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Women’s World Cup Breakfast

Women’s World Cup Breakfast

By on May 31, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Here’s your chance to show your support for the Football Ferns in their quest to qualify for the knockout stages of this month’s FIFA Women’s World Cup. Join Friends of Football for breakfast on Sunday June 16, and watch live TV coverage of the Ferns as they take on Canada in their group game at Grenoble, France. Venue is the Mayfield Sportshouse, 170 Wairau Rd, Auckland (5 mins off the Tristram Ave Motorway Exit). Doors open at 6.30am for 7am kick off. More info HERE. * Admission by ticket only. $15pp includes cooked breakfast. Email hilary@mayfield.co.nz to book your...

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Update – Bill MacGowan Memorial Golf Day

Update – Bill MacGowan Memorial Golf Day

By on May 17, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Friends of Football advise that the inaugural Bill MacGowan Memorial Golf Day has been postponed from its scheduled date of May 30. For a variety of reasons, the date was proving difficult for many football and sports groups whose members wanted to honour Bill’s memory with a round of golf at Waitemata Golf Course. Instead, Friends of Football plan to incorporate their tribute to Bill with their annual charity golf day to be held later in the year (and after the winter football season has ended!). We’ll announce details of that event later this year. Our thanks to those who did enter the May 30 event and we’re sorry for any inconvenience. The event organisers will be in touch to refund entry...

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Vale – Clive Herbert

Vale – Clive Herbert

By on Apr 28, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Friends of Football sends it condolences to the family and friends of long-time football coach, administrator and mentor, Clive Herbert. He has died in Auckland, aged 85, after a short illness, early on Saturday April 27, 2019. Clive was the father of All Whites player and coach Ricki Herbert, and grandfather to Kale Herbert, a coach with Hamilton Wanderers. He was well-known and successful in several sports, including cycling, harness racing and football. He was a national cycling champion and represented New Zealand as a team official at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico. He led home more than 150 winners as a harness racing trainer in the 1990s, winning almost $1 million in stakes. He trained 1993 Rowe Cup champion David Morris for a while, as well as open class pacer Metal Mickey. In football, he was best known as an administrator, being the chairman of the Northern Provincial Council in the 1990s and he helped steer the restructuring of the sport with the establishment of seven regional federations. At club level, he served in leadership roles with clubs such as the nationally-successful Mt Wellington and Manurewa, both of which he served as chairman. He was a patron of Albany United. Sport and family were the pillars of Clive’s life. In 1955, he married Shirley, an athlete who was Auckland’s 100-yards sprint champion and the daughter of a champion runner. They enjoyed six decades of marriage until Shirley’s death in August 2016. Clive and Shirley were supportive parents for daughter Deborah and son Ricki as they grew up in South Auckland in the 1960s. Ricki, a member of the 1982 All Whites and successful coach of the New Zealand team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, has often credited his parents for his success as a footballer, saying they were a major influence throughout his career. In recent years, Clive worked tirelessly to help Ricki and grandson Kale grow and develop the Ricki Herbert Football Academy. His contribution included the coaching of youngsters, and sharing his knowledge and advice with players and coaches alike. He travelled as a hands-on team manager with a number of academy squads on international tours, acting as a trusted mentor. Academy teams regularly...

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Bill MacGowan Memorial Golf Tournament

Bill MacGowan Memorial Golf Tournament

By on Apr 15, 2019 in News | 1 comment

Friends of Football are staging a special day of golf in the memory of the late Bill MacGowan, one of our sport’s best leaders. It’s at Auckland’s Waitemata Golf Course on May 30. We invite all football enthusiasts who want to celebrate Bill’s life (and his passion for the games of football and golf) to join us. Click HERE for a flyer with golf day details. Register...

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Vale – Jock Irvine

Vale – Jock Irvine

By on Apr 4, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Friends of Football sends its condolences to the friends and family of Jock Irvine, the former chairman of NZ Football and the Auckland Football Federation. We’ve lost someone who made a huge contribution to our game. NZ Football, in acknowledging the loss, said: “During his time as New Zealand Football Chairman, he was instrumental in bringing the FIFA U-17 World Cup to the country in 1999 – the first time New Zealand had ever hosted a FIFA tournament.” Bob Patterson, chairman of Auckland Football, said: “He had a long history in the game and was renowned for his honesty, integrity and fairness. He was a good person and I’m proud to have known him.” Jock was a loved and cherished husband of the late Lorraine and partner of Faye Sumner. He was also a treasured and greatly-loved father to Helen and Lawrie Morton, Diana and Patrick Foote, Jane and Andrew Matthews and Sarah and Jonathan Woodhams. He was a proud and adoring grandfather to Dougie, Angus, Archie Jock, Ben, Isla, Sam, Joey, Charlie, Jack, Fergus, Lucy and Max. A service for Jock was held on Thursday 4 April at St Mary’s-in-Holy Trinity,...

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