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OFC Champions League: Group B Roundup

New Caledonia was the setting for Group B with host side Hienghene Sport hoping to gain an advantage from that. They were up against last years losing finalists Team Wellington, Fijian powerhouse Ba and Qualifying Stage winners, Cook Island side Puaikura. There was a strong New Zealand presence in this […]

An interview with Aaron Scott

When Aaron Scott celebrated his 200th appearance for Melville United, at home against Bay Olympic last season, Chairman Bruce Holloway wrote in the match day programme that “for Melville he has been the ultimate role model. For many years his thicker team mates thought his name was Aaron Manofthematch, so […]

Are you serious?

“I made my debut for Waikato FC with them both. I remember my first touch in the National League was a throw-in to Mayney and he just told me “are you serious?” and he hoofed it back out and just stared at me!” – Aaron Scott Prowling the sidelines in […]

SSP: Not Football Roundup

If my refrain that football isn’t just about football hasn’t driven you past the point of distraction yet, read on. Otherwise head to one of the many other bits of writing on this site instead – it’ll be easier on both of us. The newly expanded, newly branded Stirling Sports […]

Number 7

Melville United 3, Glenfield Rovers 0 Gower Park, Hamilton, March 18 2017 Going to football in the Waikato is a time consuming business sometimes. Yesterday especially! Not only did I have to drive for two hours to get to Gower Park for this pre-season fixture, but upon arrival I got […]

OFC Champions League: Group A Roundup

The decision to hold this year’s Group Stage of the Oceania Champions League in New Caledonia, New Zealand and Tahiti, rather than in one host nation, appears to have paid off handsomely. Prior to the final fixtures of Group C & D being completed, the cumulative attendance is already double […]

After the storm

Western Springs 1, Three Kings 4 Seddon Fields, Auckland, March 13 2017 A few short hours before it was time to head over to Seddon Fields for my chosen football excursion of last weekend, it was raining. And when I say it was raining, that is probably the biggest understatement […]

Guest Post – Stan

By Keith Earl Brian “Stan” Stanyer was Mt Albert Ponsonby to his core, he loved the club, the people and of course the game. He was, in all respects, the heartbeat of the club. From playing for the gold and blue in the 70s and 80s, to becoming a key part of the […]

Unfurling the koru

One of the worst kept secrets in our game is out! New Zealand Football’s plan for the development of our national women’s team – the Football Ferns – has been made public. Its centrepiece is a squad of locally based female internationals training in Auckland, with access to top class […]

OFC Champions League Preview

Just one of the four Champions League group stages are being hosted in New Zealand this year. Group C kicks off at Centre Park Mangere this Saturday, bringing some of the best teams from the Pacific Islands to South Auckland – and bringing back some familiar faces from National League […]