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Phil Clayton

Phil Clayton's feet are registered with Brooklyn Northern United but—despite having moved back to Wellington from Christchurch in 2011—his heart is still bonded with Coastal Spirit FC.

The winner takes it all

“The winner takes it all” blared from the car-radio on the way to the game. An appropriately-titled song for this end of National Women’s League round-robin match between 2nd and 3rd, with the winner going through to the Final to meet Northern Lights.

Today Tomorrow Timaru

Timaru City AFC.

Timaru City AFC celebrate their 50th anniversary this year (2018). Their major honour was in 1971 when they won Southern League Division Two. This year, City finished 8th of 8 in South Canterbury Division 1. However, for South Islanders outside of South Canterbury, the club is renowned for its annual […]

A proud day

Canterbury United Pride 4 Capital Football 0 National Women’s League 16 September 2018 English Park, Christchurch Words by Phil Clayton. Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). First weekend of the National Women’s League, and another match featuring teams with expectations. Canterbury through weight […]

Empirical hypothetical

Filled world map of Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ghana, Cameroon, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Nigeria.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games recently concluded, and as I do each time this quadrennial event occurs, I briefly pondered what it would be like if football was part of the Games. Football has never been a part of this sporting occasion. This year, I decided to work out who would […]

Tenth labour

Coastal Spirit U-19 Tournament Labour WeekendChristchurch I’ve volunteered at the U-19 Tournament (hosted by Coastal Spirit FC in Christchurch) for most of the ten Labour Weekends since the Tournament’s inception in 2008. The tournament was originally designed to give South Island clubs an alternative to the costs and logistics of […]

Helter swelter

Canterbury United Pride 2 Auckland Football 3 after extra time National Women’s League Final Sunday 10 December 2017 English Park, Christchurch A sweltering Canterbury day for the end of the 2017 National Women’s League. The nor’wester blew down the park and would give a small advantage to whichever team had […]

Raising visibility

Capital Football 6 Southern United 2 National Women’s League Sunday 26 November 2017 Petone Memorial Park Words by Phil Clayton. Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). I had to choose between this match and Central v Canterbury in Palmerston North. Each match featured […]

CAPvCUP

Capital Football 1 Canterbury United Pride 3 National Women’s League 11 November 2017 Petone Memorial Park Words by Phil Clayton. Photos by Enzo Giordani.   Much has been made of the Pride having four current Ferns in their squad and how that might affect them when the Ferns are in […]

Central of attention

Central Football 2 Auckland Football 4 National Women’s League 05 November 2017 Memorial Park, Palmerston North. After concentrating on Capital in their match v Central in the previous round, I took a journey to Palmerston North to have a closer look at and pay some attention to Central as they […]

Narrow minded

Capital Football 1 Central Football 0 National Women’s League Saturday 28 October 2017 Petone Memorial Park. Words by Phil Clayton. Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). I’d seen the previous week’s Auckland v Capital match via YouTube highlights, and noted that it seemed […]