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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.

…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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Save Dulwich Hamlet

John’s note: I know this isn’t about NZ Football, but this one matters an awful lot to me. Thanks. Mid-2013 in the early British summer, so not that hot but not too cold either, I caught the P13 bus from Streatham to East Dulwich for the first time. I was […]

Trials & Tribulietx

The Kalezic era is coming apart like the performances of the Wellington Phoenix with Darije in charge. The head coach has effectively resigned, which may be the first effective thing he’s managed all season. But even in doing so, there’s six whole games left of a team who haven’t played […]

Levels

I’ve been thinking about the standard of New Zealand football recently. The acquisition of Guernsey goal-machine Ross Allen and his respectable 4 goals in 5 games got me thinking about where, comparatively, the A-League and the NZFC sit compared to the previous leagues of football I’ve seen. Being realistic, the […]

The Hudson Legacy

When Anthony Hudson departed as the All Whites head coach last year, headed for Colorado and the MLS, much was made over the improvements he had introduced as the senior man in NZ Football. Video analysts, sports scientists and enhanced medical staff were three of the things cited as Hudson successes, […]

United

Writers note: A little while ago Cordwainer Bull noted that anyone with an interest in football in New Zealand would inevitably be conscripted into voluntary roles with clubs. There’s a reason he’s one of the most insightful writers about the game we’ve got, and it sprang to mind as we […]

Black Tie. White Noise.

The weekend ended at about half eight on Sunday night, slipping gratefully between the sheets of a freshly made bed back in Auckland. But even though I desperately needed to catch up on the sleep I had missed on Friday and Saturday, I couldn’t seem to drop off. Closing my […]

Guest Post: Strategical Planning

Guest Post By Mandy Artin As a professional strategiser and synergistic executive node for New Zealand Football, I was delighted to be invited to share my view on the upcoming soccer fixtures between New Zealand and the Peruvian football team by ITBOTN. While I have a vast experience in executive […]