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Adapting the Beautiful Game

Many of us take for granted some of the seemingly simple things in life. Near the top of the list is the ability to move about and walk without major restriction, and subsequently the ability to play and be involved in the game of football. Not everyone is so fortunate. […]

Butterflies, sprinklers and Jules Rimet

Auckland City 5, Tasman United 2 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, December 16 2017 Kiwitea Street was the setting of my last organised football game of 2017. Auckland City’s title clinching National Youth League fixture against Tasman United yesterday was my 36th men’s game of the year – and there have been […]

Introduction: ‘The Kid’

By my own admission, the phrase “I’ve played football for nearly all of my life” has far less impact when it emerges you cannot yet drive unaccompanied or vote. However, the phrase “I live and breathe football” carries the same meaning regardless of age. Should you ask my family or […]

The youth of today

Northern Based New Zealand Under 17s 4, Waikato FC 2 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, January 27 2013 This game took me back. Waaaaaay back to the primary school playgrounds of old. Everyone remembers a scene like it, whether they participated themselves or watched one unfold in front of them. Picture […]