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NZ Men’s National League

The plan, Stan

New Zealand Football have released a new plan for the next three years’ worth of national competitions and there is something quite remarkable about it – I agree with almost every word! The highlights from my perspective are: The National Women’s League will stay federation based for now and move […]

The Repeat Rematch

The day after final day last year I noted that Auckland City had lost three games in fourteen months – a problem most supporters would be delighted with. A year on and the Navy Blues have lost five games, including yesterday afternoon’s Stirling Sports Premiership Grand Final. To Team Wellington. […]

Stream & Steam

In other parts of the footballing world, Sky are vilified. Their involvement in football is seen by supporters as a corrupting influence, shifting kickoff times and fixtures to suit the global audience and relentlessly hyping the endless clashes of top-flight teams while only occasionally looking beyond them. Mitchell & Webb […]

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 […]