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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.

Up, and away goals

Waterside Karori 0 Havelock North Wanderers 1 (2-2 aggregate, Waterside Karori win on away goals) Central League (men’s) promotion playoff leg 2 Saturday 09 September 2017 Karori Park, Wellington The winners of the Capital Premier League (Waterside Karori) and the Central Federation Premier League (Havelock North Wanderers) met over two […]

Reta’s homecoming

Cashmere Technical 0 Coastal Spirit 1 Reta Fitzpatrick Cup Final Saturday 02 September 2017 English Park The Reta Fitzpatrick Cup is very dear to Coastal Spirit. The Cup is named after a life member of one of the clubs that merged to form Coastal Spirit. Reta Fitzpatrick of Rangers AFC […]

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 […]

Reverse status

Brooklyn Northern United 1 Petone 1 aet BNU won 4-3 on kicks from the penalty mark NZ Women’s Knock-Out Cup Round 1 Sunday 14 May 2017 Wakefield Park Words by Phil Clayton. Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). Round 1 of the National […]

Smith’s Dream

Tasman United 1 Coastal Spirit 4 Mainland Women’s Premier League Sunday 07 May 2017 Saxton Field, Stoke I made another dash across Cook Strait from my home in Wellington. This time to have a look at a Mainland Women’s Premier League (MWPL) match. I’d given up my chance at seeing […]

Before the threshold

Marist (Wellington) 0 Seatoun 4 Chatham Cup Preliminary Round Tuesday 25 April 2017 Kilbirnie Park Words by Phil Clayton. Goal highlights from @kiwibardy Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). A Chatham Cup clash between two previous Cup winners. Seatoun won the Cup in […]

Heading for the top

Nelson Suburbs 1 Coastal Spirit 1 Mainland Men’s Premier League Sunday 23 April 2017 Saxton Field, Stoke I hadn’t before seen a team look so dejected after going top-of-the table as Coastal Spirit when they traipsed off a warm and sunny Saxton Field. A poor first half, followed by an […]

Tungsten (W)

Seatoun 0 Wellington United 2 Capital Football W League Saturday 08 April 2017 Seatoun Park. Words by Phil Clayton. Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). After several years of teams failing to complete (or start) their Central League season, Capital Football is trying […]

‘Tis the season to be jolly

Canterbury United Pride 2 Capital Football 0 National Women’s League Final Sunday 11 December 2016 English Park, Christchurch. When I moved back to Wellington from Christchurch, some of my friends who played for the Pride asked me whether I’d be back down to see some of their matches. I said […]

Pink turns to blue

Capital Football 2 Northern Football 1 National Women’s League Sunday 20 November 2016 Memorial Park, Petone. Northern played in their change kit of blue rather than their usual pink/black hoops. Perhaps they were expecting Capital to be in predominantly black rather than the bright yellow they’re wearing this season? Words […]