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Counter punch

Metro FC 5, Bay Olympic 2 Phyllis Street, Auckland, May 12 2013 2-0 is often thought of as the most dangerous lead in football, and for good reason. You think you’ve got it made so you sit back and defend, safe in the knowledge that while your opponents might manage […]

Scarves on Statues – Henry Atkinson

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] Titirangi is amongst my favourite suburbs of Auckland. Nestled high in the Waitakere Ranges, the houses are all buried deep in native bush, each one mostly private and isolated from its neighbours. They cling to the sides of the slopes with […]

Better late than never

Metro FC 1, Ngaruawahia United 1 Phyllis Street, Auckland, April 27 2013 It’s been too long since I’ve been to a game featuring my favourite New Zealand team, Ngaruawahia United, too long since I’ve covered a Northern Division 1 game, and too long since I’ve witnessed a thriller. All that […]

My favourite game

[This piece was originally published over at Roma Journal, a fan site that will be picking up all my AS Roma related material from now on, and was inspired by Giancarlo Rinaldi’s newly released e-book ’20 Great Italian Games’, available on Amazon for the uber reasonable price of USD $2.99 […]

Lest we forget the Chatham Cup

Glen Eden United 0, Drury United 4 Parrs Park, Auckland, April 25 2013 It’s ANZAC Day in New Zealand and Australia, the anniversary of the Allied landing at Gallipoli where so many of our countrymen and women lost their lives in World War I. Today, we remember those brave soldiers […]

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 […]

Scarves on Statues – Farming Family

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] The controversial plaque on this Hamilton statue proclaims that it “commemorates the ordinary farming family as the unsung heroes of our first 150 years.” There are a number of obvious problems with this. Who’s first 150 years, would be the first […]

The world’s cuddliest fascist?

After years of searching it looks like I’ve finally found an English Premier League team to support – whoever is playing Sunderland. The appointment of Paolo Di Canio as their new manager is not as surprising as it is sad. It was inexorable that one, desperate for attention, top flight […]

If you want a job done properly…

[This post was originally published in the match day programme at Ellerslie AFC vs Manurewa on April 13 2013] Around the world and particularly in the United Kingdom there is an ever growing fad around ‘lower league football’. It appears to me to have kicked off in the mid-nineties with […]