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Play-Off, Priced Out

I suppose we were warned. Andy Martin’s comments that failure to qualify would require New Zealand Football to reduce its spending on international friendlies in future did have the faint clang of doom about it. So too did Billy Harris’ column advocating $100 tickets for the New Zealand v Peru […]

Guest Post! *clap clap clap*

By Daphne Lawless New Zealanders, in general, do not seem to “get” active football support as it exists in other countries. Neither the British version (standing and chanting) or the European/South American version (banners, tifos, flares) have historicaly been part of our culture. A Kiwi sports fan is supposed to […]

Tea motherf***er!

I saw this photo on Twitter on Friday and, I gotta say, try as I might I quite simply cannot in good conscience let this one go through to the keeper. Is that tea he’s drinking??? By joves old bean I think it is! The coach of the New Zealand […]

NZ Football: 2027

It’s 2027 and the Hyundai A-League and the Holden NZ Premiership are about to kick off for another exciting season of summer football. A springlike Saturday evening at Auckland’s Vector Stadium on the waterfront sees the ‘26/’27 champions Auckland City take on their Waikato rivals Hamilton F.C, as the curtain-raiser […]

All’s Welly that ends Welly

New Zealand 2, Fiji 0 Westpac Stadium, Wellington, March 28 2017 [Special thanks to Cameron McIntosh (Photomac) for supplying all photos of this game.] My employer sends me to Wellington at least four or five times a year and, as a general rule, these trips seem specially formulated to occur […]

When Saturday Comes

This is just a very quick blog-brag to alert you to an article that I have had published in the latest issue of the UK football magazine ‘When Saturday Comes’. They got in touch a few weeks ago asking me to send them my take on what World Cup expansion […]

Guest Post – Kone & Commentary

By Gordon Watson Last nights All Whites game in New Caledonia ended in a slightly frustrating draw for Anthony Hudson’s men. Here’s Sky’s match commentator, Gordon Watson, on what he took away from his time in Kone. New Caledonia – Credit where its due, they backed up what they did […]