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Empirical hypothetical

Filled world map of Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ghana, Cameroon, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Nigeria.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games recently concluded, and as I do each time this quadrennial event occurs, I briefly pondered what it would be like if football was part of the Games. Football has never been a part of this sporting occasion. This year, I decided to work out who would […]

Chewing on the Hud

So today, in a thoroughly unsurprising development, New Zealand Football announced that Anthony Hudson’s tenure as All Whites coach is over. It was always going to be thus, one feels. He’s an ambitious guy. We were always a stepping stone to something else. And for a man who so carefully […]

The hitchhiker

New Zealand 0, Peru 0 Westpac Stadium, Wellington, November 11 2017 I wish I was an Aztec Or a runner in Peru I would build such beautiful buildings To house the chosen few Like an Inca from Peru From around 10:30am on Wednesday the 11th of October, New Zealand time, […]

Tea motherf***er!

I saw this photo on Twitter on Friday and, I gotta say, try as I might I quite simply cannot in good conscience let this one go through to the keeper. Is that tea he’s drinking??? By joves old bean I think it is! The coach of the New Zealand […]

All’s Welly that ends Welly

New Zealand 2, Fiji 0 Westpac Stadium, Wellington, March 28 2017 [Special thanks to Cameron McIntosh (Photomac) for supplying all photos of this game.] My employer sends me to Wellington at least four or five times a year and, as a general rule, these trips seem specially formulated to occur […]

When Saturday Comes

This is just a very quick blog-brag to alert you to an article that I have had published in the latest issue of the UK football magazine ‘When Saturday Comes’. They got in touch a few weeks ago asking me to send them my take on what World Cup expansion […]

Five freaks

I’m not ashamed to admit that last Sunday afternoon I reached peak football freak – a state of being that is reserved only for the rarest, most magical of occasions when everything falls perfectly into place. Ideally, there are a few key ingredients that are required before one can ascend […]