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A dormant force

Waikato FC 0, Hawkes Bay United 4 Crown Park, Taupo, February 17 2013 Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest lake. A dormant volcano, it last erupted around about 180 AD with an explosion so ferocious that it is noted in ancient Chinese history that the sky glowed red. That fact […]

Let’s hear it for the Moyes

“I am from a city (Glasgow) that is not unlike Liverpool. I am joining the people’s football club. The majority of people you meet on the street are Everton fans. It is a fantastic opportunity, something you dream about. I said ‘yes’ right away as it is such a big […]

A futsal feast

Futsal South 1, Auckland Football-Futsal 0 Capital Futsal 1, WaiBOP Futsal 1 ASB Stadium, Auckland, February 9 2013 20 games in two days. Free entry. Closely fought clashes with oodles of skill on display. Thrills, spills and upsets. Why wouldn’t you get on down to Kohimarama and get in amongst […]

Scarves on Statues – Sisters of Mercy

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] I had something completely different planned for this week’s addition to Scarves on Statues, but after the trauma of the last few days that have seen our coach dismissed following an embarrassing thrashing at the hands of a decidedly mediocre Cagliari […]

Defining normal

[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] I thought long and hard before deciding to write about the Roma coaching situation – yet again. Before beginning the task, the first question it […]

Brockie road

Wellington Phoenix 1, Perth Glory 0 Eden Park, Auckland, February 2 2013 “WE’RE HERE TO WATCH THE FOOTBALL! WE’RE HERE TO WATCH THE FOOTBALL!” Now THERE’S a Yellow Fever chant I can write about in glowing terms. It came as a bunch of noob Aucklanders tried to start a Mexican […]

Lookalikes

Time for a wee bit of fun. I could spin you a line about how deep and meaningful this is but the truth is every half-arsed football blog needs a half-arsed lookalikes post, so here’s mine. Yes, I know it’s been done to death before. I don’t care. Yes, I […]

The youth of today

Northern Based New Zealand Under 17s 4, Waikato FC 2 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, January 27 2013 This game took me back. Waaaaaay back to the primary school playgrounds of old. Everyone remembers a scene like it, whether they participated themselves or watched one unfold in front of them. Picture […]

Scarves on Statues – William Gilbert Rees

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] William Gilbert Rees is known as the founding father of Queenstown, the most beautiful town in New Zealand hands down. Sitting on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, it’s surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountain ranges and boasts practically every kind of adventure […]

Who are we?

“WHO ARE YA? WHO ARE YA? WHO ARE YA?” Such is the chorus of the Wellington Phoenix ultras group ‘Yellow Fever’ when anyone takes a corner kick from their wedge of Westpac Stadium. Before Alessandro Del Piero’s A-League debut, I advised them via Twitter that repeating this tradition to him […]