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Wharfies

Waterside Karori 1, Petone 0 Wakefield Park, Wellington, April 8 2018 If I was to have a favourite club in Wellington, there is a solid argument for it to be Waterside Karori. Formed by wharfies almost 100 years ago when you wouldn’t dare set foot on the Wellington waterfront without […]

Heart of Gold

Miramar Rangers 5, Palmerston North Marist 1 David Farrington Park, Wellington, July 5 2014 It has generally been my intention to cover some local football in Wellington at least once a year. Both my paid employment and my volunteer political activity generally see me visiting our nation’s capital at least […]

I Love This Club – Stop Out

[Welcome to ‘I Love This Club’, a series of guest posts on in-the-back-of-the.net exploring what makes grassroots New Zealand football people tick, through sharing their stories about why they love their clubs. If you would like to contribute to this series by writing about your special club, please e-mail me […]

Scarves on Statues – John Plimmer

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] John Plimmer was an early settler in our nation’s capital after emigrating from Shrewsbury England in 1841. He represented his community on the Wellington Provincial Council where he was best known for his campaigning to stop the sale of the province’s […]

Porridge

Team Wellington 0, Canterbury United 1 Wellington Phoenix 0, Central Coast Mariners 1 Westpac Stadium, Wellington, November 11 2012 Luckily I didn’t fly all the way down to Wellington solely for these two football games. I came for a work trip that happily coincided with last weekend’s big Wellington double […]

The Del Piero Show

Wellington Phoenix FC 2, Sydney FC 0 Westpac Stadium, Wellington, October 6 2012 It has become tradition that I fly down to Wellington for the first Phoenix game of every A-league season, and I was planning to do so again this year long before Alessandro Del Piero had ever heard […]

All White on the night

New Zealand 6, Solomon Islands 1 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, September 11 2012 If North Harbour Stadium had been filled to the gunnels for the All Whites vs Solomon Islands match last week, Wellingtonians would have complained that Auckland should have filled two stadia. Such was the grumping, coming from […]

Goliath 6, David 1

Central United 6, Lower Hutt City 1 Newtown Park, Wellington, August 26 2012 Finals football came to Wellington yesterday and I was there at Newtown Park for all the fun as Three Kings United took on Massey University in the Women’s Knockout Cup and Central United faced Lower Hutt City […]