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Are you serious?

“I made my debut for Waikato FC with them both. I remember my first touch in the National League was a throw-in to Mayney and he just told me “are you serious?” and he hoofed it back out and just stared at me!” – Aaron Scott Prowling the sidelines in […]

SSP: Not Football Roundup

If my refrain that football isn’t just about football hasn’t driven you past the point of distraction yet, read on. Otherwise head to one of the many other bits of writing on this site instead – it’ll be easier on both of us. The newly expanded, newly branded Stirling Sports […]

Leaving It Late

The last game of the regular Stirling Sports Premiership season for both Auckland City and Eastern Suburbs had a lot riding on it. For the Kiwitea St hosts, the minor premiership and a crucial 2018 OFC Champions League spot. Suburbs needed a result to secure their place in the playoffs […]

Auckland Tanty

Waitakere United 4, Auckland City 1 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, February 26 2017 Waitakere came back from a goal down to beat Auckland City 4-1 yesterday, in what had to be one of the most sensational capitulations you will ever see from a team with the pedigree of Auckland City FC. […]

The Business End

With just two regular season games to go in this season’s Stirling Sports Premiership, there’s still a lot to play for – and that’s just looking at Auckland. With City now three points clear at the top, having roared back from a lowly 6th in their catchup fixtures, they play […]

Conspicuous absence

Auckland City 4, Hamilton Wanderers 1 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, 19 February 2017 It’s been a long while since last I set foot at Kiwitea Street. Too long, some would say – myself included! I know how this must look to City fans. Auckland City are playing Hamilton Wanderers. There were […]

Bugger the pollsters

Waitakere United 2, Tasman United 2 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, February 5 2017 On Tuesday I was looking at the Stirling Sports Premiership draw for this weekend and wondering which game to attend. I couldn’t choose between Waitakere v Tasman close to home or the Eastern Suburbs v Team Wellington clash […]

Guest Post – Playing the game

By Cordwainer Bull It’s almost exactly 20 years ago to the week since I wrote a column for Melville United’s national league programme against Napier City Rovers (January 24, 1997), entitled “Summer Soccer Sideshow”, at a time when summer football was still in its infancy as a concept. I thought […]