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The eight laws of Fantasyland

I live in a fantasyland where I’m the manager of a top flight Italian football team. It boasts some of the best players in the world – Totti, Cavani, Hamsik and De Sanctis, along with the best young talent money can buy in the likes of El Sharaawy, Lamela and […]

Mount Maunganui by the sea

Waikato Bay of Plenty 1, Auckland Football Federation 4 Links Avenue, Mount Maunganui, December 2 2012 In Maori culture, the relationship to land is completely different from that of Europeans. They don’t own land, the land owns them. Football fans should be able to identify with this. I certainly feel […]

Over the Edge

News broke around midday yesterday on the Northern League Forum that Waikato FC has parted company with their coach of two years, the controversial Declan Edge. Edge stepped into the role at the beginning of last season when, as usual, things were looking bleak for the franchise. Waikato stalwart Dave […]

A Ngara 5 goal defeat

Waikato FC 0, Canterbury United 5 Centennial Park, Ngaruawahia, November 25 2012 It’s great to see Waikato FC making use of Centennial Park in the small North Waikato town of Ngaruawahia. A little piece of colonialism in a place famous for being the home of Maori royalty, Ngaruawahia United Football […]

Don’t leave me this way

Northern Based Under 17s 2, Waikato Bay of Plenty 1 St Peter’s College, Auckland, November 18 2012 At the halfway point in the group stage of the National Women’s League going into this weekend’s fixtures, the Northern conference was delicately poised. This unexpected result has kept it that way. In […]


Team Wellington 0, Canterbury United 1 Wellington Phoenix 0, Central Coast Mariners 1 Westpac Stadium, Wellington, November 11 2012 Luckily I didn’t fly all the way down to Wellington solely for these two football games. I came for a work trip that happily coincided with last weekend’s big Wellington double […]

Getting shirty

Exciting young Roma striker Mattia Destro played quite a seven minute cameo in Roma’s 4-1 (yes, that’s right, 4-1) victory over Palermo this morning our time. He came on as a substitute for Francesco Totti in the 73rd minute before proceeding to pick up a dodgy yellow card in the […]