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John Palethorpe

John Palethorpe lives in South Auckland which is very far away from Fratton Park and Champion Hill. Having been told there was no football in New Zealand, he was delighted to find that there is.

Third Time Lucky?

It’s fast approaching the twentieth anniversary of professional football in New Zealand. The Auckland Football Kingz played their first home match on October 1st, 1999 up at North Harbour Stadium. They competed in the old National Soccer League (NSL), which soon dissolved into financial insecurity and Government inquiries – eventually […]

Get Well Soon Wynton

First of all, get well soon Wynton. It’s inarguable that the most talented and decorated All White ever produced is Wynton Alan Whai Rufer, CNZM. Terry Maddaford’s explanation from nearly twenty years ago explains it perfectly, Rufer – Simply the best we’ve ever had. Since then we’ve had the joys of seeing […]

Rainbow Fever

In March, up at the QBE Stadium, something unpleasant happened. The Phoenix played the Jets, about ten days after Greenacre had taken over as caretaker manager (again). We lost, despite absolutely battering them. After the Dark Kalezic times, just putting in a decent performance was enough to encourage the remaining […]

East or West?

Something happened at half time during last Sunday’s televised Gridlock Derby between Eastern Suburbs and Auckland City. And I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and I can’t tell whether or not it’s a good thing. Last Sunday’s game was played at Riverhills. That makes it two ‘home’ grounds […]

Football For Freedom: 2018

On the 10th of November, the Football for Freedom tournament will kick off. The fundraising tournament in Walter Massey Park, brings seven-a-side soccer teams together to battle it out in support of refugees the world over. Organised by the Football for Freedom committee, headed by Manukau City Association Football Club […]

Off The Mark

Midway through the second half a conversation started to my left. “See this is the Charity Cup, the league starts next week” “Oh, so it goes to extra time and penalties?” “It says ISPS Handa Premiership on the programme” “Uh, maybe they’ve combined the two” A healthy crowd and healthy […]

The Stream Age

There’s been a fair bit in the mainstream press about retired NZF CEO Andy Martin’s attempts last year to ship the rights to the NZFC, NWL and Chatham Cup to a company whose specific aim would be to market them to betting companies. This, potentially, was a disaster waiting to […]

What If? NZ Football Weekly

Having chucked in my BeIn Connect subscription in the last few weeks, and as the Winter Season closed, I’ve been reacquainting myself with a footballing institution. Match Of The Day has been running for 58 years now and, while it has undergone many changes throughout its run – it had […]

A Handy #HandyPrem Preview

The winter is over. Spring burst forth and with it comes the first tiny shoots of the new National League season, or the ISPS Handa Premiership as it will be known for the second year in a row. This week we were gifted the fixture list which will take us […]

…and we follow Gavin Rose!

There is a simple pleasure, a delight even, in walking down a baking South London street on your way to the match. Stopping at a cash-point for a couple of tenners in case the EFTPOS isn’t working, nipping into a newsagents for some cold cans of mid-strength Polish lager and […]