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Shifting sands

Well that, as they say, escalated quickly. Two days ago Hamilton Wanderers announced to their members on Facebook that they have submitted a bid for an ASB Premiership license. Two days later WaiBOP United look to have thrown in the towel, telling their own members that they will yield their […]

We Are Building A Religion

So, part one covered the interesting choices of grounds. Part two looked at league structure and league returns. Part three is about supporters. In re-organising the structure of the game, there needs to be a reappraisal of how NZF and the clubs/franchises generate support, engage with support, build support from beyond […]

The Model

Yesterday I started picking through the televising of this years ASB Premiership, the issues of small crowds in big venues and a little more besides. Let’s pick up where we left off. Televising the ASB Premiership is good, but it won’t expand the game’s presence without an atmosphere to match. […]

Ground Control

The ASB Premiership season is here and and it’s the last of it’s kind. Well, that’s not quite true as, after 11 years, the NZ Football review has laid out a pathway to develop the league structure. Unlike past attempts, excellently covered in Bruce Holloway’s ‘The National League Debates’, NZF […]

The battle of Camford Bridge

Cambridge 0, Waitemata 2 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, September 19 2015 Call me biased, and of course I am, but WaiBOP United was a revelation last summer. They competed for a semi-final spot right up until the end and showed that they could beat anyone on their day – a […]

The Fred

Waitakere United 2, WaiBOP United 1 Fred Taylor Park, Auckland, February 21 2015 Ask any WaiBOP United fan which ASB Premiership venue they prefer to visit the least, and odds overwhelmingly are they will tell you it’s Fred Taylor Park. Why? To be completely honest I don’t entirely understand it […]

Homeward bound

Auckland City 3, Team Wellington 0 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, February 15 2015 It’s crunch time in the ASB Premiership, and after today’s fixtures there was good news and bad news. I’ll get the bad news out of the way first. Today’s top of the table clash at Kiwitea Street was […]

Party in da club

WaiBOP United 2, Team Wellington 1 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, January 31 2015 For the last couple of days, I have been pondering the subject of birthday presents. How memorable are they as a general rule? ‘Not very’ is my tentative conclusion. I remember the beautiful wooden chest/coffee table that […]