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High fashion

As you will know, assuming you’ve been paying close attention, in the back of the net has recently had a rebrand courtesy of the amazing work of football graphic designer Sam Jenkins. As part of his concept plan Sam also designed us custom football shirts, the designs for which you […]

NZ Football: 2027

It’s 2027 and the Hyundai A-League and the Holden NZ Premiership are about to kick off for another exciting season of summer football. A springlike Saturday evening at Auckland’s Vector Stadium on the waterfront sees the ‘26/’27 champions Auckland City take on their Waikato rivals Hamilton F.C, as the curtain-raiser […]

The beautiful game

Three Kings United 3, Forrest Hill Milford 0 Keith Hay Park, Auckland, August 13 2017 Picking games is always a bit tricky for me at the business end of the season. I try to be present whenever trophies are clinched, but this must be balanced with practicalities. I can’t watch […]

Football Obscura

Many of us afficienados like to watch football, any football whether it on the telly or any sort of live game. I do have a penchant for visiting obscure, scruffy, lowbrow football venues, (being rather scruffy and lowbrow myself). I’m a bit like my mate Dale, who confesses to being […]

Heavy Weather

Central United v Forrest Hill Milford Sunday 13th August Kiwitea St. Central’s Northern Premier League title defence this year was effectively over before their National League players returned to the side. Their Chatham Cup ambitions, however, rely on a home game against Bay Olympic in a fortnights time. Forrest Hill […]

Reaching the pinnacle

East Coast Bays 1, Onehunga Sports 2 Bay City Park, Auckland, August 12 2017 The first NRFL trophy of 2017 was handed over at Bay City Park on Auckland’s North Shore yesterday, and this year it was men’s premier that was decided first. Onehunga Sports took the lead in this […]

The Numbers Game

Well, this was bound to happen. Following my last post about nostalgia, I was contacted by Andrew Voerman of Stuff.co.nz who let me know he was working on a stats update for the NZFC using a copy of the ASB_Premiership_Media_Guide_Web_2011-12_v2 and Soccerway. I started digging and came up with the […]

Perspective

Enzo has just published his rant on the exorbitant transfer fees we have seen roll in during the current window. He specifically referenced Neymar Jr, who was paid €222,000,000 to move to Paris Saint-Germain, a club which happens to already have a plethora of big-name, big-money players. Enzo also pointed […]

The price of human flesh

The top 10 transfer fees of 2017 are: Neymar, PSG, €222,000,000 Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United, €85,000,000 Oscar, Shanghai SIPG, €70,000,000 Álvaro Morata, Chelsea, €65,500,000 Benjamin Mendy, Manchester City, 58,100,000 Kyle Walker, Manchester City, 57,000,000 Bernardo Silva, Manchester City, €50,000,000 Tiémoué Bakayoko, Chelsea, €45,000,000 Nemanja Matić, Manchester United €44,700,000 Mohammed Salah, […]

Injurious timing

Birkenhead 0, Onehunga Sports 3 Shepherd’s Park, Auckland, August 6 2017 I’m sorry but I have to start this with a gripe. There were four national cup quarter finals set down for Auckland this weekend – two in the New Zealand Women’s Knockout Cup and two in the Chatham Cup. […]