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A numbers game

This post may well be, to paraphrase David Lange, “so dry it’s combustible”, and I’ll probably (quite rightly) stand accused of needing to, as they say, “get out more”, but here goes anyway… I’ve noticed on the forums, in the context of discussions around players transferring between clubs, a good […]

New shoots

Onehunga Sports 3, Birkenhead United 5 Waikaraka Park, Auckland, April 20 2013 Maungakiekie, otherwise known as One Tree Hill, presides over everything you do in the Auckland suburb of Onehunga. World famous because of the U2 song that bears its name – written by Bono following the death of a […]

Battle of the bays

Bay Olympic 2, East Coast Bays 4 Olympic Park, Auckland, April 6 2013 Two clubs don’t need to be neighbours to be fierce derby rivals. As Real Madrid and Barcelona, Manchester United and Liverpool or Juventus and Internazionale can attest, sometimes derbies are as much about two dominant teams as […]

Jono

Bay Olympic 1, Birkenhead United 3 Crum Park, Auckland, March 2 2013 This is why football is a winter game in the civilised world. With the scorching sun beating down on Crum Park in Titirangi on Saturday, it was far too hot for trench coats… And dark sunglasses make football […]

An interview with Jack Hobson-McVeigh

Jack Hobson-McVeigh

Birkenhead United celebrate their 50th anniversary this year as a football club on the rise. Unbeaten in 2012, they ran away with last season’s Northern Division 1 title and such was their quality that many are tipping the newly promoted outfit as dark horses for the 2013 Northern Premier League. […]

The future

East Coast Bays AFC 4, Melville United 1 Bays City Park, Auckland, May 19 2012 Another Saturday, another array of Northern Regional Football League matches to choose from! Today I decided to head up to the Northern limits of what we used to refer to as North Shore City in the old […]

We Three Kings

Three Kings United 2, East Coast Bays AFC 3 Keith Hay Park, Three Kings, April 9 2012 I hadn’t planned on going to two football games this Easter weekend, but when I woke up this morning to such brilliant sunshine it seemed like an awful waste not to add a […]

Swanning around

Forrest Hill Milford 1, Bay Olympic 6 Becroft Park, Auckland, September 3 2011 Yesterday I decided that given this is the last weekend of the New Zealand winter football season, I should probably get my butt off to a game. After all, it will be a month or two before […]