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Cambridge 3, Waikato Unicol 2 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, July 15 2017 Waikato Unicol – now there’s a name that’s laced with nostalgia. And one that, until this year, I hadn’t heard spoken in many serious football conversations for a very long time. I had never seen the Waikato University […]

It’s been miserable. And awesome.

Auckland City 4, WaiBOP United 1 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, February 28 2016 Being a fan of Waikato national league football entities is a lot like being one of those fairground clowns, head rotating back and forth from side to side waiting for the next Ping-Pong ball to be shoved in […]

Didn’t. Died.

WaiBOP United 2, Canterbury United 3 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, February 7 2016 It was a do or die game for WaiBOP United, the pundits told us. From a WaiBOP fan’s point of view – we didn’t, so I guess that means we died. Not entirely – there is still a […]

Chase the Sun

WaiBOP United 5, Waitakere United 0 Waikato Stadium, January 21 2016 “Da DA da da daaaa, da da da daaaa, da da da, OI! OI! OI! OI!” WaiBOP United appear to have taken to playing the darts song over their PA system after every home win. And it’s been getting […]

Red and blue collar crime

WaiBOP United 3, Southern United 0 Waikato Stadium, January 14 2016 WaiBOP victories? Oh, they are soooo last season. Sure, before 2014/15 I had never seen one in my life, but now I’ve seen HUNDREDS of them! How predictable they are, how clichéd and almost monotonous! Whatever happened to those […]

My favourite year

There is a book, edited by ‘Fever Pitch’ author Nick Hornby, called ‘My Favourite Year’. It’s a wonderful collection of essays by British and Irish writers, each on the subject of their favourite seasons as football fans. From ‘The Commitments’ author Roddy Doyle on the Republic of Ireland’s ride through […]

Why I’m a fan

WaiBOP United 0, Auckland City 2 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, December 20 2015 [The below was published in the WaiBOP United match day programme today and I’m lazy so I’m also posting it as my piece from the game. There will be a substantial WaiBOP post midweek to make up for […]