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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 […]

Top of the (infla-)table

Manukau City 3, Takapuna 2 Walter Massey Park, Auckland, August 21 2017 (Credit for the title goes to Phil Clayton) On Friday night I broke my golden rule of never going to night games, because I was expecting a trophy presentation. I didn’t get to see one because Forrest Hill […]

Five of the most improved

Last month I bowed to public pressure and wrote a post ranking my five favourite football grounds in New Zealand. In so doing, I also acknowledged requests for follow up pieces looking at the most improved, depressing, wind-blown and inaccessible grounds along with the best and worst stadium food. You’ll […]

The way the cookie crumbles

Manukau City 2, AFC Fury 1 Walter Massey Park, Auckland, April 13 2015 Exactly eighteen months and one week – that’s how long it’s been since the last time I saw AFC Fury in the flesh. It seems like a lifetime ago! On October 5 2013 they blitzed Papakura City […]

Custard

Manukau City 3, Glen Eden 4 Walter Massey Park, Auckland, June 28 2014 It might have been Chatham Cup day in Auckland again yesterday, but there was only one tie on offer and it wasn’t really my scene. I’m sure Central vs Glenfield was a great game with a decent […]

Six points

Manukau City 0, Claudelands Rovers 3 Walter Massey Park, Auckland, June 8 2013 It’s the mid-point in the Northern Regional Football League season, and there’s no better time for a relegation six pointer. Three points adrift at the bottom of division two going into this match, Manukau needed a win […]