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The Making of the History-Makers

In a small stadium in Colonia, Uruguay, 21 Young Football Ferns and their coaches danced in a circle, yelling at full voice: “What team? One team! One team, New Zealand!” In the evening sun, you could see tears on Aneka Mittendorff’s face as she led the chant. You could also […]

Capitalising

Capital 3, Southern United 1 Petone Memorial Park, October 27, 2018 I’ve probably said it close to a hundred times now, and I’ll no doubt say it another hundred times before the season’s out, but thank goodness for the double round of the NWL. It usually takes a few weeks […]

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 […]

Nobody knows anything

I really don’t know much about football, and I point this out a lot. I haven’t played it at any organised level since I was 8. I watch quite a lot of it, but I’m not a detail guy. I honestly don’t know a 4-4-2 from a 4-3-3 from a […]

Ferns to the Fore

In June, New Zealand Football announced that an independent review into their organisation would be conducted. It was catalysed by 13 complaints made by Football Ferns players regarding a toxic culture under coach Andreas Heraf whilst the squad was on tour in Spain and in camp in Wellington. Today, Philipa […]