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The world’s cuddliest fascist?

After years of searching it looks like I’ve finally found an English Premier League team to support – whoever is playing Sunderland. The appointment of Paolo Di Canio as their new manager is not as surprising as it is sad. It was inexorable that one, desperate for attention, top flight […]

If you want a job done properly…

[This post was originally published in the match day programme at Ellerslie AFC vs Manurewa on April 13 2013] Around the world and particularly in the United Kingdom there is an ever growing fad around ‘lower league football’. It appears to me to have kicked off in the mid-nineties with […]

Hey big spender!

Forrest Hill Milford 9, Fencibles 0 Becroft Park, Auckland, April 7 2013 Changes to this season’s Northern Women’s Premier League are aimed at reducing the number of score blowouts and thrashings that somewhat marred last season’s competition. All the sides will play each other once in a grading round before […]

Battle of the bays

Bay Olympic 2, East Coast Bays 4 Olympic Park, Auckland, April 6 2013 Two clubs don’t need to be neighbours to be fierce derby rivals. As Real Madrid and Barcelona, Manchester United and Liverpool or Juventus and Internazionale can attest, sometimes derbies are as much about two dominant teams as […]

Scarves on Statues – John Plimmer

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] John Plimmer was an early settler in our nation’s capital after emigrating from Shrewsbury England in 1841. He represented his community on the Wellington Provincial Council where he was best known for his campaigning to stop the sale of the province’s […]

A football journey

Oratia United 1, Fencibles 0 Parrs Park, Auckland, March 30 2013 There’s no feeling on earth like walking towards your favourite football ground for the first game of a new season. The nervous anticipation of the start of a new journey with your team that has built up to bursting […]

Auckland or Wellington?

It’s the question on everyone’s lips! New Zealand has shed blood and brain tissue, squeaked past the great powerhouse of international football that is New Caledonia, and made it to the last hurdle – a two legged playoff with the fourth best North and Central American team for a coveted […]