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Pap back for moa

Birkenhead United 5, Papamoa 1 Shepherds Park, Auckland, June 24 2018 My plan was formulated as soon as I saw the confirmed fixtures. Before the draw for our two national cup competitions took place I had committed on Twitter to watching Papamoa in this Chatham Cup round regardless of who […]

Injurious timing

Birkenhead 0, Onehunga Sports 3 Shepherd’s Park, Auckland, August 6 2017 I’m sorry but I have to start this with a gripe. There were four national cup quarter finals set down for Auckland this weekend – two in the New Zealand Women’s Knockout Cup and two in the Chatham Cup. […]

We go again

Birkenhead United 3, Miramar Rangers 1 Shepherd’s Park, Auckland, August 28 2016 I have never made any secret of the fact that I have a soft spot for Birkenhead United. But today, without wanting to go too mushy on you, I’m ready to declare my undying love. Allow me to […]

Five of the best

I thought I knew what my midweek blog post was going to be this week but then, for reasons that I can’t go into, it fell through. Wondering what to do instead, I did a dangerous thing – I turned to my Twitter followers and asked them what they would […]

Auf Wiedersehen

Birkenhead United 1, Central United 3 Shepherd’s Park, Auckland, April 9 2016 It was a special day at Shepherd’s Park today, as the locals bid a very fond farewell to one of their favourite sons. Jack Hobson-McVeigh has played for Birkenhead United since birth – coming up through their age-group […]

Forza Birko!

Birkenhead United 1, Napier City Rovers 1 AET (Rovers won 4-3 on penalties) Shepherd’s Park, Auckland, August 30 2015 When Birkenhead played Glenfield in their local derby earlier in the year, I gave all concerned a bit of a hard time with a tongue in cheek post about the fearsome […]

Cuppy goodness

Birkenhead United 3, Central United 0 Shepherd’s Park, Auckland, August 9 2015 Back on the 14th of July when I assisted with the Chatham Cup quarter-final draw, I left the headquarters of New Zealand Football with mixed feelings. It had been a thrill to participate in something I have romanticised […]


Birkenhead United 1, New Zealand Under 20 3 Shepherd’s Fridge, Auckland, May 27 2014 Cripes it was freezing last night, and it’s not even bloody winter yet! However, we can’t let trifling little things like freezing to death keep us from a decent night of football now can we? When […]

Banana skins and Koru Lounges

Birkenhead United 0, East Coast Bays 1 Shepherd’s Park, Auckland, August 24 2013 I was depressed after this game, but I didn’t really understand why in the immediate aftermath. It wasn’t because I’m a Birkenhead fan – I’m not. Nor was it because I had particularly wanted to see Birkenhead […]