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Winter 2017

With cup finals day looming large this coming Sunday, the time has come to sadly accept that another winter of football is almost at an end. To mark this solemn occasion, I have compiled a collection of the eighteen images that I feel best sum up this, the seventh grassroots […]

Fire and Agapanthus

Central United 5, Bay Olympic 0 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, August 26 2017 Things I learned at the Chatham Cup semi-final on Saturday: Kiwitea Street has a Roma pennant in the clubrooms. Any club with Roma memorabilia always goes up in my estimations. I have never had the time to take […]

Injurious timing

Birkenhead 0, Onehunga Sports 3 Shepherd’s Park, Auckland, August 6 2017 I’m sorry but I have to start this with a gripe. There were four national cup quarter finals set down for Auckland this weekend – two in the New Zealand Women’s Knockout Cup and two in the Chatham Cup. […]

Win it for Grandma

Melville 7, Franklin 1 Gower Park, Hamilton, June 24 2017 The best laid plans of mice and men… I had no intention of travelling out of Auckland for this round of the Chatham Cup, but circumstances conspired to draw me out over the Bombay Hills. My lovely grandma, who was […]

Cup memories

On the third of July 2011 I covered my first Chatham Cup game for this blog – a 2-0 victory for Waitakere City over Central United at Fred Taylor Park. Ten months after that, I saw my first ever NZ Women’s Knockout Cup fixture – a 3-0 victory for Lynn […]

McFourtridge

Glenfield Rovers 0, Birkenhead United 4 McFetridge Park, Auckland, June 5 2017 It has been suggested, on one or two… hundred occasions, that I am a one eyed Birkenhead United supporter. Or as one contributor to the Northern League Forum once put it after Birko gave me a shirt to […]

Performing when it Matamatas

Matamata Swifts 6, Onehunga Mangere 0 Matamata Domain, Matamata, May 14 2017 Generally when I scan the draw looking for a cup tie to attend, I’m trying to identify a game that’s contested by at least one team I wouldn’t ordinarily watch play as well as a match that has […]

Before the threshold

Marist (Wellington) 0 Seatoun 4 Chatham Cup Preliminary Round Tuesday 25 April 2017 Kilbirnie Park Words by Phil Clayton. Goal highlights from @kiwibardy Photographs (and their captions) of this match by Michael Welsh (Dr yomcat shoots). A Chatham Cup clash between two previous Cup winners. Seatoun won the Cup in […]

Chatham Cup: Hrvatska to Hamilton

The Road To The Chatham Cup 2017 The road to the Chatham Cup final is longest for those clubs entering the Preliminary Round. Between these teams and the oldest trophy in NZ Football’s collection are seven matches and the assorted might of the Federation Leagues top teams. This year I’m […]

Anderson, my aim is true

Kiwi True Blues 4, Central Brown 0 Anderson Park, Auckland, April 23 2017 One of my absolute favourite times of year – the Chatham Cup Preliminary round – continued in earnest yesterday. But whereas Saturday well and truly belonged to the Waikato and King Country with fixtures in Matamata, Tokoroa, […]