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Piazza di Spagna

One of the highlights of my every morning, sad bugger that I am, is the ‘memories’ feature that Facebook has now. If you’re not familiar with it – every day Facebook shows you a selection of things you posted on the social network a year ago today, two years ago […]

Immigrant Song


I’m an immigrant, a foreigner. I wasn’t born in Aotearoa New Zealand, I didn’t grow up here. I’m ticking off the days before I can apply to citizenship, and I never want to leave this beautiful country, but it’s not the same. A friend of mine, across from England on […]

Winning is a breeze

A Northland fan celebrates his side's second goal (finally) going in!

Northland 2, Claudelands Rovers 4 Tikipunga Sports Park, Whangarei, May 28 2016 Another ‘sin of omission’ was ticked off my list yesterday! And this one was a whopper – never in my seven years blogging football had I ever seen North Force or Northland play. My excuse is pathetic. I […]



Te Atatu AFC v Manukau City AFC 3pm – Te Atatu Peninsula Park NRFL Division Two Overnight rain had left the ground slightly sodden, but firm enough to walk on out on Te Atatu Peninsula Park. The sun was shining but the wind was ripping across the pitch, an endless […]


Sam Kendrick.

Wellington United 17 Valeron Wanderers 0 Women’s Central League Sunday 22 May 2016 This looked like it was going to be a top versus bottom of the table match; until midweek, when Massey University’s 3-0 win over Valeron was revered due to an ineligible player, and Valeron snuck off the […]

Music & Football


When you try and jam in about forty years worth of musical football combinations into a few hundred words, you’re always going to leave some out. Of course, Arsenal’s 1971 track came a year after the first England World Cup Song, Back Home (thanks to Riverboat Captain for that). It went […]

Football Life

Wembley Park, Whanganui. Photo by Shannon Doyle -

Full disclosure: I’m about to bring the mood down.  Please know that I’m not writing this for any other reason than that I want to get out what’s inside.  I wasn’t even going to post it, but then thought to myself “why waste a piece of writing”. Anyone who knows […]

Football & Music

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This week I had a rare experience, a good football song. Doc Brown’s ‘Glad All Over Again’ for Crystal Palace’s FA Cup Final managed to namecheck almost every player in the side, subtly shade former Sky pundit Andy Gray and feature a solid beat. Usually when a footballer gets involved […]


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