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Up the Ku

Pukekohe 1, Waiuku 2 Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe, August 18 2018 There have been a few pointed comments on social media about my recent penchant to increasingly shun NRFL football in favour of obscure games that tend more towards bedrock than grassroots. Sometimes it moves beyond social media. At yesterday’s game, […]

Swamp Football

Franklin United 4, Papakura City 1 Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe, June 16 2018 Guardian Sport posted a wonderful photo of ‘Swamp Football’ on Instagram this morning. It looked absolutely magnificent. My immediate reaction was that New Zealand Football should immediately cancel its Futsal programme and invest the money in this instead. […]

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 […]

A Franklin success

A reader contacted me yesterday to alert me to this piece in the Franklin and North Waikato Post. It’s about a talented young footballer from Waiuku, by the name of Jake McCoy, who appears to have a bright future ahead of him! The reader was keen to point out that […]

Franklinstein

Whilst players, supporters and administrators from most winter clubs have been enjoying a nice relaxing summer break, it seems that all hell has been breaking loose in South Auckland. Franklin United, which is barely a year into its existence, has suffered an acrimonious divorce as of one of its marriage […]

A tale of three teams

Franklin United 0, Metro 2 Waiuku 3, Papatoetoe United 0 Massey Park, Waiuku, April 2 2016 After last week’s opening weekend tail chasing that kind of ruined the day for me, my sole objective yesterday was to simply choose a game, go to it, and enjoy it. In that at […]