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Fiji 0, Uzbekistan 3 Northland Events Centre, Whangarei, June 7 2015 I couldn’t resist a trip to Whangarei yesterday. How could I? The chance to see the fairy tale team of this Under 20 World Cup potentially achieve their fairy tale ending by progressing to the round of 16 was […]


New Zealand 0, USA 4 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, June 3 2015 In loving memory of a football tragic, who died a tragic death yesterday. Lover of football, cricket, writing, photography, social democratic politics and Siamese cats – he will be sorely missed by the many who knew him. Little […]


Portugal 3, Senegal 0 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, May 31 2015 I suppose you probably want me to actually tell you something about one or two of these, watchamacallem – football games. You are no doubt sick and tired of me crapping on about myself and the atmosphere and how wonderful […]

Love is all you need

Colombia 1, Qatar 0 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, May 31 2015 “MOOLOO Olé Olé Olé!” – The Colombian supporters. Well… Something like that anyway. Hamilton is, in my mind, the atmosphere capital of New Zealand when it comes to rugby – at least when the Waikato provincial team is playing. It’s […]

New Zealand ‘15

New Zealand 0, Ukraine 0 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, May 30 2015 “To qualify for the World Cup was, in truth, a great achievement. I’ve never had a swim in the ocean, so I am happy I will do it now – in New Zealand.” – Oleksandr Petrakov, Ukraine coach […]

Stand up for workers in Qatar

After running both a guest post and an interview on the plight of migrant workers in Qatar, by and with very influential people both within New Zealand and on the world stage, it’s probably about time I said something on the subject here myself. Following CTU president Helen Kelly’s post, […]

Guest Post – Dear Mr Rattue

By Ella Reilly Dear Mr Rattue, While in no way could I claim to be on the same level as the “dissatisfied women footballers of the world” who have called out FIFA on their decision to stage next year’s women’s World Cup in Canada on artificial turf, it needs to […]