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Empirical hypothetical

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The 2018 Commonwealth Games recently concluded, and as I do each time this quadrennial event occurs, I briefly pondered what it would be like if football was part of the Games. Football has never been a part of this sporting occasion. This year, I decided to work out who would […]

The seven goals of Rovers

Glenfield Rovers 7, Papakura 0 McFetridge Park, Auckland, April 15 2018 I’ve had an interesting ten days. Last Friday our hot water cylinder burst, leaving us without warm showers until Tuesday night when it had finally been replaced with a shiny new model. On Tuesday night our power went out […]

Wharfies

Waterside Karori 1, Petone 0 Wakefield Park, Wellington, April 8 2018 If I was to have a favourite club in Wellington, there is a solid argument for it to be Waterside Karori. Formed by wharfies almost 100 years ago when you wouldn’t dare set foot on the Wellington waterfront without […]

Maureen Burnside

It’s always sad when a great stalwart of the grassroots game passes away, but this one is a little bit personal for me. I only met Maureen Burnside a grand total of twice in my life, but she is nonetheless someone I partially credit for my love of football. A […]

Beat that with a stick

Auckland City 1, Team Wellington 0 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, April 1 2018 For the third year in a row it was Auckland City vs Team Wellington in the final of the New Zealand national league. And for the third year in a row I was predicting a comfortable Auckland […]

It’s A Sin

Lotto NRFL Premier Division Manukau United v Onehunga Sports 30/03/17 3pm Michaels Ave  Video thanks to Dieter Dvorak. Photos by Roger Fowler. With Onehunga Sports’ Waikaraka Park still recovering from an interestingly timed Council dig-up and Manukau United’s Centre Park still recovering from the grass disease which has ravaged South […]

The real deal

North Shore 0, Melville 2 Allen Hill Stadium, Auckland, March 30 2018 After last week’s stuttering start to my official winter season, it felt great to be getting into it properly yesterday and even more so to be doing it at Allen Hill. Some of my best childhood football memories […]

Missing in action

Western Springs 1, Glenfield Rovers 2 Seddon Fields, Auckland, March 25 2018 All systems go!** Everyone’s favourite regional football league (the Northern Regional Football League in case you were wondering) got underway last weekend. And what an opening round it was! New kids, both of which I’m a big fan […]

Rumblings

The NRFL kicks off tomorrow afternoon, under Auckland skies which carry more threat than Gareth Morgan buying a cattery. To say 2018 has gotten off to a bad start for the various federations involved in the competition would be a bit too negative, so lets just say things have been interesting. Like […]

Six of the best

My mate Kevin Kevan is a bit of a rough diamond. But very knowledgeable about the beautiful game and a veritable mine of anecdotal football stories. He has given me permission to reprint an article he did for the Wanderers programme recently. Kev says he is only quoting what he […]