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Guest Post – Quality Player Mark

By Cordwainer Bull My club (name irrelevant for the purposes of this blogstering) was recently accredited with New Zealand Football’s Quality Club Mark (QCM), an award designed to identify and support clubs which are well run and promote a positive environment. Meeting the programme’s pre-requisites was a condition of being […]

Win it for Grandma

Melville 7, Franklin 1 Gower Park, Hamilton, June 24 2017 The best laid plans of mice and men… I had no intention of travelling out of Auckland for this round of the Chatham Cup, but circumstances conspired to draw me out over the Bombay Hills. My lovely grandma, who was […]

Cup memories

On the third of July 2011 I covered my first Chatham Cup game for this blog – a 2-0 victory for Waitakere City over Central United at Fred Taylor Park. Ten months after that, I saw my first ever NZ Women’s Knockout Cup fixture – a 3-0 victory for Lynn […]

Blue tales in the sunset

Isn’t it great to run into an old timer at a football club? Especially when, like me, you are a newcomer to that club. My mere 6 years of involvement at Hamilton Wanderers means I have pretty scant knowledge of our background. Always good to hear a bit of history. […]

The biggest game

Waiheke 2, Fencibles 2 Onetangi Sports Park, Waiheke Island, June 17 2017 Yesterday, before setting out for yet another epic adventure to Waiheke United, I tried to spark a bit of controversy by labelling this the biggest game of the year in New Zealand domestic football. And if the All […]

Like a bought one

The sharp eyed amongst you will have probably noticed by now that there has been a small adjustment to the decor around here. I usually roll out aesthetic changes to the site on New Year’s Day each year, but this one was a bit too exciting to sit on for […]

Er Pupone

Francesco Totti played his last game for Roma some weeks ago now, and despite the incredible occasion sparking emotion all over the world from friends and foes alike, I haven’t really reacted much online yet. I have been meaning to blog on it for a while, but a combination of […]

Tilting at windmills

Wellington United (Sapphires) 3 Brooklyn Northern United 0 Capital Women’s Premier League Sunday 28 May 2017 Newtown Park Words by Phil Clayton. Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). The Dutch-influenced Wellington United club’s second team the Sapphires play in Women’s Capital Premier, while […]

McFourtridge

Glenfield Rovers 0, Birkenhead United 4 McFetridge Park, Auckland, June 5 2017 It has been suggested, on one or two… hundred occasions, that I am a one eyed Birkenhead United supporter. Or as one contributor to the Northern League Forum once put it after Birko gave me a shirt to […]