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The fast and the furious

Papakura City 2, AFC Fury 4 (Fury won 5-2 on aggregate) Bruce Pullman Park, Auckland, October 5 2013 Some say he lives in an underground lair beneath White Island, has a staircase that leads down to the fires of hell, and that that’s where he recruits most of his players. […]


‘Tis the season! Now that the 2013 winter leagues are all done and dusted, clubs up and down this fair nation of ours are holding their annual prizegiving celebrations literally as we speak. In clubrooms, restaurants, pubs and function centres in every town and suburb in New Zealand, cups are […]


It’s long past time for me to post briefly to congratulate the Football Ferns, so much so that their exploits are now kind of old news and this is a bit beyond belated. But better late than never I always say! One of the problems is that I have been […]


Auckland City 1, Wellington Phoenix 0 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, September 28 2013 Oh dear, we’ll never hear the bloody end of this… Auckland City FC’s fan base contains a section of folks who are absolutely convinced that their team is better than the Phoenix, belongs in the A League, and […]


It’s one of the oldest clichés in the book – a picture tells a thousand words. I think this one tells at least 10,000… Before the first derby under the American ownership of Roma, I noted that only two players on the pitch had ever experienced a derby della capitale […]

An interview with Peter Smith

When the coaching appointment for the WaiBOP United ASB Premiership franchise was announced, it caused something of a stir. Many thought it odd that the job had been given to a relatively unheralded Scotsman, especially given that Wanderers coach Mark Cossey had done such a wonderful job of salvaging Waikato […]

Italy rules

In a few short weeks I will be sitting in Wellington’s cake tin watching the All Whites attempt to qualify for the World Cup. It will be a nail biting experience. If we win, it will be a celebration like no other – a feeling some people in other countries […]

A green feat

Ngaruawahia United 5, North Shore United 0 Centennial Park, Ngaruawahia, September 14 2013 One of the things I often get praised about for this blog is my lack of bias. I struggle to understand this. Like anyone, I have emotional reactions to various clubs and that means soft spots for […]