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The NZFC Grand Final

Waitakere United 4, Team Wellington 1 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, April 28 2012 It was hard to see how we might have ended up here. Going into the semi-finals of the New Zealand Football Championship, Auckland City were seven points clear at the top of the table. Courageous Canterbury United was […]

A brief tribute to the Ultras of Auckland

The dictionary definition of an ultra is an ‘extremist’. The more football oriented definition would be a ‘devoted fan’. There are only three hard and fast rules: Attend every game of your chosen club, stand for the duration and never stop singing. What they lack in numbers, the Ultras of Auckland City FC more […]

Waikato Chronicles

Waikato FC 2, Team Wellington 3 Porritt Stadium, Hamilton, February 5 2012 CB: “Barbecues on the grass banks on a sultry cloudless evening, a few beers after work, a twilight kick-off… the sooner we get summer soccer the better.” AH: “There’s more chance of Brian Chisholm biting someone’s ear.” – […]

il derby dell’uno

Auckland City 0, Waikato FC 0 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, January 22 2012 The 150 kilometre journey up State Highway 1 and over the Bombay Hills from Hamilton to Auckland. All Waikato natives know it well. Waikato sportspeople know it even better. Declan Edge, coach of Waikato FC, describes the journey to Kiwitea Street […]

A perfect miserable day

When I was growing up in the Waikato we had certain values instilled in us from birth. We hated sissies. We hated daylight savings. We hated Auckland. When you watched sport, any sport, (but only sissies liked sports other than rugby, and we’ve covered what we thought of sissies) you […]