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World Cup 2019: A Proving Ground

In a sense, a World Cup is a proving ground. Every moment has the potential to launch a career. For the Women’s World Cup, that’s even more the case. It is often the best chance for players to secure professional contracts that might come some way close to providing a […]

Keep Calm and just play football

Can I just take a moment for to ask, no not ask, to strongly suggest two things?  Football players. Calm down and play football  Referees. Ref properly and if players don’t calm down, book or red them.  Many years ago (1982 I think) I, along with the Unicol team enjoyed the […]

A Fond Farewell

It’s been a while since my last post, and even longer since I’ve been to a live game of football. 2019 is proving to be an interesting year, in the mannger of the ancient Chinese curse. Football is a beautiful game, and one which is well worth your time and effort […]

An unlikely inspiration

With the future and sustainability of our men’s national league competition as uncertain as ever, there’s a brand new professional competition about to launch on the other side of the world – and it’s one that I’m following with great interest (and jealousy) – Morgan

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 […]

A gentleman’s sport

There has been some interesting debate recently about the discrepancy in financial spoils for the country’s top female sportswomen compared to their male counterparts, as the popularity and profile of women’s sport grows – Morgan

Get Well Soon Wynton

First of all, get well soon Wynton. It’s inarguable that the most talented and decorated All White ever produced is Wynton Alan Whai Rufer, CNZM. Terry Maddaford’s explanation from nearly twenty years ago explains it perfectly, Rufer – Simply the best we’ve ever had. Since then we’ve had the joys of seeing […]