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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 […]

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. […]

Scarves on Statues – Security guard

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] Most statues that exist in the world commemorate ‘special’ people. Sportspeople who have excelled at their sport. Politicians who have been very popular with the people they represent. Monarchs who have been loved by their subjects. Explorers who have gone where […]

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 […]