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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 […]

Lucky charm

Glenfield Rovers 2, Three Kings 2 (Glenfield won 3-1 on penalties) McFetridge Park, Auckland, June 24 2018 Cup days always present a dilemma for me when it comes to where to go and who to watch. So many tasty clashes to choose from and so little ability to be in […]

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 […]

Win it for Grandma

Melville 7, Franklin 1 Gower Park, Hamilton, June 24 2017 The best laid plans of mice and men… I had no intention of travelling out of Auckland for this round of the Chatham Cup, but circumstances conspired to draw me out over the Bombay Hills. My lovely grandma, who was […]

Cup memories

On the third of July 2011 I covered my first Chatham Cup game for this blog – a 2-0 victory for Waitakere City over Central United at Fred Taylor Park. Ten months after that, I saw my first ever NZ Women’s Knockout Cup fixture – a 3-0 victory for Lynn […]

McFourtridge

Glenfield Rovers 0, Birkenhead United 4 McFetridge Park, Auckland, June 5 2017 It has been suggested, on one or two… hundred occasions, that I am a one eyed Birkenhead United supporter. Or as one contributor to the Northern League Forum once put it after Birko gave me a shirt to […]

Forza Metro

Norwest 3, Metro 2 Huapai Domain, Auckland, June 4 2017 I watched two games of football today. I got up at 5:30am in order to meet my brother down at the Viaduct for the Champions League Final – which I was expecting to be a close game. Then, after some […]

Performing when it Matamatas

Matamata Swifts 6, Onehunga Mangere 0 Matamata Domain, Matamata, May 14 2017 Generally when I scan the draw looking for a cup tie to attend, I’m trying to identify a game that’s contested by at least one team I wouldn’t ordinarily watch play as well as a match that has […]

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, […]

La magica della coppa

Tokoroa 1, Cambridge 4 Strathmore Park, Tokoroa, April 22 2017 In the 1960’s and 70’s, scores of Italians flocked to the Central North Island of New Zealand to work on the Tongariro power scheme. They lived in basic camps near each project, and a young man by the name of […]