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Swanning around

Forrest Hill Milford 1, Bay Olympic 6 Becroft Park, Auckland, September 3 2011 Yesterday I decided that given this is the last weekend of the New Zealand winter football season, I should probably get my butt off to a game. After all, it will be a month or two before […]

A little give and take

The transfer window is a curious time of year. A time to farewell much loved family members, welcome fresh blood and say good riddance to those we claim to have never liked to begin with. It is a time of excitement and expectation. Rumours, 90% of which turn out to […]

A man’s game

What is it that the Obama family are watching so intently here in the residence of the White House?  Some international crisis unfolding? A session of the US Congress? The Superbowl? Would you believe me if I told you it’s a game of ‘sawccerr’? What about if I told you […]

A league of their own

Eastern Suburbs 0, Glenfield Rovers 5 Madills Farm, Auckland, July 17 2011 In light of the Women’s World Cup final being tomorrow morning New Zealand time, I thought it might be a good time (better late than never) to attend, I’m ashamed to admit, my first game of women’s football. […]

Campioni del mondo!

It’s strange how life works out sometimes. When the final whistle blew in Italy’s 1-1 draw with the USA in the group stage of the 2006 World Cup, 24 years since their last World Cup triumph, I turned to my brother and said “that’s it”. I didn’t mean the end […]

The Chatham Cup

Waitakere City 1, Central United 0 Fred Taylor Park, Auckland, July 3 2011 Today I went along to a Chatham Cup round of 16 clash between Waitakere City FC and Central United. The Chatham Cup is New Zealand’s premier club knockout tournament. Unlike this country’s nationwide franchise based semi-professional summer league (the NZFC), […]

Only love can break your heart

I haven’t written much for a while. It’s partly because I’ve been busy trying to overthrow the New Zealand government (at the ballot box of course), but it’s mostly because I have been grumpy. Grumpy with the completely bloody miserable football season we’ve just endured. It started with Italy’s dismal […]

A change is gonna come

One evening a year or so back I was phoned by a Sky (pay) TV employee doing a telephone survey on the viewing habits of their New Zealand audience. I was asked if I could spare fifteen minutes to provide some feedback to assist them to improve their service. “Great”, […]