Menu Home

Wanderers Weekend Part 1 – The Fred

Waitakere City 2, Hamilton Wanderers 0 Fred Taylor Park, Auckland, May 19 2018 In a spectacular return to form, that will no doubt surprise absolutely nobody apart from me, I have once again managed to jinx a Waikato football club at Fred Taylor Park. After watching Wanderers win this exact […]

The fabulous Baby Blues

I was chatting with Steve Built at the pub. “Twenty two points at least, for safety” he said. Twenty two points, what? “That will keep a team in the Northern Premiership.”he said. It may have escaped the notice of many football fans, certainly the mainstream media have studiously ignored it, […]

It’s A Sin

Lotto NRFL Premier Division Manukau United v Onehunga Sports 30/03/17 3pm Michaels Ave  Video thanks to Dieter Dvorak. Photos by Roger Fowler. With Onehunga Sports’ Waikaraka Park still recovering from an interestingly timed Council dig-up and Manukau United’s Centre Park still recovering from the grass disease which has ravaged South […]

Rumblings

The NRFL kicks off tomorrow afternoon, under Auckland skies which carry more threat than Gareth Morgan buying a cattery. To say 2018 has gotten off to a bad start for the various federations involved in the competition would be a bit too negative, so lets just say things have been interesting. Like […]

A glass half full

[This piece first appeared in the Hamilton Wanderers match day programme ‘Sidelined’ on the 24th of February 2018] New Zealand is the best place in the world to be a football fan. Trust me, it is. Yet crowds at our national league games continue to be insanely low. Why? In […]

Almost autumn

Manukau United 1, Birkenhead United 1 Walter Massey Park, Auckland, February 25 2018 I am completely over summer. The weather gods have dished up nothing but stifling heat and oppressive humidity in strict rotation with pouring bloody rain, while the football gods haven’t really done their part either. The men’s […]

My faves

On Sunday Andrew Voerman, who is New Zealand’s premier football writer in my opinion, tweeted his top ten favourite games he’s seen live this year. They say that good writers borrow from other writers and great writers steal from them outright – it’s in that spirit that I thought I’d […]

United

Writers note: A little while ago Cordwainer Bull noted that anyone with an interest in football in New Zealand would inevitably be conscripted into voluntary roles with clubs. There’s a reason he’s one of the most insightful writers about the game we’ve got, and it sprang to mind as we […]

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 […]

NZ Football: 2027

It’s 2027 and the Hyundai A-League and the Holden NZ Premiership are about to kick off for another exciting season of summer football. A springlike Saturday evening at Auckland’s Vector Stadium on the waterfront sees the ‘26/’27 champions Auckland City take on their Waikato rivals Hamilton F.C, as the curtain-raiser […]