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Grounds for complaint

A slightly alarming story appeared on Stuff yesterday that will no doubt have the football community up in arms. According to Steve Kilgallon and Dileepa Fonseka, there are moves afoot to fund Auckland’s plan to prize speedway out of Western Springs using between $6.8 and $9.3 million from the parks […]

The home of football

Auckland City 5, Waitakere United 1 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, February 4 2016 It feels like I go to North Harbour Stadium an awful lot these days and, I have to say, it’s doing my head in a little bit. Because it feels as though if I’m not extra super-duper […]

Football for hipsters

“And clubs, not so obsessed as nowadays with home and away concepts, sometimes complained if they weren’t chosen often enough for headquarters!” – Don Service on Blandford Park, 2002 The report of the New Zealand Football National Competitions Review might be a couple of months’ old now but the food […]

Stadio della Roma

Decades of anticipation were brought to an end in the early hours of this morning New Zealand time when Associazione Sportiva Roma unveiled plans for a new stadium. Think I’m exaggerating? I am but not in the way you might think. The new ownership of Roma may have only started […]

Guest Post – Do you hear the people sing?

[Exactly a fortnight ago on this bandwidth I made the case for a 10,000-12,000 seat stadium in Petone. Today, in the interests of a balanced debate, Zio Steve, in-the-back-of-the.net’s Phoenix season ticket holder in residence, presents the other side of the argument.] By Steven Hill There is a symbiotic relationship between […]

Bread and circuses

You can see why the Coliseum wasn’t built in New Zealand. Aside from the obvious fact that the closest things to people living here in 70AD were flightless birds, can you imagine the fuss? There would have been neighbourhood meetings stacked with angry local NIMBYs, councils telling central government to […]