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Preview of a Coming Attraction

Birkenhead United 3, Ellerslie AFC 2 Shepherd’s Park, Auckland, July 14 2012 There were a couple of good reasons to go to Birkenhead v Ellerslie in Division 1 of the Northern Regional Football League today. The first was the ability to have a good look at Birko, one of the […]

Manukau City AFC needs you!

On Saturday I blogged about Manukau City AFC’s amazing come from behind penalty shootout upset of first division Papatoetoe in the Chatham Cup. Manukau City is a club that has had to overcome significant adversity this season and back over the years to get where they are today. This is […]

Southside

Manukau City 1, Papatoetoe AFC 1 AET (Manukau won 4-3 on penalties) Walter Massey Park, Auckland, July 7 2012 Probably the most exciting game of local football I’ve seen all year took place at South Auckland’s Walter Massey Park today as local rivals Manukau City and Papatoetoe AFC squared up […]

Perspective

It has now been three days since my beloved Italy’s 4-0 loss in the Euro 2012 final and while it still hurts like hell, I’m ready to put it into a little bit of perspective. This team achieved remarkable things. They were written off by absolutely everyone, not rated a high […]

The best of Balo

Mario Balotelli is now as enshrined in Italian football history as Roberto Baggio’s ‘divine ponytail’ and Marco Tardelli’s head shaking goal celebration. Millions are flocking to climb aboard the Balo bandwagon, and as far as I’m concerned, the sooner Roma signs him the better! When Il Postino – named after his reason for not celebrating […]

Scarves on Statues – Barry

This is Barry, “a Kiwi bloke” from Katikati on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Barry has just read the news that the Euro 2012 final has been won by Spain 4-0. He’s a bit upset about that. Me too.[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be […]

Friday night football

Metro FC 2, Forrest Hill Milford AFC 1 Phyllis Street, Auckland, June 29 2012 Metro FC, one of New Zealand’s oldest football clubs (founded in 1899), play almost all of their home games under lights on a Friday evening. Why, I don’t know but it obviously suits the club. Although […]

Super Mario

“When I score a goal, I don’t celebrate, because I do my work. When the Postman delivers your letter, does he celebrate?” “Best moment of the night was when I saw my mother after the game. I told her those goals were for her”

Bye bye Bay

Three Kings United 2, Bay Olympic 0 Keith Hay Park, June 24 2012 32 Chatham Cup entrants became 16 this weekend and for Bay Olympic, their rotten run of tough draws, combined with their recent form slump, ultimately cost them their place in the competition. The Northern Premier League leaders had to face their […]