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Missing in action

Western Springs 1, Glenfield Rovers 2 Seddon Fields, Auckland, March 25 2018 All systems go!** Everyone’s favourite regional football league (the Northern Regional Football League in case you were wondering) got underway last weekend. And what an opening round it was! New kids, both of which I’m a big fan […]

Almost autumn

Manukau United 1, Birkenhead United 1 Walter Massey Park, Auckland, February 25 2018 I am completely over summer. The weather gods have dished up nothing but stifling heat and oppressive humidity in strict rotation with pouring bloody rain, while the football gods haven’t really done their part either. The men’s […]

Number 7

Melville United 3, Glenfield Rovers 0 Gower Park, Hamilton, March 18 2017 Going to football in the Waikato is a time consuming business sometimes. Yesterday especially! Not only did I have to drive for two hours to get to Gower Park for this pre-season fixture, but upon arrival I got […]

After the storm

Western Springs 1, Three Kings 4 Seddon Fields, Auckland, March 13 2017 A few short hours before it was time to head over to Seddon Fields for my chosen football excursion of last weekend, it was raining. And when I say it was raining, that is probably the biggest understatement […]

Guest Post – Stan

By Keith Earl Brian “Stan” Stanyer was Mt Albert Ponsonby to his core, he loved the club, the people and of course the game. He was, in all respects, the heartbeat of the club. From playing for the gold and blue in the 70s and 80s, to becoming a key part of the […]

Shine bright like a diamond

Papatoetoe 2, Wellington United 3 Murdoch Park, Auckland, March 5 2017 Keep your TV cameras and your coffee machines that I’ll never win. Keep your ground announcers and your glossy programmes. Keep your ten teams from up and down the country vying to win national supremacy and your 700 flags […]

A team with no names

New Zealand Under 20 7, WaiBOP Football 1 North Harbour Stadium, October 2 2016 Pickings were slim in Auckland today for hardy souls like me who wanted to watch some football in the nasty, nasty weather we were looking down the barrel of this morning. Around the middle of last […]


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 […]

Hot hot hot

Oratia 3, Birkenhead 3 Parrs Park, Auckland, February 13 2016 How you feeling? Bloody hot. Too bloody hot! I apologise that I haven’t been blogging as regularly as I should lately but, seriously, it’s just too damn hot to write anything much. Have I mentioned how much I hate summer? […]

Riders on the storm

Ngaruawahia United Reserves 5, Huntly Thistle 1 Ngaruawahia United 3, Team Taranaki 2 Centennial Park, Ngaruawahia, March 15 2014 “Batten down the hatches” they all cried as Tropical Cyclone Lusi approached. “It’s going to be a rough couple of days. Expect power outages. Expect fallen trees. Floods. DEATH! MAYHEM! THE […]