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Gianni Be Good

We’re approaching the end of the national league season and, unsurprisingly, the Weenix are propping up the foot of the table. But there’s plenty of talent in the squad – including the latest youngster to get called up to the senior A League side.

Third Time Lucky?

It’s fast approaching the twentieth anniversary of professional football in New Zealand. The Auckland Football Kingz played their first home match on October 1st, 1999 up at North Harbour Stadium. They competed in the old National Soccer League (NSL), which soon dissolved into financial insecurity and Government inquiries – eventually […]

Stream of consciousness

This summer’s ISPS Handa Premiership has seen a major change in the ways that teams can broadcast digital content. In recent seasons, teams had been limited in what and how they could share any match footage due to the television deal with Sky TV. Essentially, Sky TV had exclusive rights […]

At the end the Aucklanders win

Auckland City 3, Eastern Suburbs 2Kiwitea Street, Auckland, January 26 2019 Yeah, so obviously I’ve been a bit slack in January. Whereas my first game of 2018 kicked off at 12:01am on January 1, this year I have kept my wonderful adoring fan(s) (hi mum) waiting a whopping 26 days […]

The day NZ football (almost) died

The untimely demise of NZ football in the 1970’s was predicted but what happened? (This is part of an article I did for a Wanderers ISPS Handa Premiership programme recently. I was was spurred to blog post it here after reading the recent ITBOTN article penned by Dave Newdick referring […]

December December Super Special

Wanderers v Auckland City/ Phoenix Reserves. 2nd and 9th Dec 2018  This report is actually for not one, but two matches in the ISPS Handa Premiership. A real bargain some might say. It’s like a 70’s double album, (let’s say…Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti) complete with gate-fold cover, clever artwork, great songs […]

East or West?

Something happened at half time during last Sunday’s televised Gridlock Derby between Eastern Suburbs and Auckland City. And I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and I can’t tell whether or not it’s a good thing. Last Sunday’s game was played at Riverhills. That makes it two ‘home’ grounds […]

Deus Ex Machina

It was the ultimate anti-climax. Just two minutes into the second half of Southern United’s absorbing ISPS Handa Premiership clash against Auckland City at the Caledonian Ground yesterday, play was halted. It had been raining steadily throughout the afternoon and the rain got heavier as the match commenced. As the […]