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The Long Read: FFDP’s first year

One of the big stories in women’s football this year was the announcement of the Football Ferns Development Programme (FFDP). It’s a new high performance programme for domestic players keen to train in as close to a professional environment that New Zealand can provide. While many of New Zealand’s top […]

Oh dear, how sad, never mind

Ranui Swanson 2, West Auckland 1 Starling Park, Auckland, April 1 2017 For the last four years I’ve had a roughly annual tradition of paying homage to my local football club – that is, the nearest one to my house – by attending the closest thing to their season opening […]


Recently the Chief Exec of NZF, Andy Martin made these remarks at Eastern Suburbs AFC… “What we’ve had in the past is a sort of Premier League that has been out on a limb. What we need to see is all the kids coming through the Whole of Football plan, […]

Up the Waiheke!

Waiheke United 5, Norwest United 1 Onetangi Sports Park, Waiheke Island, September 10 2016 This is a short post to congratulate Waiheke United, who overcame Glen Eden yesterday to be crowned AFF/NFF Conference champions and with that, were automatically promoted to NRFL Division 2 for next year. If you don’t […]

¡Vamos Waiheke!

Ranui Swanson 1, Waiheke United 4 Starling Park, Auckland, April 23 2016 Well, now I’ve seen everything. A full on ultras group of maniacs drumming and singing at the top of their lungs through an entire AFF/NFF Conference game. Not the A-League, not the ASB Premiership, and not the Chatham […]

Getting it right for once

Warkworth 4, Unimount Bohemian Celtic 3 Shoesmith Reserve, Warkworth, August 1 2015 I was after something a bit different yesterday, and wow, I sure got it! Not only was it a stonking good seven goal thriller, but there was also a little something extra right at the end. I detected […]

Guest Post – A tale of two puddles

By John Palethorpe “TIME! TIME! TIME!” The ring of voices in the air, clear above the oystercatchers and gulls, were distinctly English in origin. For a minute it was possible to imagine that this game were taking place on Hackney Marshes rather than Seaside Park. From Ranui Swanson’s blackshirted team […]

Taking the cake

Glen Eden Rangers 4, Ranui Swanson 2 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, March 7 2015 Roma vs Lazio, Celtic vs Rangers, Liverpool vs Everton, Boca Juniors vs River Plate, and Ranui Swanson vs Glen Eden. One of these things is not like the others. Ok, so this West Auckland Derby between […]