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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 […]

That Sinky feeling

Waiuku 3, Ngaruawahia 0 Massey Park, Waiuku, September 5 2015 “Come on Ngara! Or else you can walk home…” – Des, the bus driver This was the sort of game you don’t really want to go to but you sort of have to. It’s like a fight to the death […]

I Love This Club – Waiuku AFC

[Welcome to ‘I Love This Club’, a series of guest posts on in-the-back-of-the.net exploring what makes grassroots New Zealand football people tick, through sharing their stories about why they love their clubs. If you would like to contribute to this series by writing about your special club, please e-mail me […]

He tangata!

Waiuku 3, Warkworth 0 Massey Park, Waiuku, June 6 2014 It’s a horrible cliché to say that football was the winner on the day, but today it definitely was. Because when I got out of bed this morning, I had a choice to make – politics or football, and football […]

Often licked, never beaten…

Waiuku 6, Fencibles 0 Massey Park, Waiuku, August 10 2013 Yesterday, yet another woefully neglected place was ticked off my list of Northern League grounds I haven’t yet been to for a game. Once again, shame on me. The Franklin District town of Waiuku is a lovely country place, despite […]