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Once Every Four Years

‘Tis the night before Russia 2018, and Spain has just fired the coach of their team. The world is obsessed with Nigeria’s kits, and Twitter is filling with footballing gifs. England are trying not to get their hopes up, for the approximate fortnight they’ll be in the Cup. Sweepstakes are […]

The hitchhiker

New Zealand 0, Peru 0 Westpac Stadium, Wellington, November 11 2017 I wish I was an Aztec Or a runner in Peru I would build such beautiful buildings To house the chosen few Like an Inca from Peru From around 10:30am on Wednesday the 11th of October, New Zealand time, […]

All’s Welly that ends Welly

New Zealand 2, Fiji 0 Westpac Stadium, Wellington, March 28 2017 [Special thanks to Cameron McIntosh (Photomac) for supplying all photos of this game.] My employer sends me to Wellington at least four or five times a year and, as a general rule, these trips seem specially formulated to occur […]

When Saturday Comes

This is just a very quick blog-brag to alert you to an article that I have had published in the latest issue of the UK football magazine ‘When Saturday Comes’. They got in touch a few weeks ago asking me to send them my take on what World Cup expansion […]

A letter to Gianni

Dear Gianni, A non-exhaustive list of things that are broken and need fixing in world football: Corruption Nepotism Cronyism Patronage Sexism Homophobia Racism Transphobia Sexual abuse The Ballon d’Or voting Simulation Player wages that could feed entire countries Transfer fees that could feed entire continents Abuse of referees Fan violence […]

Five freaks

I’m not ashamed to admit that last Sunday afternoon I reached peak football freak – a state of being that is reserved only for the rarest, most magical of occasions when everything falls perfectly into place. Ideally, there are a few key ingredients that are required before one can ascend […]

Europe Rules, OK?

Serbia 2, Brazil 1 AET North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, June 21 2015 Look at me Ma! I’m on the side line at a World Cup final!! What an experience. For the last few weeks I have been relishing the fact that I have had the chance to take photos of […]

Scarves on Statues – Pioneer Woman

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] Another World Cup is over for Italy. I’m fine, thanks for asking. Oh alright then, you’ve got me – I’m not fine. It bloody sucks. The hardest thing to stomach is the cold hard reality of that potentially being the last […]

Scarves on Statues – Maori Warrior

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] This Māori Warrior situated in Queen Elizabeth Square, opposite the Auckland waterfront, is in my opinion extremely cool. Cast in 1967 by an artist by the name of Molly Macalister, it is New Zealand’s equivalent of the Statue of Liberty. Its […]