting Ahead

The birth of my son has brought me more joy than I can possibly put into words, although it’s fair to say that joy has come at the cost of hours spent asleep. It’s also reduced my ability to jump in the car and rocket off to Western Springs, Hamilton, […]

I’ll say goodbye

Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows that my love for Roma coach Luciano Spalletti knows no bounds. He is my absolute favourite giallorossi tactician of all time. I love that insane Bond villainesque bastard like the father I never had. I almost can’t bear to watch the team at […]

Gathering up the scraps

Eastern Suburbs 1, Onehunga Sports 3 Madills Farm, Auckland, April 17 2017 What does a conscientious footballaholic do to appropriately mark Easter Monday? This year, I didn’t see why I should be any different to the rest of Auckland. So the only credible option was to join the procession of […]

Diary of a Social Footballer: The Way It Is

It’s that time of year again. The days are shorter and cooler. Nottingham Forest are flirting increasingly outrageously with relegation. And New Zealand’s grassroots winter football season has kicked off again. And so, taking its cue from the resurrection of Jesus at the end of this Easter weekend, comes the […]

Tungsten (W)

Seatoun 0 Wellington United 2 Capital Football W League Saturday 08 April 2017 Seatoun Park. Words by Phil Clayton. Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). After several years of teams failing to complete (or start) their Central League season, Capital Football is trying […]

Cooked

Norwest United 0, Eastern Suburbs 7 Huapai Domain, Auckland, April 4 2017 Last weekend was Rivalism Weekend, but I wasn’t planning on letting that stop me from road tripping down to Hamilton for today’s Derby della Tron. I had been immensely looking forward to seeing Hamilton Wanderers and Claudelands Rovers face […]

Mixed Feelings

Women’s football in New Zealand is undoubtedly in a period of flux. Everyone involved in it is currently working towards any and all measures aimed at developing and improving the women’s game in this country. From first kicks to the Ferns, changes are afoot. It is a fascinating time to […]