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Ugly ducklings

Forrest Hill Milford 2, Fencibles 5 Becroft Park, Auckland, June 9 2018 Typical. Last week I went to a cup tie between two teams that have 20 league positions between them on the New Zealand football hierarchy, and the game went all the way to a penalty shootout. Today I […]

Anderson, my aim is true

Kiwi True Blues 4, Central Brown 0 Anderson Park, Auckland, April 23 2017 One of my absolute favourite times of year – the Chatham Cup Preliminary round – continued in earnest yesterday. But whereas Saturday well and truly belonged to the Waikato and King Country with fixtures in Matamata, Tokoroa, […]

Oh dear, how sad, never mind

Ranui Swanson 2, West Auckland 1 Starling Park, Auckland, April 1 2017 For the last four years I’ve had a roughly annual tradition of paying homage to my local football club – that is, the nearest one to my house – by attending the closest thing to their season opening […]

Auckland Tanty

Waitakere United 4, Auckland City 1 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, February 26 2017 Waitakere came back from a goal down to beat Auckland City 4-1 yesterday, in what had to be one of the most sensational capitulations you will ever see from a team with the pedigree of Auckland City FC. […]