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There’s something going on down at Walter Massey Park. In their first six games of the NRFL Division Two, Manukau City scored eight goals and conceded five. Their defence was well organised and parsimonious, but they couldn’t quite match it at the other end of the pitch – relying on […]


Te Atatu AFC v Manukau City AFC 3pm – Te Atatu Peninsula Park NRFL Division Two Overnight rain had left the ground slightly sodden, but firm enough to walk on out on Te Atatu Peninsula Park. The sun was shining but the wind was ripping across the pitch, an endless […]

Up & Running.

Onehunga-Mangere United v Manukau City AFC Friday, 25th March 2016 – Mangere Domain There are few better places to start a football season than Mangere Domain on a Good Friday. With a pitch in near perfect condition, and the grassy sloping banks surrounding providing ample lounging spots for the hundred […]


Manukau City 4 – 5 Birkenhead United Walter Massey Park, Saturday 19th March 2016 Saturday afternoon, just under a week before the NRFL season kicks off and while clouds gather over Walter Massey Park there’s enough heat in the air to make you wish you’d brought a hat or slapped […]

Kevin Fallon – Backing The Game

It’s mid-March and the Northern Region Football League kicks off in just under a weeks time. ITBOTN was invited, by club captain Hone Fowler, to take in Lotto NRFL Division Two Manukau City AFC’s final pre-season game against last years Chatham Cup semi-finalists and NRFL Premier League side Birkenhead United. […]

The way the cookie crumbles

Manukau City 2, AFC Fury 1 Walter Massey Park, Auckland, April 13 2015 Exactly eighteen months and one week – that’s how long it’s been since the last time I saw AFC Fury in the flesh. It seems like a lifetime ago! On October 5 2013 they blitzed Papakura City […]


Manukau City 3, Glen Eden 4 Walter Massey Park, Auckland, June 28 2014 It might have been Chatham Cup day in Auckland again yesterday, but there was only one tie on offer and it wasn’t really my scene. I’m sure Central vs Glenfield was a great game with a decent […]

A 3-3 victory

Warkworth 3, Manukau City 3 Shoesmith Reserve, Warkworth, July 13 2013 I finally bowed to pressure today and headed up to Shoesmith Reserve for a NRFL game, and it turned out to be a masterstroke. There are games that you desperately want to spare yourself the agony of by leaving […]

Six points

Manukau City 0, Claudelands Rovers 3 Walter Massey Park, Auckland, June 8 2013 It’s the mid-point in the Northern Regional Football League season, and there’s no better time for a relegation six pointer. Three points adrift at the bottom of division two going into this match, Manukau needed a win […]