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They’ve only gone and done it again!

Birkenhead United 1, Western Suburbs 1 AET (Birkenhead won 5-4 on penalties) North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, September 9 2018 Well that was one of the all-time best weekends I can remember. Ella, Helena and I recorded an exciting new podcast that will be coming your way very soon, ITBOTN got […]

Red, white and Gray

Nelson Suburbs 0, Birkenhead United 2 Saxton Fields, Nelson, August 27 2018 It seemed like a perfectly sensible idea back when I booked it, a 6:05am Sunday flight to Nelson for a Chatham Cup semi-final. But when my alarm went off at 4am yesterday I must admit that the thought […]

Pap back for moa

Birkenhead United 5, Papamoa 1 Shepherds Park, Auckland, June 24 2018 My plan was formulated as soon as I saw the confirmed fixtures. Before the draw for our two national cup competitions took place I had committed on Twitter to watching Papamoa in this Chatham Cup round regardless of who […]

Almost autumn

Manukau United 1, Birkenhead United 1 Walter Massey Park, Auckland, February 25 2018 I am completely over summer. The weather gods have dished up nothing but stifling heat and oppressive humidity in strict rotation with pouring bloody rain, while the football gods haven’t really done their part either. The men’s […]

Injurious timing

Birkenhead 0, Onehunga Sports 3 Shepherd’s Park, Auckland, August 6 2017 I’m sorry but I have to start this with a gripe. There were four national cup quarter finals set down for Auckland this weekend – two in the New Zealand Women’s Knockout Cup and two in the Chatham Cup. […]

Ferns v Fellas

Football Ferns Development 4, Birkenhead United 4 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, April 2 2017 It was a tough call, no doubt about it. Pros and cons were carefully weighed up. Would the chosen league provide the best challenge? Would the move weaken the Northern League? What about player welfare? Would […]

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 […]

Birko massive!

Birkenhead United 3, Waitakere City 2 AET North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, September 11 2016 What a fantastic day! What an absolutely fantastic entire weekend of football I had, as a matter of fact. There are many stories to tell, but I’ll save a lot of them for later – because […]

We go again

Birkenhead United 3, Miramar Rangers 1 Shepherd’s Park, Auckland, August 28 2016 I have never made any secret of the fact that I have a soft spot for Birkenhead United. But today, without wanting to go too mushy on you, I’m ready to declare my undying love. Allow me to […]