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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.


Seatoun 1 Palmerston North Marist 4 Women’s Central League Sunday 1 May 2016 “Any score yet?” enquired a late-arrival to the match at the 15-minute mark. “0-0”, I said, “but there’s been a familiar pattern to the game”, “Watch this Seatoun goal-kick, it’ll probably reflect the game so far”. The […]

6 of one half, nothing of the other

Upper Hutt City 6 Brooklyn Northern United 0 Kelly Cup Sunday 24 April 2016 The Kelly Cup is a knock-out competition, usually for the women’s first teams of Wellington clubs. Its lustre has recently faded as the competition format has chopped and changed (open to all women’s teams from Wellington, […]


The attraction of three Coastal Spirit matches in as many days (including two premier league 1st v 2nd clashes) proved the motivation for a visit to Christchurch. A trip further enhanced when I discovered that one of my favourite bands Street Chant (from Auckland) would be playing the Christchurch leg […]

Clambering down or falling up?

Wairarapa United 2 Brooklyn Northern United 1 Capital Women’s Premier League Sunday 03 April 2016 Two teams new to the grade this season This match was a promoted team versus a relegated team, first day of the season battle. BNU were relegated from Central League in their last match of […]

Tasman United via the Coastal Route

Tasman United are looking upwards.

Tasman United 0 Coastal Spirit 2 Mainland Women’s Premier League Saturday 26 March 2016 Tasman United will be one of the new sides in the next men’s National League, but they have kicked off their club life with their women’s team; who have become the first Nelson-based team to play […]