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Rod de Lisle

Waikato based follower of Leicester, Hamilton Wanderers, Allwhites and Phoenix, roughly in that order. Underdogs all. I pen stuff that I feel I'd like to read myself but there's no accounting for taste, eh? Some of my opinions occasionally may be factually correct, sorry about that.

The day NZ football (almost) died

The untimely demise of NZ football in the 1970’s was predicted but what happened? (This is part of an article I did for a Wanderers ISPS Handa Premiership programme recently. I was was spurred to blog post it here after reading the recent ITBOTN article penned by Dave Newdick referring […]

December December Super Special

Wanderers v Auckland City/ Phoenix Reserves. 2nd and 9th Dec 2018  This report is actually for not one, but two matches in the ISPS Handa Premiership. A real bargain some might say. It’s like a 70’s double album, (let’s say…Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti) complete with gate-fold cover, clever artwork, great songs […]

The Carnival is Over

Two days ago the great unwashed throngs on various Leicester City social media sites were in a divided mood over the current City manager and frankly it was becoming tedious. Constant “Puel in!”, “Puel out“ in a boring Facebook hokey-cokey had me on the verge of resigning from certain fan […]

Never a Shaw thing.

Deryck Shaw today announced that he was resigning from the position of President of New Zealand Football (NZF) and as a member of NZF Executive Committee (ExCo).  Now firstly I must acknowledge that Shaw is a personal friend. I don’t have a lot to do with Deryck but have known […]

From Gumboots to Glitz.

Life has a habit of speeding past, much more quickly than we think. So, after many years shooing each of our five kids off to school, this is the year when the youngest, Jason, my 17 old stepson will finish high school education,  thus bringing down the curtain on my […]

The fabulous Baby Blues

I was chatting with Steve Built at the pub. “Twenty two points at least, for safety” he said. Twenty two points, what? “That will keep a team in the Northern Premiership.”he said. It may have escaped the notice of many football fans, certainly the mainstream media have studiously ignored it, […]

Six of the best

My mate Kevin Kevan is a bit of a rough diamond. But very knowledgeable about the beautiful game and a veritable mine of anecdotal football stories. He has given me permission to reprint an article he did for the Wanderers programme recently. Kev says he is only quoting what he […]

Kick to the Future

Johnny Lightyear dragged his fathers’s arm and said “C’mon Dad we can’t miss kick off!” Father and son surged with with the masses through the body scanners into the stadium. My first live match! thought Johnny. As they took their seats Johnny urged his dad, “Tell me about Future Football? […]

Roadie to Russia

It was like this, see. Just an innocent road trip to watch the All Whites smash Peru. Hamilton to Wellington, watch the Intercontinental World cup playoff, have a catch up with old mates in the earthquake prone city and indulge in liquor consumption off the Richter scale. And in a […]