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Streaming Error

  I, like many other, got an email from Sky’s streaming platform Fan Pass on Friday afternoon. I’ve been a semi-regular user of the service, taking advantage of my decent internet connection and ChromeCast to watch the sport I wanted to – when it was on the main Sky Sports […]

Reason(s) and Effects

Two weeks ago, the captain of the Football Ferns Abby Erceg announced her retirement from international football-at the age of 27. Enzo has already responded to it in a post here, but I wish to respond to the response. Abby Erceg has been, for almost as long as I can […]

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 – Hard to Beet

By Cordwainer Bull They served us beetroot for the entree at New Zealand Football’s 125th anniversary dinner. It was one of those pretentious haute cuisine dishes, lovingly titivated with colourful garnishes, and seemingly designed as much for photographing as eating. Not that beetroot was ever going to cut it as […]

Getting a Gong

New Zealand Football celebrated its 125th birthday on Wednesday night in the grand tearoom at Auckland’s Heritage Hotel. It was a wonderful evening (apart from the US Election result which I must admit did take the gloss off it very slightly) with great food, fine wine and exceptional company. The […]

Sky’s The Limit

The A League season starts in a little under 40 minutes as I type this. I’m sat, looking at the section of the Fanpass Schedule which says SKY TBC from 21:45 – 00:00. I assume that this will be the Brisbane v Melbourne curtain opener for the season, but that’s […]

Football & Media

I woke up at six-thirty on Saturday morning. Football was on the TV. Free-to-air. FTA live sport in New Zealand is so rare that, other than Maori Television’s coverage of the Fox Memorial Shield, you don’t often get to sit down and watch a full game without having to put […]

‘pon De Replay: In Favour Of Video Refs

This is a farce. 90 seconds between the initial whistle-blow and the decision being made. The actual screen being carried to pitch-side for inspection. Bloody hell. For the first ever use of video replay in the professional game, it’s not confidence inspiring. Worse than that, it appears like it was purpose-designed to […]

Um, Sky?

In Tom Pullar-Strecker’s piece about the deal Sky have struck with BEIN sports for this season’s Premier League, he asked about why Euro 2016 wasn’t available on FanPass. The reply from Sky was as follows; The schedule for Euro 2016 only became available in days before the broadcasts? That’s not […]