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Beat that with a stick

Auckland City 1, Team Wellington 0 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, April 1 2018 For the third year in a row it was Auckland City vs Team Wellington in the final of the New Zealand national league. And for the third year in a row I was predicting a comfortable Auckland […]

Where were you when we were shit?

Hamilton Wanderers 0, Auckland City 1 Links Avenue, Mount Maunganui, January 28 2018 There was only one national league football game on offer within reasonable driving distance of my Auckland home on Auckland Anniversary Weekend – and even that necessitated a 450km road trip to the Bay of Plenty. Not […]

Get plover it

Auckland City 2, Waitakere United 2 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, January 7 2018 Yesterday I picked the official football calendar back up again where I had left it before Christmas, at Kiwitea Street, where precious little seemed to have changed in the past two weeks. Despite my giving groundsman Tom a […]

Butterflies, sprinklers and Jules Rimet

Auckland City 5, Tasman United 2 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, December 16 2017 Kiwitea Street was the setting of my last organised football game of 2017. Auckland City’s title clinching National Youth League fixture against Tasman United yesterday was my 36th men’s game of the year – and there have been […]

Auckland Tanty

Waitakere United 4, Auckland City 1 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, February 26 2017 Waitakere came back from a goal down to beat Auckland City 4-1 yesterday, in what had to be one of the most sensational capitulations you will ever see from a team with the pedigree of Auckland City FC. […]

Conspicuous absence

Auckland City 4, Hamilton Wanderers 1 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, 19 February 2017 It’s been a long while since last I set foot at Kiwitea Street. Too long, some would say – myself included! I know how this must look to City fans. Auckland City are playing Hamilton Wanderers. There were […]

Total Gridlock

Away days are an integral part of football culture. You only need scan the multitudes of Twitter and Facebook accounts focusing on the travels of supporters from the very pinnacle of the game to the lowest and most local levels. It’s hard to quantify exactly what it is about ‘the […]

Guest Post – The Birko Recipe

[Following on from John’s excellent post about his experience reaching out to the local community to build support for Auckland City FC, I thought it might be cool to ask a few other clubs to tell us about what they do. With more people sharing what works for them, there might be […]