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Scarves on Statues – Horus and Ra

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] These chaps have led an interesting existence. I was living nearby when they were first installed at one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets, the excellent Hamilton Gardens. I’ll never forget the hullabaloo. Pagan gods worshipped in ancient Egypt, Horus (god […]

This is not the National League

It’s much, much better. Papakura City 2, Claudelands Rovers 3 Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, March 16 2013 There’s a big final on this weekend and there’s nothing else like them! The pressure, the drama, the atmosphere, the anticipation of two top sides clashing head to head. It’s the day that […]

Choosing failure

[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 don’t want the giallorossi to qualify for Europe and I’ll tell you why. For the last few seasons Roma has had this malicious, […]

State of the nation*

[*Nation meaning the Republic of Auckland AKA the Super City AKA the centre of the known universe AKA as far and wide as I could be bothered driving – sorry Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Northland.] Manukau City took to Facebook last week to vent their frustrations with the difficulty […]

I told you so

Te Atatu AFC 2, Claudelands Rovers 6 (5-10 on aggregate) Anderson Park, Auckland, March 9 2013 When I blogged about last week’s first leg of this promotion playoff I promised you that this week’s second leg would be a classic. Well, I wasn’t joking. With fifteen goals over two legs, […]

Scarves on Statues – Lord Freyberg

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] Bernard Freyberg led quite a life. After he left high school in Wellington he worked as an assistant dentist around various parts of the provincial North Island before leaving our shores to join the Mexican Revolution, where he became a Captain […]


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 […]

A Claudelands cracker

Claudelands Rovers 4, Te Atatu AFC 3 Centennial Park, Ngaruawahia, March 2 2013 For as long as I can remember there has been a gloating Waikato Draught billboard situated on the left hand side of State Highway 1 as you drive into Huntly, the gateway to the Waikato District. It […]

Full disclosure

[Lots of people have been clicking on the ‘about’ page of this blog lately. It has occurred to me that what was previously there was probably of very little use to them, so I have endeavoured to be a little more serious about trying to explain what this site is all about. […]

Herbert out

It has appeared for quite some time that 2012/13 would be characterised forever in my mind as the season of teams I support showing no patience with their coaches, much to my dismay, but this one really takes the cake. New Zealand football has so much to thank Ricki Herbert […]