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Maureen Burnside

It’s always sad when a great stalwart of the grassroots game passes away, but this one is a little bit personal for me. I only met Maureen Burnside a grand total of twice in my life, but she is nonetheless someone I partially credit for my love of football. A […]

Anderson, my aim is true

Kiwi True Blues 4, Central Brown 0 Anderson Park, Auckland, April 23 2017 One of my absolute favourite times of year – the Chatham Cup Preliminary round – continued in earnest yesterday. But whereas Saturday well and truly belonged to the Waikato and King Country with fixtures in Matamata, Tokoroa, […]

Rivalism Weekend – 1/3

Mount Albert Ponsonby 3, Metro 2 Anderson Park, Auckland, April 8 2017 -ism (suffix) Used to form names of a tendency of behaviour, action, state, condition or opinion belonging to a class or group of persons, or the result of a doctrine, ideology or principle or lack thereof. – Wictionary Rivalism – first coined by […]

Guest Post – Stan

By Keith Earl Brian “Stan” Stanyer was Mt Albert Ponsonby to his core, he loved the club, the people and of course the game. He was, in all respects, the heartbeat of the club. From playing for the gold and blue in the 70s and 80s, to becoming a key part of the […]

Who wants to be a premier?

Mount Albert Ponsonby 0, Manurewa 1 Anderson Park, Auckland, August 8 2016 The battle for promotion to the NRFL Premier Division is going right down to the wire after Mount Albert Ponsonby spurned their chance to wrap it up for themselves on their home ground today… A couple of months […]

My first game redux

Mount Albert Ponsonby 0, North Shore United 2 Anderson Park, Auckland, June 2 1014 Back in 2011 I submitted a piece of writing to the hugely popular United Kingdom based football blog ‘The Ball is Round’, who were running a series entitled ‘My first game’. They duly published my article […]

I told you so

Te Atatu AFC 2, Claudelands Rovers 6 (5-10 on aggregate) Anderson Park, Auckland, March 9 2013 When I blogged about last week’s first leg of this promotion playoff I promised you that this week’s second leg would be a classic. Well, I wasn’t joking. With fifteen goals over two legs, […]