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No need to Pjanic!

Northern Football 6, New Zealand Development 3 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, October 18 2015 New Zealand Development coach Gareth Turnbull might be scratching his head a little bit. Two games for his charges so far this year and two pretty unfortunate losses against strong opposition – first the defending champions […]

Northern outlook

Northern Football 4, Football South 0 Taharoto Park, Auckland, October 11 2015 Hello, hello, it’s good to be back, it’s good to be back… It’s summer football time!!  As I have pointed out many times before, the one true benefit of being a football fan in New Zealand is the […]

No Collins, no party

Waikato Bay of Plenty 1, Northern Football 6 St Peter’s College, Cambridge, November 23 2014 I want you to fix your eyes upon this shiny watch… Concentrate… Look at it as it sways… backwards and forwards… Forwards and backwards… Your eyes are veeeeeeery heavy… You are getting veeeeery sleepy… Sleeeeeeeeeeepy… […]

Well that happened fast…

Northern Football 1, Mainland Pride 4 Another game we won’t dwell on too much Seddon Fields, Auckland, November 16 2014 All of a sudden it’s all starting to fall into place! With one round to go it’s looking like, barring miracles, we have our minor premiers and our hosts for the […]

Goals are overrated

New Zealand Development 0, Capital Football 0 Northern Football 0, Auckland Football 1 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, November 9 2014 There are people out there, let’s not name names, for the purposes of this exercise we’ll refer to them simply as HEATHENS, there are HEATHENS out there who think that […]


New Zealand Development 2, Northern Football 2 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, October 19 2014 I have to confess, actually it’s no secret, that I have never been much of a fan of North Harbour Stadium as a football venue. I must say however that it’s all of a sudden beginning […]

Regime change

Northern Football 2, Mainland Pride 4 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, December 8 2013 The New Zealand Women’s Knockout Cup, the Chatham Cup, and now the National Women’s League – what a hat-trick! The balance of power when it comes to football in New Zealand is shifting south of the Cook […]

Battle of the bridge

Auckland Football 0, Northern Football 2 William Green Domain, Auckland, November 11 2013 Another Sunday, another Auckland Football Federation National Women’s League game. It’s starting to feel a bit like I’m following these JAFA ladies all over the country, and in a sense I am, but it’s only because they […]

Summer’s here! No, really…

NZ Under 17 Selection 0, Mainland Pride 3 Northern Football 4, Football South 0 Parrs Park, Auckland, October 13 2013 Ordinarily there’s not much to celebrate when it comes to being a football fan in this country. There was a time in the lead-up to a recent World Cup, when […]

Lest we forget the Chatham Cup

Glen Eden United 0, Drury United 4 Parrs Park, Auckland, April 25 2013 It’s ANZAC Day in New Zealand and Australia, the anniversary of the Allied landing at Gallipoli where so many of our countrymen and women lost their lives in World War I. Today, we remember those brave soldiers […]