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The football ground merry-go-round

Forrest Hill Milford 5, Ellerslie 0 Ashley Reserve, Auckland, June 3 2018 There were two Kate Sheppard Cup games scheduled for Auckland today. Norwest were set to face Fencibles in a 1pm all-Conference clash at Huapai Domain, an hour later than NRFL side FHM and the Conference’s Ellerslie were due […]

Five of the most improved

Last month I bowed to public pressure and wrote a post ranking my five favourite football grounds in New Zealand. In so doing, I also acknowledged requests for follow up pieces looking at the most improved, depressing, wind-blown and inaccessible grounds along with the best and worst stadium food. You’ll […]

Artificial turf – friend or foe?

The New Zealand Herald ran an article yesterday about a perceived link between artificial sports turf and increased risk of cancer – especially for football goalkeepers. It quoted people who point the finger of blame at high exposure to the rubber ‘dirt’, made from recycled tyres, that is spread across pitches to […]

State of the nation*

[*Nation meaning the Republic of Auckland AKA the Super City AKA the centre of the known universe AKA as far and wide as I could be bothered driving – sorry Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Northland.] Manukau City took to Facebook last week to vent their frustrations with the difficulty […]

Women’s Youth League

Northern Football 3, Waikato/Bay of Plenty Football 0 Parrs Park, Auckland, December 4 2011 It was a pretty soggy day in Auckland today, but after having had so much fun on my last women’s football excursion, I wasn’t going to miss this for anything – the final of the Women’s […]