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Breaking with tradition

It’s the middle of summer in New Zealand, a time when many if not most of us are off work at the very least for Christmas, New Year and the days in between. A special time when we get to take the time to do all the things we’ve been […]

il Grande Torino

In the English speaking world, it’s easy to think of the Munich Air Disaster that claimed the lives of eight Manchester United players in 1958 as football’s worst aviation tragedy. It’s not. Not that it’s a competition or anything… Over the course of five seasons between 1942 and 1949, (one […]

Women’s Youth League

Northern Football 3, Waikato/Bay of Plenty Football 0 Parrs Park, Auckland, December 4 2011 It was a pretty soggy day in Auckland today, but after having had so much fun on my last women’s football excursion, I wasn’t going to miss this for anything – the final of the Women’s […]

Seddon Park: A Love Story

In late January 1990, Sachin Tendulkar was 16 years old. I was 14. He had played a handful of test matches for India and was about to embark on his first overseas tour outside the sub-continent. I had played quite a lot of cricket in my school lunch hours and […]

My first game

[I have made no secret in the past of how much I enjoy reading The Ball is Round and in particular their ‘My first game’ section. This is my effort on the subject, published by them here] Mt Albert-Ponsonby 1, North Shore United 1 (The Shore won 4-5 on penalties) Anderson Park, Auckland, 1992 New Zealand’s […]

When two tribes go to war…

AS Roma 3, SS Lazio 2 Stadio Olimpico, Rome, October 31 2007 It’s hard to describe just what a derby means to a fan. To put it into cold, emotionless black and white words on paper can’t convey the intensity of feeling without it somehow seeming pathetic to the reader. […]

Internazionale di Milano

Internazionale di Milano Oh how much I despise you All the diving and faking All the piss you keep taking The long line of bastardi Brought in by Moratti For chopping legs with a dictum To when caught, act the victim Calciopoli hacking Outed referee stacking Sent the Old Lady […]