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A Franklin success

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A reader contacted me yesterday to alert me to this piece in the Franklin and North Waikato Post. It’s about a talented young footballer from Waiuku, by the name of Jake McCoy, who appears to have a bright future ahead of him! The reader was keen to point out that […]

Guest Post – Playing the game

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By Cordwainer Bull It’s almost exactly 20 years ago to the week since I wrote a column for Melville United’s national league programme against Napier City Rovers (January 24, 1997), entitled “Summer Soccer Sideshow”, at a time when summer football was still in its infancy as a concept. I thought […]

Piggy’s ghost

Lovemore's goal goes in!

Waitakere United 1, Eastern Suburbs 1 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, January 29 2017 As regular readers would have heard me say often, I support two teams – Waikato and whoever is playing Auckland. This always presents a dilemma when watching two Auckland sides play. I am the kind of person who […]

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View from the back of the net!

Whilst players, supporters and administrators from most winter clubs have been enjoying a nice relaxing summer break, it seems that all hell has been breaking loose in South Auckland. Franklin United, which is barely a year into its existence, has suffered an acrimonious divorce as of one of its marriage […]

Windy Waitak

Waitak keeper Liam Anderson climbing

Waitakere United 2, Hamilton Wanderers 1 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, January 16 2017 It was a game of one stiff breeze. Wind was the winner on the day! After a lovely pre-game lunch at Little Sister with the New Zealand football community’s most colourful Twitterer, the man who was in possession […]

A letter to Gianni

UEFA General Secretary Infantino asks the audience for silence before the draw for the play-off matches for UEFA Euro 2016 at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon

Dear Gianni, A non-exhaustive list of things that are broken and need fixing in world football: Corruption Nepotism Cronyism Patronage Sexism Homophobia Racism Transphobia Sexual abuse The Ballon d’Or voting Simulation Player wages that could feed entire countries Transfer fees that could feed entire continents Abuse of referees Fan violence […]

The coffee is mightier than the grudge

Tom Shore firing past Coery Chettleburgh

Waitakere United 1, Hawkes Bay United 0 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, January 8 2017 The first and most important commandment that must be adhered to by any true fan of Waikato football is ‘thou shalt hate Waitakere’. It’s written in stone. Through the ages, these annoying Westies have been the big […]